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AERAP Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Forum, 7 - 10 March 2023
The Forum will be designed to inform and engage with policymakers to ensure that the role and contribution of science, enabled through digital technologies, is reflected in European Union and its Member States’ policies concerning Africa. The meetings will also be designed to increase the level of participation and reinforce the networking by African nations’ with their partners in related EU programmes and science and innovation programmes supported by European Union member states and some associated countries. Digital capacities, existing and new, for expanding science inclusion and citizen participation by all groups in society across Africa, will be explored.
Key policy and programme developments include:
The meeting will address a range of themes, including Biodiversity Health, Medicine, Life Sciences, Geoscience, ICT, Digital Transformation, the Green Agenda, Women and Girls in science, Astronomy, reskilling and upskilling and Agri-food systems. In the Forum, we will examine the feedback loops between scientific funding, education funding, and digital transformation to support evidence for policymakers.

The meeting will also consider how emerging regulations covering data protection, medical devices, in-vitro diagnostics, and other areas impact science in Africa and science and innovation cooperation between Africa and the European Union.

The global context will be considered through the inclusion of speakers from the UN, OECD and other multilateral bodies.

The programme below is still in development so please check it regularly for updates.
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Wednesday, March 8 • 10:00am - 11:00am
(08094) Microbial sciences for a sustainable future.

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Microbial science is important for a number of reasons:
  1. Understanding the role of microbes in the environment: Microbes play a vital role in the earth's ecosystem, breaking down organic matter and returning vital nutrients to the soil. By studying microbes, we can better understand their role in the ecosystem and how they impact the environment.
  2. Developing new medicines: Microbes are the source of many of our most important antibiotics and other medicines, and ongoing research in microbial science is crucial for developing new treatments for diseases.
  3. Improving food production and safety: Microbes play a role in the production of fermented foods like yoghurt, cheese, and bread. Understanding the microbial processes involved in food production can help improve the quality, taste, and safety of these products.
  4. Bioremediation: Certain microbes can be used to clean up toxic waste, such as oil spills and groundwater contaminated with heavy metals. Microbial bioremediation offers a cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution for addressing environmental pollution.
  5. Advancing industrial processes: Microbes are used in a number of industrial processes, including the production of biofuels, chemicals, and bioplastics. Studying microbes can lead to the development of new, more efficient industrial processes.
Overall, microbial science is a vital field that has important applications in many areas of science, medicine, agriculture, and industry, and continues to have a significant impact on our daily lives.

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Stefano Bertuzzi

CEO, American Society of Micrombiology
Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). ASM is one of the largest life sciences professional societies in the world, with more than 30,000 members and activities in 122 countries. Its mission is to promote and advance microbial... Read More →
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Juan Miguel González-Aranda

CTO, 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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Eugene Lottering

National Research Foundation
Dr Lottering is a former Executive Director at the NRF and was CEO of the National Innovation Fund, a R1 billion fund that specialised in high-risk investments in science, engineering, and technology applications, leading to the establishment of a commercial enterprise. The National... 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 →

Wednesday March 8, 2023 10:00am - 11:00am CET