Date: 28 February, 2024, 10:00 – 17:45
Location: The Hotel, Brussels
In July 2023, the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) adopted the AU-EU Innovation Agenda. Supported by the Global Gateway, the Agenda will serve as the cornerstone of Africa-Europe cooperation in science, technology, and innovation for the next decade, aiming to transform and expand the capacities and achievements of European and African researchers and innovators into tangible outputs that benefit all sectors, from academia and employment to the private sector.
The National and Regional Research and Education Networks (NRENs/RRENs) welcome the adoption of the AU-EU innovation as RRENs and NRENs mission is based on the firm belief that building bridges between continents, Research communities, and beneficiaries necessitates a community-driven strategy that advocates for a bottom-up approach, putting the needs and aspirations of Higher Education and research institutions, the end-users of the services, first.
Centring the Research and Education (R&E) Community
In this context, GÉANT, NORDUNet, and The Guild are organising an event to highlight the roles of National Research and Education Networks in R&E activities and how these networks can support ongoing initiatives between Nordic and African universities.
Participants will gain insights into the role of NRENs and RRENs as enablers of multistakeholder, cross-border collaboration in the field of R&E infrastructure, will discuss the requirements for infrastructure and tools for the existing projects, and exchange knowledge, recognising that an interconnected community is fundamental to establishing a sustainable R&E community.
Nexus is intended to be an interactive in-person discussion between the panellists and Participants. The agenda will be published soon.
Co-funded by the European Union, the event is part of the AfricaConnect3 project and it is in line with the project’s objective to advocate for the role of digital tools in the transformation of education and research and their multiplier effect for skill development, employability and economic growth.