Director General of the Research Institute for Development (IRD) in South Africa

Ambassador Jean-Marc Châtaigner, Director General of the Research Institute for Development (IRD) will visit South Africa on June 29 and 30 2015 for a workshop on "Remote Sensing and Malaria" to be held at the University of Pretoria.

Members of the media are invited to attend a press briefing hosted by Ambassador Châtaigner on June 29 at 10am at the University of Pretoria’s Plant Sciences Complex.

Châtaigner will meet with Daan du Toit, Deputy Director General in charge of international cooperation at the Department of Science and Technology, and Roeland van de Geer, Ambassador of the European Union in South Africa, with whom he will discuss the continuation of the European project ERAfrica. Coordinated by IRD between 2011 and 2014, this EU-funded project has fostered collaborations between Europe and Africa in the field of scientific and technological research, to promote innovation and development in the African continent.

Châtaigner will also meet:

  • Dr Maclean Sibanda, CEO of the Innovation Hub which hosts the CNRS-IRD joint office in South Africa, to discuss the preparation of Africa-Techno, a regional forum on the protection and valorization of inventions and access to innovative technologies in Africa through technology transfer. Africa Techno will take place in South Africa in november 2015;
  • Dr Aldo Stroebel, executive director in charge of international relations and cooperation with the National Research Foundation (NRF), in the context of the renewal of the cooperation agreements on science and innovation concluded between the NRF and the French research institutes;
  • Dr Sandile Malinga, CEO of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), to debrief the workshop "Remote Sensing and malaria";
  • Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Executive Secretary of NEPAD, in the framework of regional scientific cooperation;
  • The scientific counsellors of embassies of Member States and associated countries to the EU to address the issue of European scientific diplomacy in Africa.

Download the press release here.

publie le 25/06/2015

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