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Tuesday, March 5
 

12:00pm

Buzz Aldrin's United Space Vision
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers

Tuesday March 5, 2013 12:00pm - 12:45am
European Parliament Bât. Altiero Spinelli, 60 Rue Wiertz, 1047 Brussels, Belgium

3:30pm

Space Weather - From Technology to Effective Capabilities
Limited Capacity seats available

The Space Weather Seminar will bring industry, academia, and high-level policy and decision makers together in order to engage in a lively dialog about space weather. The Seminar will address the truly variant effects of space weather on today’s technologies. It will highlight space weather’s potential impacts on several crucial sectors, including communications, navigations, spacecraft operations, aviation, and electric power. The presentations and debate at the Space Weather Seminar will also focus on identifying the highest priority needs for operational services that can inform future research and identify new value-added capabilities which can be transitioned into effective applications. The conference will promote communication among researchers, space weather service providers, and users of space weather services. Pursuant to this, the ES:GC2 Space Weather Seminar will focus on the challenges of ensuring that the EU can meet its Horizon 2020 objectives for space, with a specific focus on securing the integrity of the vital services provided by orbital equipment and technologies.


Moderators
avatar for Dr. Peter Gallagher

Dr. Peter Gallagher

Head of the Solar Physics Group at Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Gallagher is the head of the Solar Physics Group at Trinity College Dublin. His reseach is primarly | concerned with understanding the fundamental physics of solar storms and their impacts on Earth. He has a long association with ESA and NASA and leads the Irish LOFAR radio telescope project. His group also works with a number of companies including Skytek Ltd., Lockheed-Martin, and Eirgrid. Dr. Gallagher received a BSc (HONS) in physics and mathematics from University College Dublin in 1995, followed by an MSc (Distinction) in optoelectronics... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eamonn Daly

Eamonn Daly

Head, European Space Agency Space Environments and Effects Section
Eamonn Daly has a degree in Physics from the University of Exeter and a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics from the University of Manchester. Following a post doctoral fellowship at Manchester and a period with a commercial scientific instruments company, he joined the European Space Agency... Read More →
avatar for Gareth Lawrence

Gareth Lawrence

RHEA System
Dr Lawrence studied Applied Mathematics as an undergraduate, and Space Plasma Physics for his Ph.D. He has in excess of fifteen years of applied experience in Space Weather science, with his doctoral thesis written on the subject.  He has previously worked at the NASA Goddard Spaceflight... Read More →
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Neil Mitchison

EC Joint Research Centre
Neil Mitchison is Head of the "Security Technology Assessment" Unit at the Ispra site of the JRC. After training in mathenatics, and experience in commercial computing and artificial intelligence, Neil joined the European Commission as a computer analyst,  working on the Commision's... Read More →
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Prof.Dr. Stefaan Poedts

Centre for mathematical Plasma Astrophysics, Leuven, Belgium
Stefaan Poedts graduated in Applied Mathematics in 1984 at the KU Leuven. As 'research assistant' of the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research he obtained a PhD in Sciences (Applied Mathematics) in 1988 at the same university. After one year as Postdoctoral researcher he left... Read More →
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Alan Thomson

Head of Geomagnetism at the British Geological Survey
Alan Thomson is Head of Geomagnetism at the British Geological Survey. He is a researcher in global magnetic field modelling, in source field interpretation and in the space weather and geomagnetic hazard to technology. He is author of more than sixty publications in journals, proceedings... Read More →


Tuesday March 5, 2013 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Radisson Blu Rue d'Idalie 35, 1050 Brussels
 
Wednesday, March 6
 

9:30am

Science For Global Development: Astronomy - A Case Study
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will discuss the rationale for using astronomy as a tool for development and the lessons that may be relevant to other disciplines.

In recent years there has been increasing emphasis on science and technology as a tool for global development and capacity building. Astronomy has been in the forefront of such efforts, particularly in Africa. This workshop will discuss the rationale for using astronomy as a development aid and the lessons from astronomy that may be relevant to other disciplines.

09h30 Welcome Speech by Bill Newton Dunn                                                                     
09h45 Rationale for astronomy as a development tool by Prof. George Miley
10h05 The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development by Kevin Govender
10h25 Astronomy for technological capacity building by Anita Loots (tbc)
10h45 Coffee Break                                                                                      
11h00 Astronomy and Industry by Harry Van Dorenmalen                                                             
11h20 Astronomy for human capacity building – universities and research by Jean Pierre de Greve          
11h40 Astronomy for human capacity building – schools and children by Pedro Russo
12h00 Experiences from the CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory by Niall Smith
12h10 Discussion                   


Speakers
avatar for Harry Van Dorenmalen

Harry Van Dorenmalen

Chairman of IBM Europe, IBM Europe
Speech topic: Astronomy and Industry  Harry van Dorenmalen was appointed chairman of IBM Europe on October 1, 2010. He represents IBM to European institutions and other authorities such as NATO and the European Defence Agency on issues of international public policy and business... Read More →
avatar for Kevindran Govender

Kevindran Govender

Director, IAU Office of Astronomy for Development
Using astronomy as a tool to make the world a better place! We try to do this through university level education; school level education and public outreach. Speech topic: The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development Kevin Govender is currently the Director of the International Astronomical... Read More →
avatar for Jean-Pierre De Greve

Jean-Pierre De Greve

Professor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Speech topic: Astronomy for human capacity building – universities and research | Professor in Astrophysics, Former Vice-rector for International Relations. Chair of the university’s Working Group on Science Coimmunication. Member of the Steering Committee of UNICA, the network... Read More →
avatar for Anita Loots

Anita Loots

Associate Director of SKA Africa
Speech topic: Astronomy for technological capacity building                              |                                | Anita Loots is a registered professional engineer with extensive international experience working... Read More →
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Bill Newton Dunn MEP

Member of the European Parliament
Session contribution: Welcome speech
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George Miley

Speech topic: Rationale for astronomy as a development tool  | Irishman George Miley is Professor of Astronomy at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He carries out research into distant radio galaxies and has co-authored more than 300 refereed papers. He was the initiator of... Read More →
avatar for Pedro Russo

Pedro Russo

University of Leiden
Speech topic: EU Universe Awareness Project Astronomy for human capacity building – schools and | children Pedro Russo is presently the International Project Manager (IPM) of the FP7 EU Universe Awareness project. He is passionately committed to using astronomy as an educational... Read More →
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Niall Smith

Head of Research, Cork Institute of Technology
Speech topic: Experiences from the CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory My research interests lie in (i) in using astronomy to communicate STEM on a global scale and (ii) high time resolution astrophysics. I co-founded an observatory and science centre at Blackrock Castle in Cork, Ireland... Read More →


Wednesday March 6, 2013 9:30am - 12:30pm
European Parliament A5G3

1:00pm

100 Year Starship: Understanding and Addressing the Scope of the R&D and Societal Challenges for the Interstellar Journey
Limited Capacity seats available

The 100 Year Starship initiative aims at making interstellar travel a reality in the next 100 years. What are some challenges in space travel to a star beyond our solar system? During this plenary, the focus of the discussion will be centred around the importance of the grand challenge of interstellar travel to push both R&D and societal benefits. The format of the plenary will be broken up into two sessions on the following topics:

 

Time, distance and destinations. The first half of this theme will examine some of the challenges of getting a spaceship to another star system such as propulsion, navigation, and communication as well as how it pushes physics, astronomy, and planetology to a new level. The second half will look at some of the social science, health, and environmental aspects such as sociology, behavioural sciences, and some of the living structures in other systems.  

Life, environment and habitats. In the first half of the session, the panel will address how interstellar travel enhances life on earth by examining some topics such as systems engineering, data management, remote sensing, and the application of space technology to developing countries. The second half of the session will ask what some of the fundamentals to becoming an interstellar civilization are with regards to access to Earth orbit, education, international cooperation, and legal considerations. This second half will also address how interstellar travel pushes humans’ imaginations by looking at the importance of
storytelling and global aspirations of space travel.


Moderators
avatar for Dr. Mae Jemison

Dr. Mae Jemison

Head of the 100 Year Star Ship Initiative
Dr. Mae C. Jemison is leading 100 Year Starship (100YSS), a bold, far reaching new initiative to assure the capabilities exist for human interstellar space travel to another star within the next 100 years. Jemison is building an international, multi-faceted organization to promote... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Prof. Karl Aspelund

Prof. Karl Aspelund

Assistant Professor at the Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design; University of Rhode Island
Karl Aspelund, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design at the University of Rhode Island. His interests lie in examining the role textiles and design play in the creation of identity, the impact of the textile life-cycle on the Earth’s... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Pamela Reilly Contag

Dr. Pamela Reilly Contag

CEO of Cygnet Biofuels
Pamela R. Contag, Ph.D., is currently the CEO of Cygnet Biofuels. Pam founded four venture-backed start-up companies; Xenogen Corporation was listed as one of the “Top 25 Young Businesses” by Fortune Small Business and in both 2001 and 2003 received the R&D 100 award for achievements... Read More →
avatar for Prof. Kathryn Denning

Prof. Kathryn Denning

Associate Professor, York University, Canada
Kathryn Denning is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Anthropology, and Science & Technology Studies at York University in Canada. Denning received her BA and MA in four-field anthropology from McMaster University in Canada, and her PhD in Archaeology and Prehistory from... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Louis Friedman

Dr. Louis Friedman

Executive Director Emeritus, The Planetary Society
Dr. Friedman is a native of New York City. He received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin in 1961, an M.S. in Engineering Mechanics at Cornell University in 1963, and a Ph.D. from the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department at M.I.T... Read More →
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Adam Heathfield

Senior Director, Worldwide Policy
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Gilbert Kirkham

NASA Europe Representative
Gib Kirkham serves as the NASA Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France, representing NASA in Europe.  Before arriving in Paris in August 2010, Mr. Kirkham served in the Senior Executive Service as the Director of the Exploration Systems and Aeronautics Research Division in... Read More →
avatar for John Carter McKnight

John Carter McKnight

Assistant Professor, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
John Carter McKnight is Assistant Professor, Governance of Emerging Technologies at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Pennsylvania, US. His work focuses on the development of simulation tools for university education and policy formation, particularly with respect... Read More →
avatar for Marc G. Millis

Marc G. Millis

Founder, Tau Zero Foundation
Marc Millis is the leading international authority on the search for revolutionary spaceflight, the kind of breakthroughs that would make interstellar voyages practical. He retired from NASA in 2010 to devote his time to the Tau Zero Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to... Read More →
avatar for Prof. Ronke Olabisi

Prof. Ronke Olabisi

Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
Prof. Ronke Olabisi is a faculty member in the Biomedical Engineering Department atRutgers University and a team member of the One Hundred Year Starship (100YSS™)initiative. Dr. Olabisi conducts tissue engineering and regenerative medicine research,particularly in the area of orthopedic... Read More →
avatar for Jennie Yeung Siu-Fong

Jennie Yeung Siu-Fong

President, UN Education Science Cultural Health Advancement Foundation
Ms. Jennie Yeung was born in Hong Kong from a Southeast Asian overseasChinese family with their ancestral home from Chao’en, Guangdong where girls are dis.She was one of the youngest and most accomplished innovative corporate banking vicepresidents of Citigroup in Asia Pacific when... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jill Tarter

Dr. Jill Tarter

Center for SETI Research, SETI Institute
Jill Tarter holds the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. Tarter received her Bachelor of Engineering Physics Degree with Distinction from Cornell University and her Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University... Read More →


Wednesday March 6, 2013 1:00pm - 3:45pm
European Parliament 4Q2

1:00pm

Workshop to Discuss the Draft AERAP Framework Programme for Cooperation - Part I
Limited Capacity seats available

Researchers, engineers, industry and funders will discuss priority actions for the future of African-European radio astronomy cooperation.

The African-European Radio Astronomy Platform (AERAP) is a stakeholder forum convened to define research action plans across the wide range of technological areas that will be essential for the future of radio astronomy. The “Draft AERAP Framework Programme for Cooperation” will be the first of these action plans. It will include strategic objectives, specific actions and suitable funding opportunities for each of the priority areas for African-European radio astronomy cooperation (e.g.: ICT, renewable energies, African VLBI, human capital development and training). The “Draft AERAP Framework Programme for Cooperation” will be presented during this workshop and researchers, engineers, industry and funders will discuss in further detail the priority actions identified in this document.

The workshop will start with a video-streamed "Radio Astronomy Concert". Children from England and Ghana will perform a song that demonstrates the basic principles of radio astronomy. Thus, this amazing scientific discipline will be made accessible for non-scientists.

Please find the provisional agenda here: http://www.aerap.org/archivos_subidos/provisional_agenda_aerap_events_at_esgc2_21feb.pdf


Speakers
avatar for Arnold van Ardenne

Arnold van Ardenne

Coordinator ASTRON SKA Programme Office, ASTRON
Arnold van Ardenne holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and Technical Physics from the Twente University in the Netherlands. As Director R&D at ASTRON he developed the institute to a scientific knowledge institute with international reputation in Radio and Optical/IR instrumentation... Read More →
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Domingos Barbosa

DR, Instituto de Telecomunicações - Aveiro
Domingos Barbosa, PhD in Astrophysics & Space Techniques (U. Paris VII), Marie Curie Fellow (1998-2000) : Senior Researcher at Radioastronomy Group, Basic Sciences & Enabling Technologies, Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), Portugal. PI of Galactic Emission Mapping project... Read More →
avatar for Nithaya Chetty

Nithaya Chetty

Group Executive for Astronomy, National Research Foundation of South Africa
Speech topic: Developing the next generation of African astronomers, engineers and technicians Prof Nithaya Chetty was a two time Fulbright Fellow in the USA (1985 and 2004), and recipient of the NRF President's Award (1997). He is a theoretical and computational solid state physicist... Read More →
avatar for Michael Garrett

Michael Garrett

ASTRON
Prof. Michael A. Garrett obtained his first degree at the University of Glasgow (1986) and went on to do a PhD at the University of Manchester, Jodrell Bank. In 1996, he moved to the Netherlands, taking up a senior position at the Joint Institute for VLBI in Europe (JIVE) in Dwingeloo... Read More →
avatar for Kevindran Govender

Kevindran Govender

Director, IAU Office of Astronomy for Development
Using astronomy as a tool to make the world a better place! We try to do this through university level education; school level education and public outreach. Speech topic: The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development Kevin Govender is currently the Director of the International Astronomical... Read More →
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Minister Derek Hanekom

Minister for Science and Technology, South Africa
Mr. Hanekom was born in Cape Town, South Africa on 13 January 1953 and did his schooling in Cape Town.  After completing his compulsory conscription he travelled abroad for three years, working on farms, in factories and on construction sites. He returned to South Africa in his early... Read More →
avatar for Anita Loots

Anita Loots

Associate Director of SKA Africa
Speech topic: Astronomy for technological capacity building                              |                                | Anita Loots is a registered professional engineer with extensive international experience working... Read More →
avatar for Karl Menten

Karl Menten

Director of the Millimeter and Submillimeter Astronomy Department, Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy
Most of Dr. Menten’s research involves radio and (sub)millimeter wavelength emission from dust and molecules in the Universe and their chemistry. Presently, his research concentrates on the formation of stars in the local and the early Universe, the end of stages of stellar evolution... Read More →
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Michel Perault

Senior Astrophysicist, director of LERMA, CNRS and Paris Observatory
Michel Perault started in Bordeaux in the early 80's with a PhD in radio-astronomy at millimetre wavelengths. He dedicated his career to investigating the condensation processes of the interstellar medium, which lead to the formation of stellar and planetary systems. His interests... Read More →
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Ronald Stark

Head of Astronomy, NWO
Ronald Stark (1963) is currently Head of Astronomy at the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). He obtained his PhD in Astronomy from Leiden University in 1993. He has a research background in studies of the interstellar medium and star formation. From 1994-2002... Read More →
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Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro

Instituto de Astrofisica de Andanlucia, CSIC
Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro is staff scientist at the Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia (IAA). Her research has been always linked to observational radio astronomy, and currently is PI of the international collaboration AMIGA (Analysis of the interstellar Medium of Isolated GAlaxies... Read More →


Wednesday March 6, 2013 1:00pm - 6:00pm
TBA

2:30pm

Role of EU-flagships (ENGOS/Galileo and GMES) to respond to societal challenges of Horizon2020-program
Limited Capacity seats available

The session wishes to highlight with practical examples by FP-7 funded projects and other initiatives the significance of Europe’s space systems for EU-science, research and innovation dynamics. Representatives of the European Network NEREUS1 and representatives of relevant European institutions are going to debate how European space systems can contribute as a vital tool to advance in the different societal challenges of Horizon2020 and thus serve European society. The emphasis of the NEREUS-network is on the use of space technologies and provides its members with a dynamic platform to mobilize projects, share experience and knowledge and raise awareness for the regional dimension of space applications. Several EU-projects have been mobilized on the NEREUS-platform and speak for themselves.

In numerous ways satellite data and services bring an added value to all six societal challenges2
and pave the way to more knowledge and a wider insight. To quote just a few examples, Galileo
is fundamental to develop innovative transport solutions, Earth Observation/Copernicus-data brings an immense treasure of information to research activities in areas such as climate change, health, agriculture, marine and maritime, raw materials, energy. A recent study on the economic benefits of Copernicus showed that 1 Euro invested in the system brings up to 10 Euros back to the European society in terms of economic benefits, in addition to strategic advantages which cannot be accounted for. The science community is a key beneficiary of space-based information. The session wishes to call for a close linkage between the different columns of the Horizon2020, in particular of bringing the dimension of space into the topics of the societal challenges. In particular with both space systems growing increasingly mature, establishing synergies to societal challenges are crucial to ensure an optimal exploitation and capitalization of these systems for Europe’s research endeavors.


Speakers
avatar for Josef Aschbacher

Josef Aschbacher

Head of ESA GMES Space Office
Josef will share his views how Copernicus can impulse and contribute to research activities across the topics of the societal challenges of Horizon2020. While referring to the joint NEREUS/ESA-initiative "The growing use of GMES across Europe’s Regions" he will explain the potential... Read More →
avatar for Pierpaolo Campostrini

Pierpaolo Campostrini

Chair of NEREUS-GNSS-WG, Director CORILA
Pierpaolo has profound expertise with international research activities within the EU-framework programs and is member of the FP7-Environment committee. Referring to his experience as a participant of EU-funded research activities, in particular with research activities in the Venetian... Read More →
avatar for Paola Carrara

Paola Carrara

Coordinator of the DORIS_NET, CNR
Paola coordinates the NEREUSflagship project DORIS_NET, an FP-7 funded CA (full title: Downstream Observatory organised by Regions active In Space – Network). The objective of this project is to pave the way for anchoring Copernicus downstream sector in regional and local economies... Read More →
avatar for Prof. Frans von der Dunk

Prof. Frans von der Dunk

European Space Sciences Committee (ESSC)
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Mauro Facchini

EC, DG Enterprise and Industry, Head of Unit Space Research - G2
Mauro will explain the ideas of the EC to establish synergies between the space program and the other columns of the Horizon2020.
avatar for Prof. Alan Wells

Prof. Alan Wells

NEREUS-vice-president, University of Leicester
Alan is Science Coordinator of THE ISSUE3 consortium (full title: Traffic- Health-Environment Intelligent Solutions Sustaining Urban Economies), a project funded in the FP7-Regions of Knowledge program, | bringing together research clusters from 5 NEREUS member regions (East Midlands... Read More →


Wednesday March 6, 2013 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Representation of Lazio Region (Conference room/8th floor) Rond Point Schuman 14, B-1040 Bruxelles
 
Thursday, March 7
 

9:00am

Workshop to Discuss the Draft AERAP Framework Programme for Cooperation - Part II
Limited Capacity seats available

Researchers, engineers, industry and funders will discuss priority actions for the future of African- European radio astronomy cooperation.

The African-European Radio Astronomy Platform (AERAP) is a stakeholder forum convened to define research action plans across the wide range of technological areas that will be essential for the future of radio astronomy. The “Draft AERAP Framework Programme for Cooperation” will be the first of these action plans. It will include strategic objectives, specific actions and suitable funding opportunities for each of the priority areas for African-European radio astronomy cooperation (e.g.: ICT, renewable energies, African VLBI, human capital development and training). The “Draft AERAP Framework Programme for Cooperation” will be presented during the first part of this workshop on 6 March. In this second part, AERAP stakeholders and other participants will have the occasion to discuss their ideas for implementing the Framework Programme and initiate the process of consortium building. 

Please find the provisional agenda for the AERAP workshop here: http://www.aerap.org/archivos_subidos/provisional_agenda_aerap_events_at_esgc2_21feb.pdf

 


Thursday March 7, 2013 9:00am - 12:00am
South African Mission to the EU Rue Montoyer 17-19, 1000 Brussels

9:00am

Women in Aerospace - Europe Brussels Chapter

The Intergroup Sky and Space, in the framework of the International Women's Day 2013 and the 50th anniversary of the first women in space (Valentina Tereshkova) will launch the Brussels chapter of Women in Aerospace Europe (WIA-E).

Women in Aerospace Europe (WIA-E) was founded in June 2009 as an international association dedicated to expanding leadership opportunities and increasing the visibility of women in the aerospace sector. It is open to both women and man, in Europe and across the globe, who share an interest in a broad spectrum of aerospace activities including: human space flight and exploration, aviation, remote sensing, satellite communications, robotic missions, commercial space, space tourism, education and related policy challenges.

 


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Mae Jemison

Dr. Mae Jemison

Head of the 100 Year Star Ship Initiative
Dr. Mae C. Jemison is leading 100 Year Starship (100YSS), a bold, far reaching new initiative to assure the capabilities exist for human interstellar space travel to another star within the next 100 years. Jemison is building an international, multi-faceted organization to promote... Read More →
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Vittorio Prodi, MEP

Chair of the Sky and Space Intergroup
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Simonetta Di Pippo

WIA-Europe President and Cofounder


Thursday March 7, 2013 9:00am - 10:30am
European Parliament ASP 3G3

2:00pm

High-level Conference on 'Promoting Africa-EU Research Infrastructure Partnerships"
Limited Capacity seats available

This two day event will bring together the science community, industry and policy-makers to present project deliverables, discuss major recommendations on how to facilitate Africa- Europe STI cooperation and research infrastructure partnership and celebrate the project’s achievements.

One of the most important objectives of Horizon2020 is strengthening international cooperation with third countries. Horizon2020 sets the goal of increasing the Union’s excellence and attractiveness in research to tackle global challenges in collaboration with international partners, which in turn supports the European Union’s external policies and contributes to achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.

The Promoting African-European Research Infrastructure Partnerships (PAERIP) project is an initiative aimed at informing the organisation of policy dialogue and promoting research collaboration between the two continents. Funded under the EU’s FP7 Capacities Programme (INFRA-2010-3.2), the PAERIP project represents an example of an initiative that could result from Horizon2020 and discussions taking part at the ES: GC2 Conference.

The first day of the conference will be dedicated to a high-level opening session with the participation of senior representatives from the European Commission and the African Union Commission, and will include a keynote speech from South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology, Minister Derek Hanekom. The discussion on the first day will also be focused on the PAERIP analysis and recommendations on:


• Interventions to enhance African and European researchers’ transnational access to African and European researcher infrastructures;
• Opportunities for Africa and Europe to collaborate in developing new large-scale research infrastructures ; and
• The merit of investment from development and economic cooperation instruments in Africa-EU research infrastructure partnerships, due to their socio-economic benefit. 
The conference will provide a platform for meeting with key decision-makers to discuss future perspectives for increasing Africa-Europe RI cooperation and exchanging experiences with international experts.  This event is expected to confirm the significance of PAERIP as one of the first dedicated support actions for international research infrastructure cooperation with a specific geographic focus and the first FP7 project on RI coordinated from outside Europe.

The conference agenda and the registration form are now available on the PAERIP website (www.paerip.org).


Thursday March 7, 2013 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Thon EU hotel Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 75, 1040 Brussels
 
Friday, March 8
 

9:00am

High-level Conference on 'Promoting Africa-EU Research Infrastructure Partnerships'
Limited Capacity seats available

This two day event will bring together the science community, industry and policy-makers to present project deliverables, discuss major recommendations on how to facilitate Africa- Europe STI cooperation and research infrastructure partnership and celebrate the project’s achievements.

One of the most important objectives of Horizon2020 is strengthening international cooperation with third countries. Horizon2020 sets the goal of increasing the Union’s excellence and attractiveness in research to tackle global challenges in collaboration with international partners, which in turn supports the European Union’s external policies and contributes to achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.

The Promoting African-European Research Infrastructure Partnerships (PAERIP) project is an initiative aimed at informing the organisation of policy dialogue and promoting research collaboration between the two continents. Funded under the EU’s FP7 Capacities Programme (INFRA-2010-3.2), the PAERIP project represents an example of an initiative that could result from Horizon2020 and discussions taking part at the ES: GC2 Conference.

The first day of the conference will be dedicated to a high-level opening session with the participation of senior representatives from the European Commission and the African Union Commission, and will include a keynote speech from South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology, Minister Derek Hanekom. The discussion on the first day will also be focused on the PAERIP analysis and recommendations on:


• Interventions to enhance African and European researchers’ transnational access to African and European researcher infrastructures;
• Opportunities for Africa and Europe to collaborate in developing new large-scale research infrastructures ; and
• The merit of investment from development and economic cooperation instruments in Africa-EU research infrastructure partnerships, due to their socio-economic benefit. 
The conference will provide a platform for meeting with key decision-makers to discuss future perspectives for increasing Africa-Europe RI cooperation and exchanging experiences with international experts.  This event is expected to confirm the significance of PAERIP as one of the first dedicated support actions for international research infrastructure cooperation with a specific geographic focus and the first FP7 project on RI coordinated from outside Europe.

The conference agenda and the registration form are now available on the PAERIP website (www.paerip.org).


Friday March 8, 2013 9:00am - 3:00pm
Thon EU hotel Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 75, 1040 Brussels