Event to Assess Ways of Improving Science and Technology Collaboration Between Europe and Africa

CAAST-Net European and African scientists and project coordinators will assess ways of improving the impact of EU-Africa coordination and scientific projects when they meet in Marseille, France, this month.

Under the title “Increasing the Impact of Projects Targeting S&T Cooperation between Europe and Africa: Exploiting Synergies and Exchanging Lessons Learned” two workshops will take place on 16 and 17 November 2010 in Marseille, France.

The first workshop, entitled “Second Workshop of Coordinators of Projects Targeting Science and Technology Cooperation Between Europe and Africa” takes place on 16 November 2010.

Coordinators of Coordination and Support Actions (CSA) funded under the European Union’s sixth and seventh Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development (FP6 and FP7) are expected to attend this workshop. The FP6 covered the period 2002 to 2006, followed by FP7, which is running from 2007 to 2013. The workshop seeks to provide a platform for coordinators of FP6 and FP7 projects to exchange information, experiences and good practices, and to discuss ways of improving collaboration for the future.

The coordinators will share information on training carried out within the framework of FP6 and FP7 CSA projects, their events and deliverables.

Anne Pflug, a senior scientific officer at the International Bureau of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research will present a prototype web-based tool, which is meant to facilitate the sharing of information and to promote collaboration between coordinators.

The second workshop, named “Lessons Learned from Bi and Multilateral Science and Technology Activities between Europe and Africa” will be held on 17 November 2010.

This second workshop will focus more specifically on the conditions necessary for the proper conduct of a project, alongside the scientific aspects. The workshop will bring together project leaders and will focus, through presentations and discussions on the conditions or procedures that contribute to its smooth running: the internal dialogue within the consortium and the available tools, ethics, rules of working together, collective ownership and dissemination of project results.

Speakers at the second workshop, include Philippe Rasoanaivo, a research director at the Institut Malgache de Recherches Appliques at the Université d’Antananarivo (University of Antananarivo), Madagascar. Rasoanaivo, whose areas of speciality cover sustainable uses of Madagascan biodiversity through the biological screening of plant extracts, will give an overview on best ethical practices of scientific cooperation.

Both workshops are activities of the Network for Coordination and Advancement of Sub-Saharan Africa-EU Science and Technology Cooperation (CAAST-Net) funded under FP7. CAAST-Net is an initiative designed to improve scientific collaboration between the Europe and Africa.

CAAST-Net partners involved in the organisation of the event are the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) headquartered in France; the International Bureau of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (IB of BMBF); and the Sénégalese Ministere De L’enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique (Ministry of Scientific Research).

Further details on the event are available from Birgit Wirsing from the IB of BMBF (e-mail: Birgit.Wirsing@dlr.de) and Sandy Gore from IRD (e-mail: sandy.gore@ird.fr).

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