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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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Wednesday, December 8 • 10:00 - 11:30
(REF OP08) Policy Roundtable: How will multi-stakeholder science cooperation support the objectives of the 2022 EU-Africa Summit and ensure a strong policy, legislative and regulatory basis for science in, and cooperation with, Africa.

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How can we share our divided world? Co-operation is essential if nations are to provide the necessary global public goods for humanity. Martin Wolf, FT, 3 Nov 2021

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Orla Feely Vice President for Research, Innovation & Impact (VPRII), University College Dublin, Ireland
Erik Hansalek Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany
Racey Muchilwa Head of Sub Saharan Africa (SSA), Novartis, Kenya
Daan du Toit Deputy Director-General: ICR, Department of Science and Innovation, South Africa
Maria Cristina Russo Director for Global Approach and International Cooperation in R&I at European Commission, European Commission, Belgium
Mahama Ouedraogo Director, Science and Technology Department, African Union Commission, Ethiopia
Shamila Nair-Bedouelle Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO, France
Jean-Pierre Bourguignon Institut des hautes études scientifiques (IHES), France
Juan Miguel González-Aranda LifeWatch ERIC Chief Technology Officer and Director for Spain. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member
Michael Makanga Director, European Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), Netherlands
Rahel Belete Kilimanjaro Innovation Hub, Ethiopia
Djime Adoum Director General, Sahel Coalition, Chad
Bernd Halling Head of Corporate Strategy, Bayer AG
Intisar Soghayroun Minister, Ministry of Higher education and Scientific Research, Sudan

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Rahel Belete

Co-founder & Managing Director, Kilimanjaro Innovation Hub
Rahel is a co-founder of Kilimanjaro Innovation Hub (KIH). KIH is established with a broad social entrepreneurial vision of capacity building of the youths, empowering with skills to remove insecurity and instill confidence. Envision a nation free from unemployment and ensure fruitful... Read More →
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Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

Honorary Professor, IHES
JEAN-PIERRE BOURGUIGNONProfessor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon has been President of the European Research Council (ERC) from 2014 to 2019 and ad interim from July 2020 to August 2021).Prior to that, he was the Director of the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHÉS) from 1994... Read More →
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Orla Feely

Professor/Vice President for Research, Innovation & Impact (VPRII), University College Dublin
Professor Orla Feely Professor Feely is Vice President for Research, Innovation and Impact and a Professor of Electronic Engineering at University College Dublin. She holds a BE degree from University College Dublin and MS and PhD degrees from the University of California, Berkeley... Read More →
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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 →
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Michael Makanga

Executive Director, EDCTP - Association
Dr. Michael Makanga, MD PhD FRCP: EDCTP Executive Director.Dr. Makanga is a clinician-scientist with 27 years of professional experience of working on health and poverty-related infectious diseases in Africa. This includes 23 years of work experience on medical product development... Read More →
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Mahama Ouedraogo

Director, Science and Technology Department, African Union Commission
Mahama Ouedraogo holds a PhD in plant breeding from Texas A&M University. He served as acting Director of the Semi-Arid Food Grain Research and Development and Executive Secretary of the African Union Scientific Technical and Research Commission.He is currently the head of the Science... Read More →
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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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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 →
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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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Erik Hansalek

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany
Dr Erik Hansalek studied law and joined the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in 1999 where he worked, for example, in the areas of higher education policy as well as international and European research and innovation policy. He spent a total of five years in Brussels... Read More →
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Djime Adoum

Director General, Sahel Coalition
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Racey Muchilwa

Head of Novartis Sub Saharan Africa (SSA), Novartis (KENYA), Novartis
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Shamila Nair-Bedouelle

Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO
Shamila Nair-Bedouelle took up her new duties as Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences on 1 April 2019.She comes to UNESCO from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), where she had served as Director of the OzonAction programme since 2012. Responsible for implementing... Read More →
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Bernd Halling

Head of Corporate Strategy, Bayer AG
Bernd Halling is Head of Corporate Strategy and Advocacy at Bayer AG with a focus on International Organizations. He was Head of the EU Office of the Bayer AG in Brussels from 2008 to 2017, representing the company on health, agriculture, research and innovation policy towards the... Read More →

Wednesday December 8, 2021 10:00 - 11:30 CET