Postponed: RI-VIS Africa-Europe Symposium

Conference
Date: 22-Mar-2020 21:00 CET to 24-Mar-2020 20:00 CET

Contact: Bahne Stechmann

Important notice: Event postponed to early 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information including updated dates will be posted here shortly.

 

The RI-VIS Africa-Europe Symposium will be held on Monday, March 23rd and Tuesday, March 24th, 2020, in the Wolfson pavilion and foyer on the Health Sciences Campus of the University of Cape Town.

 

Our two day symposium will bring together staff from the European infrastructures and South African and other African research infrastructures and institutions who might be interested in collaborations. We also invite representatives from relevant funding agencies as well as policy makers to join. By bringing together the right people we hope to create collaborations and initiate networks in a sustainable way so that all stakeholders benefit.

 

Registration closed pending new dates:

Registration suspended

 

 

Registration is free and includes lunch on both days, and a symposium dinner on the evening of day 1.

 

 

 

Programme

 

Day 1: Monday 23 March       

Time

Session

10:00-11:00

Registration and coffee

11:00-11:30 

Welcome and Opening

11:30-12:15

Research Infrastructure Landscape:

Internationalisation of RIs and the European RI landscape

12:15-13:00

Light Lunch

13:00-13:20

Africa-Europe Research and Innovation Cooperation: Global Challenges, Bi-regional Responses

13:20-14:35

African-European collaborations within global research infrastructures:

  • B3Africa and BBMRI (Biobanking and BioMolecular Resources Infrastructure)
  • CRIGH and ECRIN (European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network)
  • CGIAR and EMPHASIS: Global Partnerships in agricultural research and food-security
  • World Federation of Culture Collections and MIRRI (Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure)
  • SEACRIFOG and ICOS - EU-African Cooperation on RIs for Food Security and Greenhouse Gas Observations

14:15-15:00

Coffee break and Poster session / Networking

15:00-16:30

Expanding African-European partnerships - New Opportunities and Synergies Part 1:

  • ERINHA – The European Research Infrastructure on Highly Pathogenic Agents,
  • EU-OPENSCREEN – The European Research Infrastructure in Chemical Biology and Early Drug Discovery
  • Instruct-ERIC – The European research infrastructure in structural biology
  • The Taita Research Station in Wundanyi, Taita Taveta County, Kenya
  • South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS)

16:30-17:30

Panel discussion: Opportunities for African-European collaborations between RIs

17:30-18:00

Wrap up day 1

18:00-19:00

Welcome Cocktail with Quick 1-1 meetings / Poster viewing & networking

19:00-21:00

Dinner and Networking

 

 

Day 2: Monday 24 March      

Time

Session

8:30-9:30

Expanding African-European partnerships: New Opportunities and Synergies Part 2:

  • South African National Bioinformatics Institute
  • The African Laser Centre (ALC), a New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) flagship initiative
  • The perspective of an intergovernmental agency on how to collaborate with Research Infrastructures (IARC/WHO)
  • Infrafrontier and the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC)

9:30-10:00

Coffee break

10:00-12:00

Panel discussion: Future of Africa-Europe Research Infrastructure Collaborations

12:00-12:30

Conclusions from the Africa-Europe Symposium and Closing

12:30-13:00

Lunch-to-go

13:00-onwards

Matchmaking activities / Thematic workshops

 

Satellite events and workshops from 13:00 24th March (Separate registration may be required - please see the event pages for the satellite events)

Wolfson Pavilion and Foyer on the Health Sciences Campus of the University of Cape Town, South Africa

Postponed: RI-VIS Africa-Europe Symposium