CAAST-Net Plus Workshops on Climate Change, Research Infrastructures
Mutual Understanding, Reinforced Links
Both workshops (scroll for talking points and presentations) were arranged to complement the current action plan of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy's eighth partnership (JAES P8), which is focused on science, information society, and space.
“A strong positive relationship to the EC and AUC policy making bodies as well as to the JAES P8 governance structures is vital for optimal project outcomes and the week in Addis served our purpose well as we came away with much better mutual understanding and reinforced links,” said CAAST-Net Plus project coordinator, Dr Andrew Cherry.
“CAAST-Net Plus exists to reinforce and support the bi-regional STI cooperation relationship between Africa and Europe. That our first annual meeting and two workshops were held at the seat of the African Union Commission, and moreover were held back to back with meetings of the governance structures of JAES P8 is indeed auspicious,” he said.
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Africa region coordinator for CAAST-Net Plus, Dr Eric Mwangi, said that the events “had an added value in that it enabled the CAAST-Net Plus project partners to participate in the JEG8 dialogue for the first time.”
“Another key outcome was an increased awareness among the participants (as well as the EU and AU) about the potential areas of EU-AU cooperation on RIs,” he said.
Outcomes from the climate change meeting have been presented in brief to the bureau of the High-Level Policy Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation (HLPD), ahead of its meeting in November 2013.
A paper in preparation will be submitted to the EC shortly, and offered to the HLPD as part of suggestions for focal areas in a new bi-regional research and innovation cooperation roadmap, according to Cherry.
*This short film about CAAST-Net Plus was produced on location in Ethiopia during these meetings.
Climate Change Workshop (25, 26 June 2013)
The Climate Change Workshop explored future EU-Africa research and innovation cooperation in climate change, food security, and water.
- Impact of climate trends on African agricultural, water, and food systems
- Issues and gaps in knowledge about the hydrological cycle
- Climate smart agriculture and Green Economic Growth
- Role of public-private partnerships in funding joint research
- Hydraulic infrastructures, land, and water management
- Uptake of research to inform policy making and stimulate technological investment.
Topics and Presenters
25 June 2013:
- Anticipated Impact of Climate Change on African Agricultural Systems - Prof. Agnes W. Mwang’ombe, University of Nairobi, Kenya
- Role of EU-Africa Research and Innovation to Stimulate Green Economic Growth in Africa - Jochen Froebrich, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Netherlands
- Impacts of Climate Change on Water, Agriculture and Food Security - Emmanuel Mwendera, Institute for Soil, Climate and Water at the Agricultural Research Council, South Africa
- Optimal Funding and Programming Arrangements for EU-Africa Joint Research - Presentation by Francois Stepman, Platform for African-European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development, Belgium; Presentation by Agnes Mwang'ombe, University of Nairobi, Kenya
26 June 2013:
- Climate Change and Food Production: Green Revolution Versus Ecological Intensification - Jean Luc Chotte, Institute of Research and Development, France
- Climate Change, Water and Agriculture: CORAF/WECARD Research and Development Framework for West and Central Africa - Dr Abdulai Jalloh, West African Council for African Research and Development, Senegal
- Africa-EU Research Cooperation on Hydraulic Infrastructures in Sub-Saharan Africa - Dr Jean Albergel, Institute of Research for Development, France
- EU-Africa STI Cooperation: Case of Food Security - Judith Ann Francis, Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, The Netherlands, with Dr Abdulai Jalloh, CORAF/WECARD, Senegal
Research Infrastructures Workshop (26, 27 June 2013)
The Research Infrastructures Workshop addressed the role of research infrastructures (RI) within bi-regional cooperation. Discussions followed on from a CAAST-Net stakeholder conference held in Accra, Ghana, in December 2012.
- PAERIP/CAAST-Net report on role of RI in Africa-EU cooperation
- AU plans for research and innovation
- EU approaches to RI within Horizon 2020
- Role of RIs within health, food security, water, IT and space research.
Topics and Presenters
26 June 2013:
- CAAST-Net/PAERIP Recommendations to Enhance African-EU Research Infrastructure Cooperation - Presentation by Daan du Toit, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa; Presentation by Dr Eric Mwangi, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Kenya
- Research Infrastructure in Future Plans of the African Union - Mahama Ouedraogo, Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology, African Union Commission, Ethiopia
- Developing Research Infrastructures for 2020 and Beyond - Paul Tuinder, European Commission, Belgium
- Africa’s Co-hosting of the Square Kilometre Array - Daan du Toit, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa
- Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources Research Infrastructure - Kurt Zatloukal, Medical University of Graz, Austria
- Building Sustainable Capacity for Health Research in Africa - Victor Maojo, University of Madrid, Spain
- The UbuntuNet Alliance: Research Infrastructures for EU-Africa Cooperation - Iman Maaly, University of Khartoum, Sudan
- Promoting Cooperation at European and Global Level: EIROForum Experience - Claus Madsen, European Southern Observatory, Germany
27 June 2013:
- Africa-Europe Research and Innovation Partnerships: ERAfrica as a Model for Research Infrastructures - Dr Jean Albergel, Institute of Research for Development, Kenya
- Collaboration for Research Infrastructure Sharing: Views from NEPAD Agency - Aggrey Ambali, New Partnership for Africa's Development, South Africa
- South African Perspective on the Role of Research Infrastructures in International Collaboration - Dr Aldo Stroebel, National Research Foundation, South Africa
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