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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
 

9:00am CET

(07029) Opening Session of 2nd AERAP Africa-Europe Science Cooperation Forum
Speakers
avatar for Eudy Mabuza

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 →
avatar for Fulufhelo Nelwamondo

Fulufhelo Nelwamondo

CEO, National Research Foundation of South Africa
Prof Fulufhelo Nelwamondo is the CEO of the National Research Foundation of South Africa.He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering, with specialisation in Computational Intelligence from the University of the Witwatersrand. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Graduate School of Arts... Read More →
avatar for Intisar Soghayroun

Intisar Soghayroun

Professor, Khartounm
Professor Intisar  Soghayroun, professor of Archaeology, University of Khartoum 1991-2022, Sudan. Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research from 2019 to October 2021. My particular interest in my field includetheoretical archaeology, Medieval civilization , heritage management... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Alexandrina Pauceanu

Dr. Alexandrina Pauceanu

Professor, Geneva Business School Spain
Alexandrina Pauceanu is an entrepreneur and innovator, business consultant, expert in and researcher of business,  and an Associate Professor of management. Her areas of interest are entrepreneurship and innovation, business management, sustainable economic development & business... Read More →
avatar for Takalani Nemaungani

Takalani Nemaungani

Chief Director, Department of Science and Innovation, South Africa
Takalani Nemaungani is currently the Chief Director for the Astronomy portfolio at the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) in South Africa – Astronomy is a flagship project receiving the single largest investment in the budget within the DSI. Trained as an engineer from Wits... Read More →
avatar for Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane

Chair Science Summit UNGA77, ISC
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 →
avatar for Dr Bienvenu Agbokponto Soglo

Dr Bienvenu Agbokponto Soglo

Director, Government Affairs Africa & IGA CTO Liaison, Intel
Dr. Bienvenu Agbokponto Soglo is the Director, Government Affairs Africa & IGA CTO Liaison, and a Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation. In his current role, Dr Agbokponto Soglo is responsible for developing policy strategies and advocating for favorable government policies, regulations... Read More →
avatar for Stefano Bertuzzi

Stefano Bertuzzi

CEO, ASM
Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). ASM is one of the largest life sciences professional societies in the world, with more than 30,000 members and activities in 122 countries. Its mission is to promote and advance microbial... Read More →
avatar for George Owusu Essegbey

George Owusu Essegbey

Chief Research Scientist, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Ghana
Dr. GEORGE OWUSU ESSEGBEY, is the CEO/Chief Research Scientist of the CSIR-Technology Development and Transfer Centre. I was the former Director of the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of Ghana... Read More →


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Tuesday March 7, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am CET
Embassy of South Africa, Belgium

11:00am CET

(07329) “Opportunities for research collaboration and skills development between South Africa and Europe in regards to Green Hydrogen
INFORMATION SHARING SEMINAR: 
“Opportunities for research collaboration and skills development between South Africa and Europe in regards to Green Hydrogen”
 
The South African Embassy in Brussels is pleased to invite you to a seminar and information sharing session titled: “Opportunities for research collaboration and skills development between South Africa and Europe in regards to Green Hydrogen”. Join us for a hybrid event on Tuesday, 7th March, at 11:00 to 13:00 Brussels time.

Globally, the demand for green hydrogen (H2) and green hydrogen-based Power-to-X products such as ammonia and synthetic jet fuels (PtX) is rising. To fulfil decarbonisation targets, many off-takers (e.g., EU and Japan) are willing to pay a premium price and to sign long-term supply agreements to stimulate H2/PtX market development. Due to the outstanding potential of renewable energies (RE) and existing H2 production facilities, South Africa is regarded as one of the main future suppliers of green H2 products.

Building a H2 economy could open-up promising new export markets for South African companies, as well as domestic use opportunities. This could also lead to significant economic development and job creation while playing a role in supporting a just energy transition in the South African energy sector. Despite the promising conditions available for the development of a H2 economy in the country, certain challenges still exist. The development of a green H2/PtX market requires a massive expansion of low-cost RE capacities.

Against this backdrop, establishing a new sector will require skills and capacities. Therefore, there is a need to identifying the skills that will be required to service the hydrogen sector and work towards ensuring the availability of these skills and capacities.

Under the Horizon Europe programme, the Clean Hydrogen Partnership Call for Proposals was published on 31 January 2023 with a total of €195m available for projects. The aim of the call is to provide support in the creation of “cutting-edge hydrogen technologies”.

11h00              Moderator, Welcome and Opening Remarks
 Mr Declan Kirrane, Founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science, the chairman and managing director of the science Summit at the United Nations General assembly

11h05              Overview of EU and SA Hydrogen Economy Activities
Ms Cecile Leemans, Team Leader for Global South, International Relations Unit, DG ENERGY, European Commission
 
Ms Eudy Mabuza, Senior Science and Innovation Representative to Brussels, South African Department of Science and Innovation

11h35           South Africa’s Master Skills Plan and the Hydrogen Economy 
Sasol & NRF Call: Research to Enable SA’s Energy Transition & Green Economy
 
Ms Nolwazi Gasa, Deputy Director General: Planning, South African Department of Higher Education and Training
Ms Mamphoku Khuluvhe, Director: System Monitoring and Labour Market Intelligence, South African Department of Higher Education and Training
Dr Eugene Lottering, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, South African National Research Foundation

11h55              South African Research Activities from Entities (10 minutes presentation each)
Prof Dmitri Bessarabov, Director: HySA Infrastructure (Hydrogen Production, Storage and Delivery) Centre of Competence, co-hosted by the North-West University and the Council for Scientific and Industrial and Research 
Dr Alex Vogel, Expert Future Technology Research and Technology Energy Operations and Technology, Sasol South Africa (Ltd)
Ms Zanele Mavuso-MbathaChief Executive Officer, Bambili Energy
Mr Niels Luchters, Co-founder, Director and Chief Executive Officer: HYENA, Hydrogen Energy Applications (Pty) Ltd

12h35 Closing remarks 
Mr Declan Kirrane, Founder and Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science, the chairman and managing director of the science Summit at the United Nations General assembly

BACKGROUND
The Clean Hydrogen Partnership Call for Proposals was published on 31 January 2023 is hydrogen research call for proposals with a total of €195m available for projects. The purpose of the call is to support and fast-track the creation of cutting-edge hydrogen technologies.

The Clean Hydrogen Partnership is a public private partnership that supports research and innovation activities in hydrogen technologies across Europe, and is due to receive a total of €1bn from the European Union for the 2021-2027 period with potential for a further €1bn from private investment.

The funding available will be split into:
  • €49m for renewable hydrogen production 
  • €36m for hydrogen storage and distribution 
  • €25.5m for transport 
  • €19m for heat and power 
  • €7.5m for cross-cutting
  • €38m for hydrogen valleys 
  • Aa further €20m for the strategic research challenge.

The topics in the call will be split into 11 Innovation Actions, 13 Research & Innovation Actions, and 2 Coordinated & Support Actions, with 5 of the Innovation Actions considered of strategic importance and are selected as flagship projects.

The European Union has set a target of 10 million tonnes of renewable hydrogen production by 2030 as well as importing the same amount, marking a 20 million tonnes/year market by the end of the decade, according to the REPowerEU directive. The research call is currently open since 31 January and is due to close on 18 April 2023.

Speakers
avatar for Dmitri Bessarabov

Dmitri Bessarabov

Director:, DST HySA Infrastructure Center of Competence
PROF DMITRI BESSARABOVProf. Dmitri Bessarabov joined DST HySA Infrastructure Center of Competence at NWU and CSIR in 2010. He was recruited for a position from Canada. An internationally-recognised visionary with extensive industrial, academic and financial decision-making experience... Read More →
avatar for Eudy Mabuza

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 →
avatar for Mamphokhu Khuluvhe

Mamphokhu Khuluvhe

The Department of Higher Education, South Africa
Ms Mamphokhu Khuluvhe has many years of experience in education policy analysis, skills planning, research, monitoring and evaluation. She is currently a Director responsible for System Monitoring & Labour Market Intelligence in the Department of Higher Education and Training. She... Read More →
avatar for Zanele Mavuso Mbatha

Zanele Mavuso Mbatha

CEO, Bambili Energy
Zanele has over 27 years of work experience in the renewable energy industry, mining industry and financial markets.Currently CEO of Bambili Energy a manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cell systems and their sub-components. On behalf of Bambili, Zanele is:• Co-leading the development... Read More →
avatar for Nolwazi Gasa

Nolwazi Gasa

Department of Higher Education and Training
avatar for Eugene Lottering

Eugene Lottering

National Research Foundation
Dr Lottering is a former Executive Director at the NRF and was CEO of the National Innovation Fund, a R1 billion fund that specialised in high-risk investments in science, engineering, and technology applications, leading to the establishment of a commercial enterprise. The National... Read More →
avatar for Cecile Leemans

Cecile Leemans

Team Leader for Global South - DG ENER, European Commission
Since October 2021, Cecile Leemans, is Team Leader for Global South, in the International Relations unit of the Directorate-General for Energy.She oversees energy diplomatic relations with emerging and developing countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa. She has been since 2018... Read More →


Tuesday March 7, 2023 11:00am - 1:00pm CET
Embassy of South Africa, Belgium

2:30pm CET

(07821) Research infrastructures in the digital transition – Maximizing the benefit of research data
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

Speakers
avatar for Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane

Chair Science Summit UNGA77, ISC
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 →
avatar for Karina Angelieva

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

3:30pm CET

(07091) Major developments in Astronomy in Africa: Convened by the African Astronomical Society (AfAS)
Speakers
avatar for Michael Backes

Michael Backes

Associate Professor & Co-PI Africa Millimetre Telescope, University of Namibia
Prof. Michael Backes is Associate Professor, Head of the Namibian H.E.S.S. group, and of astrophysics at the University of Namibia (UNAM), as well as Extraordinary Associate Professor at North-West University (South Africa) and Academic Visitor at the University of Oxford (UK). He... Read More →
avatar for Declan Kirrane

Declan Kirrane

Chair Science Summit UNGA77, ISC
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 →
avatar for Vanessa McBride

Vanessa McBride

Astronomer, Office of Astronomy for Development
Dr Vanessa McBride is an astronomer at the Office of Astronomy for Development, where she works towards bridging the gap between the community of professional astronomers and the development work.  She is co-chair of the National Organising Committee of the IAU’s General Assembly... Read More →
avatar for Berry, Simon

Berry, Simon

Head of Director General's Office, SKAO
Simon Berry is the Head of the Director General’s Office at the SKA Observatory (SKAO) the newly formed intergovernmental organisation responsible for the development and operation of cutting-edge radio telescopes that will transform our understanding of the Universe and deliver... Read More →
avatar for Takalani Nemaungani

Takalani Nemaungani

Chief Director, Department of Science and Innovation, South Africa
Takalani Nemaungani is currently the Chief Director for the Astronomy portfolio at the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) in South Africa – Astronomy is a flagship project receiving the single largest investment in the budget within the DSI. Trained as an engineer from Wits... Read More →
avatar for Charles Takalana

Charles Takalana

Head of Secretariat (AfAS) & Co-Chair: IAU-GA2024 National Organising Committee, African Astronomical Society (AfAS)
Charles Mpho Takalana completed his PhD in physics, focusing on Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in December 2020. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Charles currently works at the African... Read More →
avatar for Carla Sharpe

Carla Sharpe

Africa Programme Manager, SARAO
Carla has been with the South African Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project for several years. The SKA is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, the sheer scale of the SKA represents a huge leap forward in engineering, technology and research & development... Read More →


Tuesday March 7, 2023 3:30pm - 5:30pm CET
Embassy of South Africa, Belgium
 
Wednesday, March 8
 

10:00am CET

(08094) Microbial sciences for a sustainable future.
Microbial science is important for a number of reasons:
  1. Understanding the role of microbes in the environment: Microbes play a vital role in the earth's ecosystem, breaking down organic matter and returning vital nutrients to the soil. By studying microbes, we can better understand their role in the ecosystem and how they impact the environment.
  2. Developing new medicines: Microbes are the source of many of our most important antibiotics and other medicines, and ongoing research in microbial science is crucial for developing new treatments for diseases.
  3. Improving food production and safety: Microbes play a role in the production of fermented foods like yoghurt, cheese, and bread. Understanding the microbial processes involved in food production can help improve the quality, taste, and safety of these products.
  4. Bioremediation: Certain microbes can be used to clean up toxic waste, such as oil spills and groundwater contaminated with heavy metals. Microbial bioremediation offers a cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution for addressing environmental pollution.
  5. Advancing industrial processes: Microbes are used in a number of industrial processes, including the production of biofuels, chemicals, and bioplastics. Studying microbes can lead to the development of new, more efficient industrial processes.
Overall, microbial science is a vital field that has important applications in many areas of science, medicine, agriculture, and industry, and continues to have a significant impact on our daily lives.

Speakers
avatar for Stefano Bertuzzi

Stefano Bertuzzi

CEO, ASM
Dr. Stefano Bertuzzi is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). ASM is one of the largest life sciences professional societies in the world, with more than 30,000 members and activities in 122 countries. Its mission is to promote and advance microbial... Read More →
avatar for Juan Miguel González-Aranda

Juan Miguel González-Aranda

CTO, LifeWatch ERIC
Currently LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member representing the ENVRI cluster, and former Chair of ERIC FORUM too.As e-Biodiversity expert holding a PhD. Engineer on Telecommunications, and Industrial Organization-Enterprise... Read More →
avatar for Eugene Lottering

Eugene Lottering

National Research Foundation
Dr Lottering is a former Executive Director at the NRF and was CEO of the National Innovation Fund, a R1 billion fund that specialised in high-risk investments in science, engineering, and technology applications, leading to the establishment of a commercial enterprise. The National... Read More →
avatar for Zeinab Osman

Zeinab Osman

Director General, National Center for Research
Professor Zeinab A. Osman obtained her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from University of Khartoum and her PhD from University of Lorraine, France in Science and Industrial Technologies. She joined the staff of the National Center for Research in 1994. She is the principal investigator in... Read More →


Wednesday March 8, 2023 10:00am - 11:00am CET
TBA

11:00am CET

(08921) Science Capacity building in Portuguese Speaking Countries in Africa
Africa’s history shaped the continent in its actual 54 countries recognized by United Nations, from which 5: Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Principe and Guiné-Bissau share the same official language, being usually designated as Portuguese Speaking Countries in Africa.

Apart from the common language, these countries are different in area, population, economic growth, and natural resources. Angola and Mozambique, the largest in area and population are also the ones with rich mineral reserves, such as oil, gas and precious minerals. Cape Verde, São Tomé and Principe e Guiné-Bissau are smaller in size, population and with limited natural resources.

However, all these countries share Africa’s population trend of having more than 60% of its population under 25 years that induces the investment that should be made in this potential human asset.

Facing limited financial resources, local governments main concerns are focused in primary and secondary education, relegating higher education and scientific research to second place. This framework leads to countries with a significant shortage of skilled workforce, resulting in weak institutions and delayed development.

The investment in capacity building through higher education and scientific research must be regarded as a priority in what concerns international cooperation. Several European countries at a bilateral level, framed or not by EC mechanisms, are actively supporting academic and scientific development in many African countries, yet some face language barriers that keep them away from international funding mechanisms, with heavy requirements and complicated procedures in a foreign language.

Portugal, having the same official language and a Member State of European Union, throughout specific cooperation instruments, should assume an important role fostering capacity building in these 5 countries and bridging appropriated collaboration with other European Countries willing to actively participate in this mission.

The efforts to strengthen capacity building must be approached in several dimensions, being thus indispensable to work with people, local institutions, and local governments, towards knowledge acquisition, institutional management and enabling policies.

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, through the Division of Sustainable Development regularly issues guidelines on International Cooperation for Capacity-Building in Developing Countries, however we usually face international mechanisms and instruments aiming to enhance capacity building in African countries that deliver poor results and lack in local impact. These actions must and could be improved.

It is therefore fundamental that the organizations and entities focused on fostering capacity building in Africa are committed to engage in regular debates and experience’s sharing, to increase the efficiency and rise the impact of the initiatives.

Speakers
avatar for Susana Catita

Susana Catita

Director, Ciência LP Center
Susana Catita is the Executive Director of the “Centro Ciência LP”, a category 2 center, under the auspices of UNESCO. With academic backgrounds in Sociology and International Relations, she also did postgraduate and complementary training in Strategic Studies, Civil Crisis... Read More →


Wednesday March 8, 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm CET
Embassy of South Africa, Belgium

12:00pm CET

(08239) The need for the establishment of an African based high-end diagnostic test manufacturing facility convened by antrum biotech
the need for the establishment of an african based high-end diagnostic test manufacturing facility convened by antrum biotech 

Speakers
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Nick Bright

Nick works as the Business Development Director at Antrum Biotech and has a razor-sharp, hands-on focus on diagnostic roll-out programs on the African continent.  He has worked closely with multiple stakeholders to establish and monitor anti-retroviral therapy programmes including... Read More →
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Precious Motsotso

Precious Matsoso is the former Director-General of the South African National Department of Health. She is the Cochair of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body for a Pandemic Treaty and was the World Health Organisation Director of Public Health Innovation and Intellectual Property.Prior... Read More →
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Azhee Akinrin

Azhee Akinrin is a Principal at Market Access Africa, a mission-driven healthcare organization that curates and advances bold, new ideas to accelerate access to the best innovations and appropriate solutions for Africa’s health systems and markets. Azhee brings more than 16 years... Read More →
avatar for Khilona Radia

Khilona Radia

CEO, Antrum Biotech
Khilona is a passionate, goal-driven and engaging business consultant working across trade and industry development in South Africa. Her recent interest is in supporting MedTech innovators and leads a University of Cape Town spin-off specialising in Healthcare Innovations for Africa... Read More →


Wednesday March 8, 2023 12:00pm - 12:45pm CET
Embassy of South Africa, Belgium

2:00pm CET

(09921) STI for SDGs: The use of R&D data in South Africa
This Statistical Report presents data tables from the 2020/21 South African National Survey of Research and Experimental Development (R&D Survey).

The report provides key findings of the survey with commentary, standard summary tables of the overall findings from 2020/21 and time series from previous instances of the survey. The R&D Survey covers a 12-month period corresponding with the sectoral financial year.

For the business, government, science councils and NPO sectors, this is from 1 April to 31 March, or the nearest complete financial year. In the higher education sector, the calendar year is surveyed, ending 31 December. The Statistical Report is published annually and provides a summary analysis of the survey data

Speakers
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Nazeem Mustapha

Human Sciences Research Council
Nazeem Mustapha holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Cape Town. His main area of research was in Mathematical Physics, specifically Cosmology. At UCT he lectured students in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment for three years. During his time... Read More →


Wednesday March 8, 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm CET
Online only

2:30pm CET

(08871) Evaluating the African deep tech start-up and spin-off ecosystem
Speakers
avatar for Dr Bienvenu Agbokponto Soglo

Dr Bienvenu Agbokponto Soglo

Director, Government Affairs Africa & IGA CTO Liaison, Intel
Dr. Bienvenu Agbokponto Soglo is the Director, Government Affairs Africa & IGA CTO Liaison, and a Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation. In his current role, Dr Agbokponto Soglo is responsible for developing policy strategies and advocating for favorable government policies, regulations... Read More →


Wednesday March 8, 2023 2:30pm - 3:45pm CET
Embassy of South Africa, Belgium

3:30pm CET

(09023) Science for Climate Resilient food systems in Africa
Science for Climate Resilient food systems in Africa

The state of Africa’s agriculture and its vulnerability to climate risk is an ongoing matter of importance, not only for the continent but the global world. Climate change-related hazards such as drought, shifting patterns of pests and disease incidence, and the reduction of areas suitable for agricultural production threaten agricultural and food systems and affect the food security status of millions of people on the African continent. These challenges impact peace and stability on the continent and the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals.

Agricultural Research and Innovation play a pivotal role in developing climate-resilient food systems and enabling Africa to reduce the agricultural productivity gap and deliver on the SDGs.

The session will showcase some of the key scientific innovations emerging from Agricultural Research organizations in Africa and also in collaboration with global North partners. In addition, the session will identify the key priorities to accelerate the science-led climate-resilient food systems in Africa.
Speakers are expected to be very deliberate in highlighting the key achievements as well as amplifying high-impact needs for accelerating agricultural science on the continent. The enabling policy and regulatory environment will also be addressed.



Speakers
avatar for Petronella Chaminuka

Petronella Chaminuka

Acting Group Executive: Impact and Partnerships Unit, Agricultural Research Council of South Africa
Dr Petronella Chaminuka is the Acting Group Executive: Impact and Partnerships, and also leads the Economic Analysis Unit of the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa. Petronella is energetic and driven by a passion to build the capacity for scientific research amongst young... Read More →
avatar for Intisar Soghayroun

Intisar Soghayroun

Professor, Khartounm
Professor Intisar  Soghayroun, professor of Archaeology, University of Khartoum 1991-2022, Sudan. Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research from 2019 to October 2021. My particular interest in my field includetheoretical archaeology, Medieval civilization , heritage management... Read More →
avatar for Jose Manuel Avila

Jose Manuel Avila

Environmental Scientist, Agroecology Technical Officer, LifeWatch ERIC
He is an Environmental Scientist who specialized in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology and has a PhD in Environment and Society. He has more than twelve years of experience in R&D projects across different sectors (research center, academia and industry). At the beginning of his... Read More →


Wednesday March 8, 2023 3:30pm - 4:30pm CET
Embassy of South Africa, Belgium

5:00pm CET

(08321) How EU missions tackle big challenges in health, climate and the environment.
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.

Speakers
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Neville Reeve

European Commission, DG Research


Wednesday March 8, 2023 5:00pm - 5:30pm CET
Embassy of South Africa, Belgium
 
Thursday, March 9
 

9:30am CET

09549 Key Developments in EU support for science collaboration with Africa
Agenda:

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

Speakers
avatar for Eudy Mabuza

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 →
avatar for Her Excellency Ms Tokozile Xasa

Her Excellency Ms Tokozile Xasa

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

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

Chair Science Summit UNGA77, ISC
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

11:00am CET

(09521) Science for Food Systems Transformation in a Conflict Area - The Sahel
Science for Food Systems Transformation in a Conflict Area
 
The current upsurge in violence and conflict in the Sahel is the manifestation of a broader and deeper ecological, economic and political crisis within as well as outside the sub Region with an impact on the Sahel. The EU refers to a situation of multiple crises and to its regional, cross-border nature, which makes it more challenging. The new EU strategy for the Sahel emphasises the need for a more comprehensive and contextual approach to addressing regional instability. It underscores the EU’s commitment to addressing the root causes of conflict and instability through an integrated approach. It also cautions for approaches that are sometimes based on inconclusive data, or formulated without available data, and that can result in inappropriate responses.
 
To address the numerous and interconnected challenges, a comprehensive multi-disciplinary analysis and synthesis at multiple scales is required as a basis for effective interventions. However, at this moment national and regional research capacity, funding and infrastructure are very scattered and fragile. Research (and thus knowledge) is fragmented into small, short-term projects that prevent national research institutions from building new long-term multi-disciplinary research capacity, programmes and infrastructure and updating existing capacity. Policymakers and development agencies lack access to quality research findings for different target groups or lack possibilities to create such that provide evidence for their intervention portfolio. Therefore, substantial investment in context context-relevantg and research is required to connect the dots between high-level research and applied contextualised research in order to generate localized evidence. This knowledge should feed a true trans-Sahelian and transdisciplinary reflection making it possible to seek avenues for a more positive trajectory for the region. Dedicated actions are also needed to ensure that such evidence will become the basis for future policies and development programmes.
 
The session will discuss how we can jointly develop a Centre of multi-disciplinary training and research in Food Systems Transformation in a Fragile Zone. This Centre would be a regional hub for data, science, innovation and lifelong learning dedicated to Sahelian challenges and opportunities. A virtual focal point where researchers, policymakers, private sector, CSOs and development practitioners can easily obtain and co-create relevant information on transformation pathways.
Speakers will be from the Sahel research community, Sahel Coalition, Club du Sahel, EC, Wageningen University & Research and other.

Speakers
avatar for Vincenzo Lorusso

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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Triona McCormack

Director of Research; Member of the Taskforce on Rural Africa and the oversight committee for Ireland's strategy on Africa, UCD
Triona leads the team at University College Dublin (UCD) responsible for research strategy, management and operations. She also currently co-chairs the UCD strategic theme on Creating a Sustainable Global Society. Prior to joining UCD, Triona was Director of Consulting for Ireland... Read More →
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Han van Dijk

professor, Wageningen University
Han van Dijk is profesor at the Sociology of Development and Change Group, Wageningen University. His research focuses on political decentralization, land tenure, natural resource management and farmer-herder strategies in response to climate variability and development policy mainly... Read More →
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Mohamed Abdallahi Ould BABAH EBBE

Directeur Général, l'Institut du Sahel (INSAH) / CILLS
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Sarah LAWAN

External Relations Advisor, Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC/OECD)
Sarah Lawan is currently Advisor for External Relations at the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC). She is in charge of the relationships with Members and partners of the Club as well as the valorisation of the SWAC’s productions. Prior to joining the SWAC in 2019, she was Advisor... Read More →


Thursday March 9, 2023 11:00am - 1:00pm CET
Embassy of South Africa, Belgium

1:00pm CET

(09298) Opportunities for African Researchers in Horizon Europe - THIS SESSION IS ONLINE ONLY

Opportunities for African Researchers in Horizon Europe
Presenter: Dr. Seán McCarthy www.hyperion.ie

Duration: 45 minutes

Date: Thursday 9th March 2023 (time to suit programme)

Horizon Europe is the European Union’s Research and Innovation Programme (2021 to 2027). African research organisations can participate in Horizon Europe.

This workshop will provide an overview of the structure and terminology of Horizon Europe. It will identify the key sources of information on programmes, calls for proposals and funded projects. The workshop will provide guidelines on how African researchers can identify potential partners in European research organisations.

Agenda:
  1. Sources of Information on Horizon Europe
  2. Horizon Europe Funding Landscape
  3. How African Researchers can participate in Horizon Europe
  4. How to Promote African scientific expertise to European partners

Speakers
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Seán McCarthy

Managing Director, Hyperion Ltd
Presenter: Dr. Seán McCarthyMcCarthy specialises in the design of training courses for researchers and research support staff in European Universities and Research Centres.He has delivered training courses in 78 of the top 100 Universities in Europe. Since 1995, over 110,000 researchers... Read More →



Thursday March 9, 2023 1:00pm - 1:45pm CET
Online only

2:00pm CET

(09329) Plant Molecular Pharming in Africa
Description of the AERAP Science Session
“Plant Molecular Pharming in Africa”

Mr Declan Kirrane ISC Intelligence, Moderator
Dr George Owusu Essegbey Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Ghana, Co-Moderator
Speakers 
Prof Kurt Zatloukal Medicines4Future (M4F) and Medical University of Graz, Austria
Ms Belinda Shaw Cape Bio Pharms, Cape Town, South Africa
Prof Josef Glössl M4F and University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Austria



As a result of widespread economic inequities, millions of people in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) lack appropriate access to medicines because the domestic biopharmaceutical production capacity is limited. High global demand of biopharmaceuticals (vaccines or medicines) leads to a supply shortage, with detrimental consequences for the health of LMIC populations. A route forward to improve accessibility and affordability to medicines in LIMC and the resilience against future global pandemics is to build local medical infrastructure, including manufacturing infrastructure to produce biopharmaceuticals locally and to educate skilled people capable of managing emergency situations in public health.
The COVID-19 pandemic clearly showed that globally centralized approaches to vaccine development, manufacture and distribution were inefficient and unequal. Therefore, new approaches to global collaboration and capacity building are urgently needed. Low- and middle-income countries currently depend on biopharmaceutical suppliers located in a few developed countries. Diversifying biopharmaceutical production into technologies that are less dependent expert staff and specialized infrastructure can reduce production costs and improve the regional independence of these countries from global supply chains.
Plant Molecular Pharming (PMF), a technology platform for the production of biopharmaceuticals in plants, will be highlighted in the session as one such diversifying option. PMF is an innovative and versatile technology platform to achieve a simple, scalable and low-cost yet versatile and reliable production of biopharmaceuticals. For example, therapeutic proteins for the treatment of infectious and non-communicable diseases as well as diagnostic agents can be produced within a few weeks. The potential and challenges of PMF will be reviewed, emphasizing future opportunities to utilize PMF as an innovative technology platform with low entry barriers for dethe -centralized production of biopharmaceuticals in countries where better accessibility to medicines and vaccines at affordable prices is urgently needed. As tangible examples, the South-African based company Cape Bio Pharms, pioneers in plant-based production of recombinant proteins, as well as the concept of the Austrian initiative Medicines for Future (M4F) for developing a modular, scalable container-based manufacturing facility for the production of biopharmaceuticals using PMF will be presented.
Importantly, international equal partnerships between countries for jointly developing manufacturing infrastructure will require accompanying collaborations aiming at the education and training of skilled people for qualifying them as workforce for plant-based pharmaceutical production facilities in low- and middle-income countries. This concerted approach will ultimately lead to the creation of new qualified jobs in these countries. It will also reduce the risk of disrupted supply chains, as experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Taken together, the collaboration model to be discussed in the session “Plant Molecular Pharming in Africa” will contribute to enabling low- and middle-income countries to develop their own sustainable and scalable manufacturing capacity for biopharmaceuticals based on innovating drug discovery, leading to lower dependency from global supply chains.

Contacts: 
Prof. Josef Glössl, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Austria
Email: josef.gloessl@boku.ac.at;  Mobile: +43 664 544 5282; www.boku.ac.at
Ms Belinda Shaw, CEO and Founder of Cape Bio Pharms, Email: belinda@capebiopharms.com;
Mobile +27 83 456 2760; www.capebiopharms.com
Prof. Kurt Zatloukal, Medical University of Graz, Austria
Email: kurt.zatloukal@medunigraz.at; Mobile +43 664 153 3264; www.medunigraz.at

Speakers
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Josef Glößl

University Professor, BOKU
Josef Glössl is Professor of Applied Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Austria, and served as Vice President for Research at BOKU from 2010 to 2018. Previously, he was member of the Board and Chair of the Assembly of... Read More →
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George Owusu Essegbey

Chief Research Scientist, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Ghana
Dr. GEORGE OWUSU ESSEGBEY, is the CEO/Chief Research Scientist of the CSIR-Technology Development and Transfer Centre. I was the former Director of the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of Ghana... Read More →
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Zatloukal, Kurt

Diagnostic and Research Center for Molecular Biomedicine, Director of BBMRI.at, Medical University of Graz
Kurt Zatloukal, M.D.  is professor of pathology at the Medical University of Graz, Austria and is head of the Diagnostic and Research Center for Molecular Biomedicine. His research focusses on molecular pathology of diseases as well as biobanking and related technologies. He coordinated... Read More →
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Belinda Shaw

Executive Chair & Founder, Cape BioLogix
Cape Biopharms (Pty) Ltd (“CBP”), established in 2018 as a spin-off of Africa’s leading university, The University of Cape Town, is one of the very few early movers in the highly promising and potentially industry disrupting area of “biopharming". Biopharming, also known as... Read More →


Thursday March 9, 2023 2:00pm - 3:30pm CET
Embassy of South Africa, Belgium

3:00pm CET

(09850) One Health in Africa
 
'One Health' is an integrated, unifying approach to balance and optimize the health of people, animals and the environment. It is particularly important to prevent, predict, detect, and respond to global health threats such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

The approach mobilizes multiple sectors, disciplines and communities at varying levels of society to work together. This way, new and better ideas are developed that address root causes and create long-term, sustainable solutions.
One Health involves the public health, veterinary, public health and environmental sectors. The One Health approach is particularly relevant for food and water safety, nutrition, the control of zoonoses (diseases that can spread between animals and humans, such as flu, rabies and Rift Valley fever), pollution management, and combatting antimicrobial resistance (the emergence of microbes that are resistant to antibiotic therapy).


Speakers
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George Owusu Essegbey

Chief Research Scientist, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Ghana
Dr. GEORGE OWUSU ESSEGBEY, is the CEO/Chief Research Scientist of the CSIR-Technology Development and Transfer Centre. I was the former Director of the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of Ghana... Read More →
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Zatloukal, Kurt

Diagnostic and Research Center for Molecular Biomedicine, Director of BBMRI.at, Medical University of Graz
Kurt Zatloukal, M.D.  is professor of pathology at the Medical University of Graz, Austria and is head of the Diagnostic and Research Center for Molecular Biomedicine. His research focusses on molecular pathology of diseases as well as biobanking and related technologies. He coordinated... Read More →
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Colleen Kraft

Chief Medical Officer, Emory University Hospital
Dr. Colleen Kraft is the Associate Chief Medical Officer of Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. She splits her time between hospital leadership, clinical research, clinical care of inpatients and teaching. She is a Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory... Read More →
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Khilona Radia

CEO, Antrum Biotech
Khilona is a passionate, goal-driven and engaging business consultant working across trade and industry development in South Africa. Her recent interest is in supporting MedTech innovators and leads a University of Cape Town spin-off specialising in Healthcare Innovations for Africa... Read More →
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Julie Makani

Principal Investigator, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS)
Prof. Julie Makani is from the Department of Haematology and Blood Transfusion at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), where Tanzania established one of the world’s largest single-center study cohorts for sickle cell disease.She is Principal Investigator of... Read More →


Thursday March 9, 2023 3:00pm - 4:30pm CET
Embassy of South Africa, Belgium

5:00pm CET

(09097) Living labs: an emerging area of collaboration between Africa and the EU
ENoLL @ AERAP23 
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.
Participants:

-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

Speakers
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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
 
Friday, March 10
 

11:00am CET

(10078) How Genomics will contribute to healthcare delivery in Africa
(10078) HOW GENOMICS WILL CONTRIBUTE TO HEALTHCARE DELIVERY IN AFRICA

The proposed session will focus primarily on genomics within a developing world context and with reference to the SDGs, providing early stage guidance to regulators and policymakers globally to create the enabling environment for genomics healthcare.

In Africa, genomics research has the potential to improve healthcare delivery in several ways.
Speaker 1 will give an overview of results from the EU-Africa PerMed Project unpacking the inherent gaps, needs and areas of interest to develop the personalized medicine in Africa. Giving a view of the African PM ecosystem.

The session will move onto explore how medical genomics uses genomic data to better understand the genetic and molecular basis of health, disease and drug responses. The major applications are to improve the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease, and to accelerate the development of new and better diagnostics, drugs and biologicals such as antibodies and vaccines. Speaker 2 will convey current context of the level of genomics testing services offered within African Healthcare systems.

Furthermore, genomics research can also improve our understanding of the genetic diversity in Africa and how it relates to disease susceptibility and drug response. This can inform the development of more effective and culturally appropriate treatments for African populations. Speaker 3 will outline the development of the Tunisian Genome program and the vision toward Personalised Medicine.

Overall, genomics has the potential to significantly improve healthcare delivery in Africa in the coming decades, but careful planning and ethical considerations are needed to ensure that the benefits are realized and the challenges are addressed.

Summary of speaker topics:
Speaker 1: Rizwana Mia- SAMRC & EU-Africa PerMed "The gaps, needs and Areas of interest for development of Personalized Medicine in Africa"

Speaker 2: TBA speaker from Small/Medium Biotech industry- topic "Enabling and delivery of Genomics testing for Healthcare delivery in Africa"

Speaker 3: Yosr Hamdi- Institute Pasteur -Tunis & H3Africa -Topic "Development of the Tunisia genome project toward Personalised Medicine in Tunisia"


Speakers
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Rizwana Mia

Senior Program Manager -Precision Medicine, South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)
Rizwana Mia is a Senior Program Manager who joined the SAMRC in February 2015. She is responsible for developing the South African Precision Medicine program and incorporating the South African Precision Medicine Think Tank. She has spearheaded strategic partnerships in creating programmatic... Read More →
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Yosr Hamdi

Pasteur Institute Tunis
Yosr Hamdi is a biologist and research assistant at Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Tunisia. She is a specialist in cancer genomics and precision oncology. Dr. Hamdi is a member of several international Consortia, including BCAC, CIMBA, H3ABioNet, and H3Africa. She serves on the advisory... Read More →
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Veron Ramsuran

University of KwaZulu-Natal
Prof Veron Ramsuran graduated with a PhD in Genetics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He was then recruited to join the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard as a post-doctoral research fellow, during which he had a joint affiliation with the National Institute of Health (NIH... Read More →


Friday March 10, 2023 11:00am - 1:00pm CET
Online only
 
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