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EU-Africa: Developing excellent research and talent together

The challenges humankind are facing are global and require a shared response. Africa hosts the largest number of young talents: their high-quality education is crucial to becoming the key actors who shape the future of our planet. At the same time, the sustainable and inclusive development of Africa is still hindered by numerous obstacles.

We cordially invite you to join us for the conference “EU-Africa: Developing excellent research and talent together”, which will focus on the “Capacities for Science and Higher Education” and “Green Transition” priorities of the AU-EU Innovation Agenda. We aim to identify the most pressing needs, showcase ongoing collaborative initiatives, and create synergies within the research & innovation ecosystems of African and European countries.

Please find an outline of the agenda here:

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Yap Boum II, Executive Director, Institut Pasteur de Bangui
  • Walter Timo de Vries, Professorship Land Management, Technical University of Munich
  • Hicham El Habti, President, University Mohammed VI Polytechnic
  • Matteo Gatti, Theoretical Spectroscopy Group LSI – CNRS École Polytechnique
  • Claire Morel, DG EAC, European Commission
  • Vanessa Miani, DG RTD, European Commission
  • Mariana Rufino, Chair of Livestock Systems, Technical University of Munich
  • Jean-Michel Sers, DG INTPA, European Commission
  • Kirsten Thomsen, DTU Aqua, Technical University of Denmark

The conference will end with a lunch featuring an exhibition with posters and demonstrators.

This lunch will be shared with a conference on water resilience, taking place in the afternoon of 4 June at the same venue, given the close relationship between both conference topics and to increase networking opportunities (see box on the right side).

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Practical information

Date and time: Tuesday, 4 June 2024, 08:30-14:00
Location: Palais des Académies (Salle de Duve), Rue Ducale 1, 1000 Brussels. This event will also be livestreamed.
Registration: Is required; please fill in this form.


This conference is open to all.

Further information

For further information, please contact Maria Montoiro (see contact details below).


Maria Montoiro, IP Paris

Maria Montoiro Salvado

Liaison Officer, IP Paris