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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.
Thursday, March 9 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
(09097) Living labs: an emerging area of collaboration between Africa and the EU

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Africa Europe Science and Innovation Forum
Brussels, 9th of March 2023 at 5 PM CET and online

Living labs: an emerging area of collaboration between Africa and the EU

Africa is building its own way to a digital society. A new generation of entrepreneurs, policy officers, and social innovators are working on setting up new African digital innovation ecosystems.
The EU can collaborate with this effort, sharing experiences peer-to-peer and learning with African colleagues. One of the areas identified by African Countries for creating more sustainable and collaborative digital societies in innovation ecosystems is to envisage open living labs as a strategy.

An open debate on how to foster future collaborations and support the creation of open innovation ecosystems in Africa while sharing the experiences of existing running projects will be organized on the 9th of March at 5 PM CET.

-Martina Desole, ENoLL director - moderator
-Mamadou Ndir, Alboury Ndao, Ndeye Astou Sene, FDSUT Senegal
-Artur Serra, i2cat Foundation, Barcelona
-Samia Chelbi, DigiArtLiving Lab, Tunisia
-Karim Sy, Jokkolabs network

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Artur Serra

Deputy director, i2CAT Foundation
I'm  a techno-anthropologist. I've studied the USA digital research and innovation ecosystem through a fieldwork at Carnegie Mellon. I designed i2cat as a first advanced Internet collaborative research center in Barcelona. I've participated in the foundation of the European Network... Read More →
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Karim Sy

Jokkolabs network
Throughout West Africa, there is a low enterprising community, especially in the small and medium enterprise space. Young people have little training, confidence, or examples of how to change this reality.Karim Sy launched Jokkolabs, online and offline co-working spaces for young... Read More →
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Martina Desole

Director, European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL)
Martina Desole is the Director of ENoLL, the European Network of Living Labs, based in Brussels, promoting globally the Living Lab concept and methodology and the Network of our certified Members.She has a degree in International Law and a Post Graduate in European Policies.Martina... Read More →
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Ndeye Sokhna KA

chef de projet living Lab, FDSUT

Thursday March 9, 2023 5:00pm - 6:00pm CET
Embassy of South Africa, Belgium