“Remote sensing and malaria” workshop

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, Prof Cheryl de la Rey and the Ambassador of France to South Africa, HE Elisabeth Barbier kindly invite you to participate in a workshop on Remote sensing and Malaria.


As the tele-epidemiology concept could be a lever to address the malaria epidemics in Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region, a bilateral discussion was engaged between the University of Pretoria Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control (UP CSMC) and the CNES, to explore the potential of a joint research project using remote sensing to help prevent malaria spread. Research activities between the UP CSMC and French partners could focus on the elaboration of malaria predictive risk maps to investigate impacts of climate variability and changes on the occurrence and intensity of malaria epidemics.

The objective of the conference is to draw together the key players of the project in order to identify partners particularly suitable for the cooperation, define the boundary conditions of the research programme and explore funding opportunities.

The workshop will bring together experts in science and health to investigate the link between climate and vector-borne diseases, gathering scientists from French research institutions (CNES, UMR Espace-Dév-IRD, Laboratoire d’Aérologie of the Midi-Pyrénées Observatory, etc.), South African partners (Centre for Sustainable Malaria Control of the University of Pretoria, SANSA, South African Department of Health and Malaria Research Unit, Medical Research Council, etc.) and other partners from the region (University of Zimbabwe, Pasteur Institute of Madagascar, etc.).

Ambassador Jean-Marc Châtaigner, Director General of the Research Institute for Development (IRD) will also participate in the workshop.

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.

This workshop is a side-event for the UNESCO International Scientific Conference "Our common future under climate change" that will take place in Paris in July 2015.

Date: 29 and 30 June 2015
Time: 08:30 – 18:00
Venue: Pretoria – University of Pretoria (UP)
RSVP to attend the conferences on 29 June (subject to availability): taneshka.kruger@up.ac.za

publie le 02/07/2015

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