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Newsletter No 5, February 2015

Upcoming Events

IST-Africa 2015 Conference
5-8 May 2015, Malawi

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Focused on information society and ICT policy dialogues, international development and research cooperation and community building, each conference brings together senior representatives of leading public, private, education and research organisations from fifty countries to discuss policy, share insight and identify collaboration opportunities. The IST-Africa Conference series is part of the IST-Africa Initiative, co-funded under the European Framework Programme since 2005.

EU-Africa B2B Forum 2015
6-8 May 2015, Belgium

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The EU-Africa B2B Forum is a business event, which aims to bring together African and European professionals of the business world to discuss opportunities, expectations and needs. The EU-Africa B2B Forum will provide an adequate framework for exchanges and will enable contacts between professionals from African and European private sectors, but also between European businesses themselves. On the one hand, the forum promotes and stimulates the development of the African private sector. On the other, it is an opportunity for European companies to strengthen their positions on African markets through new commercial and industrial opportunities.

Recent Events

Visit of the ERC President to South Africa
13 January 2015, Pretoria, South Africa

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The Department of Science and Technology (DST) in collaboration with the National Research Foundation (NRF) hosted a seminar to present partnership opportunities between South Africa and the European Research Council (ERC) on the bilateral agreement between the ERC and the NRF which will be concluded in 2015. The purpose of the event was to present the role of the ERC and the opportunities it offers to South African researchers by the President of the ERC, Prof Jean-Pierre Bourguignon.

Niches to enhance EU-Africa Health Research Cooperation - Satellite Event to the EDCTP-2 Launch Conference
3 December 2014, Cape Town, South Africa

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The meeting homed in on the bi-regional health research cooperation impact analysis research that the CAAST-Net Plus project has currently developed in particular, selected African and European collaborative health research project coordinators had the opportunity to share learning and experiences with CAAST-Net Plus in order to strengthen the impact analysis. The event was organised by CAAST-Net Plus partners, the Council on Health Research for Development, South Africa's Department of Science and Technology, and the Spanish Foundation for International Cooperation Health and Social Affairs. It coincided with the launch of the second program of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trial (EDCTP2), took place from 1-3 December 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa.

ERAfrica Conference "Developing African-European Joint Collaboration for Science and Technology"
16-18 September 2014, Pretoria, South Africa

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The ERAfrica project, funded by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), held its closing conference in September in Pretoria. The conference was focused on the future cooperation of the ERAfrica consortium and the presentations of the funded ERAfrica projects by the respective project coordinators. With its funding of €10.7 million, a total of 17 collaborative projects were selected by ERAfrica from a competitive call. Projects focus on three areas: renewable energies, interfacing challenges, and new ideas. The initiative is widely seen as a successful collaborative funding model that has contributed to bi-regional research and innovation objectives. The conference was convened by IRD, DLR and South Africa's Department of Science and Technology, all ESASTAP plus partners.

Success stories

Research allows early warning for flash floods
Currently, there is a gap in our capacity to predict rainfall: meteorological models can forecast rainfall from six hours to few days in advance, while meteorological radars provide good short-term forecasts, up to two hours in advance. But the crucial window between two and six hours is a major challenge for rain and flash flood forecasts.

The IMPRINTS team developed a number of techniques to fill this gap. The result is an early warning operational platform that extends to hydrological warnings based on rainfall anticipated by meteorological models (a few days in advance) and by weather radar networks (a few hours in advance).

The platform is able to transform the information provided by the rainfall forecasts into hydrological forecasts, as well as to combine these hydrometeorological forecasts with information about vulnerability and flooding risks. Read on

Current Calls

Local researchers to benefit from opportunities under South Africa-European Research Council agreement
South African postdoctoral students interested in furthering their research and academic careers will have an opportunity to apply for prestigious grants under a new partnership agreement between South Africa and the European Research Council (ERC). The announcement of the SA-ERC agreement was made during a seminar hosted by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in collaboration with the National Research Foundation (NRF) to present opportunities for partnership between South Africa and the ERC. Read on

EDCTP Calls for Proposals | Deadline 16 April 2015
The EDCTP has published two new calls for proposals under its second programme. The call Strategic projects with major cofunding aims to provide cofunding to strategically important, large-scale research projects with the potential to achieve rapid advances in the field of PRDs and to make a significant contribution to the objectives of EDCTP2. The call for Improved treatment and clinical management of poverty-related diseases aims to provide funding to projects that aim to evaluate new or significantly improved drugs or drug regimens in humans or to optimise the efficacy and use of existing therapeutics for any of the PRDs targeted through this call. The deadline to submit letters of intent is 16 April 2015. Read on

Horizon 2020 Calls for Proposals – don't miss out

Two year work programmes announce the specific areas that will be funded by Horizon 2020. Look out for them on the online Participant Portal as they can be used as a calendar for the calls for proposals to be published during the year.

The Participant Portal is your entry point for electronic administration of EU-funded research and innovation projects, and hosts the services for managing your proposals and projects throughout their lifecycle. Access the portal


Technology transfer professionals promote innovation collaboration between SA and EU
ESASTAP Plus Short Term Exchange Programme (E+STEP) allows experienced Technology Transfer Professionals, representing their respective institutions, to share information and best practices in technology transfer.

Five successful applicants of E+STEP will visit their host institutions for a period of two weeks between October 2014 and July 2015. Four South African Technology Transfer Professionals (TTP) from University of Western Cape, University of the Witwatersrand, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and South African Nuclear Energy Corporation will travel to EU and one expert from the Queen Mary University of London will visit Stellenbosch University.

Details of the visit outcomes will be posted on the ESASTAP Plus website. Read on

Horizon 2020 made easy with multimedia

Horizon 2020 video - General overview

Find out more about Horizon 2020 in this three minute animation clip which will give you a general overview of the programme specifics.

Horizon 2020 video - How to apply?

This short video animation will guide you through the first steps you will need to take to apply to Horizon 2020.


This newsletter was compiled by the ESASTAP Plus project partners and edited at the
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