On 6 and 7 November a seminar on Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions took place in Addis Ababa in the context of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on Research and Innovation.
Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions aim to support researchers and facilitate cooperation between industry, academia and innovative training. The seminar presented opportunities for increased African participation through showcasing ongoing projects and providing recommendations and training.
The goal is to trigger new dynamics for cooperation with Africa and build on existing initiatives, such as the EU and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) for the fight against Tuberculosis, Aids and Malaria, or the EU-Africa Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA).
The seminar was organised by the European Commission and the African Union Commission (AUC). 150 people from 39 African and 11 EU countries attended the event. Participants included representatives from the main EU-Africa research collaboration initiatives, as well as African regional associations and networks active in the field of research and higher education.