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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 • 5:00pm - 5:30pm
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Neville Reeve is advisor and coordinator for EU missions in DG Research and Innovation at the European Commission. From 2018 he led the team which Previously, he led the strategic planning and setting of priorities for the Horizon 2020 programme, including coordination of the work programme. Trained originally as an engineer he has a PhD on the economics of mobile communications. Before joining the Commission, he has worked in the UK, New Zealand and Germany, in the public and private sectors, on research and innovation policy and notably priority setting, evaluation and the measurement of impacts.


Neville Reeve

European Commission, DG Research

Wednesday March 8, 2023 5:00pm - 5:30pm CET
Embassy of South Africa, Belgium