Africa-Europe Symposium on Research Infrastructures

Date: 01-Feb-2021 9:00 CET to 02-Feb-2021 17:00 CET

Contact: Bahne Stechmann



The RI-VIS Africa-Europe Symposium will be held on Monday, February 1st and Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021, as a virtual event.


Welcome from the organisers

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the Africa-Europe Symposium on Research Infrastructures.

International cooperation in science and technology is an important part of addressing major global issues like climate change, infectious disease, food security, and natural disasters. Research infrastructures (RIs) are organizations that enable scientists to use specific facilities, resources, and expertise to enable and accelerate scientific achievements, overcome boundaries, train highly skilled specialists, and promote sustainable research. Fostering RI partnerships across borders has the potential to improve the efficiency and quality of research to tackle the many challenges faced by society today.

The virtual two-day symposium brings together delegates from African and European Research Infrastructures (RIs), science policy organisations and research institutions to discuss opportunities and challenges for RI cooperations between Africa and Europe.

We hope to raise awareness of individual RIs, to identify measures to mitigate current challenges of biregional cooperations between RIs, to initiate new and strengthening existing collaborations, and to initiate networks in a sustainable way so that all stakeholders benefit.

We invite all researchers who have an interest in learning more about Research Infrastructures and the research opportunities they offer to scientists. Participation in this event is for free, but registration is required.

We are looking forward to e-meeting you soon,

Bahne Stechmann, EU-OPENSCREEN & RI-VIS
Viridiana Beltran Venegas, BBMRI & RI-VIS
Prof. Trevor Sewell, University of Cape Town



Registration for this event is now open until 30th Jan 2021

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Fadila Boughanemi
Deputy Head of Unit responsible for International Cooperation with Africa, Asia and Middle East, European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Brussels, Belgium

Daniel Adams
Chief Director: Basic Sciences and Infrastructure, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa

Yannis Ioannidis
Vice-Chair of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), Brussels, Belgium

Richard Gordon
Executive Director: Grants Innovation and Product Development, South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), South Africa

Johannes Klumpers
European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Head of the Unit ‘Research and Industrial Infrastructures’

Mariella Di Ciommo
Policy Officer in the European External Affairs programme at the European Centre for Development (ECDPM), Maastricht, the Netherlands

Zisis Kozlakidis
International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)/ World Health Organization (WHO), Lyon, France

Michael T. Abberton
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), CGIAR, Ibadan, Nigeria

Ben Roberts
Coordinator of South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS), Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), South Africa

Carla Sharpe
Square Kilometre Array (SKA)/VLBI, South Africa

Declan Kirrane
Coordinator of the African European Radio Astronomy Platform (AERAP), South Africa

Sekazi Mtingwa
Co-Founder of the African Laser Centre (ALC) and the African Light Source Foundation (AfLS), and TriSEED Consultants, USA

Ben Loos
Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Petri Pellikka
Taita Research Station Taita Taveta County, Kenya, of the University of Helsinki, Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR), Helsinki, Finland

Akin Abayomi
University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Susan Daenke
Instruct-ERIC Coordinator and RI-VIS Project Coordinator, Oxford, UK

Philippe Desmeth
International Cooperation Manager at Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) & Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure (MIRRI)

Golbahar Pahlavan
Project Manager, European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN), Paris, France

Asrar Ali Khan
Scientific Project Manager, Infrafrontier, Munich, Germany

Mylène Ndisi
Université Clermont Auvergne, France




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Programme Poster

Online, South Africa

Africa-Europe Symposium on Research Infrastructures