ESOF Session - 10th July - 10:15 - 11:30

Science in Africa - working towards Agenda 2063

Africa is harnessing the potential of science, technology and innovation (STI) in enhancing its growth and economy. Agenda 2063 is a strategic framework for the socioeconomic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years. It builds on, and seeks to accelerate the implementation of past and existing continental initiatives for growth and sustainable development.

Agenda 2063 acknowledges the role of STI as a key enabler for achieving its vision. The successful implementation of Africa's science agenda will also contribute to achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

At the same time a significant change has come over the relations between Africa and Europe with regard to STI. From a largely donor-recipient relationship - with Africa looking northward both for funding and the transfer of expertise and infrastructure - a steady increase in domestic African spending on research and innovation and ever-greater exposure to international scientific engagement has led to a commensurate growth in homegrown human- and technical resources. This has resulted in the creation of a more level playing field between the two continents in the STI arena.

A prime example of this new spirit of joint cooperation is the EU-Africa collaborative research support project ERAFRICA, in which African and European countries participated as completely equal partners in all phases of the project including conception, design, and implementation and funding. Since then, this model has prevailed and many examples have succeeded one another.

We can mention the LEAP-Agri partnership operating under the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020, and its EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue on science, technology and innovation, which includes the implementation of the jointly funded EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership focusing on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (endorsed by the EU-Africa Summit 2014). LEAP-Agri is a partnership between 30 partners including 24 funding organisations from nine African countries (i.e. Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda), nine European countries (i.e. Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Nederland, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Turkey) and an international organization (i.e. CIHEAM-Bari based in Italy).

To consider this changed and changing landscape of STI in Africa, the new collaborative paradigm and its implications, a high-level panel discussion will highlight some of the strategic opportunities for STI in Africa, as well as discuss how the various players could enhance STI on the continent.

This panel will elaborate also on discussions held during the YASE - Young African Scientists in Europe conference, a satellite event of ESOF2018 (6th July 2018, Toulouse).


Moderator :

Daan Dutoit2Daan Du Toit, Deputy Director General for International Cooperation and Resources, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa.

Speakers :

GhadaBassioniGhada Bassioni, Professor, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt & international project officer at the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF) within the Egyptian Ministry of Scientific Research, in charge of cooperation between Egypt and Germany.

Murenzi2Romain Murenzi, executive director, The World Academy of Science, Trieste, Italy.

Kubayi Ngubane2Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, Minister for Science and Technology, South Africa.

Elisabeth Barbier2Elisabeth Barbier, Deputy Director General, French National Institute of Research for Sustainable Development (IRD-France).