Friday, 11 September 2009

EU Commissioner Potočnik gives a boost to the EU-AU cooperation S&T partnership

7 to 9 September. For the first time, EU Commissioner for Science and Research Janez Potočnik paid an official visit to the African Union and Kenya. He held high-level political meetings visited EU-supported research centres in Nairobi (Kenya) and in Addis-Ababa (Ethiopia).

This visit took place in the framework of the Science & Technology Partnership established between the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) in December 2007. This unique partnership between two continents aims to strengthen African research capacity in the area of science and technology, enabling Africa to produce and to use its own scientific knowledge to address its development challenges and emerge on the global scientific scene.
  • On 7 th September, Janez Potočnik was in Nairobi where he met AMCOST (African Ministerial Conference on Science Technology) representatives, including Hon. O. Kamama, Assistant Minister, and Prof. C. Kiamba Permanent Secretary, of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology.
  • He visited research infrastructures such as the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development in Nairobi, which promotes the development and use of geo-satellite images in the sustainable development of Africa , the National Agricultural Laboratory and the Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative.
  • On the 8 th September he met with J. Ping, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, and AU Commissioner for Human Resource Science and Technology, J-.P. Ezin, and visited the African Monitoring of the Environment for Sustainable Development (AMESD) centre.
  • On the 9 th September, he presented the African Union Women Scientists Regional Awards to some African women researchers.
CORDIS 10/09 African Union awards women scientists, welcomes new EU funding opportunities
Afrique en ligne 10/09 AU honours first African women scientific researchers

Find out more about:
The EU-Africa Partnership ; on the call for proposals ; the Scientific and technological Cooperation between Africa and the European Union