A conference to behold

Gert Onne van de Klashorst
Communications Officer, EDCTP


We welcome you to the much anticipated Cape Town conference on the second programme of the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP). This high-level meeting will be an important step in the consultations between African and international stakeholders on this second research funding programme that will run from 2014 till 2024

The conference that will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on Monday, 5 November 2012, will be attended by more than 200 invited representatives; a mixture from policy, industry, patient organisations, non-governmental organisations and the scientific community – mostly Africans and Europeans

The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).
Picture Credit: EDCTP

 

If your are unable to be in the legislative capital of South Africa in the extreme southwest part of the country on the Atlantic Ocean for this meeting, you can capture the proceedings through this blog and the internet video that will transmit sessions live

The South African Department of Science and Technology, the European Union and EDCTP are hosting the meeting that also marks the 15th anniversary of the Scientific and Technological Cooperation agreement between the Republic of South Africa and the European Union

The conference will be addressed by, among others, the South African Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom, the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and by the EDCTP High-Representative and former Prime Minister of Mozambique, Dr Pascoal Mocumbi

The discussions will focus on needs and expectations of all stakeholders regarding EDCTP-II. The meeting will also offer a platform for the endorsement of the programme and to announce commitment, especially of European and African countries. Moreover, there is need for close collaboration with the private sector, in particular with industry and private research funding organisations

In the coming days, enjoy the interesting blog posts on the topics discussed at the conference which will be provided by independent SciDev.Net journalists

To follow the live video of the sessions on 5 November, please follow this link:

http://results.antfarm.co.za/edctp/November_2012_01

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