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African Science, Technology and Innovation Forum (Second Session)

Monday, February 24, 2020, Victoria Falls
Session 6: Open Science (Coordinated by UNESCO) | Monday, 24 February 2020

Open Science is increasingly seen as “Science for the Future” and the “Future of Science”. Science is not necessarily accessible by all, inclusive and readily available. Science can contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNESCO was tasked to lead a global dialogue on Open Science, to identify globally-agreed norms and practices in order to create a standard-setting instrument.

The session will address what open science means for Africa, the challenges and opportunities for making science accessible to all, assess the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, and identify concrete measures advance science in Africa

Opening Rremarks By

  • Jean-Paul Adam, Director, Technology, Climate Change and Natural Resources Management, UN ECA Economic Commission for Africa.
  • Dr Shamila Nair-bedouelle, Assistant Director General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO

Round Table “Towards a Global Consensus on Open Science”

  • Dr Khotso Mokhele, Chancellor, University of the Free State, South Africa; Chair of the Advisory Council of the African Open Science Platform
  • Dr Wilhelmina Quaye, Director Science and Technology Policy Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and industrial Research (CSIR-STEPRI), Ghana
  • Dr Mahama Ouedraogo, Director of Human Resources Science and Technology at African Union Commission 

Moderator: Peggy Oti-boateng, Director, Science Policy and Capacity Building Division, UNESCO

Rapporteur: Samuel Partey / Martiale

3:50 PM - 5:50 PM