The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) will host two online side events for the research cooperation between Japan and Africa during Japan-Africa Science Innovation Week on the occasion of the TICAD VIII.
1. Japan-Africa University Exchange Conference
Date: August 22, 2022
Part 1 Plenary session 19:30-20:10 (JST)
Part 2 President's Round Table Meeting 20:20-21:30 (JST) *limited for university officials etc.
Africa contains about a quarter of all UN member states and continues to increase its presence in the international community. Africa has also built a strong relationship with Japan, despite geographical distance, and it is important for both sides to recognize one another as important partners that will benefit from even closer cooperation in future. In most of the world’s academic exchanges, brain circulation tends to occur through a network centered on Europe and the United States. Therefore, to promote more Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) cooperation and the mutual growth of our human resources, Japan and Africa should create an environment that makes it easier for young researchers and students to select each other as study abroad and career development destination.
To revitalize people-to-people exchanges promoting inter-university collaboration between Japan and Africa, JST proposes inviting young African researchers and students to Japan through the Sakura Science Exchange Program. Participants will share the importance of face-to-face interaction through actual invitation programs. Through the expansion of youth / student exchanges, both Japan and Africa will accelerate the globalization of their universities and the development of excellent human resources who will play an active role on the world stage.
More information on the conference, including a full agenda and a link to registration can be found at the website.
2. Japan-Africa Science Innovation Week on the Occasion of the TICAD VIII Research Cooperation in Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) for Sustainable Development Between Japan and Africa - Equal Partnership and Inclusive Collaboration
Date: DAY1 August 25, 2022 17:00-19:00 (JST)
DAY2 August 26, 2022 17:00-19:00 (JST)
Africa is developing at an unprecedented speed, which brings unique challenges and opportunities. Sustainable growth requires the responsible application of STI, driven by Africans for Africa. Though geographically and culturally distant, Japan already has several decades worth of experience leveraging STI to stimulate growth and has much to offer as an STI cooperation partner.
Therefore, JST recently helped to create AJ-CORE, a multilateral equal-partnership research funding program linking Japan, South Africa, and African countries participating in the Science Granting Councils Initiative. By connecting researchers across three or more countries, we can unite diverse talent to tackle challenges that are important to both Africa and the world. Alongside this, we are continuing our SATREPS program and are working in tandem with official development assistance funds to promote joint research in core development fields with results that can quickly lead to practical implementation and benefits. In this session, we will share experiences of AJ-CORE and SATREPS from the perspectives of both researchers and funding agencies, explore paths for the future, and look toward building better programs for everyone.
More information on the conference, including a full agenda and links to registration can be found following websites.
URL for Day 1: https://ticad8event.jica.go.jp/en/event/detail_26.html
URL for Day 2: https://ticad8event.jica.go.jp/en/event/detail_27.html