Following the successful “EU Science: Global Challenges, Global Collaboration” Conference (ES:GC2), held on 4-8 March 2013 at the European Parliament in Brussels, ISC organised a seminar titled “Global Science Collaboration: Science Capacity Building & the Implications for the Development Process” which took place on 27-28 June 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
This seminar was held on the occasion of a wider series of S&T events in Addis Ababa, organised by the European Commission, the African Union Commission, CAAST-Net+ and JEG8 from the 24-28 of June.
The ES:GC2 Conference generated significant participation from a broad spectrum of scientists, academics, policymakers, high-level government officials and industry representatives from across the globe and placed EU research at the centre of the international response to global challenges.
Building on the themes of ES:GC2, the seminar in Addis Ababa concentrated on science capacity building as a policy issue, focusing on what it is, how it is supported and what the initiatives are that are currently underway in this area.
Seminar discussions addressed how global collaborative science across borders and disciplines can best support science capacity building in Africa.
Key themes of the seminar included:
The “Global Science Collaboration: Science Capacity Building & the Implications for the Development Process” programme included an outstanding collection of speakers from all over the world. The event intended to bring together international decision-makers, researchers, academic community and industry leaders to discuss issues and topics related to developing human and technological capacity through science collaboration.
Prof Kurt Zatloukal, Medical University Graz and founding co-chair of The 50 year roadmap for the future of medicine will be speaking at the session titled, “Health: A development challenge”. The Concept of the 50 year roadmap for the future of medicine outlines the challenges and tries to sketch potential solutions for the future of medicine. The roadmap foresees the definition of a common scientific goal that generates the basis for the future of medicine, and the establishment of a proper process enabling scientists around the world developing joint forces to address this goal.
On capacity building and the implications for the development process Prof Zatloukal said, “Research infrastructures in the biological and medical sciences could be instrumental in establishing a knowledge-based bio-economy and in improving health in Africa.”
The seminar objectives were to:
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The event came at a crucial time for the future of science in Africa and globally. Africa is making unprecedented investments in science and holds enormous potential to emerge as a new hub for global science collaboration. In 2012, following a global competitive tendering process, a consortium of 9 African nations was chosen to host up to 70% of the Square Kilometre Array, the world’s largest radio astronomy project in history. This global project, which will also be sited in Australia, will construct the most sensitive and technologically advanced radio telescopes and astronomical system ever built and it stands alongside the Large Hadron Collider and ITER in Europe, as one of the most ambitious scientific experiments ever.
In March 2012, the European Parliament adopted Written Declaration 45/2011 on Science Capacity Building in Africa: promoting European African radio astronomy partnerships. This declaration recognised the value of research infrastructures in promoting capacity building as well as Africa’s unique competitive advantage in the study of radio astronomy and acknowledged that further European involvement in African radio astronomy can become a powerful driver of growth on both continents.
It is also an important time for the future of global R&D funding. The EU’s institutions are currently negotiating legislative proposals for R&D funding over the period 2014 to 2020. The European Commission has proposed €80b for Horizon 2020, the next Framework Programme for Research and Development and Demonstration (2014-2020). International cooperation is set to be a key focus of Horizon 2020. In addition, major legislation covering Clinical Trials, Medical Devices, Data Protection and patents will be considered in 2013.
The 50 year roadmap for the future of medicine
To achieve long-term sustainability of health care systems substantial new concepts are required which have to be based on sound science. In order to ensure that these concepts will be available in time an interdisciplinary and international collaborative scientific effort is required.
The Concept of the 50 Year Roadmap for the Future of Medicine outlines the challenges and tries to sketch potential solutions for the future of medicine.
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The African-European Radio Astronomy Platform (AERAP)
AERAP is a response to the calls of the European Parliament, through the adoption of the Written Declaration 45/2011, and of the Heads of State of the African Union, through their decision “Assembly/AU/Dec.407 CXVIII”, for radio astronomy to be a priority focus area for Africa—EU cooperation. AERAP is a new stakeholder forum of industry, academia and the public sector established to define and implement priorities for radio astronomy cooperation between Africa and Europe. The overall goals of the platform are to leverage radio astronomy, advance scientific discovery, improve knowledge transfer and stimulate competitiveness across both continents. The platform will also enable effective dialogue to build a shared vision for international cooperation in radio astronomy.
Further information on AERAP: www.aerap.org
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