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Monday, June 14 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Impact of GDPR on EU-US Science Collaboration and Global Science, Convened by ISC

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Roundtable on impacts of GDPR on EU-US science collaboration
This session will consider how emerging regulations in data protection, medical devices and in-vitro diagnostics influence cooperation between Africa and the European Union.
The session will focus on the European General Data Protection regulation and its influence on the Global stage. Given that its scope already extends beyond the borders of the European Union, it is arguably becoming the template for global legislation.
Therefore, the session is designed to impart up-to-date information on the European Union's GDPR; to look specifically at related research collaboration between South Africa and African and the European Union and the impact of the GDPR on those research activities, in particular in the area of health. The meeting will also raise awareness of the emergence globally of data protection regulations and related future developments in South Africa and more generally in the continent of Africa.
The GDPR also addresses the transfer of personal data outside the EU, including to African nations. The GDPR aims to give control to individuals over their personal data, to ensure the free flow of personal data between Member States and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU.
Because research involving human health, drug safety and clinical trials requires the processing of personal data, the GDPR has posed particular challenges to the research sector both within the EU and elsewhere.
As the “Africa Initiative” is an integral part of the first Work Programme for 2021-2022 of the recently adopted “Horizon Europe”, it is important to consider how African Nations address should compliance and prepare for future data protection regulations in Africa.


The meeting will bring together policy and research leadership from the EU and US. One relevant issue on the agenda will be the EU's data protection regulation, the GDPR. The objective will be to create a much-needed forum for discussion on the broader implications of this regulation on transatlantic science cooperation, at a time when the regulation is arguably becoming a template for similar legislation globally.

15h00             Declan Kirrane, Chairman, ISC, Belgium
15h05 Manuel Heitor, Science Minister, Portugal and chair of the Competitiveness Council during the Portuguese Council Presidency
15h15 Eva Kaili MEP Member of the European Parliament, Belgium
15h25 Didier Reynders European Commissioner for Justice, Belgium
15h30 Lydia Kline, National Institutes of Health, United States
15h40 Kurt Zatloukal Kurt Zatloukal Medical University Graz, Austria
15h50 Thomas Lyons, The American Society for Microbiology (ASM), United States
16h00 Rita Lawlor, University of Verona, Italy
16h10 Robin Frears, Federation of European Academies of Medicine, Brussels
16h20 Dario Gil, IBM Research, United States
16h30 David Brey, Atlantic Council, United States
16h40 Susan Veldsman, Academy of Science South Africa
16h45 Rahma Rachdi, Europe Correspondent, United States Press Agency
16h45 Discussion
17h00 Conclusion

ALLEA-EASAC-FEAM published a recent report:

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rahma rachdi

Correspondent- Head of Bureau, United States Press Agency
Dr. Rahma Sophia Rachdi is a Journalist in Politics, disabled in wheelchair and Head of the Correspondence, based in Paris, for the United States Press Agency. She is renowned for have released many scientific publications and journalistic articles and reports, for different media... Read More →
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Zatloukal, Kurt

Diagnostic and Research Center for Molecular Biomedicine, Director of BBMRI.at, Medical University of Graz
Kurt Zatloukal, M.D.  is professor of pathology at the Medical University of Graz, Austria and is head of the Diagnostic and Research Center for Molecular Biomedicine. His research focusses on molecular pathology of diseases as well as biobanking and related technologies. He coordinated... Read More →
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Dario Gil

Senior Vice President and Director of IBM Research, IBM
Dr. Darío Gil is Senior Vice President and Director of IBM Research.  As a technology and business leader, Dr. Gil is responsible for IBM Research, one of the world’s largest and most influential corporate research labs, with over 3,000 researchers. He is the 12th Director in... Read More →
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Declan Kirrane

Chair Science Summit UNGA77, ISC
Declan Kirrane is the Founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science, the chairman and managing director of the science Summit at the United Nations General assembly, and co-founder of Medicines for Future (MAF). He has over 25 years of experience as a global senior... Read More →
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Eva Kaili

MEP, European Parliament
Eva Kaili is a Member of the European Parliament and a member of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. She is the Chair of the STOA Panel, as well as Chair of the Delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, a member of the Committee... Read More →
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Susan Veldman

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF)
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Rita Lawlor

Biobank Director, ARC-Net, University of Verona
Rita T. Lawlor is associate professor in the Department of Diagnostics and Public Health and a fellow of Information Privacy from IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals). Rita is originally a Computer Science graduate with a doctorate in translational biomedical... Read More →
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Robert Eiss

Robert B. Eiss has served as senior advisor to Fogarty director, Dr. Roger I. Glass since 2007. Mr. Eiss previously has served as the center's senior advisor for strategic initiatives and acting director of the Division of International Relations, and earlier as an international program... Read More →
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Didier Reynerts

Didier Reynders (born 6 August 1958) is a Belgian politician and a member of the Mouvement Réformateur (MR) serving as European Commissioner for Justice since 2019. He held various positions in public institutions before becoming a member of the House in 1992. He was a minister without... Read More →
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Manuel Manuel Heitor

Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal, Government of Portugal
Manuel Heitor was born in Lisbon, in 1958.He holds a PhD from Imperial College of London in Mechanical Engineering, in 1985, and a post-doctorate in California University, in San Diego, in 1986. He pursued his academic career at Instituto Superior Técnico, in Lisbon, where he developed... Read More →
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Robin Fears

Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM)
Robin Fears is the Biosciences Programme Director in EASAC (www.easac.eu). He holds a degree in biochemistry and a PhD in nutrition and had worked for the pharmaceutical industry in the UK for many years. For the last two decades he has been an independent consultant working for various... Read More →
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Dr. David Bray

Executive Director, Bipartisan Commission on the Geopolitical Impacts of New Technologies and Data
Dr. David A. Bray has served in a variety of leadership roles in turbulent environments, including bioterrorism preparedness and response from 2000-2005, time on the ground in Afghanistan in 2009, serving as the non-partisan Executive Director for a bipartisan National Commission... Read More →
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Lydia Kline

Team Lead, Clinical Research Policy, NIH
Lydia Kline, MPH, MS, serves as Team Lead, Clinical Research Policy in the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Science Policy (OSP), where she oversees a portfolio that includes regulatory and policy issues related to research involving human subjects. Since 2018, she has... Read More →
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Thomas Lyons

Chief Information Officer, The American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
Tom currently serves as the Chief Information Officer for The American Society for Microbiology (ASM). ASM is one of the oldest and largest single life science membership organization in the world.As part of the senior management team, Tom provides vision and leadership in the development... Read More →

Monday June 14, 2021 3:00pm - 5:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: South Africa