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3rd Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research – At a glance

3rd Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research
Dec. 7-8, 2010 – Helsinki, Finland
A Forum organised as a side-event to the 3rd Africa-EU Summit (Tripoli, Libya – Nov. 29-30, 2010)
An event designed to anyone with an interest in Euro-African collaborative research on ICT

The “2010 Euro-Africa Week on ICT Research and e-Infrastructures”

The “3rd Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research” was held on Dec. 7-8, 2010 in Helsinki in the framework of the “2010 Euro-Africa Week on ICT Research & e-Infrastructures“:

  • A series of events held from Dec. 7 to 10, 2010, under the aegis of the European Commission (DG INFSO: International Relations Unit + GÉANT and e-Infrastructures Unit) and the African Union Commission (AUC) with the support of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Employment and the Economy of Finland:
    • Dec. 7-8, 2010 – 3rd Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research
    • Dec. 9-10, 2010 – 2010 EuroAfrica e-Infrastructures Conference
    • Dec. 10, 2010 – Lab Visits
  • A week organised by the EuroAfrica-ICT and eI-Africa EU/FP7 funded projects with the support of the VTT Technical Research Center of Finland

Event objectives

  • Allow European and African stakeholders involved in the development of cooperation on ICT to get together
  • Allow participants to exchange views, share information, and identify synergies in order to increase the impact of their activities
  • Further support policy dialogues, apprehend medium- to long term perspectives and agree on an overall and coherent vision
  • Give the highest visibility to ongoing initiatives addressing Euro-Africa S&T cooperation in ICT
  • Increase the number of sub-Saharan organisations involved in EU/FP7 collaborative projects on ICT research

The “3rd Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research” (Dec. 7-8, 2010 – Helsinki, Finland) has been an event filled with discussions and debates, networking opportunities and knowledge sharing among key stakeholders in the field and policymakers coming from all over Europe and Africa. This Conference represented definitely a unique opportunity for all parties interested in the ICT domain to increase the visibility and impact of their activities, to network and expand their knowledge and to:

  • Reflect on progress made and lessons learnt on ICT research and development in Africa and its contribution through partnerships to economic growth, improved quality of life and efficient service delivery
  • Gain insight on the status and perspectives of the 8th Partnership (“African-EU Partnership for Science, Information Society and Space”) and support its action plan
  • Learn more about the status and perspectives of the EC/AUC Programmes and Action Plans
  • Enhance the development of Euro-Africa collaborative ICT research projects and identify potential partners
  • Highlight the range and excellence of ICT research in Africa and in Europe
  • Allow participative and interactive working sessions on ICT research and development through panel debates and interactive thematic sessions
  • Network with key stakeholders in the field (private/public bodies)
  • Hear about opportunities to enhance African participation in FP7
  • Get detailed information on successful EU-African FP7 cooperation projects and EU-African PPP (Public-Private Partnerships)

Why people attended?

  • to expand their knowledge in the field
  • to find out how to increase the visibility and impact of their projects/programmes
  • to meet with worldwide peers and to debate/discuss best practices
  • to understand what is important when implementing collaborative research projects
  • to hear about success stories and case studies presenting innovative approaches and strategies
  • to benefit from valuable opinions and long experience of acknowledged experts in the field
  • to stay up to date with latest developments and trends in the ICT field
  • to discuss with high-level policymakers

Event partners (lists)

  • Hosts
  • Donors and sponsors (supporting African participation in the event)
  • Associated partners (associations, NGOs, European Technology Platforms, Chambers of Commerce, etc.)
  • Media partners (partners supporting the promotion of the event throughout Europe and Africa)

Addressed ICT Research themes

  • e-Learning, ICT for Education / e-Skills (Technology Enhanced Learning)
  • e-Health, ICT for Health (Advanced Technology to Improve Health)
  • e-Governance (Secure Services to Citizens & Business / Including ICT policies and regulation)
  • e-Infrastructures & GÉANT (From research networking to global virtual research collaboration. Infrastructures & Access)
  • e-Libraries / Digital Library Services & Digital Content Infrastructures
  • e-Inclusion (and e-Adoption) & e-Accessibility (ICT for independent living)
  • e-Agriculture, ICT for Environmental Sustainability and Energy Efficiency (Enabling Environment, Climate Change Effects, Disaster Management, etc.)
  • Evolution and convergence of networks, infrastructures, equipment and services towards Future Network solutions
  • Social inclusion, youth/women and the Information Society
  • Software and services (in various sectors: enterprise, agriculture, etc.)


About 300 key stakeholders in the field (Institutions | National and international companies | SMEs | Academia | Research institutes | Etc.) coming from all over Europe and Africa: Policymakers | Senior representatives from Governments | Representatives from international development cooperation agencies | ICT project managers | Programme managers | Heads of research labs | Researchers | IT engineers | Deans, directors, lecturers and researchers from universities and the higher education sector | Managers of NGOs, professional associations, centres of excellence, trade unions, chambers of commerce, etc. | Industry stakeholders | Etc.

Event format

The Forum featured various session types:

  • Plenary sessions (featuring officials from the EC, the AUC, European and African MS, and internationally acknowledged experts in the field)
  • Presentation sessions (organised around 10-12 main conference themes)
  • Discussions and debate sessions (offering participants the opportunity to actively contribute to the Conference outputs)
  • Networking sessions (aiming at facilitating additional and informal networking opportunities)

Mobility grants

To ensure a higher participation of African stakeholders in the event a budget was planned by the organisers to contribute to travel and subsistence expenses for some of the delegates. In addition, donor organisations have sponsored the event and collected sponsorship fees have been used to invite more African delegates to join the event.

Event venue

The ‘3rd Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research’ took place at the Scandic Marina Congress Center, in Helsinki (Finland) on Dec. 7-8, 2010.

The Scandic Marina Congress Center is a unique congress centre located right in the heart of the city of Helsinki. Its waterfront location, only a short walk from Helsinki centre, makes the Marina Congress Center an incomparable venue for conferences and gala events.

The conference organisers blocked some rooms at preferential rates at the Scandic Grand Marina (just across the street from the meeting venue).

Scandic Grand Marina
Katajanokanlaituri 7, 00160 Helsinki
Tel: +358 / 9 16661

For further information, please download the Delegate Information Package here.

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