4. Scientific and technological cooperation - some results
. S&T cooperation throughout Framework Programmes
. The 8th Partnership on Science, Information Society and Space
The 6th biennial Europan and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) will present recent achievements in the fight against HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in Africa in a series of events in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, timed to coincide with the agenda of research policy leaders from the African Union and the European Union. Read more
Promoting cooperation in science, technology and innovation in the interest of African and European societies: High level meeting between the African Union and the European Union in Addis Ababa on 10-11 October 2011. More information
The changing face of EU-African Cooperation in science and technology. Scientific cooperation between Europe and Africa is receiving a boost this year with new research collaborations coming on stream as a result of the Africa call in FP7 in 2010. A new brochure is now available to provide the latest developments of the EU-Africa Partnership.
Call and Info Day regarding Africa. On 30 July 2009, the European Commission launched a call for proposals entirely dedicated to research for Africa. Up to 63 million will be allocated to research projects in 2010 aiming to improve health conditions as well as water and food security in Africa. Supported research activities will involve African partners with the aim to strengthen Africa's research base. An information Day regarding this call will be held in Brussels on 18th September 2009. EU Research Commissioner Potocnik and a representative from the African Union will open the Information Day. More information Call information Video of Commissioner Potočnik
Commissioner's mission to Africa. The EC Commissioner for Research, Janez Potocnik, will visit Africa (Kenya and Ethiopia) from 7-9 September in order to hold high-level political meetings and visit EU-supported research centres in Nairobi (Kenya) and in Addis-Ababa (Ethiopia). This visit takes place in the framework of the Science & Technology Partnership established between the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) in December 2007. A press release, an op-ed piece and a leaflet have been produced in coordination with this occasion.
DG DEV (for the EC) and the African Union Commission have launched a website dedicated to the AU-Africa Partnership.
20/10 - 20/12/2008
In response to a formal request of the African Union Commission, Dr. Mario Catizzone is seconded for a second period to the AUC in Addis Ababa. This secondment is in recognition of the priority afforded to scientific cooperation with Africa.
The fourth AUC-EC College to College Meeting took place 1 October 2008 in Brussels between the European Commission and the African Union Commission to discuss the next steps in the implementation of the Strategic Partnerships. Among others, concrete steps were agreed concerning the 8 th Partnership for Science, Information Society and Space. For more information go to section 1.4 The 8 th Partnership. For more general information.
The EU-AUC 8 th Partnership Joint Task Force produced an updated version of a book of 19 Lighthouse Projects (12 in the chapter of Science, five in the chapter of Information Society and two in the chapter of Space). These are now under consideration by the African Union Commission and EC DGs Development, Research, Information Society, Enterprise and AIDCO to analyse possibilities under different complementary policies and funding mechanisms.
Sir David King, former Chief Science Adviser to the British Government, was nominated as adviser to EC Research Commissioner Potočnik as part of strengthening S&T cooperation in the context of the 8 th Partnership on Science, Information Society and Space.
01/06 – 31/08/2008
Dr. Mario Catizzone was seconded from the European Commission's Research DG to the Human Resources, Science and Technology Department of the African Union Commission (AUC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, initially for three months. The effort aims at facilitating the AUC's development of a suite of flagship projects intended to boost EU-AU cooperation in science, technology and capacity building. Work on these proposals is on-going.
The European Parliament adopted a Resolution on the importance of supporting measures to improve international scientific cooperation with Africa. Among others, it calls for increased involvement of African scientists in international collaborative research and development projects, for the reinforcement of existing research infrastructure with special attention to food, health and energy sectors and calls on the EU to place climate change at the forefront of its S&T cooperation with Africa. See the full text (available in all Community languages on the EP website).