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2011 Cooperation Forum

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Held under the aegis of the EC, the AUC and the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership, this major event is the 4th of a series of very successful conferences organised by the EuroAfrica-ICT EU-funded project:

  • 1st Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research: March 25-26, 2009 – Brussels, Belgium
  • 2nd Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research: February 4, 2010 – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • 3rd Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research: December 7-8, 2010 – Helsinki, Finland

With a specific emphasis on networking-opportunities, knowledge-sharing and consensus-building, the EuroAfrica-ICT Cooperation Fora have traditionally provided an indisputable focal point for all stakeholders in the public and private sectors involved in collaborative ICT research and in ICT for development.

Hosted by the Government of South Africa through the Department of Science & Technology (DST) and the Meraka Institute of CSIR, this year edition will primarily aim at strengthening and supporting collaborative research on ICT between Africa and Europe but also at exploring how to support efficient and innovative ICT Public-Private Partnerships.

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The Forum will feature 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 (organized around 16 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)

  • Expand your knowledge in the field! Exchange views, share information, and identify synergies!
  • Evaluate progresses made and lessons learnt on ICT research and development in Africa and assess their impact on partnerships, economic growth, quality of life and service delivery!
  • Gain an insight into the status and perspectives of the 8th Partnership (“African-EU Partnership for Science, Information Society and Space”) and its action plan!
  • Learn more about the EC and AUC programs!
  • Identify potential partners!
  • Network with key stakeholders in the field (private/public bodies) and discuss with high-level policymakers!
  • Get detailed information on successful EU-African FP7 cooperation projects and EU-African Public-Private Partnerships (PPP)!
  • Hear about opportunities to enhance African participation in Horizon 2020 (the new EC Framework Programme for Research and Innovation)!
  • Understand what is important when implementing collaborative research projects!
  • Meet with worldwide peers and debate/discuss best practices!
  • Hear about success stories and case studies presenting innovative approaches and strategies!
  • Benefit from valuable opinions and long experience of acknowledged experts in the field!
  • Find out how to increase the visibility and impact of your projects/programs!
  • Stay up to date with the latest developments and trends in the ICT field!
  • Hear about the range and excellence of ICT research in Africa and in Europe
  • And many more benefits!





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EuroAfrica-ICT Cooperation Forums have traditionally provided an indisputable focal point for all Euro-African stakeholders in the public and private sectors involved in collaborative ICT research and in ICT for development with a specific emphasis on networking-opportunities, knowledge-sharing and consensus-building. EuroAfrica-ICT Cooperation Forums have also a long-established reputation for being events filled in with in-depth discussions and lively debates, networking opportunities and knowledge sharing among key stakeholders in the field and policymakers coming from all over Europe and Africa.

The “4th Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research” organisers offer several opportunities to get involved in the event, namely as:

SPONSORS The “4th Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research” will provide event sponsors with major visibility, significant networking opportunities and substantial benefits prior to, during and after the event. A wide range of sponsorship packages is available, while customized packages can be proposed to better suit the expectations and requirements of potential sponsors. Please note: sponsorships will help the organisers to ensure a larger participation of high-level delegates from Africa, mainly speakers, by offering them mobility grants covering part of their travel and subsistence expenses.

If you are interested in receiving the brochure with our sponsorship benefits and pricing, contact us today!

ASSOCIATED ORGANISATIONS We are seeking organisations (associations, NGOs, European Technology Platforms, Chambers of Commerce, Academia, Foundations, media, etc..) interested in associating with us in our mission of strengthening the cooperation between Europe and Africa on ICT Research.
Our partnership will constitute a win-win agreement based upon the provision of services for other services (no money will be involved).

We will provide you with a range of benefits before, during and after the event: contact us!

SPEAKERS We invite the Euro-African ICT community to share information on technological developments that will support the strengthening of cooperation between the two regions. Contributions are welcomed from players across the entire ICT sphere and are intended to reflect ongoing technological advances and capabilities within R&D/ICT communities as well as forthcoming commercial deployments. Contributions have to include a consideration of relevant challenges in emerging economies and markets. Authors are invited to submit electronically half-a-page abstracts in English to the conference selection committee. All received abstracts will be carefully evaluated on the following criteria: originality, significance, technical soundness, clarity of expression and interest to a wide audience.

The Call for Papers is now closed.

ATTENDEES About 300 European and African key stakeholders in the field (coming from Institutions, National and international companies, SMEs, Academia, Research institutes, etc.) are expected to participate in the conference. Among them: 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.

Registrations are free of charge but due to room capacity constraints seats will be limited and registrations will be accepted on a case by case basis. The registration form is now available online: register today!


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