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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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Alemiye Yacob

Space Science and Geospatial Institute (SSGI) and EA-ROAD
Mr. Alemiye Mamo is astronomer and science communicator by profession who works as a researcher and regional partnership lead executive at the Space Science and Geospatial Institute (SSGI) in Ethiopia. He has been actively involved in developing astronomy and space science in Ethiopia for more than twenty years, and is considered one of the key individuals who laid the foundation for these fields in the country. He played a vital role in establishing the Ethiopian Space Science Society (ESSS) and was a contributor to the establishment and upgrade of Entoto Observatory to the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI) and then to SSGI.

Mr. Alemiye is passionate about promoting astronomy to the public, with a focus on how it can support development in Ethiopia and beyond. He works as the coordinator of the East Africa Regional Office of Astronomy for Development (EA-ROAD) and is the National Outreach Coordinator (NOC) and National Astronomy Education member of Ethiopia for the International Astronomical Union (IAU). He also serves AfAS on the executive committee.

Currently, Mr Alemiye is focusing on promoting dark sky and Astro-tourism initiatives in Africa, recognizing the continent's untapped potential for economic development and scientific contributions in this field. He advocates for the development of African dark sky and Astro-tourism policies and strategies to maximize the benefits of these initiatives.
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