FULL PROGRAMME https://aerapforum2023.sched.com/
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 AU-EU Innovation Agenda
- AUC Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa 2020-2030
- EU Comprehensive Strategy with Africa
- Neighbour, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI)
- The European Health Data Space
- EU’s biodiversity strategy for 2030
- UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals
- EU Missions in Horizon Europe
- Strategy Report on Research Infrastructures
- A European Green Deal
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.