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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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Tuesday, March 7 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
(07821) Research infrastructures in the digital transition – Maximizing the benefit of research data

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Maximizing the benefits from research data and research infrastructures involves several key steps:
  1. Ensure data quality and accessibility: The first step in maximizing the benefits from research data is to ensure that the data is of high quality, and that it is easily accessible to researchers. This can involve establishing data management and sharing policies that promote transparency, reproducibility, and the ethical use of data.
  2. Promote data sharing and collaboration: Encouraging data sharing and collaboration among researchers is crucial for maximizing the benefits of research data. This can involve establishing data repositories, data sharing platforms, and other tools that enable researchers to share their data and collaborate with others.
  3. Facilitate interdisciplinary research: Many research questions require an interdisciplinary approach, and research infrastructures can play a key role in facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations. By bringing together researchers from different disciplines and providing access to shared resources, research infrastructures can help to catalyze new discoveries and insights.
  4. Invest in training and education: To maximize the benefits from research data and infrastructures, it is important to invest in training and education for researchers, students, and other stakeholders. This can involve providing workshops, training programs, and other resources that help to develop the skills and knowledge needed to work with research data and infrastructures.
  5. Engage with stakeholders: Engaging with a broad range of stakeholders, including policymakers, industry partners, and members of the public, can help to ensure that the benefits of research data and infrastructures are realized. This can involve communicating research findings and insights in clear, accessible language, and involving stakeholders in the research process to ensure that their perspectives and concerns are addressed. If

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declan kirrane

Chairman, Science Summit UNGA78
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Karina Angelieva

Deputy Minister of Innovation and Growth, Government of Bulgaria
Karina Angelieva is a former Deputy Minister of Innovation and Growth and previously since 2018 Deputy Minister of Education and Science of R Bulgaria. In her latest responsibilities she was covering large portfolio, including the programming and implementation of the Recovery and... Read More →

Tuesday March 7, 2023 2:30pm - 3:30pm CET
Embassy of South Africa, Belgium