Invitation to the EDCTP-AIGHD Special Session at the Virtual Global Forum on TB Vaccines: Launch of a Global Roadmap

Invitation to the EDCTP-AIGHD Special Session at the Virtual Global Forum on TB Vaccines: Launch of a Global Roadmap


Accelerating TB vaccine research and development: launch of a global roadmap

Tuesday, 20 April 2021 |  18:00-19:30 CEST

The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) has commissioned the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) to develop a Global TB Vaccine R&D Roadmap to identify priorities to coordinate global action to accelerate the development and implementation of new TB vaccines. The Roadmap has been developed through an iterative global consultative process designed to identify the key barriers to TB vaccine R&D and implementation, and potential ways in which they might be overcome. It is intended to provide a shared set of priorities to guide the activities of all stakeholders with an interest in TB vaccine development and use.

AIGHD and EDCTP are pleased to invite the global TB vaccine community and interested stakeholders to attend the official launch of the Roadmap. This special session hosted by the Virtual Global Forum on TB Vaccines opens with an introduction to the Roadmap, followed by an overview of current challenges and opportunities for TB vaccine R&D, and the perspective from a community representative. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with a diverse group of stakeholders, each sharing their comments on the Roadmap, their views on how they are planning to use it, and how they consider it can guide the future development of TB vaccines.



  • Mark Hatherill, South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI)
  • Matteo Zignol, Global TB Programme, World Health Organisation (WHO)


  • Frank Cobelens, Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD)
  • Willem Hanekom, Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI)
  • Blessina Kumar, Global Coalition of TB Activists (GCTA)
  • Michael Makanga, Executive Director, EDCTP


18:00 – 18:05 Welcome, opening remarks and introduction from the chair(s)

Mark Hatherill, SATVI and Matteo Zignol, WHO

18:05 – 18:15 The TB Vaccine R&D Roadmap: actions and enabling considerations

Frank Cobelens, AIGHD

18:15 – 18:35 Opportunities for TB Vaccine R&D

Willem Hanekom, AHRI

18:35 – 18:45 A community perspective on the TB Vaccine R&D Roadmap

Blessina Kumar, GCTA

18:45 – 18:50 Q&A session


18:50 – 19:20 Feedback from panel

Videlis Nduba (KEMRI), Ann Ginsberg (Gates Foundation), Birgitte Giersing (WHO), Rajinder Suri (DCVMN), Agnès Saint-Raymond (EMA)

19:20 – 19:25 Q&A and feedback from participants


19:25 – 19:30 Next steps and closing remarks

Michael Makanga, EDCTP

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Closing the skills gap for young researchers through innovation and entrepreneurship training

Closing the skills gap for young researchers through innovation and entrepreneurship training

Leiden, 12 March 2021

The EU-funded project SKIES (Skilled, Innovative and Entrepreneurial Scientists) will train astronomy graduate students in transferable skills for academia and industry. SKIES integrates open science, social innovation and entrepreneurship topics. The project kicked off on 1 March and will run for 18 months.

Innovative thinking and knowledge of open science are assets for any research career. However, given that approximately 10% of astronomy doctoral graduates will remain in academia1,2,3, there is a real need to ensure that the skills graduate students are equipped with can be transferred effectively to the workforce and a skills gap is averted. The employment opportunities of graduate students can be enhanced through knowledge of entrepreneurship by bringing a range and depth of expertise beyond traditional academic programmes to employers. Graduates can then utilise this additional expertise in careers benefitting both the public and private sectors.

500 graduate students

SKIES will be implemented in astronomy research organisations in Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and South Africa, reaching 500 astronomy graduate students and young researchers. A Train-the-Trainer programme will build the capacity of the teaching staff in each partner country so that they have the knowledge and tools to continue the programme beyond the lifetime of the project.

Online training

Astronomy is an open, collaborative and international research field, training students in diverse skills ranging from theoretical approaches and big-data science to observations and laboratory work. This presents a unique opportunity to build on the existing programme and integrate a modern skills course. The SKIES training will consist of three modules co-created by academic and industry partners: one on open science and Responsible Research and Innovation; one on open innovation and entrepreneurship; and a career-oriented masterclass including mentoring. To support the project partners and other organisations interested in running similar courses, online training will be made available in the form of a mini Online Open Course (mOOC). This mOOC will remain available after the project has ended to ensure its impact and legacy.

Sustainable Development Goals

SKIES is a project of the International Astronomical Union’s European Regional Office of Astronomy for Development (IAU E-ROAD). It aspires to contribute to sustainable development and the United Nations’s Sustainable Development Goals through astronomy with a special focus on education and capacity building. The skills training of SKIES falls under the strategic goals regarding capacity building, by training a generation of astronomers that will conduct responsible and open research, and is able to employ their skills for societal and economical benefit in non-academic settings.

The Leiden-based IAU E-ROAD will develop the training modules, in cooperation with the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, Stichting dotSPACE and five astronomy higher education institutes.

Additional Information and links Project summary:

Contact information

Michelle Willebrands

H2020 SKIES Project Manager



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ICR Success Story: EUREKA & COVID-19

ICR Success Story: EUREKA & COVID-19

Waterlab in Partnership with KWR Research Institute in the Netherlands to optimise methods for early detection of the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in communities.

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Young African Leaders Programme

Young African Leaders Programme

EU DG INTPA (International Partnerships) in partnership with the EUI’s School of Transnational Governance has launched the Young African Leaders Programme, a three-month fully-funded fellowship that will take place in Florence between September and November 2021.

This is a pilot programme that provides a unique opportunity for policy professionals from Africa to further develop their competencies and skills in an international environment amidst scholars and practitioners.

The call for applications is open to African civil servants, journalists, entrepreneurs and NGO practitioners with a keen interest in and commitment to transnational policy issues and programmes relevant to African countries, including green transition, trade and regional governance, gender, digital technology and sustainability.

The Programme targets mid-career, high potential policy-makers, diplomats, and professionals from Africa, working in national and local authorities, regional, continental, international organisations and development partners, civil society organisations, academia, media and private sector, in Africa. More precisely, the Programme is open to young female and male professionals, mid-career and executives alike, who are nationals of African countries, residing in Africa and are under the age of forty-five who hold a Master’s degree in Economics, Social Sciences, Public Administration, Development, Business Administration, Law or other relevant field.

The deadline for application is the 31th of March 2021 and all relevant information are available at this link


Eureka Clusters AI Call 2021 – Submission Deadline 18 June 2021

Get your AI innovation funded by participating in our Eureka Clusters AI Call 2021 (Submission Deadline 18 June 2021)

Thirteen countries have allocated budget to support your ground-breaking Artificial Intelligence innovations!

Why participate?

  • Benefits of participating in the Eureka Clusters AI Call 2021 include:
  • An expected success rate of 30%
  • A large network of organisations from countries in Europe and beyond (incl. Singapore, South Africa, South Korea and Turkey)
  • A flexible programme with bottom-up and market-driven idea generation, initiated by businesses and knowledge institutes
  • Free coaching from experts throughout the development and the execution of your project

Artificial Intelligence Call Details

Eureka Clusters AI Call 2021!

Important Dates
  • Call opening: 1 March 2021
  • Submission deadline: 28 June 2021
  • Participating Eureka Clusters:
  • ITEA,
Who can participate?
  • Large enterprise,
  • SMEs,
  • RTOs and
  • Academia

Submit your application

On the AI Call 2021 website you can find the access link to the AI Call portal, the submission template, the (national) eligibility criteria, and funding details for each country. Each partner should contact their national funding body as early as possible to verify their eligibility. The AI Call portal includes a project idea tool, partner search and project (proposal) area.

Click here to proceed to the application portal

Brokerage event & national webinars

To help you create your project and build your consortium, a Eureka Clusters AI Call 2021 Brokerage event will be organised in April. More information and the invitation to the event will follow soon.

In addition to the brokerage event, national funding bodies from the participating countries are organising national webinars with country-specific information. Dates and details about these events will soon be available on the Call website.

Click here to Join Events

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Young African Leaders Programme

Young African Leaders Programme

The European University Institute (EUI) launched the Young African Leaders Programme at the School for Transnational Governance. Selected mid-career civil servants, journalists, entrepreneurs and NGO practitioners from Africa with an interest in cross-border policy issues will receive three-month in-residence training in Florence. The pilot initiative is financed by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Partnerships. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2021.


Please see link below to the details of the Young African Leaders Program.

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COST Informational Newsletter – February 2021

COST Informational Newsletter – February 2021

COST Online Info Day – Inspiring New Participants for 2021

Joining a COST Action can initiate prospects beyond networking opportunities and research advancements. To keep fostering such openings and to encourage researchers to participate in COST activities, COST held an online Info Day on Tuesday 23 February to present and stress the many benefits of pan-European networking.

Click here to read more about this and other COST Actions



IST-Africa 2021 – Advance Programme / Early Bird Registration up to 31 March

Hosted by the Government of South Africa through the Department of Science and Innovation, Supported by the European Commission (EC) and African Union Commission (AUC), and Technical Co-Sponsored by IEEE, IST-Africa 2021 (10 – 14 May) is the sixteenth in an annual series of Ministerial Level Technology Research and Innovation Conferences hosted by Africa Governments.

Due to the unprecedented circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic and based on the success of IST-Africa 2020, to protect the health and well being of IST-Africa Community Members, IST-Africa 2021 will take place as a virtual event from 10 – 14 May.

IST-Africa 2021 is Technical Co-Sponsored by IEEE Africa Council, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology, IEEE Education Society, IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society, IEEE South Africa Section, IEEE Tunisia Section, IEEE Uganda Section and IEEE UK and Ireland SSIT Chapter.

IST-Africa Week 2021 will provide a world-class international forum to showcase existing and emerging technology-enabled Research, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Development and ICT4D activities and capacity in Africa, Europe and the rest of the world.

The IST-Africa 2021 Conference Programme combines strategic keynote presentations, technical papers, policy papers and case studies. It also provides an opportunity to identify potential partners for future research and innovation cooperation under Horizon Europe, and other international funding programs.

Advance Programme

The IST-Africa 2021 Advance Programme incorporates 30 thematically focused sessions featuring over 120 presenters from the public, private, education, research and societal organisations from 24 countries.

Thematic areas addressed include: CyberSecurity; Collaborative Open Innovation and ICT-enabled Entrepreneurship; Global Development; Content Technologies; eHealth; eGovernment; Societal Implications of Technology; Next Generation Computing; eInfrastructures; ICT Supporting Power Delivery; Technology-enhanced Learning and eAgriculture and Environmental Sustainability.

View Advance Programme at – click on Printable Version to review Session Details


Presenter registration is available up to 12 March and Early bird delegate registration up to 31 March. See for more details

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