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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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Thursday, March 9 • 9:30am - 10:30am
09549 Key Developments in EU support for science collaboration with Africa

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09h30                 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Ms Tokozile Xasa, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Mission to the European Union

09h35                 Overview of EU-SA Science Technology and Innovation Cooperation
Mr Daan du Toit, Deputy Director General International Cooperation and Resources, South African Department of Science and Innovation
Ms Maria Cristina Russo, Director Global Approach and International Cooperation in R&I, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG R&I), European Commission

0945                   Horizon Framework Programme, AU/EU Innovation Agenda and Africa Initiative Call
Dr Vincenzo Lorusso, Policy Officer, Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation with Africa and bilateral cooperation with ASEAN countries, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG R&I), European Commission

10h10                 Support mechanisms to enable participation of SA researchers in Horizon Europe
Ms Tugela Matubatuba, Director: Strategic Partnerships, South African Department of Science and Innovation

10h20                 Spanish Presidency priorities in the area of science and technology
Paco Colomer, former director at Jive, now the coordinator for the Spanish Council Presidency in the Ministry for science and innovation in Madrid

10h40                 Closing remarks
Ms Eudy Mabuza, Senior Science and Innovation Representative to Brussels, South African Department of Science and Innovation
Mr Declan Kirrane, Co-Director, AERAP Africa-Europe Science Collaboration Platform

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Eudy Mabuza

Senior Science and Innovation Representative, Embassy of South Africa, Brussels
Ms Mabuza has seventeen and a half years of progressive experience in the PublicSector engaging and mediating with international agencies in an effort to increase bilateraland donor relations towards the South African Science System. She has been dealing with awide range of policy... Read More →
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Her Excellency Ms Tokozile Xasa

South Africa Ambassador to Belgium, Embassy of South Africa Belgium
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Daan du Toit

Deputy Director-General, Department of Science and Innovation
Daan du Toit started his career in the South African Government with the then Department of Foreign Affairs where he trained as a diplomat. Since 2002 he has been attached to the Department of Science and Innovation, where he has notably served as the Department's representative in... Read More →
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Maria Cristina Russo

Director for Global Approach & International Cooperation in Research & Innovation, European Commission
Maria Cristina Russo is Director for Global Approach & International Cooperation in R&I in DG Research and Innovation with responsibility for developing and implementing the EU international strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation and the international dimension... Read More →
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Vincenzo Lorusso

Policy Officer, DG Research, European Commission
Vincenzo Lorusso works as a Policy Officer at the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation (DG RTD), where he is in charge of Research and Innovation cooperation with Africa and, bilaterally, with ASEAN countries. Before joining the Commission, Vincenzo worked for eight years... Read More →
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Ms Tugela Matubatuba

Director: Strategic Partnerships, South African Department of Science and Innovation
Tugela Matubatuba is the Deputy Director for Strategic Partnerships Directorate (SP) at the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI).  She is responsible for the management and strengthening the South Africa Science, Technology and Innovation Collaboration between South Africa... Read More →
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Francisco Colomer Sanmartín

Coordinator the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Ministry of Science and Innovation
Francisco (Paco) Colomer is coordinator at the Ministry of Science and Innovation of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union (S2 2023). He earned his PhD in astrophysics by Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) and is MBA in “Management of Research Infrastructures... Read More →
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declan kirrane

Chairman, Science Summit UNGA78
Declan Kirrane is the Founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science, the chairman and managing director of the science Summit at the United Nations General assembly, and co-founder of Medicines for Future (MAF). He has over 25 years of experience as a global senior... Read More →

Thursday March 9, 2023 9:30am - 10:30am CET
Embassy of South Africa, Belgium