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AERAP is a response to the call of the European Parliament, through the adoption of its Written Declaration 45 “on Science Capacity Building in Africa: promoting European-African radio astronomy partnerships”. This call was repeated by the Heads of State of the African Union, through their decision “Assembly/AU/Dec.407 CXVIII”, for radio astronomy to be a priority focus area for Africa—EU cooperation. The European Parliament and African Union recognise radio astronomy as a driver of technological development in a wide range of research and industry sectors. Africa-EU collaboration in radio astronomy can open new innovation opportunities in these sectors for companies and research institutes across both continents. Stakeholders from these communities have set up the African-European Radio Astronomy Platform (AERAP).

AERAP will organise the “Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Summit” on the 15th to 17th of June 2021.

Monica Di Luca, EBC President, will participate in a panel on 15 June at 17:30 – 16:30 opened by Maria Cristina Messa, Italian Minister for Universities and Research.

More information on the panel here.