The European Commission and the African Union Commission are pleased to invite you to the AU-EU Innovation Agenda Stakeholder Event, which will be held on 23 and 24 November 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya and online. This represents the culmination of a stakeholder dialogue process started in February this year, aiming to seek feedback and input from citizens and organisations on the draft version of the AU-EU Innovation Agenda.

The joint AU-EU Innovation Agenda is an unprecedented initiative aiming to accelerate the translation of Research and Innovation into tangible positive impact on the ground, so to generate products, services, businesses and jobs, in Africa and Europe. It proposes four objectives, articulated into short-term, medium-term and long-term actions, for each of the four priority areas of the AU-EU cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation [namely (i) Public Health, (ii) Green Transition, (iii) Capacities for Science and (iv) Innovation and Technology], as well as for (v) Cross-cutting issues.

Objectives of the Event
This Stakeholder Event aims to provide a forum to:
  1. Present and discuss on the findings of the online public consultation on the AU-EU Innovation Agenda (which took place between February and June 2022);
  2. Discuss on specific stakeholder demands and ideas, and possible implementation routes for the Agenda, so to co-create its implementation plan;
  3. Showcase the AU and EU vibrant innovation ecosystems, in the form of a matchmaking session entitled “AU-EU Innovation Fair – meet the innovators”, to catalyse partnerships and foster collaborations and entrepreneurship;
  4. Provide strategic training and information sessions focused on topics of particular relevance to the implementation of the AU-EU Innovation Agenda.
Expected outcome
Feedback and input received during this Stakeholder Event will be taken into account in the preparation of the final version of the AU-EU Innovation Agenda, expected to be ready for the beginning of 2023, so to be presented for adoption during the AU-EU Ministerial Meeting on Science, Technology and Innovation, to take place later on in 2023.
The event will be held in the Mövenpick hotel Nairobi and online.
Please kindly note that the sessions will be recorded for proper dissemination on our social media and website platforms. In order to participate, please click on the button “Register” in the top-right menu. Upon registration, we will process your information confidentially and for the purpose of handling data in the context of this project.
In the left-side menu, you can download the programme of this event, as well as its concept note and the draft of the AU-EU Innovation Agenda (available in English, French and Portuguese).
Kindly note that the participation to this event is free (with travel and accommodation fees to be covered by participants).
We look forward to meeting you in Nairobi (preferably) or online!
For enquiries, please contact: C & M – Consulting & Management at the following email: info@aueu-innovationagenda-stakeholderevent.com
NOTE: Should you wish to stay at the Mövenpick Hotel Nairobi, subject to their bedroom availability, kindly note that a rate of 180 USD per room per night (single room including breakfast) has been granted for this event guests (to be paid individually, secured by a credit card). Please note that, in order to enjoy the agreed discounted event rate, bookings can only be done directly via email to hotel.nairobi@movenpick.com, mentioning your desired length of stay and the Block Code “221122EURO” (European Commission). Thank you for your kind understanding.

Please, click a time slot for more information on every panel

Day 1
23 November 2022

Plenary Session:
Opening Addresses
Ms Maria Cristina Russo, Director for Global Approach and International Cooperation in R&I, European Commission
Prof Chomora Mikeka, HLPD Vice Co-chair, Republic of Malawi
Ambassador Simon Nabukesi, Principal Secretary, State Department for University Education and Research, Ministry of Education.
Ms Irene Giribaldi, Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation to Kenya
Commissioner Mohammed Belhocine, African Union Commission
Mr Hans Stausboll, Acting Director Africa, DG International Partnerships, European Commission
Ms Nienke Buisman (European Commission) & Dr Monica Ebele Idinoba (African Union Commission)
Overview of the AU-EU Innovation Agenda & Results of the Public Consultation
Mr Lukovi Seke (AUDA-NEPAD) & Dr Vincenzo Lorusso (European Commission)
Ms Nienke Buisman (European Commission) & Dr Monica Ebele Idinoba (African Union Commission)
National innovation policies and link to the Innovation Agenda
Mr Gonzalo Arévalo Nieto, Director General of Research Planning, General Secretariat for Research, Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain
Mr Daan du Toit, Deputy Director-General: International Cooperation and Resources at South African Department of Science and Innovation
Mr Paolo Lombardo, Head of Regional Representation for East Africa, European Investment Bank
Ms Hendrina Doroba, Division Manager-Education and Skills Development, Africa Development Bank
Ms Nienke Buisman (European Commission) & Dr Monica Ebele Idinoba (African Union Commission)
Lunch break
Public Health
Green Transition
Innovation & Technology
Capacities for Science
Cross-cutting issues

Thematic Workshop

Needs and Technologies for healthy societies with responsive & resilient health systems

Thematic Workshop

Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA)

Thematic Workshop

Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (CCSE)

Thematic Workshop

Investing in innovation in Africa

Thematic Workshop

Innovation ecosystems in Africa

Thematic Workshop

Skills’ development & mobility (e.g. ARISE Programme; ERC, MSCAs; ERASMUS+; intra-African Youth Mobility Scheme, etc.)

Thematic Workshop

Higher Education Institutions & the AU-EU Innovation Agenda

Thematic Workshop

Monitoring & Evaluation of objectives and actions

Wrap-up session
Networking dinner

Day 2
24 November 2022

Training Session 1:

Intellectual Property Rights: from discovery to patent

Training Session 2:

Preparing proposals for Horizon Europe and other funding programmes
(e.g. Erasmus+):
a multi-step training

Training Session 3:

Open Science & Data Science
(e.g. Africa Knowledge Platform)

Information Session 1:

Africa Initiative in Horizon Europe: update on projects from Work Programme I, 2021-2022

Information Session 2:


Information Session 3:

Erasmus+ in Africa

Information Session 4:

OACPS Policy Support Facility in Africa

Information Session 5:

Clustering/Partnership management

Match-making session: ‘AU-EU Innovation Fair – Meet the innovators’:

3 minutes-pitching in plenary hall (over lunch)
followed by poster session, with each innovator at her/his stand
Plenary Session:
Summary and conclusions
Ms Maria Cristina Russo, Director for Global Approach and International Cooperation in R&I, European Commission
Prof Chomora Mikeka, HLPD Vice Co-chair, Republic of Malawi
Ms Nienke Buisman (European Commission) & Dr Monica Ebele Idinoba (African Union Commission)