International Cooperation

6 December 2019

5th Science Forum South Africa

From left to right Konanani Rashamuse, Patrick Child, Ben Durham, Triona McCormack and Mohohlo Molatudi

The 2019 Science Forum South Africa took place at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria, on 4-6 December 2019. The topic of exchanges this year was Igniting Conversations About Science For Innovation With Impact.

Deputy Director General for Research and Innovation Patrick Child spoke at the Forum’s Opening Session, following the speech of Dr. Blade Nzimande, South African Minister of Higher Education, Training, Science and Technology.

In his statement, DDG Patrick Child delivered 3 main messages: local innovation is a crucial driver of economic development and social prosperity everywhere in the world; public intervention in R&D are needed, also to back up risky investments to disruptive innovation; the European Union is stepping up its cooperation on innovation with Africa.

DDG P. Child presented the Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership, recently launched by DG Research and Innovation, and acknowledged the EU is proud to support South Africa's National System of Innovation through a budget support allocation amounting 15 MEUR.

Finally, the importance of enhancing further the long-standing successful cooperation in science and innovation between the EU and South Africa was stressed.

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12 April 2019

EU-South Africa Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee

The European Commission, DG Research and Innovation (DG RTD) and the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) met in Brussels on 12 April 2019 for the 16th meeting of the Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee (JSTCC). The meeting was co-chaired by the two Directors-General, Jean-Eric Paquet and Phil Mjwara.

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13 July 2017

EU , Brazil & South Africa enhance cooperation in Marine Research

Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology of South Africa, European Commissioner Carlos Moedas and Gilberto Kassab, Minister of State for Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications of Brazil (L-R)

The European Union, Brazil and South Africa signed today the Belem Statement on Atlantic Research and Innovation Cooperation.

This Initiative will improve the scientific knowledge of marine ecosystems and the links between oceans and climate change, food and energy systems, as well as the dynamics of the Atlantic Ocean and its interconnected circulation systems from Antarctica to the Arctic.

This Statement is building on previous bilateral Declarations of Intent on Marine Research and Innovation Cooperation signed by the EU with Brazil and South Africa, and the development of the South-South Framework for Scientific and Technical Cooperation in the South and Tropical Atlantic and Southern Ocean. It will also help to closely link research activities in the South Atlantic and Southern Ocean with those in the North Atlantic, and explore synergies with other initiatives.

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4 October 2016

EU and South Africa join forces to better understand the oceans and climate

Pretoria, 4 October 2016

The European Union and South Africa are strengthening their scientific collaboration in order to better understand and protect marine ecosystems and the link between oceans and climate.

The European Commission and the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) signed on October,3 2016 in Cape Town a Declaration of Intent on Marine Research and Innovation Cooperation. The declaration aims to develop a common understanding and deepen scientific knowledge of marine ecosystems. It will also encourage and support research collaboration and development of relevant technologies, to facilitate human capital development and scientific exchange, and to explore regional opportunities for sustainable marine cooperation.

The Declaration was signed on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Science and Technology (S&T) Agreement, the first agreement that the EU and South Africa signed since the advent of democracy in the country in 1994. This anniversary was celebrated in the margins of the International Conferences on Research Infrastructures (ICRI 2016). The event was opened by Naledi Pandor, South African Minister of Science and Technology, Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, and Phil Mjwara, Director-General of the South African Department of Science and Technology.

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