CAAST-Net Plus Stakeholder Forum: Societal Challenges Need Knowledge-based Solutions
On the agenda? Transferring knowledge into solutions and Africa-EU policies for innovation systems addressing societal challenges.
Uganda's National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST), a CAAST-Net Plus partner, is to host the event at the Laico Lake Victoria Hotel.
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Knowledge to Solutions
"The forum will focus on identifying viable policy options and mechanisms for transferring knowledge into solutions that synergistically address the global challenges of health, climate change and food and nutrition security," says UNCST assistant executive secretary Ismail Barugahara.
"It is a space deliberately created to engage the science, technology and innovation (STI) stakeholder community in discussions that complement the EU-Africa High-Level Policy Dialogue to enhance bi-regional cooperation in STI," says Barugahara.
Specific aims of the forum include:
- Promoting a common understanding of the role of knowledge in societal and economic development;
- Identifying good practice examples of knowledge transfer within and between Africa and the EU;
- Analysing success factors, obstacles and barriers to research and innovation uptake; and,
- Developing action scenarios for stakeholders in policy, research and business.
Seventy-five key representatives from both public and private sectors, including civil society organisations and the media, have been invited to contribute experiences and ideas.
Agenda & Presentations
Welcome and Introductions
Panel Discussion 1: How do the challenges of Climate Change, Food and Nutrition Security, and Health affect each other, and what, in this context, is the role of R&D in providing sustainable and appropriate solutions?
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Panel Discussion 2: How can Africa-EU research collaborations strengthen knowledge creation that feeds directly into the development and/or patenting of new technologies?
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Welcome and review of Day 1
Panel Discussion 3: What can be done to ensure that African and EU policy makers, private sector and civil society organisations are able to identify, fully understand and act upon relevant research projects?
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|14h00||Review of panel discussions and further comments from the plenum|
STISA 2024 and Horizon 2020: A Chance and a Challenge
More and Better Cooperation
"CAAST-Net Plus exists to encourage more and better cooperation between Africa and Europe in science, technology and innovation in order that together we can find solutions of common value to global challenges," says project coordinator, Dr Andrew Cherry.
"We approach that goal through encouraging partnerships, fostering broader understanding of each other's policies and priorities in STI, and by stimulating debate around issues of relevance to the process of cooperation."
"The transfer of new knowledge emerging from joint research into new policies, technologies, goods and services is critical to successfully addressing global challenges. So we see this forum as a modest contribution to raising the debate and providing a space for experts and stakeholders to share their views and have them brought to the attention of policy and decision makers," Cherry says.
Alongside UNCST, the International Bureau of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research at the German Aerospace Centre (PT-DLR) and the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) are the CAAST-Net Plus partners responsible for delivering the event.
For further information email Stefan A. Haffner on Stefan.Haffner[at]dlr.de.
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- Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) Roadmap 2014-2017
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