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Wednesday, 04 June 2014

Fraunhofer IME seeks to strengthen EU-Africa science collaboration

Prof Dr Rainer Fischer, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME went to Addis Ababa to explore opportunities to deepen cooperation between the EU and Africa on scientific and technological research and development.
During their meeting, they  focused on the fields of sustainable biomaterials, sustainable energy and industry, innovative agriculture, vaccines against diseases of poverty, as well as innovative approaches for the discovery of bioactive small molecules using endogenous bioresources.
Fraunhofer IME has already taken part to a number of research projects engaging with Africa. Fraunhofer IME’s endeavors in Africa will most likely take place within the framework of the Pan-African Programme (PAP). As part of the Instrument for Development Cooperation, the PAP will support the implementation of the Strategic Partnership between Africa and the EU by supporting to cross-regional and continental programmes and ensuring that the EU engages with Africa in its entirety.
Prof Fischer said, “I very much welcome the opportunity to meet with Dr. Abdulhakim Elwaer, the Director of Human Resources, Science and Technology at the African Union Commission. Fraunhofer IME can make valuable contributions to scientific capacity building in Africa and I look forward to defining this contribution in detail later in 2014. Specifically in the area of vaccine development, Fraunhofer IME has unique technologies which can advance the prevention of communicable diseases in Africa as well as in modern agriculture and bioprospecting.”
One of the outcomes of these meetings was the agreement to present cooperation opportunities to the European Parliament’s Committees on Development and Industry, Research and Energy in autumn 2014.

Source: ISC Intelligence