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The 2010 Euro-Africa e-Infrastructures Conference

The “2010 Euro-Africa e-Infrastructures Conference” was held on Dec. 9-10, 2010 in Helsinki, Finland, in the framework of the “2010 Euro-Africa Week on ICT Research and e-Infrastructures”:

  • a week organised by the FP7 EuroAfrica-ICT and the eI-Africa EU funded projects with the support of the VTT Technical Research Center of Finland

Addressed topics

The Conference addressed the whole e-Infrastructures programme (from research networking to global virtual research collaboration):

  • Innovating the scientific process (global virtual research communities)
  • Accessing knowledge (scientific data)
  • Experimenting in silico (simulation and visualisation)
  • Sharing the best computational resources (e-Science grid, supercomputing)
  • Linking at the speed of the light (GÉANT)

Event objectives

  • Allow European and African stakeholders involved in the development of cooperation on e-Infrastructures to get together
  • Allow participants to exchange views, share information, and identify synergies in order to increase the impact of their activities
  • Further support policy dialogues, apprehend medium- to long term perspectives and agree on an overall and coherent vision
  • Raise awareness and promote the use of e-Infrastructures under development, encouraging the emergence of early adopters, of flagship projects in terms of application
  • Give the highest visibility to ongoing initiatives aiming at supporting the development of NRENs in Africa and their interconnection to GÉANT
  • Increase the number of sub-Saharan organisations involved in EU/FP7 collaborative projects

Audience

About 200 key stakeholders in the field coming from all over Europe and Africa attended the event:

  • Policymakers | Senior representatives from Governments | Representatives from international development cooperation agencies | ICT project managers | Programme managers | Heads of research labs | Researchers | IT engineers | Deans, directors, lecturers and researchers from universities and the higher education sector | Managers of NGOs, professional associations, centres of excellence, trade unions, chambers of commerce, etc. | Industry stakeholders | Etc.
  • Institutions | National and international companies | SMEs | Academia | Research institutes | Etc.

Event format

The “2010 Euro-Africa e-Infrastructures Conference” featured various session types:

  • Plenary sessions (featuring officials from the European Commission, the African Union Commission, Governments, and internationally acknowledged e-Infrastructures experts)
  • Presentation sessions (organised around the main conference themes)
  • Discussions and debates sessions (offering participants the opportunity to actively contribute to the Conference outputs)
  • Networking sessions (aiming at facilitating additional and informal networking opportunities)

Mobility grants

To ensure a higher participation of African stakeholders in the event a budget was planned by the organisers to contribute to travel and subsistence expenses for some of the delegates. In addition, donor organisations sponsored the event: collected sponsorship fees have been used to invite more African delegates to join the event.

Event partners

The Conference’s partners were organised in three main committees:

  • Honorary Committee (European Commission and African Union Commission officials / International, regional, and local authorities)
  • Advisory and programme Committee (e-Infrastructures experts on charge of the Conference programme)
  • Organising Committee (representatives from the European Commission, the African Union Commission, the eI-Africa project and VTT)

Additional partners have been associated to the event:

  • Associated partners (associations, NGOs, European Technology Platforms, Chambers of Commerce, etc.)
  • Media partners (partners supporting the promotion of the event throughout Europe and Africa)
  • Donors/Sponsors supporting African participation in the event

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