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Science at the United States-Africa Leaders' Summit in Washington DC

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On the 4th - 6th of August 2014, President Obama will host the 1st United States-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC. More than 45 African Heads of State, in addition to the Chair of the African Union, will participate in this high-level meeting. Under the theme “Investing in the Next Generation,” this landmark international event will provide an opportunity to establish a consolidated plan for future transcontinental cooperation across a wide array of areas, including:

  • Trade and investment

  • Development aid

  • Security and conflict resolution

  • Democracy and good governance

To contribute to this process, ISC will organize a seminar on the 4th August 2014 entitled “Science at the United States-Africa Leaders’ Summit,” which will explore the role of science, within the Summit objectives and broader Africa-US relations, as well as identify and promote methods for stimulating growth, driving cross-border exchanges and establishing an enabling environment for future generations.

With a particular emphasis on the importance of education, investment and human capital development, this panel-led discussion will cover the following thematic areas, amongst others, to promote science, technology and innovation in future Africa-US relations: 

  • Research infrastructures

  • ICT and Big Data

  • Health

  • Renewable energies

  • Science capacity building & outreach

This side event is scheduled to take place around the 1st United States-Africa Leaders’ Summit. For further information on the White House event, please consult the White House official website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/us-africa-leaders-summit 



When: 4 August 2014

Where: National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045

What to expect: A full-day panel series focused on promoting science capacity and cooperation initiatives to promote African sustainable development. The meeting will engage government leaders and ministers, members of industry, academics and scientists from both regions. 

Who should attend: Policy makers and officials, worldwide research community, representatives of academia, industry representatives, non-governmental organizations concerned with education, training and scientific research

Registration: Please see the form below

Contact/questions: Ms Sofia Geck






Science at the United States-Africa Leaders’ Summit


Monday, 4 August 2014

National Press Club

529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045






Mr Declan Kirrane, Chairman, ISC

Dr Mae Jemison, 100 Year Starship (100YSS)



Panel I: Robust Science Policy for U.S.-Africa Innovation Frameworks



Keynote Address:

Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson

Ranking Minority Member of the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space & Technology


Ms Barbara James

Henshaw Capital Partners, Nigeria.



Panel II: U.S.-Africa Collaboration against Infectious Diseases in a Global Context



Chair: Dr. Mae Jemison, 100 Year Starship



Transcontinental Science Collaboration: Models and Networks

Prof.  Rainer Fischer

IME Fraunhofer



Tuberculosis: Collaboration with European and African Institutions

Professor William Jacobs

Albert Einstein College, New York



Investment in Research Infrastructures to Build a Knowledge-based Economy in Africa

Prof. Kurt Zatloukal

Medical University of Graz



Emergency Care Systems Development and the growing Non-Communicable Disease Burden 

Dr. Terrence Mulligan DO, MPH



Coffee Break


NASA and USAID’s SERVIR Project: “Connecting Space to Village”

Mr. Daniel Irwin

NASA, SERVIR Project Director


Panel III: Advanced Sustainable Electricity and Energy Technologies for all. Inclusive Policies and Transnational Initiatives




Chair: Hon. Bart Gordon, K&L Gates LLP



Sustainable Energy for Africa: Problems and Potentials

Prof. Paul J. Sullivan

National Defense University, Federation of American Scientists, Georgetown University



U.S. International Cooperation: Clean Energy Research

Dr. Julio Friedmann

Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy



Public/private Sector Perspectives on STEM Education in Africa

Dr. Michelle Fox

Office of Energy and Renewable Energy (EERE), U.S. Department of Energy






Lunch Break


Panel IV: The Value of “Accessibility” in U.S.-Africa Science Collaboration.

Research Infrastructure & Data Management



Chair: Ms Barbara James

Henshaw Capital Partners, Nigeria



Labs and Scientific User Facilities: Grounds for U.S.-Africa Scientific Infrastructure Cooperation

Mr Robert Bectel

Senior Policy Advisor and Chief Technology Officer, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy



Big Data and Internet Accessibility

Dr. David A. Bray

Federal Communications Commission



Presentation by Mr. Kalev H. Leetaru

Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service Georgetown University



Panel V: “Investing in the Next Generation”

Collaborative Science for Human Capital Development in Africa


Chair: Prof. Kurt Zatloukal, Medical University of Graz


FDI Investments for Domestic Good

Chairman Michael Wotorson

National Investment Commission, Liberia


Venture Capital in Africa: Challenges & Opportunities

Ms. Barbara James

Henshaw Capital Partners, Nigeria


The Need for Global Acute Care Development 

Dr. Terrence Mulligan DO, MPH 




Coffee Break


Keynote Speech by:

Her Excellency Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology, South Africa


SKA for Africa: Capacity for the Next Generation

Dr. Bernard Fanaroff, Project Director at South African Square Kilometre Array Project (SKA)


Panel VI: Science for Society

Partnerships & Networks for Innovation


Chair: Mr. Declan Kirrane, ISC


Science Education and Public Outreach

Dr. Roosevelt Johnson

Acting Associate Administrator for Education, NASA


STEM Education to Promote Transnational Human Good

Dr. Mae Jemison

100 Year Starship


The Role of Small Businesses in Science Innovation

Mr. John Hale III

U.S. Department of Energy


The Role of Information and Communication Technology in Economic Development

Ms. Mindel De La Torre, Chief, International Bureau,

Federal Communications Commission


Creating a Global Emergency Medicine Initiative

Dr. Terrence Mulligan DO, MPH


Science Collaboration and Partnerships to Improve Food Security in Africa

Dr. William D. Provine

Director of Science and Technology External Affairs, DuPont


Conclusions & Discussion Wrap-up


Conclusions and next steps

Ms Barbara James, Henshaw Capital Partners, Nigeria

Dr Mae Jemison, 100YSS

Mr Declan Kirrane, ISC