iCRAG Director Murray Hitzman to lead session at Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Summit
The Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Summit will be held virtually from June 14 to June 18, 2021. Within the content of this Summit on June 16 iCRAG will present a dedicated session entitled “Africa-Europe Geoscience Cooperation to Sustain our Planet.”
Led by iCRAG Director Prof. Murray Hitzman, the session will explore the ways geoscience cooperation between Africa and the EU can help solve common global challenges such as successful implementation of the Green Deal and the digital transformation while also spurring growth and job creation in both continents. The geosciences are fundamental to addressing both the climate and biodiversity crises. They are also the means to ensure that sufficient raw materials can be secured in a sustainable manner to allow the development and deployment of energy technologies for global decarbonisation.
Funding the geosciences through both African and European geological surveys as well as academic research will establish a more enabling environment for science, innovation and capacity building.
Speakers at the session include Prof. Murray Hitzman; Dr Rokayha Samba, President of the OAGS; David Khoza, Geoscience Council South Africa; Celine Andrien, EGS; Robert Kaemba, FQM Zambia; Dr. Susan Webb, Univ. of Witwatersrand and Ms Mukosi – CGS.
The session will take place Jun 16, 11am-1pm CEST. Registration is via eventbrite:
AERAP is a response to the European Parliament Written Declaration 45 on Science Capacity Building in Africa. This call was repeated by the Heads of State of the African Union through their Decision Assembly/AU/Dec.407 CXVIII. AERAP encourages policymakers to understand the need for an enabling policy and regulatory environment for science cooperation with Africa and championing leadership in Africa and Europe to demonstrate science's contribution to society and address common global challenges.