ICGEB Cape Town: EU project workshop on Responsible Research and Open Science

ICGEB Cape Town is organising the Final Workshop of the EU STARBIOS2 project on RRI

The Workshop, entitled: “African and European Experiences in Responsible Research and Open Science: Towards a Common Vision”, originally scheduled to be held in Cape Town, South Africa on 17-18 March 2020, will take place later this year. Culminating the work of the 12-partner strong EU project consortium STARBIOS2 on Enhancing Responsible Biosciences, the workshop is being organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB).

STARBIOS2 (starbios2.eu) is an EU funded project, coordinated by the University of Rome – Tor Vergata (UNITOV),  aimed at implementing the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) approach in research institutions to produce effective structural change, through 6 Action Plans in Europe and the other 3 in the US, Brazil and South Africa. A model and guidelines have been elaborated, based on the Action Plans feedback and experience, to facilitate the implementation of responsible research in other research institutions.

This workshop is a special occasion to discuss the relationship between science, innovation and society, and to explore possible cooperation strategies among research centers of different continental areas, with a particular focus on both Africa and Europe.

The workshop foresees three sessions, devoted to:
1. The RRI experiences, models and guidelines in Biosciences by the STARBIOS2 EU-Horizon 2020 Project
2. African experiences of responsible research in Health & Biosciences, within the international context 
3. Responsible research: A common vision between Africa and Europe?

A special event, open to the public, is also foreseen, on “Bio-similars: the benefit for Africa”. This will also mark the introduction of ICGEB Science & the City communication model on the international arena.

Key speakers confirmed thus far at the workshop include: Lawrence Banks, Director-General, ICGEB, Daan du Toit, Deputy Director-General, South African Department of Science and Innovation, Mmboneni Muofhe, Deputy Director-General, South African Department of Science and Innovation, Sue Harrison, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town, Joe Cannataci, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy,  Isabella Annesi-Maesano, INSERM Research Director, France, Nhlanhla Msomi, South African Biotechnology Specialist, Carla Montesano, University of Rome Tor Vergata,  Vittorio Colizzi, Interdisciplinary UNESCO Chair on Biotechnology and Bioethics, Evangelic University of Cameroon, Bandjoun and the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Tracey Naledi, Tekano and Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation and Natasa Skoko, ICGEB

Further details available at: https://starbios2.eu/capetown/

Applications are open!