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October 2014
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Societal Challenges Need Knowledge- based Solutions
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Uganda's National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST), a CAAST-Net Plus partner, is hosting the event. [Image credit: Flickr, Rod Waddington]
The first CAAST-Net Plus stakeholder forum will take place in Entebbe, Uganda, from 24-25 November 2014.

"The forum will focus on identifying viable policy options and mechanisms for transferring knowledge into solutions that synergistically address the global challenges of health, climate change, and food and nutrition," says UNCST Assistant Executive Secretary, Ismail Barugahara.

Specific aims of the forum include:
  • promoting a common understanding of the role of knowledge in societal and economic development;
  • identifying good practice examples of knowledge transfer within and between Africa and the EU;
  • analysing success factors, obstacles and barriers to research and innovation uptake; and,
  • developing action scenarios for stakeholders in policy, research and business.
"The transfer of new knowledge emerging from joint research into new policies, technologies, goods and services is critical to successfully addressing global challenges. So we see this forum as a modest contribution to raising the debate and providing a space for experts and stakeholders to share their views and have them brought to the attention of policy and decision makers," says CAAST-Net Plus coordinator, Dr Andrew Cherry.

To find out more about the forum, contact Stefan Haffner at stefan.haffner[at]dlr.de or visit the event's
webpage for event updates.

Are you unable to attend?

Watch the
CAAST-Net Plus Twitter feed for live coverage from Entebbe on 24 and 25 November 2014.

A synthesis report will also be published in the December issue of the
CAAST-Net Plus Magazine.
CAAST-Net Plus Diary

CAAST-Net Plus Panel Discussion at COHRED Africa Launch
6-7 November, 2014 - Botswana

CAAST-Net Plus Meeting on EU-Africa Health Research / Innovation Cooperation
1 December, 2014 - South Africa

Go to all CAAST-Net Plus events
News from Related Projects

Reflecting on ERAfrica



ERAfrica closing conference participants gather at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria, South Africa [Image credit: SA Dept. of Science & Technology]

The ERAfrica project, funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), held its closing conference in September in Pretoria. 

With its funding pot of €10.7 million, a total of 17 collaborative projects were selected by ERAfrica from a competitive call. Projects focus on three areas: renewable energies, interfacing challenges, and new ideas.

The initiative is widely seen as a successful collaborative funding model that has contributed to bi-regional research and innovation objectives.

ERAfrica project coordinator, Dr Jean Albergel, of the Institute of Research for Development (IRD), said that there was a "great desire among funding parties to see ERAfrica continue, and in particular for a second call to be funded as soon as possible."

The event, which took place from 16-18 September 2014, brought together ERAfrica funding partners and ERAfrica-funded project leaders to reflect on their progress and achievements.

The conference was convened by IRD and South Africa's Department of Science and Technology, both CAAST-Net Plus partners
.

CAAST-Net Plus tweets from the ERAfrica conference are available via the @CAAST_Net_Plus handle.
Reports and Papers

Stay Informed

Browse through CAAST-Net Plus reports, and the reports of our close collaborators

New Report on Sub-Saharan Africa Research Output in STEM
A report of the World Bank (2014)

Overview of Research and Innovation in Malawi
A UNESCO report (2014)
A report of the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (2014)

North-South Development Research Partnership Practices
A report of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (2014)


IST-Africa 2014 Conference Report - Mauritius
A report of the IST-Africa project (2014)

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Clarifications and Corrections

In the previous CAAST-Net Plus Quarterly Update (4 August 2014), we incorrectly reported in the article 18 Months of CAAST-Net Plus that project partners met in Portugal from 17-19 July 2014, when, in fact, the correct dates of the meeting are 17-19 June 2014.

We also reported that the 
Bureau of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation were to meet in Uganda in October 2014, when, in fact, the meeting took place in Ethiopia.

Notice any errors? Email us at
enquiries@caast-net-plus.org.
CAAST-Net Plus is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 311806. This document reflects only the author’s views and the European Union cannot be held liable for any use that may be made of the information contained herein.
 
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