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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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Kristian Meissner

Finnish Environment Institute, Syke
Development manager

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Dr. Kristian Meissner is the development manager of the Marine and Freshwater Solutions unit and head of the office in Jyväskylä at the Finnish Environment Institute, Syke. He has worked for over 20 years in research on water quality and environmental management issues. Kristian’s particular interest is developing novel environmental monitoring methods and improving the information value chain from data to management. He has worked on method development for aquatic monitoring as well as for peatland restoration and coordinated international research projects to modernize environmental monitoring. Kristian was tasked by the Finnish Ministry of the Environment to coordinate the renewal of the national environmental monitoring strategy and is a co-author of the Roadmap for implementing environmental DNA (eDNA) and other molecular monitoring methods in Finland's Vision and action plan for 2022–2025. Since 2012 he worked with international water quality method standardization and established and now chairs the European CEN TC230 working group "eDNA and DNA methods".
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