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The AERAP Africa-Europe Science Collaboration Platform will organise a roundtable discussion on 8-9 December 2021 to consider the contribution of science to the priorities for the EU-Africa summit, currently scheduled for 17-18 February 2022 under the French Council Presidency of the European Union (1 January -30 June 2022). The purpose of the meeting will be to promote awareness of the contribution of collaborative research and development as a critical aspect of EU-Africa relations and collaborations while recognising the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which provides a critical narrative.

The general topics that will inform the discussions include:
  1. The Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument, NDICI, also known as Global Europe, needs to reflect the enormous potential of collaborative and inclusive science to address the policy objectives addressed by the instrument, including digital transition and the Green deal; the Communication from the Commission on the Global Approach to Research and Innovation is a key paper: the Communication is intended to ....serve as a guide in implementing the international dimension of the new EU programme for civil research and innovation, Horizon Europe, and its synergies with other EU programmes, in particular the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument - Global Europe.  For example, the Communication does not address the impact of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which has extraterritorial application and its implications for research collaboration, particularly in medical science and health research.
  2. Accelerate an inclusive approach to collaborative research, recognising Africa leadership and the untapped potential of women and girls to contribute to science and innovation. This needs to start with a more cohesive approach to policymaking and regulation. 
  3. Consider how to leveraged synergies between funding mechanisms led by the EU and development finance provided by the African Development Bank, the European Investment Bank, the World Bank and others;
  4. Raise awareness of the unforeseen and unintended impact of EU regulations on potential research collaborations. These include data privacy, the General Data Protection Regulation, the In-vitro Diagnostics Regulation (IVDR), the Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and the Clinical Trials Regulation. Good regulation cannot act as a barrier between you and African researchers. African nations need to build their enabling regulatory environment and pursue regulatory compliance with the EU. There is also an urgent need to create an enabling environment for trust relationships;
  5. Indigenous knowledge needs to be recognised as a force for good and part equation when promoting Africa-Europe science collaboration, including developing relevant information services and linking indigenous knowledge to data capacities; patent data and WTO TRIPS Art. 66.2 is key also;
  6. We will also consider the importance of the SDGs in this context, including enabling local and community (Local 2030) science and efficacy part of the global response.
Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Member States of the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) met in Kigali, Rwanda, on 26 October 2021, took stock of progress regarding the priority areas adopted during the last AU – EU Summit held in 2017, in Abidjan. The Communique provides some guidance on priorities for the EU-AU Summit on 17-18 Feb 2022.

AERAP is a response to the European Parliament Written Declaration 45 on Science Capacity Building in Africa. This call was repeated by the Heads of State of the African Union through their Decision Assembly/AU/Dec.407 CXVIII. AERAP encourages policymakers to understand the need for an enabling policy and regulatory environment for science cooperation with Africa and championing leadership in Africa and Europe to demonstrate science’s contribution to society and address shared global challenges.

Communication from the Commission on the Global Approach to Research and Innovation
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Samuel Adunreke

Innovea Hubs and Innovea Development Foundation
CEO and Executive President
Samuel is an impact driven young individual. His eye on excellence has kept him on his guard to create more of his kind.
A graduate of Physics Electronics (Options) From The Federal University of Technology, Akure. He is a software developer, During his undergraduate years he represented the University at The IBM sponsored Scientific Computing Context organized by International Collegiate on Computer Programming Contexts ICPC at The National Mathematical Center in Abuja (2013). He joined various extra curricular on-campus activities like ENACTUS FUTA to participate in social and Entrepreneurship Development Activities and events. He interned at Lagos State Radio Service where he got experience on operations of Communications Equipment, Automation, Outside broadcast Van OBC and came with a report on the internship on Telecommunications and Barriers to Digital Broadcasting. (Communications Physics).
He carried out his undergraduate research on Environmental Physics by Characterising Ionising Radiation a from Major Waste Sites and Landfills in Akure, Ondo State (Samuel Adunreke, 2014).
He is the Founder of Innovea Hubs, a Digital Innovation Lab for collaborative development and SDGs, a member of the Executive Board at Innovea Development Foundation. As a scientist, and a Physicist, he has a basic background in areas of Renewable and Nuclear Energy, Radiation and Health, Telecommunications Physics, Embedded Systems, Computational Physics, IoT, AI and Artificial Neural Networks, Instrumentation, Environment and Health Physics, Radiology, Automation and Circuit Designs.
He creates pathways to innovation by simplistic designs and ideas. For this, He founded a non profit organization, Innovea Development Foundation which started as Innovea SDGs Hub social enterprise, for promoting scientific studies and application of natural sciences and research towards development.
The Hub brought together young people from different background to carry out social services.
Contributing to various reports, policy documents, including the Digital Transformation Pathways, Renewable Energy in Cities Global Status Report. (See https://REN21.net/gsr )
Having participated at many International Conferences and the recent UNGA75 and Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Summit, Climate Adaptation Summit, High Level Dialogue on Energy, Food Systems Summit, Abhu-Dhabi Sustainability Week, Climate Ambition Summit, Africa Climate Week 2020, Clean Energy Ministerial etc.
As an International Observer/Delegate to The 11th Session of International Renewable Energy Agency IRENA 11A, he witnessed the various global Energy Organizations give interventions on the future of Energy Development. He seek among his peers to advance research, science and innovative partnership for enhanced capacities in Energy Transitions, economic development, human capital, social and humanitarian development in Africa and Globally.
Over the course of 2020, he and his team participated at The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crimes UNODC trainings during The Foundaçion Paso's Libre DataJam context on using data and explorative insights to tackle issues of human trafficking and transborder crimes. Followed up to the deployment of The Open data framework on Migration by the Open Migration Framework as a stakeholder. He also joined various training sessions at Harvard Business School Online on The Subject of Energy Within Environmental Constraints, The World Bank Innovate4Climate summit, IFC Sustainability Summit, and followed trainings by The World Bank Group on International Trade (Trade on the Age of Supply Chain Transformation), He joined major civil society organizations in The first Finance in Common Summit held in 2020 and 2021, joined The Global Framework for Refugees and Migrants GRFDT and Asia Migration forum, The Asia Pacific Model United Nations APIMUN 2020 conference.
His volunteering experience within the UN spans across the UNMGCY Migration working Group, YOUNGO, SDG7 Youth Constituency, The Global Coalition for Civil Society Organizations