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EU-Africa Conference: Applied Sciences as drivers for regional innovation ecosystems in Africa

September 5 - September 6

DAAD Brussels, in partnership with the European Commission, OBREAL Global, EURASHE, EDUFI, Nuffic and a network of German Universities of Applied Sciences have great pleasure to invite you to the joint conference
Applied Sciences as drivers for regional innovation ecosystems in Africa”,
on 5 and 6 September 2023
 in the Renaissance Hotel in Brussels.

Against the background of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Africa-EU Joint Vision for 2030, the Global Gateway Strategy, the EU-AU Innovation Agenda and the African Union’s Agenda 2063, the need for a stronger focus on applied sciences is paramount for the benefit of the social and economic development in Africa.

Aims of the conference

  • Discuss the contribution of the applied sciences in fostering innovation and job generation in Africa.
  • Examine the complex interactions of regional innovation ecosystems.
  • Contribute to the further development of the EU-Africa Partnership in the field of higher education and research.
  • Discuss the importance of the Global Gateway as a framework for further cooperation.
  • Present different successful cooperation projects between academia and industry on both continents.
  • Engage in a dialogue with industry and other related education sectors (TVET) on training human resources and the mutual learning between stakeholders.

Conference structure

  • Day 1: The public conference targeting practitioners and policy experts that will set the scene and examine the various dimensions of the topic.
  • Day 2: (Higher) education cooperation projects will discuss and share practices in policy workshops clustered around four thematic tracks: (Renewable) Energy and Green Transition; Agriculture and Food Security; (Public) Health; IT/Technology and Innovation.


September 5
September 6
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Renaissance Hotel, Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels
Renaissance Hotel, Rue du Parnasse 19,
Brussels, 1050 Belgium
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