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April 2015
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ACU-SARIMA 2015 Conference
Pathways for Research Uptake
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The Pathways for Research Uptake workshop will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 12 May 2015. [Image credit: Flickr, Pascal Parent]
CAAST-Net Plus is co-organising a workshop with the Development Research Uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa (DRUSSA) project.

Our shared ambition? To initiate a series of discussions that adopt a fresh approach to issues of knowledge transfer and research uptake.

To achieve this goal, we have carefully selected speakers from policy, business, academic and funding communities to animate discussion on three key topics:
  • Transferring Knowledge: Research Agendas, Challenges, Visions and Good Practices; 
  • Emerging Lessons from CAAST-Net Plus and DRUSSA; and 
  • Building Partnerships for Research Uptake and Knowledge Transfer.
Building on discussions at the first CAAST-Net Plus stakeholder forum, and DRUSSA project outputs and engagements, the event is organised as a session forming part of next month's Research and Innovation for Global Challenges conference.

The conference is co-hosted by the Association of Commonwealth (ACU) Universities and the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) between 10-14 May 2015.

Read more about the workshop's goals and session structure.

Third CAAST-Net Plus Annual Meeting 

Partners and invited guests will gather in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 10 and 11 May 2015 for the third CAAST-Net Plus annual meeting. On the agenda? Project progress and forward plans. The annual meeting has been organised to coincide with the ACU-SARIMA conference, and will take place at the Indaba Hotel in Johannesburg. For more information, write to
Policy News and Events
High-Level Meetings on Food Security 
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Participants gather at Senate House in London for a series of high-level meetings on EU-Africa research and innovation cooperation, 5-6 March 2015 [Image credit: Research Africa/CAAST-Net Plus]
A roadmap on Africa-Europe research and innovation cooperation on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture is expected to be ready at the end of April 2015.
It will then be handed over to the Bureau of the EU-Africa High-Level Policy Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation (HLPD Bureau), a structure set up at the 2007 EU-Africa Summit to support policy dialogue between the two regions. 

The goal of the London meeting in March 2015 was to give shape to this roadmap. The two-day agenda encouraged discussions between a range of actors, including:  
  • members of the HLPD Bureau;
  • the Expert Working Group, convened by the Bureau, to develop the roadmap;
  • potential funders of actions envisaged in the draft roadmap;
  • partners from the CAAST-Net Plus and ERAfrica projects, as well as the newly formed Research and Innovation Network for Europe and Africa (RINEA).
"CAAST-Net Plus, ERAfrica and RINEA are joint EU-Africa projects that are working together to support and reinforce the broad EU-Africa relationship around cooperation in scientific and technological research, and the EU-Africa STI partnership in particular," says CAAST-Net Plus project coordinator Dr Andrew Cherry. 

"The projects employ a range of different but complementary coordination and support mechanisms."

It is hoped that the roadmap will lead to a co-financed and co-managed research and innovation partnership between Europe and Africa, with an initial focus on food security, but extending to other domains.

Read a detailed report from the event here.
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Reports and Papers

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Reports by CAAST-Net Plus, close collaborators and related actors in the Africa-EU STI cooperation landscape.
Africa-EU Research Collaborations on Climate Change: A Critical Analysis of the Scope, Coordination and Uptake of Findings
A report of the CAAST-Net Plus project (2014)

EDCTP-2 Launch Report
A report of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (2014)

EC Report on Implementation of EU Food and Nutrition Security Policy Commitments
A report of the European Commission (2014)

African ICT, Science Cooperation Report
A report of the IST-Africa project (2014)

Outcomes Report on FP7-funded e-Infrastructures Project
A report of the ei4Africa project (2014)

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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 authors' 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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CAAST-Net Plus has partnered with the INCONTACT project to offer a two-day Horizon 2020 training workshop to researchers and innovators from west and central Africa. The objective of the workshop is to increase the awareness of Horizon 2020 and its opportunities, and to build the capacity of National Contact Points for improved African participation in Horizon 2020.

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The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) has released a report from the launch of EDCTP-2. EDCTP-2 supports clinical trials, capacity development, and research and development cooperation. 

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