Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

4th AERAP Africa-Europe Science Collaboration Forum

22 - 24 April 20244th AERAP Africa-Europe Science Collaboration Forum.

The Forum’s core objective is leveraging digital technologies to extend the scope of scientific collaboration and ensure inclusive participation across Africa. The agenda includes discussions on significant policy frameworks and strategic plans, such as the AU-EU Innovation Agenda, the AUC Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa (2020-2030), the EU Comprehensive Strategy with Africa, and key programmes and instruments, including Horizon Europe, FP10 and the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI). These dialogues aim to bolster sustainable development, healthcare, biodiversity, and digital advancements, resonating with the collaborative and unified approach foundational to Team Europe.

Extract of the programme

22/04 The Vision for Africa: Realizing Our Potential through Scientific Advancement

  • Eudy Mabuza – Senior Science and Innovation Representative (SSIR) Brussels, South Africa
  • Marleen Temmerman – Agha Khan University, Kenya
  • Muhammad Sharif – Advisor Science and Technology, Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), Morocco
  • Lise Korsten – President, African Academy of Sciences (AAS)
  • Petronella Chaminuka – Agricultural Research Council, South Africa
  • Sampson Mamphweli – Head Energy Secretariat, South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI)
  • Glenda Grey – South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)
  • Declan Kirrane – Africa-Europe Science Collaboration and Innovation Platform (AERAP)

23/04 Thematic Session 3: Green Transition: Agriculture and Food and Nutrition Security

  • Petronella Chaminuka – Agricultural Research Council, South Africa
  • Daniel Adeniyi – European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), Belgium
  • Giulia Campodonico – European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL), Soil Health Living Labs

    She referred to the upcoming conference: 25-27 September 2024 in Timisoara, Romania LIVING LABS FRONTIERS. Driving systemic change through Soci(et)al Engagement, for real impact​ 

    and to the upcoming call: HORIZON-MISS-2024-SOIL-01-09: Assessment of Soil Health in Africa (see page 295: Horizon EuropeWork Programme 2023-2025: Missions and Cross-cutting Activities #376 p.)

    SOILL-Startup is the first in a series of support schemes for the implementation of the ambitious objectives of the Horizon Europe Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’ which aims to establish 100 Soil Health Living Labs and Lighthouses (SHLLs/LHs).

    The SOILL-Startup will run in 2024-2025 and aims to support and empower a growing soil health community in Europe. To this end, SOILL-Startup will provide practical support to local and regional stakeholders and capitalise learning from LLs and LHs already established. In a second phase, from 2026-2030,

    SOILL will pave the way for scaling up the initiative and widening the community in the forthcoming years.

    The project will set up and run an effective and transdisciplinary one-stop-shop to coordinate, support, enlarge and promote the network of 100 Soil Mission Living Labs and Lighthouses to lead the transition towards healthy soils across different settings, geographical and socio-economic contexts all over Europe.

24/04 Connecting Global Priorities: How to Build a Sustainable Long-term African-European Partnership for Renewable Energies?

24/04 Science, Technology and Innovation Roundtable: Policy Perspectives

25/04 A Global Perspective: the UN’s Contribution to Science in Africa

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