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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 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
(09023) Science for Climate Resilient food systems in Africa

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Science for Climate Resilient food systems in Africa

The state of Africa’s agriculture and its vulnerability to climate risk is an ongoing matter of importance, not only for the continent but the global world. Climate change-related hazards such as drought, shifting patterns of pests and disease incidence, and the reduction of areas suitable for agricultural production threaten agricultural and food systems and affect the food security status of millions of people on the African continent. These challenges impact peace and stability on the continent and the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals.

Agricultural Research and Innovation play a pivotal role in developing climate-resilient food systems and enabling Africa to reduce the agricultural productivity gap and deliver on the SDGs.

The session will showcase some of the key scientific innovations emerging from Agricultural Research organizations in Africa and also in collaboration with global North partners. In addition, the session will identify the key priorities to accelerate the science-led climate-resilient food systems in Africa.
Speakers are expected to be very deliberate in highlighting the key achievements as well as amplifying high-impact needs for accelerating agricultural science on the continent. The enabling policy and regulatory environment will also be addressed.

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Petronella Chaminuka

Acting Group Executive: Impact and Partnerships Unit, Agricultural Research Council of South Africa
Dr Petronella Chaminuka is the Acting Group Executive: Impact and Partnerships, and also leads the Economic Analysis Unit of the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa. Petronella is energetic and driven by a passion to build the capacity for scientific research amongst young... Read More →
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Intisar Soghayroun

Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation, Sudan
Professor Intisar  Soghayroun, professor of Archaeology, University of Khartoum 1991-2022, Sudan. Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research from 2019 to October 2021. My particular interest in my field includeTheoretical archaeology, Medieval civilization, heritage management... Read More →
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Jose Manuel Avila

Environmental Scientist, Agroecology Technical Officer, LifeWatch ERIC
He is an Environmental Scientist who specialized in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology and has a PhD in Environment and Society. He has more than twelve years of experience in R&D projects across different sectors (research center, academia and industry). At the beginning of his... Read More →

Wednesday March 8, 2023 3:30pm - 4:30pm CET
Embassy of South Africa, Belgium