02/04/2014, Roundtable Seminar "AERAPís contribution: Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace"

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Brussels, March 31, 2014: On the occasion of the 4th Africa-EU Summit and the 5th EU-Africa Business Forum, AERAP organised a roundtable seminar titled "AERAP’s contribution:  Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace," which took place on 2 April 2014 in Brussels. 

The roundtable seminar highlighted the current and explored the future contributions of AERAP to the theme of Africa-EU cooperation set for the Summit, “Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace.” 

“People” is at the heart of the AERAP agenda with concrete support for human capital development through the training of the next generation of African and European scientists and engineers. “Prosperity” is a key objective, as AERAP seeks to leverage the investment in radio astronomy related technology domains such as ICT, renewable energy or advanced manufacturing for economic growth and industrial competitiveness, for the mutual benefit of Africa and Europe.  

Above all, by promoting international scientific cooperation, AERAP supports “peace” by bringing people together, fostering international understanding, friendship and solidarity between Africa and Europe.     

By exploring and reflecting on these themes during the roundtable seminar, AERAP contributed to the broader discussion on the future of Africa-EU cooperation taking place at the Summit and associated events, bringing the role of international science and technology collaboration for mutual African-European  social-economic benefit to the forefront.


Date: 2 April 2014

Time: 10:00 - 12:00

Venue: Stanhope Hotel, Rue du Commerce 9, B-1000 Brussels


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Editor’s Note

The African-European Radio Astronomy Platform (AERAP)

AERAP  is a response to the calls of the European Parliament, through the adoption of the Written Declaration 45/2011, and of the Heads of State of the African Union, through their decision “Assembly/AU/Dec.407 CXVIII”, for radio astronomy to be a priority focus area for Africa-EU cooperation. AERAP is a stakeholder forum of industry, academia and the public sector established to define and implement priorities for radio astronomy cooperation between Africa and Europe.

The overall goals of the platform are to leverage radio astronomy, advance scientific discovery, improve knowledge transfer and stimulate competitiveness across both continents. The platform will also enable effective dialogue to build a shared vision for international cooperation in radio astronomy.

Further information on AERAP: www.aerap.org

Interested parties are invited to register at: http://www.iscintelligence.com/event.php?id=159

10:00 – 10:10


Declan Kirrane, African-European Radio Astronomy Platform

10:10 – 10:20

Europe and Africa in large scale science projects

Ricardo Genova, Astrophysics Institute of the Canary Islands

10:20 – 10:30

Leveraging radio astronomy for science education and public understanding of science

Ian Jones, Goonhilly Earth Station

10:30 – 10:40

Radio astronomy: an enabler of green ICT technologies

Domingos Barbosa, Institute of Telecommunications, Portugal

10:40 – 10:50

Big Data for radio astronomy

Gerlinde Bedoe, Coriant

10:50 – 11:00

Radio astronomy as a tool for development

George Miley, Leiden University

11:00 – 11:10

Interdisciplinary collaboration across borders to achieve major technological advances and innovations

Lizbeth Goodman, University College Dublin

11:10 – 11:20

Space for Africa: astronomy as a tool to expand African development initiatives

Pierguido Sarti, National Institute for Astrophysics, Italy

11:20 – 11:30

Impact of science and innovation on prosperity and economic growth

David Harmon, European Commission

11:30 – 11:40

Involvement of industry in science and innovation

Brian Quinn, Intel Labs Europe

11:40 – 11:50

Seminar conclusions

Avril Doyle, ISC


Date: 2 April 2014

Time: 10:00 - 12:00

Venue: Stanhope Hotel, Rue du Commerce 9, B-1000 Brussels