17 December 2018

High Level Forum Africa-Europe – Taking cooperation to the digital age

Initiated by the President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, and Sebastian Kurz, Federal Chancellor of Austria, this event brings together global stakeholders to discuss the challenges and opportunities offered by the African-European relationship in the digital age. IIASA Director General Albert van Jaarsveld will attend and participate in a side event by special invitation of Heinz Fassmann, Austrian Minister of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF).

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Widespread innovation is happening both in Africa and in Europe, where creative start‑ups are providing solutions for different emerging challenges. This forum is an opportunity to showcase them and to learn from each other. Entrepreneurs and innovators from both continents will have the opportunity to network and discuss their concepts and solutions for the digital age.

IIASA Director General and CEO Albert van Jaarsveld will attend the High-Level Forum and participate in a side event on 18 December focusing on “Austrian-African cooperation initiative in Higher Education and Research”, organized by the BMBWF. At this meeting a first concept for an Austrian-African Network of Higher Education and Research Institutions will be presented with the overall aim to:

  • encourage and facilitate cooperation between academic institutions  
  • enhance sustainable development
  • initiate research projects of mutual interest
  • facilitate contacts with governmental and non-governmental organizations  
  • act as a platform for continuous discussion
  • serve as a network of excellence providing expertise for others seeking stronger European-African cooperation

Prior to this event, Van Jaarsveld will meet with Minster Heinz Fassmann (BMBWF) on 17 December. Also attending this meeting will be Nebojsa Nakicenovic, IIASA Deputy Director General, Jan Marco Müller, Head of Directorate Office, IIASA, Barbara Weitgruber, Director General for Scientific Research and International Affairs, BMBWF, Heribert Buchbauer, Director of the Department for International Research Cooperation, BMBWF,, and Dalya Yousseff, Member Minister Cabinet, BMBWF.

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Last edited: 13 December 2018

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