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Monday, June 14
 

9:00am CEST

Overview of Horizon Europe Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2021-2027
Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion. 
 
It tackles global societal challenges, digitalization, climate change, and helps to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and boosts the EU’s competitiveness and growth. 
 
The programme facilitates collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges. It supports creating and better dispersing of excellent knowledge and technologies. 
 
It creates jobs, fully engages the EU’s talent pool, boosts economic growth, promotes industrial competitiveness and optimises investment impact within a strengthened European Research Area. 
 
Horizon Europe is open to the world. This means that participants from all over the world, regardless of their place of establishment or residence, can participate in most of the calls of Horizon Europe. African participants will be automatically funded, the EU will fund at least partly the participation of the international partners. 
We will explore the policies, the structure of the programme, and how to participate and where to find the information. 


Speakers
avatar for Tugela Dlamini

Tugela Dlamini

Department of Science and Innovation
Tugela Matubatuba is the Deputy Director for Strategic Partnerships Directorate (SP) at the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI).  She is responsible for the management and strengthening the South Africa Science, Technology and Innovation Collaboration between South Africa... Read More →


Monday June 14, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am CEST
Virtual Room: Ethiopia

11:00am CEST

Contribution of Science and Innovation to the EU's Neighborhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI)
NDICI is in the news with the announcement March 21, 2021 "This will be our most powerful tool to support a sustainable global recovery and promote comprehensive partnerships across the world that invest in democracy and human rights. With the instrument's financial arm- the EFSD+- we will have the means to increase the mobilisation of private investments towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals."
The EU offers Innovation Planning grants to assist  the governments of African countries to tap this powerful tool offered by the EU of almost 80 Billion Euros. Join this workshop to learn how to apply for the grants given the new integration between Horizon Europe and NDICI. A special focus of this workshop will be "Digital Building Blocks". When a country tries to innovate on its own, its a very hard and lonely journey, prone to set backs, discouraging obstacles and failure. When an African country joins with its neighbours to do digital transformation of government tools and services, and uses common building blocks, its more affordable and each country can share successes, learn from failures, while all are no longer on a lonely trek, but a joyful journey with good companions with the same goal: A better future for future generations. 




Speakers
avatar for Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →


Monday June 14, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Bostwana

11:00am CEST

How to use CORDIS: the EU R&D Information Service
The Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS) is the European Commission's primary source of results from the projects funded by the EU's framework programmes for research and innovation (FP1 to Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe).
Our mission is to bring research results to professionals in the field to foster open science, create innovative products and services and stimulate growth across Europe.
CORDIS has a rich and structured public repository with all project information held by the European Commission such as project factsheets, participants, reports, deliverables and links to open-access publications. CORDIS also produces its own range of publications and articles to make it easier for you to find relevant results that you can use in your domain.


Speakers
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Mariana Popova

Head of CORDIS Editorial Sector, Publications Office of the European Union
Mariana Popova is the Head of CORDIS Editorial and Coordination sector at the Publications Office of the EU. Before she worked in the European Commission as a Policy Officer at the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology and was responsible for high... Read More →


Monday June 14, 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: South Africa

12:00pm CEST

Using Patent Data to improve Research Proposals
The agenda will include presentations on the following:
  • Presentation on the co-operation activities of the EPO in Africa;
  • Presentation on the EPO study: European patents preferred tool for the commercialisation of inventions developed by public research organisations https://www.epo.org/news-events/press/releases/archive/2020/20201124.html 
  • Presentation on Espacent as a tool for retrieving patent data to improve research proposals – Myself

Speakers
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Ilja Rudyk

Senior Economist, European Patent Office
Ilja is senior economist at the European Patent Office. He has co-authored several studies on the role of patents and technology for the European economy. He provides expert economic insight into issues relating to innovation and technology commercialisation
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Roland Feinäugle

European Patent Office
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Nicholas Körnig

Programme Manager
Nicholas Körnig is an experienced programme manager in thefield of intellectual property co-operation with the European PatentOffice (EPO) in Munich. He has been deeply involved in shaping theEPO’s international co-operation policy for many years and managesthe "Expanding the Geographical... Read More →


Monday June 14, 2021 12:00pm - 2:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Madagascar

1:00pm CEST

How to write a Competitive Research Proposal
This workshop has been designed to train researchers and research support services in writing professional and competitive proposals for Horizon Europe. The workshops analyses the relevance of  Horizon Europe to EU policies, the common problems in proposal writing and the success criteria for proposals. The course provides advice on how to collect information, select strategic partners and streamline proposal writing.
Contents
  1. From European Union Policies to Horizon Europe Work Programmes
  2. Profile of Successful Organisations in European Research Programmes
  3. Strategic Networking at a European Level
  4. How Horizon Europe Proposals are Evaluated
  5. How to Streamline the Writing of Competitive Proposals

Speakers
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Seán McCarthy

Managing Director, Hyperion Ltd
Dr. Seán McCarthy has been involved in all aspects of European Research since 1980. He has been active as a researcher, research manager, research group leader, and company director. Today he specialises in helping organisations design and implement their European Research Strategies... Read More →



Monday June 14, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Mozambique

3:00pm CEST

Overview of Africa Science Programmes and Policies
Speakers
avatar for Mammo Muchie

Mammo Muchie

Chair Rated Research Professor in Innovation Studies, Tshwane University of Technology
DST-NRF SARChI Chair Rated Research Professor in Innovation Studies, Tshwane University of TechnologyProfessor Mammo Muchie did his undergraduate degree in Columbia University, New York, USA and his postgraduate MPhil and DPhil in Science, Technology, and Innovation for Development... Read More →
avatar for António Batel Anjo

António Batel Anjo

Executive Director, Osuwela
Management of public units or private entities, is currently the executive director of Osuwela, where he has excelled in consulting and also in the design, planning and management of activities in the area of science education, such as science communication activities, promotion of... Read More →



Monday June 14, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Ethiopia

3:00pm CEST

Impact of GDPR on EU-US Science Collaboration and Global Science, Convened by ISC
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:
https://easac.eu/fileadmin/PDF_s/reports_statements/Health_Data/International_Health_Data_Transfer_2021_web.pdf


Speakers
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Rahma Rachdi

Correspondent- Head of Bureau, US Press Agency
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 over... Read More →
avatar for Kurt Zatloukal

Kurt Zatloukal

Director of the Diagnostic and Research Center for Molecular BioMedicine, Director BBMRI.at, Medical University 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 →
avatar for Dario Gil

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 →
avatar for Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →
avatar for Eva Kaili

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
Rita Lawlor is a Computer Science graduate of Trinity College Dublin with a doctorate in Oncological Pathology from the University of Verona where she is co-founder of the ARC-Net (www.arc-net.it) applied cancer research centre where is director of the ARC-Net biobank and coordinates... Read More →
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Robert Eiss

NIH
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 →
avatar for Didier Reynerts

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 →
avatar for Manuel Manuel Heitor

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 →
avatar for Robin Fears

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 →
avatar for Thomas Lyons

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

3:00pm CEST

Overview of European Science Programmes and Policies
Speakers
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Elisabeth Maron

Life Watch ERIC


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

5:00pm CEST

Research Funding landscape: Finding opportunities for African Universities
Research funding has been identified in several instances as one of the key challenges that researchers in Africa have to overcome. Internal funding both from governments and corporates across Africa has remained conspicuously low and thus Universities and researchers across the continent need to look externally to source for such funding and other career development opportunities. This is despite the obvious linkage between research and economic development and also the prominence of knowledge as a key economic driver in the global economy.

The good news is, and in line with SDG 17, there are thousands of available funding opportunities relevant to Africa from grant-makers across the globe; both non-government and government players. During my presentation, I will share with you a digital platform we have developed that allows researchers and research managers based in Africa to easily identify funding calls from global funders relevant to their areas of research, saving them valuable time and frustrations that come with wild goose chase of funding calls when one really needs them.

I will also share our experience so far and a cross-sectional view of the research funding landscape in Africa, what we have learnt from the experiences and a glimpse of where we plan to go in support of knowledge generation in the continent of Africa

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Njogu

Joseph Njogu

CEO, Research Beeline Ltd
Joseph Njogu is the Chief Executive Officer of Research Beeline Ltd, a Kenyan based social enterprise that supports researchers, research institutes and Universities in Africa with research funding information and capacity building resources on all areas of research.In the last 9... Read More →


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Monday June 14, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Madagascar
 
Tuesday, June 15
 

8:45am CEST

Africa-Europe Science Innovation Summit: Opening Plenary
Our "Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Summit" is intended to enhance science and innovation cooperation between Africa and Europe and build on key policy and programme initiatives to establish a more enabling environment for science and innovation policy codesign, programme cooperation and capacity building.
AERAP is a response to the European Parliament Written Declaration 45 on Science Capacity Building in Africa. This call was repeated by the Heads of State of the African Union through their Decision Assembly/AU/Dec.407 CXVIII. AERAP encourages policymakers to understand the need for an enabling policy and regulatory environment for science cooperation with Africa and championing leadership in Africa and Europe to demonstrate science's contribution to society and address common glocal challenges.
The June 2021 Summit will draw on a range of processes, including AGENDA 2063, Africa's blueprint and master plan for transforming Africa into the global powerhouse; the AU Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA-2024)the European Commission; Communication Towards a Comprehensive Strategy with Africa which foresees future cooperation built on five partnerships: green transition, digital transformation, growth and jobs, peace and governance and migration and mobility. All of these areas will rely on science and innovation cooperation.

Over the past decade, Africa's economic achievement created a new vibrancy on the continent, among the world's most rapidly growing economic regions - before the pandemic affecting economies globally. While momentum is widely recognised, longer-term growth depends on sustained investment in an innovative workforce to advance a knowledge economy. Investments in science and technology are attributed to more than half of the gains in gross national product among high-income countries and up to 85% of the gains in per capita income over the past several decades.

African nations are starting from a modest baseline in realising these potentials, representing 15% of the globe's population and 5% of its gross domestic product (GDP), yet just 1.3% of global investment in research and development (R&D). The scientific workforce deficits are acute: the continent possesses 198 researchers per million inhabitants (by comparison: Chile: 428; UK: 4000). Enrollment rates in tertiary education are low, 7.1%, compared to global average of 25.1%. African countries spend well less than the agreed African Union (AU) target to reach R&D investment of 1% of GDP.

However, there are compelling grounds for optimism as public and private sectors ramp up scientific investment in the coming years. Scientific innovation in Africa is on the rise, and momentum is building for new measures to strengthen and sustain the capacity of African universities and research institutions to become an effective force for economic growth and develop local solutions to development challenges. The STISA-2024, Agenda 2063, and the SDGs compacts all point to a commitment for action. Catalysing sustainable and effective change, however, calls for a unified vision of collaboration and development. The prime driver will be African governments investing in their future.

The timing truly is opportune. A new generation of African political leaders is technically trained. New private sector investments are fueling substantive R&D projects in Africa. Moreover, by 2034 the continent will possess the world's largest working-age population (1.1b), larger than that of either India or China – a potent "demographic dividend" and valued asset in an ageing world. An expanding working-age population is associated with strong rates of GDP growth. However, the challenge will be to ensure that its economies create enough skilled jobs for the many millions entering the workforce.

08h40            Declan Kirrane AERAP, Belgium and South Africa
08h45            Takalani Nemaungani AERAP, Belgium and South Africa
08h50            Mahama Ouedraogo African Union Commission, Ethiopia

Creating an enabling environment for Africa-Europe science and innovation cooperation
09h00            Jean Pierre Bourguignon President European Research Council
09h10             Manuel Heitor Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal
09h20            Phil Mjwara Director-General  Department of Science and Innovation, South Africa
09h30            Thomas Dermine Secretary of State for Science Policy, Belgium
09h40            Racey Muchilwa Country President and Head, Novartis Global Health Sub-Saharan Africa, South Africa
09h55             Maria Cristina Russo Director for International Cooperation, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission, Belgium

Science for our Societies and our Way of Life
10h05             Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director, Telecommunication Development International Telecommunication Union, Switzerland
10h15             Lora Borrisova Cabinet Commissioner Urpilainen, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
10h25             Kurt Zatloukal, Medical University Gratz, Austria
10h35             Phil Diamond SKAO Director-General, United Kingdom
10h45             Michael Makanga Director, European Development Countries Clinical Trails Partnership (EDCTP)
10h55             Mirjana Povic Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI)
11h05              Juan Miguel González-Aranda LifeWatch ERIC Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services Research Infrastructure and ERIC Forum, Spain

Common Challenges: Working together with  Common Values for Common Responses
11h15              Sarah Anyang Agbor Commissioner for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, African Union Commission, Ethiopia
11h20             Carlos Zorrinho MEP, Member of the European Parliament, Belgium
11h25              Gilles Bloch President, INSERM, France
11h35              Intisar Soghayroun Ministry of Higher education and Scientific Research, Sudan
11h45              Val Munsami South African National Space Agenc

Speakers
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Phil Diamond

Director-General, SKAO
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Phil Mjwara

Director General, Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), South Africa
Dr Phil Mjwara has served as the Director General of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) since April 2006. In this capacity he is responsible for all policy development in the science and technology sector in South Africa, as well as the portfolio management and governance... Read More →
avatar for Kurt Zatloukal

Kurt Zatloukal

Director of the Diagnostic and Research Center for Molecular BioMedicine, Director BBMRI.at, Medical University 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 →
avatar for Takalani Nemaungani

Takalani Nemaungani

Acting Chief Director, Department of Science and Innovation
Takalani Nemaungani:Takalani Nemaungani is currently the Acting Chief Director for the Astronomy portfolio at the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) in South Africa – Astronomy is a flagship project receiving the single largest investment in the budget within the DSI. Trained... Read More →
avatar for Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →
avatar for Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member, LifeWatch ERIC
Currently LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member representing the ENVRI cluster, and former Chair of ERIC FORUM too.As e-Biodiversity expert holding a PhD. Engineer on Telecommunications, and Industrial Organization-Enterprise... Read More →
avatar for Maria Cristina Russo

Maria Cristina Russo

Director for Global Approach and International Cooperation in R&I at European Commission, European Commission
Maria Cristina Russo is Director for International Cooperation in DG Research and Innovation with responsibility for developing and implementing the EU international strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation and the international dimension of the Horizon programme.She... Read More →
avatar for Manuel Manuel Heitor

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 →
avatar for Thomas Dermine

Thomas Dermine

Secretary of State for Science Policy, Belgium, Government of Belgium
Thomas Dermine, born on 1 May 1986 in Charleroi, is a French-speaking Belgian economist and politician who is a member of the Socialist Party.On 1 October 2020, he was appointed State Secretary for Economic Recovery and Strategic Investment with responsibility for Science Policy... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Anyang Agbor

Sarah Anyang Agbor

Commissioner for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, African Union Commission, Ethiopia
Professor Sarah Mbi Enow Anyang Agbor is the African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology (elected in July 2017) which consists of: Education, Youth and Capacity Development and Science and Technology. Before being elected, she was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor... Read More →
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Ole Petter Ottersen

President, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Ole Petter Ottersen is a neuroscientist. His research focuses mainly on signal molecules and synaptic transmissions in the brain. He clarified the function of membrane molecules in the brain, an accomplishment that could serve as the starting point for the development of new medicines... Read More →
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Lora Borissova

Cabinet Commissioner Urpilainen, European Commission
Lora Borissova is currently Head of Cabinet of Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel. She is an European External Action Service (EEAS) official, previously working as political advisor to the Political Director and as deputy Head of the Election and Democracy... Read More →
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Immaculate Kassit

Data Protection Commissioner, Office of Data Commission Kenya
Ms. Immaculate Kassait, MBS was appointed as the first Data Protection Commissioner on 12th November 2020 by his H.E the President, following a competitive recruitment process by the Public Service Commission (PSC) and vetting by the National Assembly.Ms. Kassait is an advocate of... Read More →
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Doreen Bogdan-Martin

Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau, International Telecommunication Union, Switzerland
Doreen Bogdan-Martin was elected Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau in November 2018 and took office on 1 January 2019, and is the first woman in ITU history to hold one of the organization’s top elected management positions.She is a strategic leader with more... Read More →
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H.E. Dr. Ahmedin Mohammed

State Minister and currently acting Minister of Innovation and Technology, Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute(ESSTI)
Dr. Ahmedin is State Minister at the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Ministry of Innovation and Technology since June 2019. Dr. Ahmedin has PhD Degree in Computer Technology and Engineering. He authored 20+ articles in International reputable journals and conferences. Currently... Read More →
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Edith Heard

Director General, European Molecular Biology Laboratory EMBL Germany
Edith Heard is Director General of the EMBL. She studied Natural Sciences specialising in Genetics at Cambridge University and then obtained her PhD from the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London. After a postdoc at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, she set up her group in 2001 at... Read More →
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Michael Makanga

Director, EDCTP
Dr. Michael Makanga, MD PhD FRCP: EDCTP Executive Director.Dr. Makanga is a clinician-scientist with 27 years of professional experience of working on health and poverty-related infectious diseases in Africa. This includes 23 years of work experience on medical product development... Read More →
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Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

IHES
JEAN-PIERRE BOURGUIGNONProfessor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon is President ad interim of the European Research Council (ERC) (from 27 July 2020 until the next ERC President is selected and takes up duties).Previously, he was the ERC President from January 2014 until December 2019.Prior... Read More →
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Mirjana Povic

Assistant professor in astrophysics, ESSTI, Ethiopia; IAA-CSIC, Spain; MUST, Uganda
Mirjana Pović (1981, Serbia) is an assistant professor at the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI), an associate researcher at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía in Spain, and an honorary lecturer at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda... Read More →
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Mahama Ouedraogo

Director, Science and Technology Department, African Union Commission
Mahama Ouedraogo holds a PhD in plant breeding from Texas A&M University. He served as acting Director of the Semi-Arid Food Grain Research and Development and Executive Secretary of the African Union Scientific Technical and Research Commission.He is currently the head of the Science... Read More →
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Racey Muchilwa

Head of Novartis Sub Saharan Africa (SSA), Novartis (KENYA), Novartis
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Val Munsami

Chief Executive Officer, SANSA South African National Space Agency
Dr Munsami holds a PhD in Physics, a Masters of Business Leadership, a Space Studies Program Diploma, and a Certificate in International Air, Space and Telecommunications Law. He worked in South Africa’s Secretariat for the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, managed... Read More →


Tuesday June 15, 2021 8:45am - 12:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Ethiopia

12:30pm CEST

Horizon Europe and Africa: A key Presentation by Nienke Buisman, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission, Brussels
This presentation will provide an overview of the “Africa Initiative”, integral part of the first Work Programme for 2021-2022 of the recently adopted “Horizon Europe”. With a budget of approximately 100 billion €, Horizon Europe is the world’s largest programme on research and innovation (R&I), and will be open to researchers and innovators from around the globe who are encouraged to liaise with European partners in preparing proposals.

Within this programme, the Africa Initiative represents the immediate outcome of the first ever European Union (EU) - African Union (AU) R&I Ministerial of July 2020, and falls within a comprehensive strategy that recognises R&I as instrumental to the development of resilient, knowledge-based societies and economies, as highlighted by the brand new Global Approach to R&I communication (adopted by the European Commission in May 2021). Accordingly, the Africa Initiative aims to strengthen the long-term cooperation between the two continents to enhance global public health, socio-economic development and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The initiative will therefore focus on four thematic areas, responding to four joint EU-AU policy priorities, namely:
(i) Public Health;
(ii) Green Transition;
(iii) Innovation & Technology;
(iv) Capacities for Science.

For each of these themes, several calls for proposals are expected to be published in the near future, as soon as the Work Programme for Horizon Europe is adopted. Some examples of potential R&I areas to be covered by the calls will be illustrated during the talk.


Speakers
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Hambani Masheleni

African Union Commission
Mr. Hambani Masheleni is a holder of an MSc Applied Physics and BSc Physics Honours degrees. He has a broad range of training and work experience in public sector through promoting formulation and implementation policies for science, technology and innovation. Currently he is employed... Read More →
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Vinny Pillay

Minister Counsellor / Senior Science & Technology Representative, Department of Science & Innovation
Ms Vinny Pillay is the Senior Science & Technology Representative to the EU, of South Africa’s Department of Science & Innovation. She is currently based at the South African Embassy in Brussels.She holds a Masters Degree in Science, and a Masters Degree in Business Leadership... Read More →
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Nienke Buisman

Head of Unit International Cooperation Policy, European Commission, Directorate-General Research & Innovation
Nienke Buisman is Head of Unit International Cooperation Policy in the European Commission, Directorate-General Research & Innovation since 2019. She is in charge of developing and implementing the ‘Global Approach to Research and Innovation’, Europe’s strategy for international cooperation, specifically focussing on Africa, Asia and the Middle East... Read More →


Tuesday June 15, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm CEST
Virtual Room: South Africa

2:00pm CEST

Africa-Europe Women in Science and Innovation: How build New Policy Frameworks for Sustained Cooperation. Convened by the AERAP Women in Science Group
Welcome - Declan Kirrane
Opening Keynote: 1400 CEST UK Minister of Science, Amanda Solloway
Panels:
Policy Engagement: Carla Sharpe, Lourdes Verdes Montenegro, Brenda Namumba
Africa Perspectives: Layih Butake, Pontsho Maruping
Instruments: Frauke Alves, Anna Fumarola
Co-Designing: Mirjana Povic, Gitanjali Sah, Lucie Abrahams
Legislation: Inez Sanchez, Aster Tsegaye
Introduction of Closing Keynote - Daan du Toit
Closing Keynote: 1700 CEST Editor in Chief of Nature Magdalena Skipper

Moderator: Mei Lin Fung

Women in Science must cross the chasm in the ScienceDigital Divide so that Scientific Research and Digital Innovations address the problems of most concern to us as humans: How can our children grow up safely? Can future generations be able to depend on our small blue marble planet as we have? How can people thrive and flourish by removing obstacles to economic and social opportunity? Leadership is needed and women everywhere are stepping up. Now we have to join forces to support each other's efforts. What are the policy instruments and decisions that will allow the world to harness the unstoppable energy and power of women?

This session will focus on the importance of co-designing science and innovation policies taking into account gender and diversity, in all of its aspects. It will highlight why we shall prioritize and support the engagement of women scientists in different associations, forums, their involvement in the whole co-designing policies process, and how that will improve science and technology developments for the benefit of our all society.

The session will stress the urgency of having clear policies focused on the improvement of the large gender gap in science that we are facing worldwide, and a need to bring clear measurements for improving the status of women and girls in science. Several initiatives and examples will be presented, including the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum, the South African case study on women's contribution to science policy, and the African Network of Women in Astronomy (AfNWA-AfAS). Finally, a list of recommendations will be given to help in co-designing science policies in the future to empower women and girls in science and help to achieve sustainable development goals.



Speakers
avatar for Daan du Toit

Daan du Toit

Deputy Director-General: ICR, Department of Science and Innovation
Daan du Toit started his career in the South African Government with the then Department of Foreign Affairs where he trained as a diplomat. Since 2002 he has been attached to the Department of Science and Innovation, where he has notably served as the Department's representative in... Read More →
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Aster Tsegaye

Associate Professor, at the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University
Aster Tsegaye is an Associate Professor, at the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University. She obtained her BSc (Biology, minor Chemistry, 1987) and MSc (Zoology, 1995) from Addis Ababa University; PhD in HIV Immunology from University... Read More →
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Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro

Coordinator of the Spanish scientific and technological participation in the SKA, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC)
Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro is a radio astronomer focused on the multifrequency analysis of the evolution of galaxies and their environments, with special emphasis in the study of atomic gas (HI). Currently, she is the Coordinator of the Spanish scientific and technological participation... Read More →
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Mirjana Povic

Assistant professor in astrophysics, ESSTI, Ethiopia; IAA-CSIC, Spain; MUST, Uganda
Mirjana Pović (1981, Serbia) is an assistant professor at the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI), an associate researcher at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía in Spain, and an honorary lecturer at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda... Read More →
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Mei Lin Fung

Convenor, MLF Associates Inc.
Actively working with the World Summit on the Information Society to make participation by women to the 50/50 level for speakers and participants by 2022. Chair and cofounder with Vint Cerf of the People Centered Internet, gave the keynote on Decade of Digital Transformation at t... Read More →
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Gitanjali Sah

Organizer, World Summit on the Information Society
Ms Gitanjali Sah is an experienced International Civil Servant and has worked with several United Nations Organizations like ITU, UNESCO and UNDP in the field of ICT on Development related policy and implementation issues at an international, regional and national level. At present... Read More →
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Anna Fumarola

Senior Project Manager, Women for Africa Foundation
ANNA FUMAROLA, Senior Project Manager, with Women for Africa Foundation started her career in the private sector, more specifically in the telecommunications and aero-space sector as Director of Communication oF HISPASAT where she was in charge, among others, of the coordination of... Read More →
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Frauke Alves

Research Leader, Max-Planck-Institute of Experimenetal Medicine
Prof. Dr. med. Frauke Alves is the head of the interdisciplinary group "Translational Molecular Imaging" located at the Max-Planck-Institute of Experimental Medicine as well as at the UMG, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology and the Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology.The focus of the AG Alves is the application of non-invasive and high-resolution imaging techniques in combination with molecular probes to better understand the development... Read More →
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Layih Butake

Senior Outreach Mgr & Ag Communications Director, The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Senegal
Dr Layih Butake is a versatile, creative, communications professional with ten years of progressively responsible experience in not-for-profit communications, research and project management. Holder of a Master’s in Corporate Communication, a PhD in Performing Arts and Cinematography... Read More →
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Lucienne Abrahams

Head of Centre, LINK Centre, Wits University
Luci Abrahams (PhD, Wits) is Director of the LINK Centre at Wits University https://www.wits.ac.za/linkcentre/, building research on digital innovation, how digital technologies and processes influence change, and on human-centred digital transformation. Studies include: digital skills gap analysis and implementation; digital government strategy; scaling up innovation in tech hubs and op... Read More →
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Amanda Solloway

Parliamentary Under Secretary, Minister for Science, Research and Innovation, United Kingdom Government
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Inés Sánchez de Madariaga

Professor of Urban Planning, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Professor of Urban Planning at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. UNESCO Chair on Gender in Science, Technology and Innovation and. She is a leading international expert on gender in science, urban planning, architecture, and STEM, with extensive experience in policy and research... Read More →
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Carla Sharpe

Africa Programme Manager, SARAO
Carla has been with the South African Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project for several years. The SKA is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, the sheer scale of the SKA represents a huge leap forward in engineering, technology and research & development... Read More →
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Magdalena Skipper

Editor in Chief, Nature
Dr Magdalena Skipper is Editor in Chief of Nature and Chief Editorial Advisor for the Nature portfolio.A geneticist by training, she holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK. She has considerable editorial and publishing experience, having worked as Chief Editor of Nature... Read More →
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Pontsho Maruping

Deputy MD: Operations and Business Processes, South African Radio Astronomy Observatory
Pontsho considers herself a career nomad given the diverse career choices she has explored. What I really enjoy doing is choosing places/jobs where I can make an impact.  Ms Maruping is an experienced executive with a history in various technology sectors and early stage technology... Read More →
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Brenda Namumba

Postdoctoral Fellow, South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO)
Dr Brenda Namumba is the first Zambian to have a PhD in astrophysics. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow under the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO). She is part of the Centre for Radio Astronomy Techniques and Technologies (RATT) group at Rhodes University. She... Read More →


Tuesday June 15, 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Ghana

5:00pm CEST

Mini Plenary with Italy and Ethiopia
Speakers
avatar for MATTHIAS BERNINGER

MATTHIAS BERNINGER

International Policy, Bayer AG
Matthias Berninger was born in Kassel, Germany where he studied chemistry and political science from 1990 to 1994. Between 1994 and 2007, Matthias Berninger was elected four times as a Member of the German Federal Parliament representing the Green Party of his home state Hessen and... Read More →
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Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →
avatar for Daan du Toit

Daan du Toit

Deputy Director-General: ICR, Department of Science and Innovation
Daan du Toit started his career in the South African Government with the then Department of Foreign Affairs where he trained as a diplomat. Since 2002 he has been attached to the Department of Science and Innovation, where he has notably served as the Department's representative in... Read More →
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H.E. Dr. Ahmedin Mohammed

State Minister and currently acting Minister of Innovation and Technology, Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute(ESSTI)
Dr. Ahmedin is State Minister at the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Ministry of Innovation and Technology since June 2019. Dr. Ahmedin has PhD Degree in Computer Technology and Engineering. He authored 20+ articles in International reputable journals and conferences. Currently... Read More →
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Monica Di Luca

President, European Brain Council
Monica Di Luca is President of the European Brain Council and Professor of Pharmacology and Head of Laboratory of Pharmacology of Neurodegeneration – DiSFeB at the University of Milano.Her primary research interest is related to synaptic plasticity in physiological and pathological... Read More →


Tuesday June 15, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Ethiopia
 
Wednesday, June 16
 

9:00am CEST

Cyber Security for Secure Futures in Africa and Europe
The STI Agenda for Africa
The study intends to develop a perspective of the development of Science, Technology and Innovation as a lever for the economy, seen from the point of view of a policy agreed between African countries – Agenda 2063. In particular, the Science, Technology and Innovation development strategy included in Agenda 2063 comprises its first five years.

The aim of this first presentation is to present Agenda 2063 (and STISA-2024) so that international agendas can be aligned with the current one on the African Continent.


Speakers
avatar for António Batel Anjo

António Batel Anjo

Executive Director, Osuwela
Management of public units or private entities, is currently the executive director of Osuwela, where he has excelled in consulting and also in the design, planning and management of activities in the area of science education, such as science communication activities, promotion of... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Daniel Nivagara

Daniel Daniel Nivagara

Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Government of Mozambique
Holds a PhD in Educational Sciences from the University of Nantes, France.Is a University Lecturer by profession, at Pedagogical University of Maputo, since 1995, where he assumed the functions of Head of Department of Basic Education and, later, Director of Faculty, before assuming... Read More →
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Domingos Barbosa

DR, Instituto de Telecomunicações
Domingos Barbosa, PhD in Astrophysics & Space Techniques (U. Paris VII), Marie Curie Fellow (1998-2000) :Senior Researcher at Radioastronomy Group, Basic Sciences & Enabling Technologies, Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), Portugal. Coordinates the ENGAGE SKA Research Infrastructure... Read More →


Wednesday June 16, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am CEST

9:00am CEST

Genomics for Shared Research and Better Health Outcomes
Genuity Science are pleased to convene this session focussed on research and policy priorities in the development of genomics and precision medicine as a driver of beneficial health outcomes for European and African citizens. The session will bring together leaders from government, industry, and healthcare to share practical examples of how genomics is being utilised as a tool to deliver benefits to citizens and to share practical learnings that arise when undertaking research collaborations between Europe and Africa.
Topics explored will include opportunities for advancement of the field of genomics by ensuring diversity in genome research, development of the bioeconomy in South Africa, advancement of paediatric cancer genomics in Tanzania, the application of genomics in understanding the biological drivers of mental illness and policy priorities for genomics development in Europe and Africa.

Contributors will include:
· Professor Owen Smith – Professor of Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Consultant Paediatric Haematologist at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin, and Chief Academic Lead to the Children's Hospital Group in Ireland.
· Dr Trish Scanlan – Consultant in Paediatric Oncology
· Professor Jonathan Bond - Professor of Paediatric Molecular Haemato-oncology, Systems Biology Ireland
· Dr Peter McCarthy – Clinical Fellow, Systems Biology Ireland
· Dr Mark Bale - Deputy Director, Genomics Policy, Science Research and Evidence Directorate, Department of Health & Social Care, UK
· Ben Durham – Chief Director: Bio innovation, Department of Science and Innovation, South Africa
· Professor Steven Kushner - Professor of Neurobiological Psychiatry, founding member of the ENCORE centre for neurodevelopmental disorders, and director of the Center for Population Neuroscience at Erasmus MC
 . Dr Monika Frenzel -  International Coordinator, ICPerMed/EU-Africa PerMed


Speakers
avatar for Adrienne Leussa

Adrienne Leussa

Sales Professional Biotechniques & Illumina in Africa
I support scientists and technicians using biotechnology in Africa to solve health, food, water, and environmental challenges. I facilitate streamlined workflows with best-in-class products for improved efficiency, cost-saving, and reproducible results. My mission is to put Africa... Read More →
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David Kavanagh

VP Clinical Operations, Genuity Science
David leads Genuity Science’s global clinical operations and programs and is the managing director of our Ireland site. David is primarily responsible for the establishment and management of long-term research partnerships with world leading health systems, biobanks and cohort research... Read More →
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Trish Scanlan

CEO, Tumaini la Maisha
Dr Trish Scanlan is an Irish paediatric oncologist and CEO of the Charities Tumaini la Maisha and Their Lives Matter. She is also the interim director of the Global Health Department at Children’s Health Ireland.Since 2006 she has worked in Tanzania supporting the development of... Read More →
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Ben Durham

Director: for Biotechnology, Department of Science And Technology, South Africa
Ben Durham is a Chief Director: Bio-innovation at the National Department of Science and Innovation in South Africa. His responsibilities include the implementation of the South African Bio-economy Strategy (2014), and he oversees innovation developments in Agriculture, Health, Industry... Read More →
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Mark Bale

Senior Civil Servant, Genomics England, DHSC
Mark Bale is a Senior Civil Servant with responsibilities for genomic science policy particularly genomic medicine and pathogen genomics.He was the Programme Director for the 100,000 Genomes Project.  Since 2015 he has been partly seconded to Genomics England Ltd as Head of Science... Read More →
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Owen Smith

Professor of Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine, University College Dublin
Owen  Smith  is  Professor  of  Paediatric  and  Adolescent  Medicine  at  University  College  Dublin, Consultant Paediatric Haematologist at Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin and Chief Academic Lead to the Children Hospital Group. He is the National Clinical... Read More →
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Delali Attiogbe Attipoe

Chief Operating Officer (COO), 54gene
Delali Attiogbe Attipoe is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for 54gene, a genomics research, services, and development company addressing the need to include under-represented African genomic data in research which could lead to medical breakthroughs and new healthcare solutions... Read More →
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Peter McCarthy

Clinical Research Fellow, National Children’s Cancer Service at Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin and University College Dublin
Dr Peter McCarthy is a Clinical Research Fellow at the National Children’s Cancer Service at Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin and University College Dublin. He is currently completing a PhD in the genomics of childhood and adolescent leukaemia as part of The SALAMA Study... Read More →
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Monika Frenzel

International Coordinator in the Biology and Health department, French National Research Agency (L'Agence Nationale de la Recherche, ANR)
Dr. Monika Frenzel, International Coordinator in the Biology and Health department of the French National Research Agency (L'Agence Nationale de la Recherche, ANR), represents ANR in several transnational collaborations and international funding programmes. As such, she is part of... Read More →


Wednesday June 16, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am CEST
Virtual Room: Ethiopia

9:00am CEST

High Security Laboratory Responses to enable pandemic responses in Africa
Dear attendees,
Please see the link for this morning session, High Security Laboratory Responses to enable pandemic responses in Africa.

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82164784141?pwd=a3RRWkw0V0J4RldSMzVCR0E3WVNzQT09

Looking forward to seeing you there



Speakers
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Dylan Bonfils

Communication & External Affairs Officer, ERINHA
I joined ERINHA-AISBL in January 2021 as Communication and External Affairs Officer. I previsously worked four years with several French officials in the parliament on European and International cooperations topics.
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Takalani Nemaungani

Acting Chief Director, Department of Science and Innovation
Takalani Nemaungani:Takalani Nemaungani is currently the Acting Chief Director for the Astronomy portfolio at the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) in South Africa – Astronomy is a flagship project receiving the single largest investment in the budget within the DSI. Trained... Read More →
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Audrey Richard

Director of Operations, ERINHA-AISBL
Dr Richard was trained as a virologist and molecular biologist before specializing in emerging viral diseases. Her work mainly focused on flaviruses during her post-doctoral training at the Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter, FL, USA. She joined ERINHA as a Scientific Project Manager... Read More →
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Hervé Raoul

Assistant Director of ANRS MIE (French National Agency for Research on AIDS - Emerging Infectious Diseases), French National Agency for Research on AIDS - Emerging Infectious Diseases (ANRS MIE)
PhD in biology of blood cells from Paris VII University obtained in 1995 and accreditation to supervise research at the Paris XI University in 2000.From 1989 to 1997, laboratory of Experimental Neurology and Neurovirology at CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission) working on the consequences... Read More →


Wednesday June 16, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am CEST
Virtual Room: Bostwana

9:00am CEST

Science-Digital Diplomacy can Make a Great Contribution to Multilateralism and the UN SDGs
We welcome you to the Science Digital Diplomacy session June 16, 9-11 am

The program will cover a range of approaches, case studies and future opportunities that diplomacy can unleash for the potential for the Europe and Africa collaboration in Science and Innovation


Digital Cooperation and Diplomacy will be needed to make sure we have one Internet, which continues to bring increasing benefits and includes guardrails to increase safety and prevent and reduce harms. The world has seen the benefits of being able to continue to operate online even when face to face activities are stopped due to the Covid Pandemic - so there is little dispute about whether to digitize. The question now is whether we can do so in a way that allows for participation by all, balancing how we, together can steward our planet, our people, preserving peace, propagating prosperity. In this Session, we will look at how using common digital building blocks, agreed to financial protocols can allow us to build resilient communities. By tracking digital footprints to finance communities, SME's and infrastructure - follow on lending and investment can be made conditional on advancing the UN SDG's and ongoing compliance to Clean IT and Carbon reduction principles.

Invited speeches (10 minutes each) will be followed by a Panel discussion

0900 Welcome - Mei Lin Fung
0905 Science Digital Diplomacy Europe: Rita Laranjinha - European External Action Service Managing Director
0915 Science Digital Diplomacy Africa case study - SKA: Daan Du Toit, Deputy Director General, South Africa Dept of Science and Innovation
0925 Open Science, Data Diplomacy: Rolf Apweiler, Director of EMBL's European Bioinformatics Institute
0935 Global Digital Intelligence: A Case Study in Science Digital Diplomacy - Dr. Yuhyun Park, DQ Institute
0945 Sudan rejoins the Scientific Community: How Science Diplomacy can help - Zeinab Osman, Director General, Sudan National Center for Research
0950 A brief pause for 1 minute interventions from the audience
1000 Global Trade Logistics: A Case Study with implications for Digital Research - Marc Wesselink, VentureRock
1010 Meaningful Connectivity in Africa: The need for Science Digital Diplomacy - Andrew Rugege, ITU Development Director for Sub Saharan Africa
1020 Open Research in Africa - Lucienne Abrahams, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
1030 Data Utilities for SME Financing that drive Carbon reduction - Tamara Singh, Carbon Blue
1040 Panel Discussion
1100 Close

Speakers
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Rolf Apweiler

Director, Senior Scientist, EMBL-EBI
Rolf Apweiler is Director of EMBL-EBI, together with Ewan Birney. Prior to this position he was Joint Associate Director, after many years of leading protein resources such as UniProt and InterPro. Rolf has made a major contribution to methods for the automatic annotation of proteins... Read More →
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Zeinab Osman

Director General, National Center for Research
Professor Zeinab A. Osman obtained her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from University of Khartoum and her PhD from University of Lorraine, France in Science and Industrial Technologies. She joined the staff of the National Center for Research in 1994. She is the principal investigator in... Read More →
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Marc Wesselink

Chair, VentureRock
Marc is a serial entrepreneur who started 12 companies between 1994 and 2008 and invested in over 150 between 2004 and 2018. His purpose in life is to help as many entrepreneurs become successful founders of companies which can create an impact. He is active in Europe, Africa & Asia.Started... Read More →
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Dr. Yuhyun Park

Founder, Chair, CEO, DQ Institute
Dr. Yuhyun Park is a world-leading expert in digital skills and child online safety. She created the Digital Intelligence (DQ) concept and framework, which is the world’s first global standards and a common framework for digital literacy, skills, and readiness (IEEE 3527.1) which... Read More →
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Andrew Rugege

Regional Director for Africa, International Telecommunication Union- ITU
Based in Ethiopia, Andrew Rugege is currently the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Regional Director for Africa and Representative to the African Union (AU) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Recognized as a thought-leader and key influencer among African... Read More →
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Lucienne Abrahams

Head of Centre, LINK Centre, Wits University
Luci Abrahams (PhD, Wits) is Director of the LINK Centre at Wits University https://www.wits.ac.za/linkcentre/, building research on digital innovation, how digital technologies and processes influence change, and on human-centred digital transformation. Studies include: digital skills gap analysis and implementation; digital government strategy; scaling up innovation in tech hubs and op... Read More →
avatar for Daan du Toit

Daan du Toit

Deputy Director-General: ICR, Department of Science and Innovation
Daan du Toit started his career in the South African Government with the then Department of Foreign Affairs where he trained as a diplomat. Since 2002 he has been attached to the Department of Science and Innovation, where he has notably served as the Department's representative in... Read More →
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Rita Laranjinha

Managing Director, European External Action Service
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Mei Lin Fung

Convenor, MLF Associates Inc.
Actively working with the World Summit on the Information Society to make participation by women to the 50/50 level for speakers and participants by 2022. Chair and cofounder with Vint Cerf of the People Centered Internet, gave the keynote on Decade of Digital Transformation at t... Read More →
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T Singh

Advisor, CarbonBlue
Tamara spent the first half of her career in Europe and Asia in energy, financial services and fund management, governing trading floors in London, New York and Asia Pacific. Having earned her stripes at Centrica Plc, BP Oil International, Deutsche Bank and Macquarie Bank, she returned... Read More →


Wednesday June 16, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am CEST
Virtual Room: South Africa

9:00am CEST

Africa-EU Astronomy Collaboration: Towards the First IAU-General Assembly on the African Continent in 2024, and Beyond convened by the African Astronomical Society and Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) - International Astronomical Union (IAU) IAU-
In the last two decades, astronomy and space science in Africa have developed rapidly, as evidenced through the winning of the bid to host, for the first time in Africa, the International Astronomical Union’s General Assembly (IAU-GA) in 2024. The IAU-GA is the largest international gathering of astronomers, held every three years by the IAU (the 100-year-old IAU is the international astronomical organisation that brings together more than 12 000 active professional astronomers from more than 100 countries worldwide). There are already numerous astronomy infrastructure projects, instruments and training programmes that are of interest to communities in both Africa and the EU, such as those in optical astronomy (SALT, MeerLicht, Oukaïmeden, Entoto, etc); radio astronomy (MeerKAT, SKA, JIVE, DARA, HartRAO, VLBI, etc); and gamma-ray astronomy (HESS and CTA). This special session offers an opportunity for interactions between existing and potential Africa-EU collaborators to stimulate and explore mutually beneficial opportunities that may arise specifically in the lead up towards the IAU-GA in 2024. Discussions around related science and outreach topics could potentially lead to Africa-EU collaborative flagship projects that would contribute to the legacy of the IAU-GA in 2024.
Topics will include
  1. Bringing together African and EU Astronomical communities (networking);
  2. Developing potential Africa-EU flagship projects in science and outreach;
  3. Increasing African contributions to the science agenda of the IAU-GA 2024
  4. Using the IAU-GA as a milestone to strengthen Africa-EU research collaborations through joint research projects, observations, MSc/Ph.D. student joint supervision, joint proposals, etc.
  5. Identifying potential funding channels for activities leading up to and including the 2024 IAU GA;
  6. Establishment of an Africa-EU Working Group for the IAU-GA in 2024

Programme:
09:00 – 09:05 Opening Remarks (Kevin Govender/Charles Takalana)
09:00 – 09:10 The African Astronomical Society (Jamal Mimouni)
The European Astronomical Society (Inma Dominguez)
09:10 – 09:25 Presentation and updates on the IAU-GA2024 (Vanessa McBride)
09:25 – 09:35 Science Plan and Flagships towards IAU-GA2024 (Bradley Frank)
09:35 – 09:45 Outreach Plan and Flagships towards IAU-GA2024 (Carolina Ödman)
09:45 – 09:55 EU collaborations for astronomy and science developments in Africa (Mirjana Pović)
09:55 – 10:05 Astrophysics and planetary science for development: lessons and perspectives with AFIPS (David Baratoux)

10:05 – 10:15 Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy DARA (Melvin Hoare)
10:15 – 10:45 Panel Discussion
Example Questions to be addressed
  • How do we best address issues of flow of information between the
  • Africa and EU astronomy community?
  • What does Africa EU collaboration look like at present and what would we like to achieve by 2024?
  • What are the Science and Outreach areas of collaboration that could have mutual benefits?
  • What are existing funding instruments for Africa-EU collaboration?
Panelists:
- Jamal Mimouni
- Inma Domingue
- Melvin Hoare
- Vanessa McBride
- Bradley Frank
- Carolina Ödman
- David Baratoux
- Mirjana Pović
10:45 – 11:00 Africa-EU Working Group for the IAU-GA in 2024 (Kevin Govender)


Speakers
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Jamal Mimouni

Prof, AfAS
Jamal Mimouni is an Algerian astrophysicist, who received his higher education partly in Algeria (B. Sc. in Theoretical Physics in 1977 from Algiers University) and partly in the States (Ph. D. in Particle Physics in 1985 from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia). He is also... Read More →
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Inma Domínguez

Secretary of the Council, European Astronomical Society
Inma is Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University ofGranada (UGR). She obtained her PhD from the University of Barcelona (1991) and worked at the Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale (Italy), being a frequent visitor at the INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico d'Abruzzo, the... Read More →
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Kevin Govender

Director, IAU Office of Astronomy for Development
Founding and current director of IAU Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD), which was established in 2011, now with 11 regional offices and language centres globally. Previously Manager of the Southern African Large Telescope’s Collateral Benefits Programme at the South African... Read More →
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Charles Mpho Takalana

Head of Secretariat, African Astronomical Society
Charles Mpho Takalana completed his Ph.D. in physics focusing on Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in December 2020. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Charles currently works at the African... Read More →
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Mirjana Povic

Assistant professor in astrophysics, ESSTI, Ethiopia; IAA-CSIC, Spain; MUST, Uganda
Mirjana Pović (1981, Serbia) is an assistant professor at the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI), an associate researcher at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía in Spain, and an honorary lecturer at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda... Read More →
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Melvin Hoare

Professor,, University of Leeds
Melvin Hoare is Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Leeds, UK. After obtaining a PhD in Astrophysics at University College London, he carried out research at the University of Oxford, UK and Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Germany. Specializing in the study of how massive... Read More →
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Vanessa McBride

Astronomer, Office of Astronomy for Development
Dr Vanessa McBride is an astronomer at the Office of Astronomy for Development, where she works towards bridging the gap between the community of professional astronomers and the development work.  She is co-chair of the National Organising Committee of the IAU’s General Assembly... Read More →
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David Baratoux

Planetary Scientist, University Félix-Houphouët-Boigny in Côte d'Ivoire
David Baratoux is a planetary scientist affiliated to the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development, and is currently working at the University Félix-Houphouët-Boigny in Côte d'Ivoire. He was involved in space exploration programs of the solar system, and made... Read More →
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Bradley Frank

Associate Director for Astronomy Computing, Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA)
Dr Bradley Frank is a professional radio astronomer, and is SARAO’s Associate Director for Astronomy Computing at the Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA). Brad has an undergrad from Wits and PhD (Astronomy) from UCT. Prior to his appointment at IDIA, Brad had completed... Read More →
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Carolina Ödman

Associate Professor, IDIA, University of the Western Cape
Dr. Ödman is Associate Professor at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Trained in physics at EPFL in Switzerland, she holds a PhD in cosmology from Cambridge University, UK. After a Marie Curie postdoctoral research fellowship in Italy, she changed fields to become... Read More →


Wednesday June 16, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am CEST
Virtual Room: Ghana

11:00am CEST

A New Paradigm for Health Research with Africa
Speakers
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Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →
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Inmaculada Peñas

Policy officer, European Commission
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Regina Nthenya

AOSK Health Association coordinator, AOSK
I am a catholic Nun working with the Association of sisterhoods of Kenya. A nurse by profession and passionate about mental health and well-being of people.Currently a student at Tangaza University College pursuing BA in Counselling Psychology. My greatest desire is to reduce the... Read More →
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Jeffrey Mphahlele

South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)
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Eugene Mutimura

Executive Secretary, National Council for Science and Technology (NCST). , Rwanda
Dr Eugene Mutimura is the Executive secretary for Rwanda National Council for Science and Technology (NCST). Dr Mutimura was the Minister of Education in the Republic of Rwanda.He previously worked at the Inter-University Council of East Africa as the Coordinator of the 24 Eastern... Read More →
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Kurt Zatloukal

Director of the Diagnostic and Research Center for Molecular BioMedicine, Director BBMRI.at, Medical University 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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Sally Cudmore

University College Cork
Sally has a biochemistry degree from UCC and a Ph.D. from the Cell Biology Programme at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany. This was followed by EMBO and HFSP postdoctoral fellowships for cytoskeleton research at the University of California at... Read More →
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Frauke Alves

Research Leader, Max-Planck-Institute of Experimenetal Medicine
Prof. Dr. med. Frauke Alves is the head of the interdisciplinary group "Translational Molecular Imaging" located at the Max-Planck-Institute of Experimental Medicine as well as at the UMG, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology and the Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology.The focus of the AG Alves is the application of non-invasive and high-resolution imaging techniques in combination with molecular probes to better understand the development... Read More →
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Kenneth Fleming

Chairman, The Lancet Commission on Diagnostics
Dr Fleming has been an academic pathologist for over 40 years. His research interests include the pathogenesis of Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, and the molecular analysis of tissue. He has over 200 publications and a H-index of 49.Dr Fleming has had several major leadership positions... Read More →
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Damian Okaibedi Eke

De Montfort University, Leicester
Dr Damian Okaibedi Eke is a Research Fellow in the EU Human Brain Project at De Montfort University (DMU) in the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility. He is the Data Governance coordinator for the Human Brain Project and the Chair of International Brain Initiative's (IBI... Read More →
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Magda Moutaftsi

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMME OFFICER, Global Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) R&D Hub, Germany
Dr Magda Moutaftsi joined the Global AMR R&D Hub in January 2019 as a Scientific Programme Officer. She has a background in viral immunology focused on vaccine development and global health diseases.Prior to joining the Hub she was at EDCTP as a Strategic Partnership Officer and from... Read More →
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Jeremy Ouedraogo

Head of African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE) program, African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD)
Dr Jeremy is Head of Regional Office of NEPAD Agency ABNE. Before joining ABNE he was a plant breeder, Head of the Plant Genetics and Biotechnology laboratory in the national research system of Burkina Faso. He holds a PhD degree from the University Laval, Canada and his research... Read More →



Wednesday June 16, 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Madagascar

11:00am CEST

Africa-Europe Geoscience Cooperation to Sustain our Planet
Africa-EU Infrastructure for Geoscience (AEIG)

The “Africa-EU Infrastructure for Geoscience (AEIG)” initiative can provide a bridge between key policy objectives in Europe and Africa. This initiative has been constructed within the framework of the Africa-Europe Radio Astronomy Program (AERAP). The Africa-EU Infrastructure for Geoscience (AEIG) will provide:
• Human capital development including designated funding for the development of young women
geoscientists and young researchers.
• Synergies between African and European geological surveys and research consortia.
• Support for water security, agricultural sustainability, energy security, raw materials
availability especially with regards the critical minerals necessary for decarbonisation, the blue
economy, and community safety from geohazards including climate change and the Green Deal.
• Critical information for global, national region and local government policymakers, land-use
and natural resources management and regulators;
• Digital and sensor infrastructure for geo-and related sciences.

The European Commission’s Africa Strategy calls for partnerships to achieve common goals is in line
with UN SDG 17, “partnerships for the goals” and the African Union’s Agenda 2063 for socio-economic
transformation. The foundation for this strong and enduring partnership needs to be rooted in our
shared Earth, informed by the knowledge of what science and technology can bring. Geoscience is
required to justly achieve the green transition and the digital transformation while delivering the United
Nations Sustainable Development Goals for our planet home.

Viable solutions to ensure carbon neutrality in Europe by 2050 must be based on accurate, reliable
Earth-related data. Strategically collecting the vast amounts of necessary data will involve developing
and constructing cutting-edge analytical platforms and ICT infrastructure. It will also require a step-
change to empower African and European citizens to engage in citizen projects throughout our two
continents. The production of young new geoscientists, particularly women, with data analysis and
management skills together with an engaged public will accelerate sustainable growth, create new jobs,
and provides the promise of more virtual mobility through the availability of the new data.
Beyond the direct data and related societally important knowledge gained an AU-EU geoscience
partnership would also yield exciting new insights in fields such as geodesy and geodynamics and is
likely to influence existing fundamental scientific paradigms in myriad other fields from astronomy to
zoology.

An AU-EU partnership in geoscience can be leveraged through the expansion of the existing cooperation
between the Organization of African Geological Surveys (OAGS) and the European Geological Surveys
(EGS) such as PanAfGeo which has been ongoing since 2016. iCRAG, which is a large multi-institution
the research group working across the full spectrum of earth science and sustainability topics in both
Europe and Africa is ideally placed and actively seeking to aid in ensuring an AU-EU partnership
delivers on goals critical to addressing the primary challenges outlined in the European Commission’s
comprehensive strategy with Africa.


Speakers
avatar for Domingo Alcaraz-Segura

Domingo Alcaraz-Segura

Associate Professor in the Dept. of Botany, University of Granada
Domingo Alcaraz-Segura is associate professor in the Dept. of Botany at the University of Granada. He is interested on the remote-sensing based assessment of global change effects on ecosystem functioning and services the development of monitoring and warning systems for changes in... Read More →
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Robert Kaemba

Exploration Manager, First Quantum Minerals Ltd.
Robert is Exploration Manager – Zambia, with First Quantum Minerals Ltd. leading a Multi-disciplinary Team in the Sediment Hosted Copper search space. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Honours) in Applied Geology, from University of Leicester (2007) and has been in Industry... Read More →
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Murray Hitzman

Director, iCRAG
Murray W. Hitzman is Director of iCRAG and a Science Foundation Ireland Research Professor. Murray has B.A. degrees in geology and anthropology from Dartmouth College (1976), an M.S. in geology from University of Washington (1978), and a Ph.D. in geology from Stanford University (1983... Read More →
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Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member, LifeWatch ERIC
Currently LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member representing the ENVRI cluster, and former Chair of ERIC FORUM too.As e-Biodiversity expert holding a PhD. Engineer on Telecommunications, and Industrial Organization-Enterprise... Read More →
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David Khoza

Geoscience Council, South Africa
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Celine Andrien

EuroGeoSurveys (EGS)- (PanAfGeo)
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Rokayha Samba

President of the Organization of African GeoSurveys (OAGS)
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Susan Webb

Univ. of Witwatersrand
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Juan Manuel García Ruiz

Research Professor, Higher Council for Scientific Research and the University of Granada
Juan Manuel García Ruiz is a Research Professor at the Higher Council for Scientific Research and the University of Granada. He is the founder of the Laboratory for Crystallographic Studies and the Spanish Crystallization Factory. Garcia-Ruiz is an international expert in crystallization... Read More →


Wednesday June 16, 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Mauritius

11:00am CEST

The Microbiome - Improving Health, Food Systems and Economic Prosperity. Convened by APC Microbiome Ireland
Our session aims to be interactive -- we encourage your perspectives and questions!
  • Welcome Remarks Professor Paul Ross, Director APC Microbiome Ireland
  • Role of Science and Higher Education to improve health, food systems and prosperity. H.E Intisar El-Zein Soughayroun. Minister for Higher Education & Scientific Research, Sudan.
  • Value of EU and Sudanese interdisciplinary Research and Innovation Cooperation. Professor Imad Elimairi. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, African Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Association [Video]
  • Case Study: EU investment in Science Research in Sudan & Microbe role in AfricaAmel Sami, Lecturer, National Ribat University. Khartoum, Sudan.
  • Microbiome & Global Challenges and Sustainble Development GoalsProfessor Paul O’Toole. Head of Microbiology. University College Cork. Ireland
  • Urbanisation and economic disadvantage influences early life immune imprinting - Dr. Nonhlanhla Lunjani, University of Cape Town
  • Harnessing African Biodiversity to leapfrog innovation. Dr. Thulani Makhalanyane. Deputy Director Centre for Microbial Ecology & Genomics. University of Pretoria
  • African Fermented Food MicrobiomesProfessor Paul Cotter. Head of Food Biosciences Department, Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority (Teagasc)
  • Interactive discussion
Moderator: Saba Loftus, Sustainability and EU Grants Manager. APC Microbiome Ireland.
Rapporteur: Victoria Spillane, APC Microbiome Ireland.

This event will convene scientists, business leaders and policy makers from Africa and Europe to discuss taking science solutions from the lab (or research level) to the end users (such as consumers, regulators and food producers).

Follow us on Twitter: @Pharmabiotic #SummitDialogue #WorldMicrobiomeDay

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As part of the Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Summit, APC Microbiome Ireland are convening a UN Food Systems Dialogue discussing the interface of food and health. Attention has grown in recent years to the role of microbiome and biotechnology research in achieving societal challenges, specifically the SDGs. The microbiomes are the predominant form of life on the planet, in both numbers and total biomass. They can be found in and on the human body, on land and sea – even within the most hostile environments incompatible with most forms of life. It is increasingly apparent that microbes provide ecosystems services that are crucial to local and global sustainability.  Societies worldwide face unprecedented challenges that threaten the future of human life as well as the planet’s ecosystems. The ‘Global Challenges’ include biodiversity loss, environmental degradation, climate change, energy demands, population growth.

Speakers
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Professor Intisar Soghayroun

Professor, University of Khartoum, Sudan
Professor Intisar  Soghayroun, professor of Archaeology, University of Khartoum, SudanProfessor Intisar Soghayroun, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research from 2019 to October 2021. She is a professor of Archaeology at the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts... Read More →
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Saba Loftus

Philanthropy and Sustainability Manager, APC Microbome Ireland
I am passionate about food system transformation, sustainable development and equity. My career has ranged from Amazon.com to the Amazon rainforest. My expertise is in Sustainable Development and strategic operations management. I hold a Masters degree in Business Studies.
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Thulani Makhalanyane

Deputy Director, Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics
I received my undergraduate education at the North West University (Mafikeng Campus), where I completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Microbiology. My honours degree project involved assessing ground water quality in the North West province, and represented my first foray into research... Read More →
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Nonhlanhla Lunjani

Physician scientist, University of Cape Town
Dr Nonhlanhla Lunjani is a Clinician Scientist at the University of Cape Town working in the overlapping fields of allergy and immunology. Her primary research interests are focused on understanding the complex mechanisms of atopic dermatitis. In particular, she is interested in early... Read More →
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Paul Cotter

Principal Investigator, Head of Department, Food Biosciences, Teagasc
Paul graduated from UCC with a BSc and PhD in Microbiology and lectured at CIT and UCC before being appointed as a Principal Research Officer, and more recently a Senior Principal Research Officer, at Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, where he also manages the APC DNA sequencing... Read More →
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Paul O'Toole

Principal Investigator,, APC Microbiome Ireland, University College Cork
Following positions in Sweden, Canada, New Zealand and the US, Paul O’Toole is Professor of Microbial Genomics and Head of Microbiology at University College Cork, Ireland. His main research theme is on the genomics of gastrointestinal bacteria in humans with emphasis on lactobacillus... Read More →
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Amel Sami

National Ribat University
Amel Sami’s research focus is the microbiome and dentistry particularly related to the Sudanese population. She holds a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (honours) degree from University College Cork (National University of Ireland). In 2012, she completed her MSc in Oral Medicine from... Read More →
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Paul Ross

Professor, Director, APC
I graduated from UCC with a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Microbiology, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology. Following postdoctoral research and an Assistant Professorship at Wake Forest University, NC, I moved to Teagasc’s Moorepark Food Research Centre to lead the Food Biotechnology programme... Read More →
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Dr Omeima Salih

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Ahfad University for Women , Omdurman, Sudan
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Imad Elimairi

Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, African oral and maxillofacial surgical association
Professor Imad Elimairi - Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery and President of the African oral and maxillofacial surgical association. Former Dean of the dental faculty National Ribat University. Professor Elimairi is a renowned surgeon who has dedicated his life to integrating... Read More →



Wednesday June 16, 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Mozambique

11:00am CEST

SKAO: Enabling Global Science through Radio Astronomy
SKAO: Enabling Global Science through Radio Astronomy

Building on decades of preparatory work, the SKA Observatory (SKAO) was established earlier in 2021 as the intergovernmental organisation responsible for delivering the two radio telescope infrastructures, in Africa and Australia that comprise the Square Kilometre Array. With a membership of States and partners that spans the globe, the SKAO is unique, tackling unprecedented science challenges, whilst fostering a new paradigm of collaboration and sustainable, inclusive impact across its footprint.

We intend that construction activities for the SKA will begin later this year, with full scientific operation towards the end of this decade. However, the impact of SKAO is already evident, through its own initiatives and those of its partners, pathfinder facilities and collaborators. This session will take stock of the current scientific preparations, focusing on the collaboration globally, and then focussing on that with Africa. We will look at the importance of data, as a challenge in itself and then as an opportunity for social impact. Then finally, in these difficult times, we will look at a specific case study, where investment in radio astronomy has been key to a direct and life-saving response to the global COVID pandemic.

Programme (time is UT)

0900 Welcome words and introduction of the topic – Dr Simon Berry
0905 Science prospects with the SKA, including highlights from SKA pathfinders and precursors – Dr Anna Bonaldi
0920 Case study: EVN as a great scientific tool to strengthen collaboration, train people, develop skills and technologies – Dr Cristina Garcia-Miro
0935 Case study: the Trans-European LOFAR; connecting Europe to northern Africa through radio astronomy – Dr George Miley
0950 SKA Science Data Challenges: preparing the community for a new era in astronomy – Dr Philippa Hartley
1005 Developing the next generation of data scientists in South Africa – Dr Carolina Odman-Govender
1020 Beyond the science: socio-economic impact and sustainability; the SKAO case study – William Garnier
1035 From radio astronomy to the fight against Covid-19: a case study of the SARAO ventilators – Dr Adrian Tiplady
1050 Questions…
1058 Wrap up and closing remarks – Dr Simon Berry

Speakers
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George Miley

Emeritus Professor, Leiden University
Title of talk: LOFAR-EUNAME. A new Model for Combining Science with Capacity BuildingGeorge Miley is Emeritus Professor of Astronomy at Leiden University in the Netherlands and has authored several hundred papers on radio galaxies and quasars. He is a graduate of University College... Read More →
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Anna Bonaldi

Project scientist, SKA Observatory
Anna Bonaldi did her degree and her PhD in astronomy at the University of Padova (Italy) and specialised in cosmology – the study of the Universe as a whole. She first pursued this research by joining the Planck Collaboration, an extremely successful satellite experiment that mapped... Read More →
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Simon Berry

Director, Square Kilometer Array Observatory (SKAO)
Simon Berry is the Head of the Director General’s Office at the SKA Observatory (SKAO) the newly formed intergovernmental organisation responsible for the development and operation of cutting-edge radio telescopes that will transform our understanding of the Universe and deliver... Read More →
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William Garnier

Director of Communications, SKAO
William Garnier is Director of Communications, Outreach and Education at the SKA Observatory. In his position, William is in charge of developing and delivering the overarching Communications and Outreach strategy for the organisation. William is coordinating a network of communications... Read More →
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Philippa Hartley

Postdoctoral Fellow, SKA Observatory
Philippa Hartley is an SKAO postdoctoral fellow responsible for co-organising the SKA Science Data Challenge series. Having studied for a degree in Physics at the University of Liverpool, Philippa obtained an MSc and PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Manchester... Read More →
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Adrian Tiplady

Deputy Managing Director for Strategy and Partnerships, South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO)
Dr Adrian Tiplady is the Deputy Managing Director for Strategy and Partnerships at the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), which is responsible for implementing South Africa's strategic investments in radio astronomy. Over the last 16 years, he has been closely involved... Read More →
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Carolina Ödman-Govender

Associate Director of Development and Outreach, Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA)
Carolina Ödman-Govender is the Associate Director of Development and Outreach at IDIA. Trained in physics at EPFL in Switzerland, she holds a PhD in cosmology from Cambridge University, UK. After a Marie Curie research fellowship in Italy, she became the first international project... Read More →
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Cristina Garcia-Miro

Astronomer, Yebes Observatory of the National Astronomical Observatory in Spain (OAN/IGN)
Cristina studied Astronomy degree at the Complutense University in Madrid (Spain) and obtained the M. Sc. in Astrophysics from the University of Granada (Spain). In her first job she was controller and operator of the International Ultraviolet Explorer space telescope (IUE, ESA/NASA... Read More →


Wednesday June 16, 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Zambia

1:00pm CEST

Open Science for Sustainability and Inclusiveness: the SKA Role Model
Open Science may seem like a “new" approach to Science, but in fact it is a fundamental principle of the Scientific Method, which was established in the 17th Century. The ability of Open Science to enhance scientific collaboration and knowledge interchange in a transparent way has put it in the spotlight in this era of Big Data and data intensive research. However, Open Science is not only an indispensable element of high-quality science: it comes with a wider impact in other areas.

In this talk we will show how Open Science encourages the democratisation of science, accelerates the transfer of knowledge to society, promotes equity and inclusiveness, as well as other actions that contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Furthermore, we will emphasise how it is key in maximising the scientific impact of the SKA Observatory: the SKA is a Big data infrastructure with a multidisciplinary worldwide community of users who have already started collaborating to prepare for the challenge, whose core will be at the SKA Regional Centres, where SKA science will be carried out.

We will also describe the existing barriers to embrace Open Science and the FAIR principles as seen from individual scientists, data centres, KSP teams, publishers or even funding agencies, and how the community building the SRCs is addressing these challenges. The effort seems worthwhile, both for better science and to maximise social impact. We will argue that for the SKAO, adoption of Open Science is both a need and a duty, and we will show that the SKAO and its community are already flying this flag.

Speakers
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Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro

Coordinator of the Spanish scientific and technological participation in the SKA, Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC)
Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro is a radio astronomer focused on the multifrequency analysis of the evolution of galaxies and their environments, with special emphasis in the study of atomic gas (HI). Currently, she is the Coordinator of the Spanish scientific and technological participation... Read More →


Wednesday June 16, 2021 1:00pm - 1:30pm CEST
Virtual Room: Kenya

1:00pm CEST

Artificial and Augmented Intelligence for Health, Environment and Food Systems
Speakers
avatar for Domingos Barbosa

Domingos Barbosa

DR, Instituto de Telecomunicações
Domingos Barbosa, PhD in Astrophysics & Space Techniques (U. Paris VII), Marie Curie Fellow (1998-2000) :Senior Researcher at Radioastronomy Group, Basic Sciences & Enabling Technologies, Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), Portugal. Coordinates the ENGAGE SKA Research Infrastructure... Read More →
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Barry O´Sullivan

Director, Insight Centre for Data Analytics
Professor O'Sullivan holds the Chair of Constraint Programming in the Department of Computer Science at University College Cork. He served as Head of Department, Computer Science, from 2012-2015. He is the founding director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at UCC. His primary... Read More →
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Happy sithole

CSIR
Sithole is the director of the Centre for High Performance Computing at the CSIR. He completed his PhD in materials science, focusing on electronic and atomistic simulation of iron sulphides, at the University of Limpopo. He has applied high-performance computing to solve problems... Read More →
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Rachel Adams

Chief Research Specialist, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
Dr Rachel Adams is a Chief Research Specialist at the Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa, where she is leading various projects exploring the impact of artificial intelligence in Africa, data for inclusive development, and data governance. She has degrees in Jurisprudence... Read More →
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Enrique Herrera Viedma

Professor in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, UGR LifeWatch ERIC, University of Granada (UGR)


Wednesday June 16, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Ethiopia

1:00pm CEST

Water: Science and Technology is Essential for Water Decision Making and Decision Makers.
Speakers
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Henry J. Roman (PhD)

Department of Science and Innovation, South Africa
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Bernd GAWLIK

Joint Research Centre, European Commission
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Filali Meknassi

Director of the Division of Water Sciences and Secretary of the International Hydrological Programme
Dr. Filali-Meknassi holds a Ph.D. degree in hydrology from the INRS in partnership with the “École Polytechnique de Montréal”. At the end of his studies, he completed his first Post-doc at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and a second Post-doc at the Missouri University... Read More →
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Paul Ruebig

Governing Board member, European Institute for Innovation and Technology EIT
Paul Rübig (born 6 May 1953 in Wels) is an Austrian politician and was Member of the European Parliament for the Austrian People's Party. He became a Member of the European Parliament on 25 January 1996, and was re-elected in 1996, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014. In 2019 he left European... Read More →
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Stanley Liphadzi

director, WRC
Prof (Dr) Stanley Liphadzi is a Group Executive Manager of Research &Development in the Water Research Commission, in South Africa. Adjunct Professor at the University of Venda. He holds PhD in Agronomy from Kansas State University, MSc (Agronomy) from the University of Pretoria... Read More →


Wednesday June 16, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Bostwana

1:00pm CEST

Clean IT for Environment: Clean IT for Climate Justice: policymakers need to make this work
Digital technologies are indispensable to achieving sustainable development goals and reducing carbon emissions in many sectors. Yet, computer systems themselves have an immense energy requirement for their countless devices, data centers, applications and global networks. With Covid-19 the shift to digital in living, learning and earning is bringing us closer to the time when digitization will become the climate hazard No. 1. Since digitization has many important benefits, we must prioritize research policy to: design digitization processes that consume less energy; increase algorithmic efficiency and effectiveness so that people and the planet thrive; and make “Sustainability by Design” the new paradigm in digital engineering worldwide.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Perez

Richard Perez

Founding Director, Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking at the University of Cape Town
Richard Perez is the founding director of the Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking at the University of Cape Town, which leverages the global d.school network of both Potsdam, Germany and Stanford, United States. Richard’s expertise and experience combines human centered design... Read More →
avatar for Domingos Barbosa

Domingos Barbosa

DR, Instituto de Telecomunicações
Domingos Barbosa, PhD in Astrophysics & Space Techniques (U. Paris VII), Marie Curie Fellow (1998-2000) :Senior Researcher at Radioastronomy Group, Basic Sciences & Enabling Technologies, Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), Portugal. Coordinates the ENGAGE SKA Research Infrastructure... Read More →
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Mei Lin Fung

Convenor, MLF Associates Inc.
Actively working with the World Summit on the Information Society to make participation by women to the 50/50 level for speakers and participants by 2022. Chair and cofounder with Vint Cerf of the People Centered Internet, gave the keynote on Decade of Digital Transformation at t... Read More →
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Alpesh Shah

Senior Director of Global Business Strategy & Intelligence, IEEE Standards Association
Alpesh Shah serves as the Senior Director of Global Business Strategy & Intelligence at the IEEE Standards Association, where his focus is on organizational growth and sustainable and impactful advancements of ecosystems towards accelerated outcomes. Prior to joining the IEEE, Alpesh... Read More →
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Christoph Meinel

Director and CEO, Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering
Christoph Meinel is CEO and Scientific Director of the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering gGmbH (HPI). He is also Vice Dean of the Faculty of Digital Engineering at the University of Potsdam. Christoph Meinel holds the chair of Internet Technologies and Systems. He is... Read More →
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Mahama Ouedraogo

Director, Science and Technology Department, African Union Commission
Mahama Ouedraogo holds a PhD in plant breeding from Texas A&M University. He served as acting Director of the Semi-Arid Food Grain Research and Development and Executive Secretary of the African Union Scientific Technical and Research Commission.He is currently the head of the Science... Read More →
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Pascal Doh

Senior Researcher, Diaspora Academic Network for Africa
Dr. Pascal S. Doh is Founder of a Finland-Africa Platform for Innovation in 2019 and of A Europe-Africa Diaspora Professional Network. He is specialised in Higher Education (HE) Management and Governance and resident in Finland. He holds a Ph.D in Higher Education Management from... Read More →
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Bienvenu Agbokponto Soglo

Director, Government Affairs Africa & EMEA CTO Liaison, Intel
Dr. Bienvenu Agbokponto Soglo is the Director, Government Affairs Africa & EMEA CTO Liaison at Intel Corporation. In his current role, Dr Agbokponto Soglo is responsible for developing policy strategies and advocating for favorable government policies, regulations, and standards to... Read More →
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Maxwell Otim Onapa

Director of Science, Research and Innovation, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI), Uganda
Dr. Maxwell Otim Onapa is a biomedical scientist who has specialized in the development and management of Science, Technology and Innovation and their integration into the national development process. He currently works as Director Science, Research and Innovation at the Ministry... Read More →
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Johan Eksteen

Senior Director, South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Technical Committee,
Johan wears two hats relevant for discussions on standards. He is the chairperson of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Technical Committee TC 0001, the mirror of the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC 1). In addition, he holds the position of Senior Director: International... Read More →
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David Harmon

Huawei
David Harmon is the director for EU Public Affairs at Huawei Technologies since September 2019. He implements key strategies and manages stakeholder relationships within the EU institutions covering the research, innovation, science, trade and digital economy policy areas.Before coming... Read More →


Wednesday June 16, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: South Africa

1:00pm CEST

Vaccine Manufacturing in Africa. Convened by ONE Foundation and Medical University, Graz
Speakers
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Inmaculada Peñas

Policy officer, European Commission
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Jeffrey Mphahlele

South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)
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Eva Stöger

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) Austria
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Alex Cahana

Partner, BTBlock
With 27 years clinical practice, 17 years in digital health and 7 years in distributed ledger technology, I am currently a UN/CEFACT expert for blockchain and health, advisor to AfyfaRekod and board member for AdaLabs and the AI Center of Excellence in Africa.As an industry leader... Read More →
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David McNair

Executive Director, Global Policy, ONE Foundation
David McNair is ONE’s Executive Director for Global Policy leading a global team of policy advisers to ensure our campaigns are rooted in and supported by robust evidence. Previously he was ONE’s Director of Transparency where he worked to secure flagship anti-corruption policies... Read More →
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Glaudina Loots

Department of Science and Innovation, government of South Africa
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Kurt Zatloukal

Director of the Diagnostic and Research Center for Molecular BioMedicine, Director BBMRI.at, Medical University 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 →


Wednesday June 16, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Ghana

3:00pm CEST

Developing A Skills Agenda that Works for Future Generations in Africa. Convened by SKA Africa and InnoPharma
The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) presents new opportunities for developing nations to fully participate and compete in a global digital economy. The Covid-19 pandemic has, however, accelerated this transition into a digital world forcing economic sectors to adapt conventional methods by providing digital solutions. This digitisation has been seen across sectors ranging from education and training, health, manufacturing and many more, while in parallel supporting the possibility of achieving global sustainability goals through this advanced digitisation. To respond to the rapid digitisation of many sectors, regional policies within Africa and the EU have been formulated to take on the skills revolution required by the 4IR, especially in a post-Covid recovery world.

The African continent requires a skills agenda that empowers its growing youth population at all levels of eduction to address the consistent unemployment challenges facing the continent. The skills agenda has become a priority in regional economic recovery strategies for the continent given the increased youth unemployment due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The opportunities presented by new and emerging skills needed for the 4IR, represents an opportunity for African youth to actively participate in a knowledge economy in creating jobs of the future, which can allow Africa to fully participate in the global digital economy.

This session will be hosted in celebration of Africa’s youth as part of South Africa’s Youth Day on 16 June. The session will showcase existing Africa-EU partnerships in emerging skills development areas in sectors of astronomy, agriculture, manufacturing and health, as well as overarching skills that are multidisciplinary. We will also explore the empowerment of Africa’s youth through training programmes offering widespread digitisation skills in developing a digital society on the continent. Through the discussions, we intend to identify Africa-EU partnerships that can advance Africa’s transition into the 4IR by equipping its youth with skills that are relevant in building a more prosperous and thriving Africa of the future.   
 

Speakers
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Racey Muchilwa

Head of Novartis Sub Saharan Africa (SSA), Novartis (KENYA), Novartis
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José Manuel Ávila

Environmental Scientist, Agroecology Technical Officer, LifeWatch ERIC
Dr José Manuel Ávila is an Environmental Scientist who specialises in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology and has a PhD in Environment and Society. He has more than ten years of experience in R&D projects across different sectors (research centre, academia and industry). At the... Read More →
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Ashley Lumsden

Director of Government and Public Affairs, Huawei Technologies
Ashley Lumsden currently serves as Director of Government and Public Affairs, in charge of Huawei’s UK strategy for relationship building with the UK Government, Parliament, and Regulators. Over the past 5 years at Huawei he has worked with colleagues in the UK, Brussels and Shenzhen... Read More →
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Valério Ribeiro

Researcher in Astrophysics, Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal
Valério Ribeiro is a Mozambican astrophysicist and currently a Researcher in Astrophysics at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal. Previously he has worked at the Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Radboud University (Netherlands) and the University... Read More →
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Ian Jones

CEO and President, Innopharma
Founder and CEO of Innopharma Group, IrelandProfessor Ian Jones is the CEO and President of Innopharma Group – an Education and Technology Institute. He has worked for the past 25 years supporting high-tech manufacturing (particularly Digital, (Bio)pharma and Agri/FoodTech) where... Read More →
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Bonita de Swardt

Strategic Partnerships for Human Capital Development, SARAO
BONITA DE SWARDTManager of Strategic Partnerships for Human Capital Development (South African Radio Astronomy Observatory)Dr Bonita de Swardt carried out her initial training in astronomy at Rutgers University in the US. She completed her PhD in 2009 working on science commissioning... Read More →
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Nikiwe Bam

Teacher, NPB SMT Academy
Princess Nikiwe Bhabhanomhlehlo Bam is a 36 year old cultural, traditional, social and educational activist, She is a lastborn of uNkosi Tatana Manzayabila Bam, and Nozakuye Nolusapho Bam, of Ngxabane clan, of Mpondomise Nation, in Ntibaneni, Ngcobo in Eastern Cape, South Afrika... Read More →
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Anna Scaife

Professor of Radio Astronomy, University of Manchester
Anna Scaife is Professor of Radio Astronomy at the University of Manchester, where she is head of the Jodrell Bank Interferometry Centre of Excellence and academic Co-Director of Policy@Manchester. Her research focuses on the use of artificial intelligence for discovery in data-intensive... Read More →


Wednesday June 16, 2021 3:00pm - 5:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Madagascar

3:00pm CEST

Our Digital Future for Our Citizens
The main overarching theme of the Horizon Europe Strategy and Africa 2063 Agenda set by the African Union - smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and development – designs the framework for a successful Africa and Europe cooperation under challenging economic, social and environmental conditions.  The common main aims of these Agendas is to develop an economy based on knowledge and innovation, contributing to welfare creation, peace and collective prosperity.   
This common framework has seen the tremendous technological challenge posed by COVID pandemics and has accelerated the usage and societal penetration of Information and Computing technologies (ICT).  As the UN Secretary-General Roadmap for Digital Cooperation emphasizes, digital technologies do help to confront the threat and keep people connected. Supercomputers are essential to analyze thousands of drug compounds to identify candidates for treatments and vaccines. E-commerce platforms prioritized household staples and medical supplies, while videoconferencing platforms enabled education and economic activity to continue.  To this end, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence and enablers like enhanced connectivity and digital infrastructures, 5G roll-out corridors can provide a smart cross-fertilization ground addressing key societal challenges and policies.

Speakers
avatar for Antonio Jose Saenz-Albanes

Antonio Jose Saenz-Albanes

ICT e-Infrastructure Operations Coordinator, LifeWatch ERIC
Antonio José Sáenz-Albanés is the ICT e-Infrastructure Operations Coordinator of LifeWatch ERIC. He received a Diploma of Advanced Studies of the Official Postgraduate Program in Engineering and Technology of the Information of the University of Seville. He has 29 years of experience... Read More →
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Mafini Dosso

Project leader, European Commission JRC
Dr Mafini Sarratou Dosso currently works as an Economist and Policy Analyst at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (EC JRC) in Seville, Spain.Mafini is leading the project ‘Smart Specialisation Strategies with sub-Saharan Africa’ and coordinates the exploratory... Read More →
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Pascal Doh

Senior Researcher, Diaspora Academic Network for Africa
Dr. Pascal S. Doh is Founder of a Finland-Africa Platform for Innovation in 2019 and of A Europe-Africa Diaspora Professional Network. He is specialised in Higher Education (HE) Management and Governance and resident in Finland. He holds a Ph.D in Higher Education Management from... Read More →
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Nick Vitalari

Chief Strategy Officer, Quantum Materials Corp
Topic: The Face of Identity in the Era of the DigitizationThe face of personal identity has changed. Fueled by digitization, traditional data privacy, security and anonymity rarely exists in our densely networked world. By mid-century, our digital self, that is, the compiled digital... Read More →
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Happy sithole

CSIR
Sithole is the director of the Centre for High Performance Computing at the CSIR. He completed his PhD in materials science, focusing on electronic and atomistic simulation of iron sulphides, at the University of Limpopo. He has applied high-performance computing to solve problems... Read More →
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Domingos Barbosa

DR, Instituto de Telecomunicações
Domingos Barbosa, PhD in Astrophysics & Space Techniques (U. Paris VII), Marie Curie Fellow (1998-2000) :Senior Researcher at Radioastronomy Group, Basic Sciences & Enabling Technologies, Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), Portugal. Coordinates the ENGAGE SKA Research Infrastructure... Read More →


Wednesday June 16, 2021 3:00pm - 5:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Zambia

3:00pm CEST

Strategic Framework on International Cooperation (SFIC) in Science and Technology: the work of the Africa Task Force
The Strategic Forum for International cooperation in STI (SFIC) is an advisory body for the council and the EC with all Member States, Associated Countries and the EC being members of the group. The forum develops recommendations and opinions to current international cooperation topics ans strategic papers and organizes it´s thematic work in Task Forces and working Groups. One of those groups is devoted to the EU and MS collaboration with Africa and the Chair of SFIc will report on the current activities of the group and results of their work.

Speakers
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Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →
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Mammo Muchie

Chair Rated Research Professor in Innovation Studies, Tshwane University of Technology
DST-NRF SARChI Chair Rated Research Professor in Innovation Studies, Tshwane University of TechnologyProfessor Mammo Muchie did his undergraduate degree in Columbia University, New York, USA and his postgraduate MPhil and DPhil in Science, Technology, and Innovation for Development... Read More →
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Eugene Mutimura

Executive Secretary, National Council for Science and Technology (NCST). , Rwanda
Dr Eugene Mutimura is the Executive secretary for Rwanda National Council for Science and Technology (NCST). Dr Mutimura was the Minister of Education in the Republic of Rwanda.He previously worked at the Inter-University Council of East Africa as the Coordinator of the 24 Eastern... Read More →
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Mario Cervantes

Senior Economist, Science and Technology, OECD
I'm a science, technology and innovation policy expert at the OECD. I am passionate about using STI for fostering economic development and tackling environmental challenges. I am also keen on the interaction between technology and culture.
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Martina Hartl

Deputy Head of Unit, Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) Austria
Martina Hartl is Deputy Head of Unit for International Research Cooperation in the Ministry of Education, Science and Research in Austria. With a background in Sociology her 20+ years career in the Ministry started in the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, where she has... Read More →


Wednesday June 16, 2021 3:00pm - 5:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Mauritius

3:00pm CEST

Science capacity building with Africa: how the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures and the ERIC Forum can provide a basis for enabling and sustaining science cooperation, in particular enabling data-based research between Africa and Europ
Speakers
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Eugene Mutimura

Executive Secretary, National Council for Science and Technology (NCST). , Rwanda
Dr Eugene Mutimura is the Executive secretary for Rwanda National Council for Science and Technology (NCST). Dr Mutimura was the Minister of Education in the Republic of Rwanda.He previously worked at the Inter-University Council of East Africa as the Coordinator of the 24 Eastern... Read More →
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Takalani Nemaungani

Acting Chief Director, Department of Science and Innovation
Takalani Nemaungani:Takalani Nemaungani is currently the Acting Chief Director for the Astronomy portfolio at the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) in South Africa – Astronomy is a flagship project receiving the single largest investment in the budget within the DSI. Trained... Read More →
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Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member, LifeWatch ERIC
Currently LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member representing the ENVRI cluster, and former Chair of ERIC FORUM too.As e-Biodiversity expert holding a PhD. Engineer on Telecommunications, and Industrial Organization-Enterprise... Read More →
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Corrado perna

Senior Policy Officer, INAF
Corrado Perna is a Senior Policy Officer from the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics. He played a leading role in promoting the Italy’s founding involvement in the establishment of the XXI century global large scale research Astrophysics facilities such as SKA, CTA and... Read More →
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Dominik Sobczak

European Commission: DG Research and Innovation
Dominik Sobczak graduated from Warsaw School of Economics in 2003 in Finance and Banking and in European Studies, where he worked for the following two years as researcher in macroeconomics, financial markets and European integration as well as research project manager. After joining... Read More →
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Francisco Colomer

Chair, Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC
Francisco (Paco) Colomer (Valencia, 1966) is director of JIVE, the Joint Institute for VLBI, a European Research Infrastructure hosted by ASTRON/NWO in Dwingeloo (the Netherlands). Colomer earned his PhD in astrophysics by Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) on the study of... Read More →


Wednesday June 16, 2021 3:00pm - 5:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Mozambique

3:00pm CEST

Space Applications for Dynamic Cooperation Across Sectors
Space technology, data and services tackle some of the most pressing challenges, such as fighting climate change, helping to stimulate technological innovation, and providing socio-economic benefits to citizens. Its potential in supporting the European Commission Green Deal and digital transformation is undoubted. The importance of fostering innovation in space applications and services across countries and continents is widely acknowledged as well.

The EU’s relationship with Africa has been recognised as a key priority for the European Commission. The field of Space and space applications represent an enormous potential for cooperation between Europe and Africa. In particular, space research and all related activities have outstanding capacity to enable new skills development and human capital development in Africa: laying the foundation for an innovation driven economy to support economic well-being on the continent. In the past, the focus on R&D has been on the development of space assets. In the meantime, the EU Space programme has not only been established, but both the Copernicus Sentinel and the Galileo constellations deliver continuous data and services, that have started changing the way we live on this planet. Therefore a co-designed strategy and research agendas for the creation of innovative space applications in close collaboration between Europe and Africa will be necessary. The commencement of Horizon Europe and the NDICI programme is an unique opportunity to advance the EU's cooperation with Africa and its’ agenda 2030.

This session gathers prominent speakers from Africa and Europe, sharing their take on how space applications can foster a dynamic cooperation between both continents across different sectors. At the European side, the establishment of the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), expected to link space to user needs, could be seen as a logical step towards increasing engagement with Africa in this field. The already strong policy dialogue in many space-related fields shall be continued and further developed, ensuring further alignment. The international research cooperation between Europe's and Africa's needs a strategic approach to space so that the combined efforts and assets can reach the common goals. In that respect, research cooperation shall advance the idea of synergies between Horizon Europe and NDICI. The NDICI programme has enormous potential to deliver key policy objectives in Africa and with Africa. Space must be part of this narrative and we need to work together to identify specific measures and initiatives.
The next EU-Africa Summit will take place during the French Council Presidency early in 2022. This triannual meeting is a unique opportunity to set new agendas and space to be part of this dialogue.
In the course of this session, we will look for the answers of these and many other related questions:
  • How can Europe and Africa collaborate to advance the SDGs together?
  • What measures should be taken to ensure that research and development is increasingly part of the shared by both continents space agenda?

Speakers
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Roya Ayazi

Secretary General, NEREUS aisbl
Since 2009 Roya heads as Secretary General of the NEREUS-network (Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies) its Brussels/Belgium based secretariat and is the main interface of the association at European level. Within the advocacy activities of the network she followed... Read More →
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Corrado perna

Senior Policy Officer, INAF
Corrado Perna is a Senior Policy Officer from the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics. He played a leading role in promoting the Italy’s founding involvement in the establishment of the XXI century global large scale research Astrophysics facilities such as SKA, CTA and... Read More →
avatar for Domingos Barbosa

Domingos Barbosa

DR, Instituto de Telecomunicações
Domingos Barbosa, PhD in Astrophysics & Space Techniques (U. Paris VII), Marie Curie Fellow (1998-2000) :Senior Researcher at Radioastronomy Group, Basic Sciences & Enabling Technologies, Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), Portugal. Coordinates the ENGAGE SKA Research Infrastructure... Read More →
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Thorsten Rudolph

AZO Space, German
Managing the European Innovation Networks for Satellite Navigation & Earth Observation & Space Exploration with 30 European regions, 200 Stakeholder & 42 Business Incubators; Managing Europe's most successful space incubator with 170 Start-up's since 2002!
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Daniela Dobreva-Nielsen

Head of Business Development, AZO - Space of Innovation, Germany
Daniela Dobreva-Nielsen is a Head of Business Development with over 25 years of extensive experience in global sales with a proven track record of revenue and market-share growth in media and technology corporations. She has a strong background in account management, business development... Read More →
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Gasiza Deborah Grace

Satellite communication specialist, Rwanda Space Agency
Deborah is a satellite communication specialist at Rwanda Space Agency. She gives her support and contribution of knowledge on all satellite network-related projects. She is currently working on the establishment of a teleport in Rwanda which will be used by middle east Africa. Deborah... Read More →
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Ayman Ahmed

Team leader Space Imaging Department, Egyptian Space Agency
Ayman is working in the Egyptian space program for 19 years and holds a Master of Business Administration -ESLSCA, France, and Ph.D. in Communications Engineering, 2013; He has Postdoctoral research in small satellite testing -Japan. 2016.Ayman is a Principal investigator for several... Read More →
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Thomas Esch

Project Manager, Team Leader, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Dr. Thomas Esch is team leader and project manager at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). He received the Diploma degree in Applied Physical Geography from the University of Trier, Germany, in 2003, and the Ph.D. degree in Remote Sensing from the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, in... Read More →
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Val Munsami

Chief Executive Officer, SANSA South African National Space Agency
Dr Munsami holds a PhD in Physics, a Masters of Business Leadership, a Space Studies Program Diploma, and a Certificate in International Air, Space and Telecommunications Law. He worked in South Africa’s Secretariat for the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, managed... Read More →
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Nabin Raj Gaihre

Co-founder, Village Data Analytics (VIDA)
Nabin Raj Gaihre is a co-founder of Village Data Analytics (VIDA). VIDA uses remote sensing data and machine learning-based algorithms to support data-driven decision-making in rural parts of the world. Nabin leads VIDA's application in several sub-Saharan African countries to identify villages for rural electrification using decentralized and... Read More →
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Brian Quinn

Chief Strategy Officer, Ubotica Technologies
Brian  is Chief Strategy  Officer  at  Ubotica  Technologies,  a  company thatis  exploiting  the  value  AI  at  the  Edge,  most particularlyin Space.In late 2020, Ubotica achieved a world’s first is executing AI hardware accelerationin Spacewith a Earth Observation... Read More →
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Rafael E. MARQUEZ

Director of Aerospace & Defence Systems area, AERTEC Solutions
MSc in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Seville, Master in Integrated Project Management specialized in equipment, consulting and services by the Pontifical University of Comillas, I have enhanced my skills following the Management Improvement Program (PPD) at... Read More →


Wednesday June 16, 2021 3:00pm - 5:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Namibia

5:00pm CEST

Cooperation on Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services convened LifeWatch ERIC and DSI, South Africa
Science (IPBES and IPCC) and Policy (the global post-2020 biodiversity framework and the EU Biodiversity Strategy) clearly underline that biodiversity loss can only be successfully addressed if transformative changes will be initiated, accelerated, and up-scaled. There is however hardly any knowledge on potentials and challenges arising from transitions focused on biodiversity. System-level change of this kind starts through social innovation, for example, regulations, incentives, local and participatory processes, and through the introduction of new technologies, new processes of production, or consumer products, which change how socio-technical and socio-ecological systems operate and impact their environment. Such transformative change must decrease the impacts of indirect drivers of biodiversity loss, which are in turn, underpinned by societal values and behaviours. Indirect drivers of biodiversity loss are understood here as: Production and consumption patterns, human population dynamics and trends (including their footprints), trade, technological innovations, local to global governance (including financing). Research and innovation can enable these transformative changes to happen and initiate processes, behaviour changes and actions which are transforming the way we impact biodiversity. Socio-economic and multidisciplinary research, including on the role of education, will develop knowledge and tools to understand the role of transformative change for biodiversity policy making, address the indirect drivers for biodiversity loss, and accelerate biodiversity-relevant transformative changes in our society.
Cooperation between Africa and Europe will promote knowledge and practices exchange as required to attain regional and global policies, specifically the ones directly on actions towards halting biodiversity loss is a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 15) but also to other SDGs strongly linked to it. Keeping ecosystems resilient and safeguarding our planet’s biodiversity is fundamental to poverty eradication, human health and wellbeing. Biodiversity is essential not only to the proper functioning of Earth systems, it is also key to the delivery of ecosystem services that are crucial to human dignity and wellbeing.These biodiversity-dependant ecosystem services include the provision of potable water, food and fibres, soil fertility, maintenance of the genetic databank of biodiversity, climate regulation, and recreational and aesthetic values among others. Biodiversity and cultural diversity are intricately linked. A diverse world gives us the flexibility to adapt to change, including climate change. Biodiversity therefore underpins most SDGs and its loss constitutes a threat to both security and peace and shall be a central point of cooperation among Africa and Europe.

 

Speakers
avatar for Zeinab Osman

Zeinab Osman

Director General, National Center for Research
Professor Zeinab A. Osman obtained her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from University of Khartoum and her PhD from University of Lorraine, France in Science and Industrial Technologies. She joined the staff of the National Center for Research in 1994. She is the principal investigator in... Read More →
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Kogilam Govender

Department of Science and Innovation
Ms Kogilam Govender is the Deputy Director Global Change and Sustainability at the Department of Science and Innovation. In this capacity, she promotes the development of research, the production of scientific knowledge and capacity in the field of global change. She has over 15 years... Read More →
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Christos Arvanitidis

CEO, Lifewatch ERIC
LifeWatch ERIC CEO. PhD in Marine Biology. Former Director of Research in IMBBC, HCMR. Involved in more than 60 research and education projects, coordinated more than 7. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Editorial member in several peer-reviewed Journals... Read More →
avatar for Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member, LifeWatch ERIC
Currently LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member representing the ENVRI cluster, and former Chair of ERIC FORUM too.As e-Biodiversity expert holding a PhD. Engineer on Telecommunications, and Industrial Organization-Enterprise... Read More →
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Juliana Chaves

Senior environmental consultant, Lifewatch ERIC
Ms. Juliana Chaves Chaparro (female) is a Senior International Consultant with extended expertise in Sustainable Development and Gender equality in Africa and LAC regions . She currently collaborating with LifeWatch ERIC as Biodiversity and Ecosystem services expert. Prior to this... Read More →
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Yaw Agyeman

Research Fellow, University of Ghana
As a sustainability scientist, Yaw draws on both conceptual and theoretical approaches to examine the implications of human-nature interactions. His research and teaching interests centre around climate change and sustainability assessment with a specific focus on biodiversity and... Read More →
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Maxwell Otim Onapa

Director of Science, Research and Innovation, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI), Uganda
Dr. Maxwell Otim Onapa is a biomedical scientist who has specialized in the development and management of Science, Technology and Innovation and their integration into the national development process. He currently works as Director Science, Research and Innovation at the Ministry... Read More →
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Alberto Basset

Interim Head, LifeWatch ERIC
Dr. Alberto Basset is the interim Head of the LifeWatch-ERIC Service Centre. He is full professor of Ecology at the University of Salento, with main research interests in biodiversity organisation and ecosystem functioning with a particular focus on aquatic ecosystems. Since 2015... Read More →
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Fernando Rodríguez

Professor of Environmental Economics, University of Salamanca
I work in economic valuation of Natural Capital by way of the valuation of Ecosystem Services, with the goal of providing tools to take better, sustainable decisions 


Wednesday June 16, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: South Africa
 
Thursday, June 17
 

9:00am CEST

Crop Research: Building on the ACP Sugar Research Programme to Advance Crop Research Integration in Africa
Access the online session here
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89959392461?pwd=Y0kweTgra2ZxUEhwcm1tUHFSL0V0Zz09

As the European Commission recolonizes the endorsement by the European Parliament and the Council the political agreement on the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) – ‘Global Europe' for the next MFF period (2021-2027). This instrument will support the EU's external action with an overall budget of €79.5 billion in current prices. This instrument also strengthens the EU's external action and enables them to be a leading global player and a reliable partner in the international scene, supporting our multilateral agenda. It gives them the flexibility needed to respond faster and in a more coherent way to ongoing and emerging global challenges, while supporting global priorities such as peace and stability, good governance, trade and inclusive and sustainable growth.

Based on ongoing discussion this paper is trying to spell out an initiative for Africa development agenda rely on NDICI programmes which will focus on the sugar cane model and the successful stories in some African countries. The sugar cane model that leads to sustainable and unique integrated development agenda in terms of regional local developments indicators. Hence the agenda will focuses on up scaling such developmental programmes to contribute on food security, sustainably and human capital build up including minimal displacement and immigrations abroad. The example of private sector in some African countries as a key successful stories will be highlighted and based on that the programmes in food and energy will be proposed. The role of the different stakeholders will be listed and proposed mechanisms for implementations will clearly anticipated.


Speakers
avatar for Ali Osman

Ali Osman

Kenana
dr.osman daffallahSudan,khartoum · +249917577516 /+97156476687o.ali.elkhaldi@gmail.comTechnical Advisor and Task leader of Agricultural Development Unit(ADU), Kenana Engineering & Technical Services Co. Ltd.personal informationName : Osman Ahmed Ali dafallhaNationality : SudaneseDate... Read More →
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Hennie VanDerMerwe

CEO, Agribusiness Development Corporation
Hennie van der Merwe is an experienced agribusiness entrepreneur & senior engineer holding a BEng (Hons) degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.  He has 30 years of engineering and business experience, working in diverse fields from agricultural... Read More →
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Hassan Ibrahim Ali Mofadel

Vice President for Research, Kenana
Hassan Mofadel obtained his B. Sc., Egypt, M. Sc. Sudan and PhD Malaysia 2005, majoring environment stress physiology emphasized on low agronomic manipulations such as using compost for increasing water holding capacity and partial rootdrying technique (PRD) for improving fertilizer... Read More →


Thursday June 17, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am CEST

9:00am CEST

Capacity and Research Infrastructures for Clinical Trials and Research: Convened by EDCTP and ECRIN
Please access the online session here
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84672355232?pwd=RlBFUXF1UzRVN3ZNWGFoNitXczUvZz09

Clinical trials and product focused implementation research are essential components of health research. When integrated with health systems, they are key instruments for the development of effective diagnosis, prevention and treatment strategies, as well as their implementation in the real life environment. Regional differences in terms of disease burden, population demographics, genetic differences, socio-economic factors and health systems may result in different health priorities, clinical research and capacity needs. Establishing a robust clinical research infrastructure is a highly important development step to address region-specific health challenges faced within particular health systems.

The COVID-19 crisis starkly revealed gaps in global preparedness and accelerated concerted international collaboration at all levels. The development of vaccines has been exceptional by any known standards drawing on decades of cutting-edge science, technology & innovation (STI), in many cases publicly funded but blended with excellent private sector execution. Despite the exceptional performance, access remains a key issue and cross-border ethics and regulatory hurdles, quality sample, data collection and sharing mechanisms need to be streamlined. Governments should capitalize on the momentum from the response to COVID-19 to coordinate efforts by all stakeholders, including private actors as well as development banks, and provide sustainable governance and funding mechanisms for tackling global health challenges.
This session on building coordinated research infrastructures for clinical research, co-chaired by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and the European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN), brings together key global health actors to collectively discuss lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and the next steps towards the comprehensive mobilization of all stakeholders for building sustainable clinical research preparedness and response capacities. 
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The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) is a public–public partnership between 14 European and 16 African countries, supported by the European Union. EDCTP’s vision is to reduce the individual, social and economic burden of poverty-related infectious diseases affecting sub-Saharan Africa. EDCTP’s mission is to accelerate the development of new or improved medicinal products for the identification, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases, including emerging and re-emerging diseases, through pre- and post-registration clinical studies, with emphasis on phase II and III clinical trials. EDCTP’s approach integrates conduct of research with development of African clinical research capacity and networking.

The European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN-ERIC) is a not-for-profit intergovernmental organisation that supports the conduct of multinational clinical trials in Europe. ECRIN works with national networks of clinical trial units (CTUs), as well as numerous European and international stakeholders involved in clinical research. ECRIN is also a founding member of the Clinical Research Initiative for Global Health (CRIGH) which brings together more than 40 member and observer institutions across the globe to establish a framework for international cooperation in non-commercial clinical trials and to promote evidence-based medicine through various activities focused on infrastructure and funding, global core competencies, research ethics, patient involvement, comparative effectiveness research and socio-economic impact, and data management and sharing.


Speakers
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Rhoda Wanyenze

Professor and Dean, School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University
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Jacques Demotes

Director-General, ECRIN
Jacques Demotes is the director general of the European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN), which he founded in 2004. In this role, he is responsible for the strategy and overall management of the infrastructure with the support of the ECRIN Management Office (located... Read More →
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Michael Makanga

Director, EDCTP
Dr. Michael Makanga, MD PhD FRCP: EDCTP Executive Director.Dr. Makanga is a clinician-scientist with 27 years of professional experience of working on health and poverty-related infectious diseases in Africa. This includes 23 years of work experience on medical product development... Read More →
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Marcel Tanner

President, Swiss Academy of Sciences, Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology, EDCTP and Swiss Academies of Arts & Sciences
Professor Marcel Tanner was Director of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute from 1997 to 2015 and is now President of the Swiss Academy of Sciences. He holds a PhD in medical biology from the University of Basel and an MPH from the University of London. Lived and worked... Read More →
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Souleymane Mboup

Institut de Recherche en Santé, de Surveillance Epidémiologique et de Formation (IRESSEF)
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Nathalie Strub-Wourgaft

Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi)
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Dermot Maher

TDR
Dr Maher trained as a physician in the United Kingdom at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, with subsequent postgraduate training in family medicine, internal medicine and infectious diseases. His professional qualifications are in family medicine (MRCGP), general medicine... Read More →
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Jeffrey Mphahlele

South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)


Thursday June 17, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am CEST
Virtual Room: South Africa

9:00am CEST

Medical Devices: Using Africa-Europe Research Cooperation to Optimise Medical Devices Production and Delivery in Africa, including regulatory compliance with the Medical Devices Regulation
Please access the online session here
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86110301151?pwd=Mk4zUVVWaGMvSU5memIvanB3L0pRZz09

The UBORA e-platform: collaborative design of safe, certifiable medical devices for health equity
Arti Ahluwalia, Carmelo De Maria,  Andres Diaz Lantada, Philippa Makabore, June Madete, Mannan Mridha, Janno Torop, Licia Di Pietro.
 
UBORA is an e-platform for the co-design of open source medical devices, which promotes compliance with internationally recognized quality standards and regulations for safety and efficacy. The platform guides users through a systematic design process, from the identification of clinical needs, of risks class and relevant standards for the device, and provides project management tools, including a repository, finalized to the preparation of the pre-production device dossier. The process is supervised by expert mentors, who ensure that safety and efficacy criteria are fulfilled. UBORA’s mission is in line with the 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals, promoting and strengthening the initiatives of an international community of designers, healthcare providers and policy-makers, towards the reduction of inequalities in the access to quality medical devices and healthcare. We will describe the platform, its tools and structure and discuss examples of successful and ongoing projects.


Speakers
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Takalani Nemaungani

Acting Chief Director, Department of Science and Innovation
Takalani Nemaungani:Takalani Nemaungani is currently the Acting Chief Director for the Astronomy portfolio at the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) in South Africa – Astronomy is a flagship project receiving the single largest investment in the budget within the DSI. Trained... Read More →
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Abhay Pandit

NUI Galway
Prof Abhay Pandit is the Director of the Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM) at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He develops functional, biocompatible building blocks encompassing synthetic and natural polymers, tailored glycomolecules, small molecules nucleic... Read More →
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Arti Ahluwalia

Director, Open biomedical engineering e-platform for innovation through education (UBORA)
Arti Ahluwalia was born in Kenya and educated in the UK. She has a B.Sc. Physics from Univerisity of Bath,  M.Sc. in Instrumentation and Analytical Science from the University of Manchester (formerly UMIST), UK and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the Polytechnic of Milan, Italy. Her... Read More →


Thursday June 17, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am CEST
Virtual Room: Bostwana

11:00am CEST

Innovation Policy Capacity In Africa
Please access the online session here
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83969276243?pwd=RjZxNEVZMlB4emxHWVV6UEZhdlJpdz09

Innovation, specially social and grass root innovation, is key to address SDGs and development challenges both in Europe and Africa. Policymakers understand the need for an enabling policy and regulatory environment for innovation and championing leadership in Africa and Europe to demonstrate science and innovation contribution to society and address common glocal challenges. The AGENDA 2063, the Africa's blueprint and master plan for transforming Africa into the global powerhouse; the AU Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA-2024) recognize this. However, the co-design of effective policies and policy instruments to enable a broader understanding of innovation, not only as an engine for economic growth, but also as a driver for societal well-being and environmental sustainability is not evident (UNESCO, 2019). In order to achieve SDG´s ( SDG 8 employment and decent jobs-in particular) and benefit from the flexible and holistic value system of the very young African region, interdisciplinary , inclusive research and education is key towards social innovation, knowledge co-production and transfer need to be better supported.
In addition to suffering from a lack of proper coordination geared towards improved and sustainable outcomes, STI policy implementation is beset by weak intersectoral linkages, limited opportunities for business-level technology absorption and limited sharing of STI learning across the sectors and are lacking not only an in-depth view of sustainability and inclusion challenges, but also specific and effective implementation measures, and funding. Resource gaps, both human and financial, are recognizedas key challenges constraining the ability of nationalinnovation systems to address sustainability problems ina comprehensive way.
Youth and women ( rural and gender in particular) unemployment or underemployment are big barriers for Sustainable development. In essence, this deals with finding mechanisms to inter alia enable exchange and interaction between more codified, science-based innovative activity in the formal sector and demand-driven, experiential innovation in the informal sector, leveraging and upgrading technological capabilities in the informal sector, and developing a supportive overall framework.To promote more collaboration between universities and industry  various policy options are recommended, among them providing incentives for research projects that bring together consortia of businesses and universities through grants and tax incentives, strengthening the intellectual property rights regime, and creating and supporting technology transfer offices in universities (Boloet al.,2015; Guimón, 2013). A complementary strategy would involve supporting bottom-up innovation. Although some sectoral policies in Africa acknowledge the role of indigenous knowledge and grassroots initiatives, the strategies systematically neglect bottom-up initiatives as a site of innovation for sustainable development.
Key note speakers will discuss on personal experiences in transfering knowledge and promoting sustainable innovation in the region and with Europe as to extract lessons to increase innovation capacities and support innovation processess.
References:

UNESCO. 2019. Co-Designing Science in Africa: First steps in assessing the sustainability science approach on the ground. C. Aguirre-Bastos, J. Chaves-Chaparro and S. Aricò, eds Paris, UNESCO. Open Access here: https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000368900.locale=en
Guimón, J. 2013. Promoting University-Industry Collaboration in Developing Countries (Policy Brief). Innovation Policy Platform, OECD and World Bank.

Speakers
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PISERRA RIBERA, JOAQUIN JORGE

CEO, PURETI EUROPE
Specialized firm in research and development of solutions to mitigate polution in urban domains at a low cost. Nanotechnology and air purification.Winners of the iSCAPE project of the Horizon 2020 recognized as one of the 10 breakthorighs to shape European Union in the following 60... Read More →
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Mei Lin Fung

Convenor, MLF Associates Inc.
Actively working with the World Summit on the Information Society to make participation by women to the 50/50 level for speakers and participants by 2022. Chair and cofounder with Vint Cerf of the People Centered Internet, gave the keynote on Decade of Digital Transformation at t... Read More →
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Juliana Chaves

Senior environmental consultant, Lifewatch ERIC
Ms. Juliana Chaves Chaparro (female) is a Senior International Consultant with extended expertise in Sustainable Development and Gender equality in Africa and LAC regions . She currently collaborating with LifeWatch ERIC as Biodiversity and Ecosystem services expert. Prior to this... Read More →
avatar for Maxwell Otim Onapa

Maxwell Otim Onapa

Director of Science, Research and Innovation, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI), Uganda
Dr. Maxwell Otim Onapa is a biomedical scientist who has specialized in the development and management of Science, Technology and Innovation and their integration into the national development process. He currently works as Director Science, Research and Innovation at the Ministry... Read More →
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Isabel Díaz

Senior Scientist, Professor, ICP-CSIC, Spanish Research Council, Addis Ababa University
Isabel Díaz got her PhD in Chemistry in 2001 from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid with Extraordinary Doctorate Award. She was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Minnesota during 2002 and 2003. She was awarded the Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry... Read More →
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Andrés Fernández

Founder & Managing Director, LaChrome®
25 years experience in Sales, Marketing, Public Relations and Communication in Tourism, Hospitality and Airlines Industry. 6 years experience as entrepreneur in Printing Industry for Arts and Interior Decoration. Strategic Consultant in Regional and International markets. Senior Business... Read More →
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Almamy Konte

Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar
Dr  Konte  has  over  fifteen  years  of  experience  in  science  policy  and  innovation,  in  addition  to  his expertise in higher education and scientific research.He worked for eight years as senior expert in innovation policy at the African Observatory for Science... Read More →


Thursday June 17, 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Madagascar

11:00am CEST

Africa-Europe Research Cooperation for the Advancement of Agri-Food Systems
Please find the online session link here
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86769303511?pwd=c09MYkQ5aHMyVG1Xai9uSjJTaXpyQT09

The EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (HLPD FNSSA) is currently pursuing a ten-year roadmap (2016-2026) with four priorities: (1) Sustainable intensification; (2) Agriculture and food systems for nutrition; (3) Expansion and improvement of agricultural trade and markets; and (4) A group of cross-cutting topics. The overall goal is to achieve agri-food systems that are more sustainable, deliver better nutrition, avoid undernutrition and obesity, reduce food losses and waste, adapt to and mitigate climate change, and create jobs for young people through place-based innovations, in both rural areas and in cities. How these challenges can be tackled and long-term improvements be achieved? The key factors for successful long-term agri-food transformation, with support of Research and Innovations are investments, cooperation and digital technologies. The actions on investments should target public-private partnership in R&I, better regulations and right incentives can provide benefits to the private sector, including place-based solutions and scaling-up opportunities as well as fostering local food markets and the export of high quality food products for income generation.

Establishment of a post-COVID-19 resilient cooperation in R&I should include a better forecast on food environment, food culture and household food choices which support healthy nutrition choices, and improved linkages between agri-food innovators and development cooperation EU/African Union (AU) Member States initiatives. It should be highlighted that the R&I support to the implementation of the FNSSA partnership under Horizon Europe will continue to help address priority areas to achieve food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture. Successful European models such as agri-food Living labs and Smart villages, which employ new digital technologies to local regional ecosystems, could serve as toolbox that should be replicated and adapted to the African conditions.


Speakers
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José Manuel Ávila

Environmental Scientist, Agroecology Technical Officer, LifeWatch ERIC
Dr José Manuel Ávila is an Environmental Scientist who specialises in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology and has a PhD in Environment and Society. He has more than ten years of experience in R&D projects across different sectors (research centre, academia and industry). At the... Read More →
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Brian McCollow

Chair, US-Chad Investment Council
Brian McCollow helps leaders navigate complex commercial and diplomatic affairs by providing sustained high profile strategic support and deal pursuit through the global advisory firm InfinitySquared. Through his work advising senior business executives, investors, diplomats, and... Read More →
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Sherry. Ayittey

MOKASA
Sherry Ayitey is a Ghanaian politician.She is the minister for Environment,Science and Technology. She has been an active member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).She was involved with the 31st December Women's Movement,a non governmental organisation affiliated to the NDC... Read More →
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Karina Angelieva

Adviser, Ministry of Education and Science Bulgaria
Karina Angelieva is a former Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Bulgaria. In her current position as an Adviser to the Interim Government, she is covering a large portfolio, including European and national policies and programmes in R&I, including Horizon Europe, Erasmus... Read More →
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Shadrack Moephuli

Chief Executive Officer: Agricultural Research Council, Agriculture Research Council, South Africa
Dr. Moephuli has been president and chief executive officer of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), South Africa since 2006. He is a member of the Genetic Resource Policy Committee of the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), which is funded by the... Read More →
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Andy Zynga

European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Food, Belgium
Andy Zynga is CEO of EIT Food. Previously, he was Chief Executive of Open Innovation Service Leader NineSigma. Other highlights of his career include taking a technology firm public on the London Stock Exchange as member of the Senior Executive team and building a Telecommunications... Read More →
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Elisabeth Claverie de Saint Martin

Director for Research and Strategy, French Agricultural Research and International Cooperation Organization (CIRAD), France
Elisabeth Claverie de Saint-Martin is the Director General for Research and Strategy and vice CEO at CIRAD (Agricultural Research Centre for International Cooperation).Tasked with managing the Centre and steering the planning and execution of CIRAD’s strategic vision, Dr. Elisabeth... Read More →
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Maciej Golubiewski

Head of Cabinet of Commissioner for Agriculture, European Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski, Belgium
Maciej Golubiewski is the Head of Cabinet of Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Janusz Wojciechowski.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Washington and Lee University (1999) and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the Johns... Read More →
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Hambani Masheleni

African Union Commission
Mr. Hambani Masheleni is a holder of an MSc Applied Physics and BSc Physics Honours degrees. He has a broad range of training and work experience in public sector through promoting formulation and implementation policies for science, technology and innovation. Currently he is employed... Read More →
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Natalia Corbalán

Director, Fundación Ingenio, Spain
Natalia Corbalán is the Director of Fundación Ingenio. Being a law graduate, she began her professional career as a lawyer at the firm Salazar in Murcia, where she worked with judicial, fiscal, and administrative matters. Later, she engaged with project consulting. Examples of her... Read More →
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Isabelle Hippolyte

Director, ANR, France
Isabelle Hippolyte is a scientific officer in ANR (French national funding agency). She obtained her Phd in 1990 on plant Physiology. She worked 6 years in Dakar at UCAD for the French Foreign Ministry. In the 2000s, she evolved to plant genetics working mainly in Cirad. She has been... Read More →


Thursday June 17, 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Mauritius

11:00am CEST

Oceans of Cooperation
Please find the online session link here
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83918418002?pwd=N0JiakNZU2dnR3JyZXkwN1lnbC9qUT09

Abstract - The European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water Column Observatory (EMSO, www.emso.eu) is a distributed research infrastructure (RI), composed of fourteen fixed-point deep-sea observatories and shallow water test sites at strategic environmental locations around from the southern entrance of the Arctic Ocean all the way through the North Atlantic through the Mediterranean to the Black Sea. Working as a single powerful system, it is a valuable new tool for a variety of stakeholders from scientist and engineers to industry, policy makers and society in general. The objective is looking for multiple ocean variables of high-quality and high-resolution data to study and continuously monitor complex processes interactions among the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere, as well as to test, validate and demonstrate new marine technologies. In particular in the Mediterranean Sea, it is important to include observations and knowledge of the entire North African margin, to understand the dynamic processes and ocean circulation that affect the entire Mediterranean basin.

Issues of environmental concern such as sea level rise, ocean warming and acidification are valuable indicators for perceiving continuous global change. In addition, pollution by anthropogenic activities, the proliferation of toxic algae and the harmful contamination of millions of tons of plastic waste in the sea, marine acoustic noise are important challenges within the marine environment. EMSO ERIC aims to monitor different oceanic variables that allow a better understanding and dissemination of these environmental processes in all the seas surrounding Europe, with special significance in the Mediterranean basin. EMSO ERIC, provides a series of services for the knowledge and information of the oceans that include science, technological development, data management, communication, education, innovation and industry of the highest quality, which provides valuable social benefits promoting innovative jobs, and technological development supporting the blue economy for sustainable growth
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
This paper benefits from EC projects EMSO-link (Ref. 731036) and ENVRI-FAIR (Ref. 8249068)


Speakers
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Matthew Frost

Deputy Director. Head of Policy., Marine Biological Association
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Christos Arvanitidis

CEO, Lifewatch ERIC
LifeWatch ERIC CEO. PhD in Marine Biology. Former Director of Research in IMBBC, HCMR. Involved in more than 60 research and education projects, coordinated more than 7. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Editorial member in several peer-reviewed Journals... Read More →
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Juanjo Dañobeitia

Director General, EMSO ERIC
Juanjo Dañobeitia is a Professor of Marine Geophysics at the CSIC, since October 2017, General Director of EMSO ERIC European Research Infrastructure dedicated to promoting multidisciplinary research in deep waters and water columns with special emphasis on global change, marine... Read More →


Thursday June 17, 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Mozambique

11:00am CEST

Building ICT Capacity

Speakers
avatar for Antonio Jose Saenz-Albanes

Antonio Jose Saenz-Albanes

ICT e-Infrastructure Operations Coordinator, LifeWatch ERIC
Antonio José Sáenz-Albanés is the ICT e-Infrastructure Operations Coordinator of LifeWatch ERIC. He received a Diploma of Advanced Studies of the Official Postgraduate Program in Engineering and Technology of the Information of the University of Seville. He has 29 years of experience... Read More →
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Clint García Alibrandi

Environmental Technician, Environmental Water Agency of Andalusia, Regional Ministry for Environment
An Environmental Technician directly involved in consulting and advisory roles as well as technical assistance in carrying out international projects for the Environmental Water Agency of Andalusia as well as for Regional Ministry for Environment. This has provided me with the opportunity... Read More →
avatar for Mei Lin Fung

Mei Lin Fung

Convenor, MLF Associates Inc.
Actively working with the World Summit on the Information Society to make participation by women to the 50/50 level for speakers and participants by 2022. Chair and cofounder with Vint Cerf of the People Centered Internet, gave the keynote on Decade of Digital Transformation at t... Read More →
avatar for Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member, LifeWatch ERIC
Currently LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member representing the ENVRI cluster, and former Chair of ERIC FORUM too.As e-Biodiversity expert holding a PhD. Engineer on Telecommunications, and Industrial Organization-Enterprise... Read More →
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Andrew Rugege

Regional Director for Africa, International Telecommunication Union- ITU
Based in Ethiopia, Andrew Rugege is currently the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Regional Director for Africa and Representative to the African Union (AU) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Recognized as a thought-leader and key influencer among African... Read More →
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Octavi Quintana

Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA), Spain
Medical Doctor UAB, specialized in Intensive Medicine, MPH Univ. Columbia.Director of Málaga Hospital. Deputy Director of INSALUD. President of Sociedad Española de Calidad Asistencial. President of the European Council Bioethics Committee Director.Vice-president EC Ethics European... Read More →
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David Harmon

Huawei
David Harmon is the director for EU Public Affairs at Huawei Technologies since September 2019. He implements key strategies and manages stakeholder relationships within the EU institutions covering the research, innovation, science, trade and digital economy policy areas.Before coming... Read More →


Thursday June 17, 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Namibia

11:00am CEST

Pediatric Oncology: Building Cooperation and Capacity between Europe and Africa with Their Lives Matter, Tanzania

Speakers
avatar for Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →
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Trish Scanlan

CEO, Tumaini la Maisha
Dr Trish Scanlan is an Irish paediatric oncologist and CEO of the Charities Tumaini la Maisha and Their Lives Matter. She is also the interim director of the Global Health Department at Children’s Health Ireland.Since 2006 she has worked in Tanzania supporting the development of... Read More →


Thursday June 17, 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Zambia

1:00pm CEST

Open Education in the Context of Academia, Enterprise and International Organizations
Please find the online session link here
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85150107089?pwd=SjMxNGVyVlZWTnFxRlBLdDRnSmtPUT09

Open Education is an important arena post covid as economies and society work to build back better. Initiatives are beginning around the world and this panel brings together efforts including Teach Millions (https://teachmillions.org), 3CL Foundation and the Open HPI platform.

Our speakers will be in the following order:


1300 Welcome - Mei Lin Fung
1305 William Mawalla, AERAP Founder
1320 Thomas Staubitz, Open HPI
1335 Mikkel Frich Ed from Edtech Denmark to Teach Millions
1350 Peter Fagerstrom Teach Millions - Finland, Europe, Africa
1405 Alex Grech, 3CL Foundation
1425 Open Panel Discussion moderated by Mei Lin Fung
1450 Final observations from Participants and Panelists
1500 Close

About Open HPI
The first online course on the Hasso Plattner Institute’s new learning platform was published online in September 2012.
The success convinced others.
In 2013, Software company SAP (openSAP) and, in 2016, the World Health Organization (OpenWHO) partnered with us and adapted the course concept on their own platform instances.
Since 2020, several more plattform instances have been added to accommodate the need of other partners such as the publicly funded research projects AI-Campus and eGov-Campus.
By now, we have passed 11 million enrollments in total. Particluarly, the numbers on the OpenWHO platform have increased significantly in a very short time frame during the beginning of the pandemic.


Speakers
avatar for Mikkel Frich

Mikkel Frich

Executive Director of Partnerships, Teach millions
I focus on how educational technology can improve organizational-, staff-, and ecosystem development ensuring sustainable models for learner and local outcome. Teach Millions:  Co - Founder and Executive Director of Partnerships and ProductTeach Millions is the only cross Nordic... Read More →
avatar for Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →
avatar for Alex Grech

Alex Grech

Chair, 3CL Foundation
Alex Grech is a strategist, change consultant and academic. Over the past 30 years, he has advised multinationals, governments, NGOs and startups in sectors ranging from ICT, telecoms and neuroscience to culture, education and public sector change. Following an early career in multinationals... Read More →
avatar for Peter Fagerstrom

Peter Fagerstrom

Chair, Teach millions
Building and orchestrating purpose driven innovation and learning ecosystems across the globe, focusing on large scale strategic and systematic change.Founder and CEO Educraftor, education innovation consultancy, Educraftor drives the #evolutionofeducation as its core mission through... Read More →
avatar for Mei Lin Fung

Mei Lin Fung

Convenor, MLF Associates Inc.
Actively working with the World Summit on the Information Society to make participation by women to the 50/50 level for speakers and participants by 2022. Chair and cofounder with Vint Cerf of the People Centered Internet, gave the keynote on Decade of Digital Transformation at t... Read More →
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Thomas Staubitz,

Senior Lecturer, HPI
Thomas is working with the Hasso Plattner Institute’s openHPI team since the start of the project in 2013. Currently, he’s mainly coordinating several research activities within the openHPI project, particularly, AI-Campus, eGov-Campus and Corship.His own research is focussing... Read More →


Thursday June 17, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Ghana

1:00pm CEST

Science at United Nations 76th General Assembly, September 2021 (UNGA76): how science advances the SDGs
Please find the online session link here
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83507469628?pwd=Y1h1WkhCd0Zaay8yTW94TzkrNmJ4Zz09

Speakers

Declan Kirrane
Eva Kaili MEP, European Parliament
Daan du Toit Deputy Director-General, Dept of Science and Innovation, South Africa
Mahama Ouedraogo African Union Commission, Ethiopia
Mei Lin Fung MIT, USA
Paul Ruebig European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT)

Speakers
avatar for Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member, LifeWatch ERIC
Currently LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member representing the ENVRI cluster, and former Chair of ERIC FORUM too.As e-Biodiversity expert holding a PhD. Engineer on Telecommunications, and Industrial Organization-Enterprise... Read More →
avatar for Joachim Mnich

Joachim Mnich

Director for Research and Computing, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Professor Joachim Mnich is the Director for Research and Computing of CERN since January 2021. He is an expert in both electroweak physics and detector development at e+e- and hadron colliders and has many years of experience working in science management. Mnich studied electrical... Read More →
avatar for Paul Ruebig

Paul Ruebig

Governing Board member, European Institute for Innovation and Technology EIT
Paul Rübig (born 6 May 1953 in Wels) is an Austrian politician and was Member of the European Parliament for the Austrian People's Party. He became a Member of the European Parliament on 25 January 1996, and was re-elected in 1996, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014. In 2019 he left European... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Rugege

Andrew Rugege

Regional Director for Africa, International Telecommunication Union- ITU
Based in Ethiopia, Andrew Rugege is currently the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Regional Director for Africa and Representative to the African Union (AU) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Recognized as a thought-leader and key influencer among African... Read More →
avatar for Yuko Harayama

Yuko Harayama

Executive Director, RIKEN
Dr. Yuko Harayama is an Executive Director principally charged with international affairs at RIKEN. Prior to joining RIKEN, she spent five years at the Cabinet Office of Japan as an Executive Member of the Council for Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, two years at the... Read More →
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Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →


Thursday June 17, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Ethiopia

1:00pm CEST

Standards - Supporting innovation in Africa: How do standards foster innovation and economic prosperity?
Please find the online session link here
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89989365492?pwd=dDlFY3lYNHdXUlZkTVJtZDBUckhSQT09

Standards - Supporting innovation in Africa - How do standards foster innovation and economic prosperity?
Standards serve as a catalyst for innovation and help in anchoring solutions more quickly on the market. In today’s networked world clearly defined interfaces and compatibility between individual components and systems is now more important than ever. Standards are the global language of technology, reduce technical trade barriers and facilitate the free movement of goods. Standards open doors to promote exports.  
The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) commenced 1st January 2021, signalling the creation of the African single market of 55 nations, defining the rules to operate.  The AfCFTA Agreement is the catalyst for the harmonization of standards and a quality infrastructure (QI) framework for the African continent.  The AfCFTA will seek to implement the Africa Quality Policy – to realise one test- one standard – one certificate and will strengthen the Pan African Quality Infrastructure (PAQI) network.

Join this panel discussion to hear how standards foster innovation and economic prosperity, from the perspectives of:
Moderated by the European Centre for Development Policy Management


Speakers
JC

Jarita Christie

CEN-CENELEC
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Erik Wijkström

Head of Section for Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), WTO
Mr. Erik Wijkström joined the WTO in 1995. He has broad experience from several areas of trade policy relating to standards and regulations, including agriculture, sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS Agreement), trade and environment, as well as trade and health. He is currently... Read More →
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Sean Woolfrey

ECDPM
Sean Woolfrey, a South African national, is a Policy Officer in the Economic and Agricultural Transformation programme at ECDPM.Prior to joining ECDPM, he spent five years as a Researcher at the Trade Law Centre (tralac), in South Africa, where his work focused on a number of issues... Read More →
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Oswald Chinyamakobvu

Senior Technical Advisor, Department of Economic development, Trade, Industry and Mining (ETIM) at the African Union Commission (AUC)
Dr. Oswald Chinyamakobvu is currently a Senior Technical Advisor within the Department of Economic development, Trade, Industry and Mining (ETIM) at the African Union Commission (AUC) in Addis Ababa. He is responsible for the standards related disciplines including quality infrastructure... Read More →
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Gwenole Cozigou

Director for Construction and Machinery in Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME (DG GROW), European Commission
An economist by training, he has been an official in the European Commission since 1985 in the fields of Enterprise and Industrial Policy and of External Relations. First working in the area of food industry within the Internal Market and Industrial Affairs Directorate-General (DG... Read More →
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David Bell

Director of Standards Policy, British Standards Institution (BSI)
David Bell is Director of Standards Policy at the British Standards Institution (BSI).  He heads a team of 24 which is responsible for BSI's input to the international and European standards bodies, ISO, IEC, CEN and CENELEC on technical and policy issues.  In addition, David manages... Read More →
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Hermogène Nsengimana

Secretary General, ARSO
Dr Hermogène Nsengimana, the ARSO Secretary General, holds a PhD in Analytical and environmental chemistry from the School of Chemistry, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He also has Post-doctoral Studies from the Witwatersrand University and the University of Botswana... Read More →
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Johan Eksteen

Senior Director, South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Technical Committee,
Johan wears two hats relevant for discussions on standards. He is the chairperson of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Technical Committee TC 0001, the mirror of the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC 1). In addition, he holds the position of Senior Director: International... Read More →


Thursday June 17, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Kenya

1:00pm CEST

Enabling and Welcoming the Contribution from Women and Girls to Science and Innovation
Please find the online session link here
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81884169762?pwd=M2xhdW1vMjNSZ0JuclhKMlZHVDRqZz09

This presentation will provide a successful example of a multi-stakeholder partnership initiative launched by civil society with the aim to increase the skills and leadership of postdoctoral African women scientists.
 
The program is called Science by Women and is being promoted since 2014 by Women for Africa Foundation, a Madrid-based private foundation whose mission is to contribute to the development of Africa through the drive of its women in several fields, and, among them, in STI and research. 
 
In recent years, many countries have approved national policies aimed at reaching  gender equality by increasing women’s participation in   STEM careers.  
 
Also, on a global and international level, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development launched a Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) with the aim to support the Sustainable Development Goals. Member States agreed that it would be based on a multi-stakeholder collaboration between Member States, civil society, the private sector, the scientific community, United Nations entities and other stakeholders. 
 
Nevertheless, in spite of policy recommendations and international consensus, specific support and funding to civil society organisations committed with and advocating for the advancement of STIs and the participation of female scientists specially from least developed countries, have been scarce. 
 
The programme Science by Women has been born by a civil society organisation and has managed to enhance international scientific cooperation between Africa and Spain and to promote African women’s leadership in scientific research and technology transfer.  So far more than 100 female postdoctoral female scientists have been selected to carry out their projects in the best research centres in Spain. Science by Women is a successful example of how policies including a major commitment with and a strengthened partnership with CSOs can be effective in enhancing science and innovation cooperation between Africa and Europe. 


Speakers
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Gitanjali Sah

Organizer, World Summit on the Information Society
Ms Gitanjali Sah is an experienced International Civil Servant and has worked with several United Nations Organizations like ITU, UNESCO and UNDP in the field of ICT on Development related policy and implementation issues at an international, regional and national level. At present... Read More →
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Africa G. Zanella

Director, Centre for sustainability and gender economics
(M.Comm & AEE).President and Senior International AdvisorMobile: +34 686296888 SpainMobile : + 61 (0) 468749371 Australiaemail:africa.zanella@csge.euPresident and founder of the Centre for Sustainability and Gender Economics , a social scientist ,who has devoted much time and effort... Read More →
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Lizbeth Goodman

chair/full professor, Ucd
This Panel Keynote presentation will give an overview of recent work in the areas of Augmented Cognition, Inclusive Design and Creative Technology Innovation conducted by SMARTlab and the Inclusive Design Research Centres of Ireland and Canada. Projects underway, including several... Read More →
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Yassamina Meddi

Assistant Professor - Researcher Geosciences - MiXtura NGO, University of Sciences & Technology Houari Boumediene USTHB
Yassamina Meddi is a geologist researcher Assistant Professor from 2013 at the University of Sciences and Technology Houari Boumediene USTHB, Algiers, focusing on magmatic petrology and geochemistry.  Preparing a Es-Sciences doctoral thesis in volcanic activity in Algeria’s coastal... Read More →


Thursday June 17, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: South Africa

3:00pm CEST

Blockchain in Africa
Please find the online session link here
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85016912068?pwd=aklwNTZkMUt2UzZrWjRGY3l5ZzFTUT09


If Africa and Europe want to meet their sustainability objectives in time, the game needs to change. This would be the purpose of the proposed Africa-EU Blockchain Partnership. The digital age brings about “disruptors” and “game changers” which themselves give rise to “innovations” in particular in terms of transparency and trust, efficient use of public funds and contracts management. There are numerous reports showing the benefits that can be gained by States, both donors and recipients, business, civil society.: GIZ, FAO, BiP, WEF, WTO, UNCTAD etc. and initiatives as from OECD, KfW, PositiveBlockchain, Blockchain for Good. An Africa-EU Blockchain Partnership would be a source of many innovations in supply chains as food, textile, minerals. It would open new avenues to secure funding for biodiversity This initiative should also be seen in relation with the UN Convention on Corruption, the role of Commodity Traders of strategic natural resources (oil, metals, grains) , Human Rights and modern slavery. “Impact Investing”, “Inclusive Capitalism”, “Inclusive and Sustainable Finance” initiatives.
Such Africa-EU Blockchain Partnership agreement would be the first international partnership of a new generation in the digital age , the type of which the IFC is looking for , where technology is used to foster ethical and equitable advancement, build trust and mutual understanding to address disparities and promote public good, transform society to become more just, prosperous and resilient1.

Speakers
avatar for Antonio Jose Saenz-Albanes

Antonio Jose Saenz-Albanes

ICT e-Infrastructure Operations Coordinator, LifeWatch ERIC
Antonio José Sáenz-Albanés is the ICT e-Infrastructure Operations Coordinator of LifeWatch ERIC. He received a Diploma of Advanced Studies of the Official Postgraduate Program in Engineering and Technology of the Information of the University of Seville. He has 29 years of experience... Read More →
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Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member, LifeWatch ERIC
Currently LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member representing the ENVRI cluster, and former Chair of ERIC FORUM too.As e-Biodiversity expert holding a PhD. Engineer on Telecommunications, and Industrial Organization-Enterprise... Read More →
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Michael Sung

FOUNDING CO-DIRECTOR OF THE FINTECH RESEARCH CENTER, FANHAI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF FINANCE
Prof. Michael Sung is a technology venture builder and investor, having founded various companies over the years in diverse high-tech industries ranging from fintech, AI, blockchain, semiconductor, and new materials industries. He is founder and Chairman of CarbonBlue Innovations... Read More →
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Sorcha Mulligan

Founder, The SMEChain
Founder of The SMEChain, Eatosystem & Tokonomics Director, BlockW Steering Committee member, Blockchain Ireland Skills & Innovation Group member, EBSI European Blockchain Strategic Infrastructure EC - SME Financing Working Group Member, Findexable Ambassador for SDGs, AREA42 SME... Read More →
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Alex Cahana

Partner, BTBlock
With 27 years clinical practice, 17 years in digital health and 7 years in distributed ledger technology, I am currently a UN/CEFACT expert for blockchain and health, advisor to AfyfaRekod and board member for AdaLabs and the AI Center of Excellence in Africa.As an industry leader... Read More →
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Raymond Van Ermen

Executive Director, EPE (European Partners for the Environment)
"Ambassador” of the European Climate Pact. Sherpa of the EPE President as member of the High level steering group of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials(ERMA).EPE is leading a consortium presenting a Roadmap: Blockchain and an Africa-Europe Partnership as Equalsproposed... Read More →


Thursday June 17, 2021 3:00pm - 5:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Namibia

3:00pm CEST

EU Regulations cannot be allowed to block health research cooperation between Europe and Africa: General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), In Vitro Diagnostics Regulation (IVDR) need to consider Health for Africa in their applications
Please find the online session link here
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83011296774?pwd=Qyt3d0g0L05nVVFWQmNjLzI4dStwdz09

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, this 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 compliance and prepare for future data protection regulation in Africa.

Speakers
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Susan Veldman

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF)
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Robert Eiss

NIH
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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Rosa Castro

Senior Scientific Policy Officer, Federation of European Academies of Medicine
Dr. Rosa Castro is the Senior Scientific Policy Officer at the Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM), where she oversees FEAM’s core policy activities with its Member Academies. Dr. Castro specialises in health policy and law and has carried out research and managed... Read More →
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Kurt Zatloukal

Director of the Diagnostic and Research Center for Molecular BioMedicine, Director BBMRI.at, Medical University 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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Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →
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Rita Lawlor

Biobank Director, ARC-Net
Rita Lawlor is a Computer Science graduate of Trinity College Dublin with a doctorate in Oncological Pathology from the University of Verona where she is co-founder of the ARC-Net (www.arc-net.it) applied cancer research centre where is director of the ARC-Net biobank and coordinates... Read More →


Thursday June 17, 2021 3:00pm - 5:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Madagascar

3:00pm CEST

Youth Challenge: Inspiring the Next Generation with the Schools Satellite Project: Convened by Valencia and ISC

Speakers
avatar for Gasiza Deborah Grace

Gasiza Deborah Grace

Satellite communication specialist, Rwanda Space Agency
Deborah is a satellite communication specialist at Rwanda Space Agency. She gives her support and contribution of knowledge on all satellite network-related projects. She is currently working on the establishment of a teleport in Rwanda which will be used by middle east Africa. Deborah... Read More →
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Bethelhem Girma

Assistant Researcher, Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute and EA-ROAD office
Hello! My name is Bethelhem and I am from Ethiopia. I am an aeronautical engineering graduate from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. I am currently working as an assistant researcher at the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute and EA-ROAD office. Our... Read More →
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Nathnael Geneti

Assistant Researcher, Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute
Greetings all,I'm Nate. I'm an Aerospace engineer working at the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute. Some of the projects I'm currently working on include: A 3U CubeSat for Ionosphere Exploration Mission,Design and Testing of basic Sounding rockets, and the feasibility... Read More →
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Cosimo Vallo

Training and e-Learning Specialist, LifeWatch ERIC
Cosimo Vallo is a Training and e-Learning Specialist with 10 years of work experience in UN, Universities, INGOs and Teaching Institutions across Europe and Africa. His fields of expertise are Human Rights, Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding; and he also is a qualified Intercultural... Read More →
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Niall Smith

Head of Research - Cork, Munster Technological University
Speech topic: Experiences from MTU Blackrock Castle ObservatoryMy research interests lie in (i) in using astronomy to communicate STEM on a global scale and (ii) high time resolution astrophysics. I co-founded an observatory and science centre at Blackrock Castle in Cork, Ireland... Read More →
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Silvia Parres Palomares

Head of technology department, IES Massanassa, Valencia, Spain
Sylvia has been a high school Technology teacher for the last 20 years in Valencia, Spain. She enjoys her job because it allows her to share her passion for science and technology with her students. In addition, she is committed to the improvement of knowledge of educational science... Read More →
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Charles Mpho Takalana

Head of Secretariat, African Astronomical Society
Charles Mpho Takalana completed his Ph.D. in physics focusing on Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in December 2020. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Charles currently works at the African... Read More →
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Roya Ayazi

Secretary General, NEREUS aisbl
Since 2009 Roya heads as Secretary General of the NEREUS-network (Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies) its Brussels/Belgium based secretariat and is the main interface of the association at European level. Within the advocacy activities of the network she followed... Read More →
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Javier Lopez-Torres

Procurement & Institutional Relationship Officer, LifeWatch ERIC
Javier has been responsible for Management and Institutional Relationships during the last 20 years for some big companies in Spain and other countries in Europe. Due that, he was involved in some educational projects, specially in those that fixed the entrepeneur spirit. He truly... Read More →
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Mbonteh Roland Ndunge

CEO/Founder, CASRO
I am a Science Educator ( l teach Physics, Mathematics in several secondary and high schools, Astronomy and Space Tech to the public, schools and Universities) and a UN SDGs advocate. Curious about Space Technology and most especially restoring our mother planet, the only home. In... Read More →
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Kogilam Govender

Department of Science and Innovation
Ms Kogilam Govender is the Deputy Director Global Change and Sustainability at the Department of Science and Innovation. In this capacity, she promotes the development of research, the production of scientific knowledge and capacity in the field of global change. She has over 15 years... Read More →


Thursday June 17, 2021 3:00pm - 5:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Zambia

5:00pm CEST

Forward Statements and Next Steps: Anticipating a Science Agenda for the 2022 AU-EU Summit

Speakers
VP

Vinny Pillay

Minister Counsellor / Senior Science & Technology Representative, Department of Science & Innovation
Ms Vinny Pillay is the Senior Science & Technology Representative to the EU, of South Africa’s Department of Science & Innovation. She is currently based at the South African Embassy in Brussels.She holds a Masters Degree in Science, and a Masters Degree in Business Leadership... Read More →
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Takalani Nemaungani

Acting Chief Director, Department of Science and Innovation
Takalani Nemaungani:Takalani Nemaungani is currently the Acting Chief Director for the Astronomy portfolio at the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) in South Africa – Astronomy is a flagship project receiving the single largest investment in the budget within the DSI. Trained... Read More →
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Domingos Barbosa

DR, Instituto de Telecomunicações
Domingos Barbosa, PhD in Astrophysics & Space Techniques (U. Paris VII), Marie Curie Fellow (1998-2000) :Senior Researcher at Radioastronomy Group, Basic Sciences & Enabling Technologies, Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), Portugal. Coordinates the ENGAGE SKA Research Infrastructure... Read More →
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Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →
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Mei Lin Fung

Convenor, MLF Associates Inc.
Actively working with the World Summit on the Information Society to make participation by women to the 50/50 level for speakers and participants by 2022. Chair and cofounder with Vint Cerf of the People Centered Internet, gave the keynote on Decade of Digital Transformation at t... Read More →
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Mahama Ouedraogo

Director, Science and Technology Department, African Union Commission
Mahama Ouedraogo holds a PhD in plant breeding from Texas A&M University. He served as acting Director of the Semi-Arid Food Grain Research and Development and Executive Secretary of the African Union Scientific Technical and Research Commission.He is currently the head of the Science... Read More →
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Daan du Toit

Deputy Director-General: ICR, Department of Science and Innovation
Daan du Toit started his career in the South African Government with the then Department of Foreign Affairs where he trained as a diplomat. Since 2002 he has been attached to the Department of Science and Innovation, where he has notably served as the Department's representative in... Read More →


Thursday June 17, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: Ethiopia

5:00pm CEST

Using Assistive Technology to Promote Inclusion for People with Disability through Collaboration and Partnership between Europe, Africa, and the United States
Please find the online session link here
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81834520941?pwd=Wi9DNzFERHV5ekNYbE5udDhVVjBpQT09

One billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, experience forms of disabilities. Among those, one-fifth of the estimated global total, or between 110 million and 190 million people, experience significant disabilities. Disability prevalence is even higher for developing countries and those with disabilities are more likely to experience adverse socio-economic outcomes such as less education, poorer health and employment outcomes, and higher poverty rates.
The European Commission’s European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 had identified social exclusion as one of the grand challenges that people with disabilities in Europe are facing. People with disabilities are the most disadvantaged in society exacerbating many inequity issues. For instance, people with disabilities may have limited access to basic education, which can largely reduce their chances to obtain meaningful and gainful employment as adults. Globally, the employment rates of people with disabilities is significantly lower than their peers without disabilities. In addition to the socio-economic implications, social exclusion impacts negatively on self-esteem, mental health and quality of life. Thus, social Inclusion is an important element of well-being for people with disabilities and a key component of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Research has highlighted that social inclusion can be promoted through access to education and employment.
Research has also demonstrated that assistive technology (AT) can be a meaningful way to improve access to education, employment and independence among people with disabilities. AT, include both high-end and low-end devices, equipment and systems, apps and other products. While AT can be useful in improving the life of people with disabilities, the World Health Organization have identified that only 10% of the population in need of AT products have access to them.
While AT provision varies across countries, the intent to support people with disabilities should be a global priority with a focus on removing barriers and providing facilitators to independent living, community participation, and transition from education to employment settings. The rapid pace of technological advancement can leave behind the most vulnerable in society especially those with disabilities. There are low rates of AT adoption by service providers, educators, employers and policymakers as well as high rates of AT abandonment. Building global capacity for AT provision and applications will provide a unique opportunity to support independence and inclusion for people with disabilities through the use of AT.
In collaboration with different stakeholders and through the voices of researchers, practitioner, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers, we will highlight the critical role of partnerships between Europe, US and Africa in increasing inclusion and improving lives for people with disabilities. Using an international project, we will describe the challenges faced by inclusive education programs for transition-age students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Botswana and Ghana. We will also share innovative strategies in improving the situations by capacity building as well as guidelines and program development. Finally, we will discuss the importance of promoting interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaborations between all stakeholders and placing the person with disability at the centre of the program and resources development, deployment and dissemination.


Speakers
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Geraldine Leader

Senior Lecturer at the School of Psychology & Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research, NUIG
Dr. Geraldine Leader is a Behavioural Psychologist and is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). With over 90 peer-reviewed publication, Geraldine’s research interests lie in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorder... Read More →
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Nigel Newbutt

Researcher in the Department of Education, UWE, Bristol
Dr. Newbutt is a researcher in the Department of Education at UWE, Bristol. His work has involved the design, development and application of digital technologies for, and with, autistic groups. His recent research has involved the evaluation of virtual reality head-mounted displays... Read More →
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Dr. Connie Sung

Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling, Michigan State University
Dr. Connie Sung is an Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling at Michigan State University. She founded the STEP (Supporting Transition and Employment Preparation) Lab and is also a co-director of a school-to-work transition program (namely Spartan Project SEARCH) and MSU-DOCTRID... Read More →
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Boitumelo Mangope

Senior Lecturer at the Department of Educational Foundations, University of Botswana
Dr. Boitumelo Mangope is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Educational Foundations. She is also a trained special/inclusive education specialist and has over 15 years of experience regarding special/inclusive education for students with IDD with specific interest in the attitudes... Read More →
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Christiana Okyere

MSU-DOCTRID Hegarty Fellow in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education, Michigan State University
Dr. Christiana Okyere is an MSU-DOCTRID Hegarty Fellow in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education at Michigan State University. Dr. Okyere’s research interests focus on inclusion for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD... Read More →
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Malebogo “Max” Molefhe

Violence and Disability Rights Activist, Malebogo-Max Foundation Trust
Malebogo is a  renowned multiple award winning Gender Based Violence and Disability Rights Activist, a public speaker, and a former Botswana National basketball player. In 2009, Malebogo was shot eight times in an act of intimate partner violence that left her confined to a wheelchair... Read More →
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MARINA SEANOKENG NGWAKO

Chairperson, Down syndrome Association of Botswana (DSAB)
Marina Seanokeng Ngwako is a mother to a 27 year old Down syndrome man. She is a retired Electrician, having worked for Botswana Power Corporation for 31 years. She is currently a Chairperson for the Down syndrome Association of Botswana (DSAB), and the Vice Chairperson of Africa... Read More →
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Nicholas T Moswaane

Specialist Teacher, Mokgosi Special Unit in Ramotswa - Botswana
Mr Nicholas T Moswaane is a specialist teacher at Mokgosi Special Unit in Ramotswa - Botswana. He is a degree holder in Special Education and specialized in learners with Intellectual disability (I.D) for the past 19 years. He received his training for both Diploma and Degree in the... Read More →
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Montisetsi Chain Popo

Special Educator, Bothakga Primary School Special Unit
Mr. Montisetsi Chain Popo is a special educator at Bothakga Primary School Special Unit (an inclusive set up) situated in Lobatse Southern part of Botswana. He is a University of Botswana Bed Special Education graduate specialized in learners who are intellectually challenged. I have... Read More →
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Neil Milliken

Global Head of Accessibility, Atos
Neil Milliken is Global Head of Accessibility at Atos, an invited expert for the W3C Cognitive Accessibility Taskforce , member of the Atos Scientific Community & Atos Distinguished Expert .He is co-founder of AXSChat Europe’s largest twitter chat with a focus on Accessibi... Read More →


Thursday June 17, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm CEST
 
Friday, June 18
 

9:00am CEST

Africa - Europe Cooperation on Global Biodiversity Framework
Please find online session link here
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88404145204?pwd=YkVDYitZZ09PNlFlMlRRUTdzblVIQT09


During the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity will adopt a post-2020 global biodiversity framework as a stepping stone towards the 2050 Vision of "Living in harmony with nature".

The 2018 African Ministerial Declaration on Biodiversity notes with concern the significant impact of land and ecosystem degradation on biological diversity, land productivity and human well-being in Africa, affecting over 485 million people and leading to an estimated annual cost of US$ 9.3 billion and recalls the decision Assembly/AU/Dec.352(XVI) of the Assembly of the African Union which, inter alia, called for the inclusion of biodiversity among the priorities of the African Union and recognizes the critical importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services in supporting economic growth, sustainable development, livelihoods and human well-being in Africa and its contribution to achieving the African Union Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals.

The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 is a cornerstone of the European Green Deal that will put Europe’s biodiversity on the path to recovery by 2030, for the benefit of people, climate and the planet. It will also prepare the EU to take a leading role in the upcoming international negotiations on a new global framework to halt biodiversity loss. With the Green Deal’s ‘do no significant harm’ vision, all EU policies will become more biodiversity-friendly, focusing more on the sustainable use of ecosystems, supporting the recovery in a post-pandemic world[1]. This policy vision is fully supported in the Strategic Plan of Horizon Europe for 2021-2024 in its first key strategic orientation ‘Protecting and restoring ecosystems and biodiversity and managing sustainably natural resources on land and at sea, and achieving climate neutrality and adaptation’. Consequently, Destination 1 “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services” intends to achieve i.a. that" Biodiversity research is interconnected across Europe, supporting and enhancing the ambition of national, EU and international environmental policies and conventions." 

Which are the research and innovation joint priorities for both regions? What institutions and  research capacities are requiered to foster collaboration on Biodiversity for SDG´s? What are the main opportunities and challenges at national level? How to foster EU-Africabiodiversity R&I collaboration further?


UNESCO, 2019 "Co-designing science in Africa: first steps in asessing the sustainability science approach from the ground" mapped 5 African case studies research and innovation capacities and main  challenges and opportunities to co-produce the knowledge required for SDG´s. https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000368900.locale=en  


[1]              COM/2020/380 EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030: Bringing nature back into our lives

Speakers
avatar for Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →
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Clint García Alibrandi

Environmental Technician, Environmental Water Agency of Andalusia, Regional Ministry for Environment
An Environmental Technician directly involved in consulting and advisory roles as well as technical assistance in carrying out international projects for the Environmental Water Agency of Andalusia as well as for Regional Ministry for Environment. This has provided me with the opportunity... Read More →
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JAVIER CASTROVIEJO

Doctor in Biological Sciences, Asociación Amigos de Doñana
He is Spanish, Doctor in Biological Sciences. He has published 175 papers.  He has supervised 6 undergraduate theses and 27 doctoral theses, 17 of which deal with Tropical biodiversity.  Positions that he has held:  Director of the Master "Management of Biodiversity in the Tropics... Read More →
avatar for Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member, LifeWatch ERIC
Currently LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member representing the ENVRI cluster, and former Chair of ERIC FORUM too.As e-Biodiversity expert holding a PhD. Engineer on Telecommunications, and Industrial Organization-Enterprise... Read More →
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Juliana Chaves

Senior environmental consultant, Lifewatch ERIC
Ms. Juliana Chaves Chaparro (female) is a Senior International Consultant with extended expertise in Sustainable Development and Gender equality in Africa and LAC regions . She currently collaborating with LifeWatch ERIC as Biodiversity and Ecosystem services expert. Prior to this... Read More →
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Maxwell Otim Onapa

Director of Science, Research and Innovation, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI), Uganda
Dr. Maxwell Otim Onapa is a biomedical scientist who has specialized in the development and management of Science, Technology and Innovation and their integration into the national development process. He currently works as Director Science, Research and Innovation at the Ministry... Read More →
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Alberto Basset

Interim Head, LifeWatch ERIC
Dr. Alberto Basset is the interim Head of the LifeWatch-ERIC Service Centre. He is full professor of Ecology at the University of Salento, with main research interests in biodiversity organisation and ecosystem functioning with a particular focus on aquatic ecosystems. Since 2015... Read More →
avatar for Christos Arvanitidis

Christos Arvanitidis

CEO, Lifewatch ERIC
LifeWatch ERIC CEO. PhD in Marine Biology. Former Director of Research in IMBBC, HCMR. Involved in more than 60 research and education projects, coordinated more than 7. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Editorial member in several peer-reviewed Journals... Read More →
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Emmanuel Mutisya

Chairperson, GESCI
Dr. Emmanuel Mutisya is a seasoned project manager, sustainability specialist, researcher, education expert, and strategist in international development policy with more than 10 years of professional and program management experience. Dr. Mutisya is currently the Chairperson of the... Read More →
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Abeje Eshete

Director of Ecosystem management, Forest Research Institute
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KandiouraNOBA

Professor, Director of the Higher Institute of Agriculture and Entrepreneurship (ISAE),Head of the Laboratoryof Botanyand Biodiversity, Former Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Science and Techniques, Former Head of Plant BiologyDepartment, UCAD


Friday June 18, 2021 9:00am - 11:00am CEST
Virtual Room: Ethiopia

11:00am CEST

Communicating Science in a Multipolar and Multi-stakeholder Society to Deliver the SDGs

Speakers
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Nat Hill

M&C Saatchi World Services
avatar for Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane

Chair SSUNGA76, AERAP
Declan Kirrane is the founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science in Brussels. He has more than 25 years of experience disseminating scientific and research activities in Europe and worldwide from organizations and governments. He has been involved in the dissemination... Read More →
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Simon Bergman

MD, M&C Saatchi
Simon Bergman, Managing Director M&C Saatchi World Services:A highly respected and internationally renowned defence and security expert with extensive experience of working with UK, US, and NATO military and security organisations, Simon has been the Managing Director of M&C Saatchi’s... Read More →


Friday June 18, 2021 11:00am - 11:45am CEST
Virtual Room: Mauritius

11:00am CEST

Astronomy - a Unique Engine for Education and Development
Please find online session link here
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82294837938?pwd=dStoYkx5VUVqUHBualRUaTM3ZVBNZz09 


Abstract:
Astronomy is an effective tool for international development because it combines fundamental science and cutting-edge technology with culture and inspiration. Putting this into practice is the pioneering mission of the International Astronomical Union’s Office of Astronomy for Development in Cape Town, its network of 11 regional offices throughout the world and is the topic of this session.
The talks will focus on the unique contribution that astronomy, its technology and its inspirational power, can make in advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG4 (Education), SDG9 (Infrastructure & Innovation), SDG13 (Climate Action) and SDG16 (Peaceful inclusive societies). Particular attention will be paid to how exposing children from a very young age to the beauty and enormity of the Universe can contribute to forming their value systems, developing their sense of globalism and fostering universal solidarity. This unique approach can help counteract the several global threats that face the survival of our planet.
The session will conclude with a discussion about how astronomy can most effectively be used to advance the SDGs within Africa and Europe and how policy-makers can stimulate relevant fundamental actions to accomplish this most effectively.

 11:00 - 11:15  THE POWER OF ASTRONOMY FOR DEVELOPMENT 
 Kevin Govender, 
 Director IAU Office of Astronomy for Development
 
11:15 - 11:30   MESSAGE TO UN GA75 DIALOGUE
 Minister Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor,
 South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (prerecorded),
 11:30 - 11:35  MESSAGE TO UN GA75 DIALOGUE
 Barry Andrews, MEP 
 European Parliamentary Delegation for Relations with South Africa  (prerecorded)
 
11:35 - 11:50   PALE BLUE DOT - IGNITING THE SPARK OF GLOBALISM AND RESPECT FOR THE SDGS IN VERY YOUNG CHILDREN
 Cecilia Scorza
 Faculty of Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.
 
11:50 - 12:05   ASTROTOURISM FOR SUSTAINABLE SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
 Sonal Asgotraa and Paras Loomba
 Global Himalayan Expedition AstroStays Project
 
12:05 - 12:20   Astronomy driving developments in "Big Data" and Advanced Computing
 Nikhita Madhanpal
 DARA Big Data Fellow, IAU Office of Astronomy for Development
 
12:20 - 13:00   Discussion: Astronomy for Development: European African Collaborations - Horizon Europe and Beyond 
 Panel from IAU Regional IAU OAD offices in Europe and Africa
 

Speakers
avatar for Valente A. Cuambe

Valente A. Cuambe

Representer, Portuguese Language Office of Astronomy for Development (PLOAD)
Valente A. Cuambe completed a PhD degree in Astrophysics at National Institute of Space research in Brazil. His main interest is the high energy phenomena occurring on the Sun. He is currently representing the Portuguese Language Office of Astronomy for Development (PLOAD) activities... Read More →
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Kevin Govender

Director, IAU Office of Astronomy for Development
Founding and current director of IAU Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD), which was established in 2011, now with 11 regional offices and language centres globally. Previously Manager of the Southern African Large Telescope’s Collateral Benefits Programme at the South African... Read More →
avatar for George Miley

George Miley

Emeritus Professor, Leiden University
Title of talk: LOFAR-EUNAME. A new Model for Combining Science with Capacity BuildingGeorge Miley is Emeritus Professor of Astronomy at Leiden University in the Netherlands and has authored several hundred papers on radio galaxies and quasars. He is a graduate of University College... Read More →
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Sara Anjos

PhD candidate, University of Minho and at the University of Leiden
Sara Anjos is a PhD candidate jointly at the University of Minho and at the University of Leiden. Her research interests focus on Science-Technology-Society Studies, particularly on public engagement with Astronomy. Holds a four years university degree in Astronomy, an MSc in Science... Read More →
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Alemiye Mamo Yacob

Astronomer and science communicator, East African regional office of astronomy for Development (EA-ROD) Ethiopian Space Science & Technology Institute (ESSTI) Ethiopia
East African regional office of astronomy for Development (EA-ROD) Ethiopian Space Science & Technology Institute (ESSTI) Ethiopia Mr. Alemiye Mamo is Astronomer and science communicator by profession. He is among the few individual who laid foundation for space Science development... Read More →
avatar for Bethelhem Girma

Bethelhem Girma

Assistant Researcher, Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute and EA-ROAD office
Hello! My name is Bethelhem and I am from Ethiopia. I am an aeronautical engineering graduate from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. I am currently working as an assistant researcher at the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute and EA-ROAD office.  Our... Read More →
avatar for Cecilia Scorza

Cecilia Scorza

Astrophysicist and Educationalist
Cecilia Scorza is an astrophysicist and educationalist. She studied physics and astronomy in Mérida, Venezuela. In 1993, she received her doctorate in Astronomy from the University of Heidelberg. Since 2001 she has dedicated herself to educational and public outreach work. In 2005... Read More →
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Paras Loomba

Founder, Global Himalayan Expedition
Paras is the founder of Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE), a social Impact tourismenterprise, that takes travelers from all over the globe to the remote villages ofHimalayas and provides these villages with access to clean energy using Solar Grids.Over last 9 years, Paras has led... Read More →
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Sonal Asgotraa

Program Leader, Astrostays
Sonal Asgotraa is Project Manager of the Global Himalayan Expedition’s Astronomy for Livelihood Initiative called “Astrostays”. During the past 3 years, Sonal has worked to create a unique community-centric Astro-tourism model that leverages astronomy to create sustainable socioeconomic... Read More →
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Nikhita Madhanpall

OAD-DARA Big Data Fellow, South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town
Nikhita works at the South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town as an OAD-DARA Big Data Fellow. Her role is to develop data science and machine learning hackathons and workshops across the SKA partner countries, with the aim of increasing African data-intensive research skills... Read More →


Friday June 18, 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: South Africa

2:00pm CEST

Africa-Europe Partnering together for Future Biodiversity Challenges: Consortia Building
Please find online session link here
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81861653038?pwd=d29WK2RCYzBBY0lpODVWRzlIRGsvZz09


The objective of this session is to discuss on current and future Africa-EU Biodiversity and Ecosystem services challenges and work on potential partnerships to influenciate the R&I agendas to address societal needs and support SDG 14 and 15. LifeWatch ERIC, as joint European Infrastructure working on these topics, aims at providing Virtual Research Environments for STI joint activities that can supply evidence for policy-making.

To start with, the session will map interest and potential partnership to develop a project proposal on Agroecology practices and exchange. As extracted from the Horizon Europe draft Work Program the call  HORIZON-CL6-2022-FARM2FORK-01-12 entitled: Agro-ecological approaches in African agriculture systems- shall have the following scope:
The EU’s relationship with Africa is a key priority for the EU. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the growing urgency of the climate crisis put pressure both on domestic/local food production and on ecosystems that generate higher health risks with the emergence of new pest and diseases for plants, animals and humans.
The implementation of agro-ecological approaches will alleviate the pressure that agri-food production places on natural ecosystems, contributing to resilience of agri-food systems and facilitating nature-based responses to current and future agri-food risks and threats. Agro-ecological transitions of food systems requires strong food governance with interventions at different level (local, territorial, and value chain) and coherent public policies.
Proposals should build on existing and develop new knowledge, data, models (including indicators) to:
      ·    Identify and evaluate the most suitable agro-ecological strategies for various farming systems in different agro-ecological zones, in Africa.
      ·    Deliver a method to identify the best combination of agro-ecological practices for different farming systems, identifying barriers to and drivers of (socioeconomic and ecological) its wide implementation and the conditions, means and tools to support agro-ecological transitions at individual, territorial and systems levels, and including prospective related to access to local and international markets.
      ·    Develop indicators to monitor and measure the qualitative and quantitative impacts of these strategies for different farming systems, the climate neutrality potential and trade-offs, nutrients flows, biodiversity and improvement of in farm socio-economic resilience.
      ·    Support farmers, advisory services and actors in value chains in implementing agro-ecological practices by stablishing communities to support capacity building, knowledge exchange, and share best practices across different human communities in relation to agro-ecological practices that contribute to mitigating climate change and other environmental impacts.
      ·    Identify approaches and methods to enhance the demand for food products resulting from agro-ecological practices, from local, national, regional and international markets. 
Proposals must implement the 'multi-actor approach’ and ensure adequate involvement of the farming sector and, as relevant, bio-based industries active in rural areas.



Speakers
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Eltayb Abdellatef

Scientist, Commission for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, National Center For Research, Khartoum, Sudan
Name: Eltayb Abdellatef   Position: Scientist,Commission for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, National CenterFor Research, Khartoum, SudanEducation§PhD. Agriculture, Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany, 2015.§MSc. Plant Biotechnology, Sudan Academy of Sciences, Khartoum... Read More →
avatar for Jan Low

Jan Low

Principal Scientist, International Potato Center (CIP)
Jan Low is a principal scientist with the International Potato Center (CIP), based in Nairobi, Kenya.  During the past decade, she managed the Sweetpotato Action for Security and Health in Africa (SASHA) research project and co-led the Sweetpotato for Profit and Health Initiative... Read More →
avatar for Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member, LifeWatch ERIC
Currently LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member representing the ENVRI cluster, and former Chair of ERIC FORUM too.As e-Biodiversity expert holding a PhD. Engineer on Telecommunications, and Industrial Organization-Enterprise... Read More →
avatar for Juliana Chaves

Juliana Chaves

Senior environmental consultant, Lifewatch ERIC
Ms. Juliana Chaves Chaparro (female) is a Senior International Consultant with extended expertise in Sustainable Development and Gender equality in Africa and LAC regions . She currently collaborating with LifeWatch ERIC as Biodiversity and Ecosystem services expert. Prior to this... Read More →
avatar for José Manuel Ávila

José Manuel Ávila

Environmental Scientist, Agroecology Technical Officer, LifeWatch ERIC
Dr José Manuel Ávila is an Environmental Scientist who specialises in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology and has a PhD in Environment and Society. He has more than ten years of experience in R&D projects across different sectors (research centre, academia and industry). At the... Read More →
avatar for John Bosco Lamoris Okulllo

John Bosco Lamoris Okulllo

Associate Professor in the Department of Forestry, Biodiversity and Tourism, Makerere Universitry, College of Agricultural & Envirpnmental Sciences
John Bosco Lamoris Okulllo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Forestry, Biodiversity and Tourism, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Makerere University Kampala (MAK), Uganda. Assoc. Prof. Okullo  holds a PhD (Plant Reproduction and Management... Read More →
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Francisco Sanz García

Executive Director, Ibercivis Foundation
Francisco is a mathematician and holds a Master’s degree in Computational Mechanics from the University of Zaragoza. He is the Executive Director of the Ibercivis Foundation and the cordinator of the Cesar Citizen-Laboratories in Etopia-Centro de Arte y Tecnología in Zaragoza... Read More →
avatar for Christos Arvanitidis

Christos Arvanitidis

CEO, Lifewatch ERIC
LifeWatch ERIC CEO. PhD in Marine Biology. Former Director of Research in IMBBC, HCMR. Involved in more than 60 research and education projects, coordinated more than 7. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Editorial member in several peer-reviewed Journals... Read More →
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Heather Mckhann

European Project Officer, Coordinator Executive Secretariat, INRAE, EU JPI FACCE
Dr Heather McKhann (F), Coordinator of the European Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI). She has a doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles. Following post-doctoral experiences in France and the Netherlands, she... Read More →
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Roberto Garcia Ruiz

Professor, University of Jaen
Dr. Roberto García Ruiz is full professor on Ecology at the Department of Animal and Plant Biology and Ecology of the University of Jaén (Spain). His research is focused on the development and co-design of agroecological, nature-based combination of context-specific management practices... Read More →
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Roland Brouwer

Roland Brouwer's (PhD) carreer covers natural resource management, higher education, science, technology and innovation indicator and policy development, and agronomy. He has worked in Portugal, Mozambique and Ethiopia as a lecturer, researcher, and consultant. While working on different... Read More →
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Irene Kadzere

Department of International Cooperation at FiBL
Dr. Irene Kadzere has worked for the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL Switzerland) as a scientist and project coordinator since 2012, focussing mainly on research and development projects on organic agriculture in Africa. She has coordinated several projects on comparative... Read More →



Friday June 18, 2021 2:00pm - 3:30pm CEST
Virtual Room: Madagascar