The Brussels Times
Interactive Online Debate
21 October 2020 @ 14h00-15h00 CET

EU-Africa cooperation in research and science

How innovation can help us leave the pandemic behind and stimulate economic recovery

Organised by The Brussels Times with the support of Huawei

On 29 September 2020, the EU approved Horizon Europe. This is the new EU, research and innovation programme which will operate between 2021-2027.

Horizon Europe is also open to participation from African scientists, researchers, public and private actors. And as closer political, economic and social ties have developed between Africa and Europe in recent years, significant opportunities lie ahead.

There are already several important EU-Africa research and scientific initiatives in place, such as the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP). Covid-19 has further reinforced the importance of EU-African co-operation across a range of thematic areas.

International collaboration in the fields of research and science is crucial for the delivery of new innovative products into the marketplace. This will in turn help stimulate economic development and address key social problems.

In this webinar, we focus on above issues, and try to determine how we can increase African participation in Horizon Europe, and also strengthen the EU-African partnerships in the fields of research, innovation, and science in order to successfully tackle the UN Sustainability Goals.

Tune in to our livestream on 21 October to be a part of this important debate, and hear from key experts and decision makers sharing their insights.


21 October 2020


14h00 – 15h00 CET (Brussels Time)

Our high-level panel will include

Susana Solís Pérez

Member of the European Parliament

Carlos Zorrinho

MEP, Chair of the European Parliament delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly

Annalisa Primi

Head of Innovation and structural policies at the OECD Development Centre

Declan Kirrane

Managing director of ISC Intelligence in Science

Daan de Toit

Deputy Director General, International department for Science and Research, South African Government

Abraham Liu

Chief Representative to the EU Institutions, Huawei


Dan Sobovitz

Founder of

Christine Mhundwa


Watch the discussion live and get involved. No registration is required. Have your questions answered by the speakers, submit your ideas to decision-makers, and participate in polls and debates in real-time.

The livestream will be available on this page on the day of the event.

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