Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation
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EU-Africa research and innovation partnerships at work

From 2007-2013 the European Union funded a range of health, food security and climate change related projects through its Seventh Framework Programme. You can search for more information here about these African and European research and innovation networks. Find out who they are and what results they delivered.

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Project Report: Improving Human and Animal Health Through Scientific Innovation and Public Engagement
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Project Report: Improving Human and Animal Health Through Scientific Innovation and Public Engagement

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The Integrated Control of Neglected Zoonoses (ICONZ) project, launched in 2009, has released a summary final report. ICONZ aimed at “developing integrated control packages for eight key ‘neglected’ zoonoses as defined by the World Health Organization; anthrax, bovine tuberculosis, brucellosis, cystic echinococcus, porcine cysticercosis, leishmaniasis, rabies and zoonotic trypanosomiasis,” says the report published on the European Commission’s CORDIS website. “The resulting quantitative and qualitative outcomes from the baseline surveys have been used to develop intervention case studies in the International Partner Co-operation Countries (ICPCs); Morocco, Mali, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia,” the report adds. The project, consisting of 9 African and 12 European partners, was concluded in 2014. [Image credit: Flickr, CDC Global]

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Eleventh IST-Africa Conference
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Eleventh IST-Africa Conference

The IST-Africa 2016 conference will take place next May in Durban, South Africa. [Image credit: IST-Africa]

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EU-SA Programme Information Sharing Session
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EU-SA Programme Information Sharing Session

The ESASTAP Plus project will host a side event ahead of the Science Forum South Africa to be held in December, in Pretoria, South Africa. Organised by the SA Department of Science and Technology, the SA-EU Information Sharing Session on European Union Programmes will focus on various European Union funding programmes such as the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions, Erasmus Mundus mobility programmes, and the Enterprise Europe Network and EUREKA networks as they apply to South African small- to medium enterprises. Registration for the event is currently open on l.caast-net-plus.org/f3. [Image credit: ESASTAP Plus]

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Understanding Capacity Challenges in Africa’s Primary Health Care Sector
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Understanding Capacity Challenges in Africa’s Primary Health Care Sector

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An FP7-funded project has conducted research to assess the reasons behind, and impact of, brain drain in Africa’s primary health care sector. “[T]he HURAPRIM project – implemented jointly by partner organisations in Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Mali, Sudan, South Africa, Uganda and the United Kingdom – has analysed the motivations of health workers who have decided to migrate and the impact of these departures on public health,” an article published on the European Commission’s website reports. Launched in 2011 and concluded in May 2015, the project is developing a series of policy recommendations, the article says. [Image credit: European Commission DG-ECHO]

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FP7-Funded Project Tackles Liver Disease
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FP7-Funded Project Tackles Liver Disease

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The European Commission has published an article about its THEBERA project to improve the capacity of Egypt’s Theodor Bilharz Research Institute to tackle liver disease in Egypt and Europe. “THEBERA organised study visits to top European research centres and opportunities to participate in and contribute to relevant liver research events to increase capacities as well as promote topics of mutual interest,” according to the Horizon 2020 website. “If you are doing research without making the connection to the industry to exploit your research results and offer a product to the community, you will not be able to sustain your activities,” THEBARA’s project coordinator, Sanaa Botros, is quoted as saying. The initiative was launched in November 2011 and concluded in April 2014. [Image credit: Flickr, AJ Gazmen]

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ESASTAP Plus Innovation Conference
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ESASTAP Plus Innovation Conference

The ESASTAP Plus project is preparing to host its South Africa-European Union Conference on Innovation. The event will focus on new developments and future scenarios in SA-EU research and innovation cooperation, according to an announcement published by ESASTAP Plus. Participants will explore the barriers, challenges and good practices experienced by businesses and researchers involved in SA-EU innovation collaboration; discuss policy measures to overcome collaboration barriers; and learn more about cooperation best practices. There will also be an award ceremony for the most innovative SA-EU projects funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). Registration for the conference is currently open. [Image credit: ESASTAP Plus]

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FP7-funded Project Uses Earth Observation for Food Security Data
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FP7-funded Project Uses Earth Observation for Food Security Data

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The AGRICAB project was funded by European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme and was active from 2011-2015. Its objectives? Ensure the continued, free and open provision of earth observation (EO) data and software tools; develop real-life applications to support national policy in a set of focus countries around Africa; and, stimulate the uptake of EO techniques at large. AGRICAB observed landscapes in Kenya, Mozambique, Senegal, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, South Africa, and Mozambique, and supported PhD training in several African countries “Achievements in each area have significantly contributed to the Group on Earth Observations, its Global Earth Observation System of Systems, which seeks to integrate existing and planned observation systems for the benefit of society, and the African GEO initiative AfriGEOSS,” says a report posted on CORDIS. “Unlike some other programmes in the same domain, AGRICAB addressed the national level, and invested in innovative bilateral partnerships to ensure an in-depth exchange of knowledge,” the article adds. [Image credit: Flickr, SEDACMaps]

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FP7-funded Research Project Raises Climate Change Flag for West African Cities
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FP7-funded Research Project Raises Climate Change Flag for West African Cities

African and European researchers have studied the possible role of local air pollution in climate change in West Africa (Nature Climate Change 5 812-822 (2015)). “We argue that more attention should be paid to rapidly increasing air pollution over the explosively growing cities of West Africa, as experiences from other regions suggest that this can alter regional climate through the influences of aerosols on clouds and radiation, and will also affect human health and food security,” says the article’s abstract. The DACCIWA project (Dynamics-Aerosol-Chemistry-Cloud Interactions in West Africa) is a network of 16 partners and is coordinated by Prof. Peter Knippertz of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. In an interview published on the HealthCanal website, study co-author, Mat Evans from the University of York, underscores the study’s wider importance. “The environmental degradation maybe local but the implications can be regional and global. One of the potential impacts is population migration. If people have no food because the climate is changing in their region then they will move. There are knock on effects,” Evans is quoted as saying. [Image credit: Flickr, Maya Stone]

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EU-funded Project Explores Innovative Water Harvesting
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EU-funded Project Explores Innovative Water Harvesting

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The Water Harvesting for Rainfed Africa (WAHARA) project is exploring innovative, climate appropriate and cost-effective methods for water harvesting. WAHARA conducted research on soil samples from Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Zambia, all of which have varying climates. “By testing various techniques in different African climates, [WAHARA] is developing a system for farmers and policy-makers to choose water-harvesting methods that are suitable for local conditions,” says the European Commission’s website. The project also developed a Quick Scan Tool for farmers to use in determining the appropriate method for different landscapes. The project is funded through the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme and will run until 2018. [Image credit: Flickr, Livestockcrsp]

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