Opportunities for enhanced STI cooperation between the EU & Africa

AERAP, the Africa-Europe science platform, will organise a briefing on  EU support for  cooperation with Africa on science, R&D innovation and education for the period 2021 to 2027. The briefing will take place  online on Wednesday, 18 November 2020. Please access Full Agenda here

In March 2020 European Commission published a  Communication entitled Towards a comprehensive Strategy with Africa, which sets out a new comprehensive EU strategy with Africa that will be built on five partnerships:

1. A partnership for green transition and energy access;

2. A partnership for digital transformation;

3. A partnership for sustainable growth and jobs;

4. A partnership for peace and governance;

5. A partnership on migration and mobility.

Science and research will be an important component in each of the partnerships. According to Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth ā€¯Research and Innovation plays an essential role in our cooperation with Africa. In view of creating a knowledge society and economy, we need to further scale up this existing academic and scientific cooperation. This has to take place through mobility schemes for our researchers and innovators as well as through vocational education and training.

Amongst other areas, the EU and the African Union (AU) are working on short-, medium-, and long-term Research and Innovation (R&I) activities to address the human health impacts and the more far reaching socio-economic effects of COVID-19. These are:

1. Public health

2. Green transition (food, climate change and energy)

3. Innovation and technology

4. Capacities for science.

The programme will be published on 16 October, along with the list of speakers.

For further information, please contact:

Declan Kirrane

AERAP Science Coordinator

AERAP Africa-Europe Science Platform


Opportunities for enhanced STI cooperation between the EU & Africa