Symposium: Establishing Europe-Africa academic collaborations



An innovative symposium about effective ways to develop and strengthen institutional connections with the Global South


We will discuss Advantages, Difficulties, Examples, and New Opportunities, with many invited speakers!

June 1st, Science Park, University of Amsterdam 




  • 13.30 Introduction

Diletta Martinelli Fostering Mathematics in the Global South 

Assistant professor, Faculty of Science – University of Amsterdam

Tiago Matos Global Health

Dermatologist & Research Fellow - Amsterdam University Medical Center (UvA) & Clinical Research Director - Sanofi


  • 13.40 The value of Africa-Europe collaborations - Africa's perspective

David Ssevviiri, Associate Professor in Algebra at Makerere University, Uganda. Leader of the Eastern Africa Algebra Research Group.


  • 14.00 The value of Africa-Europe collaborations - Europe's perspective 

Balázs Szendrői, Professor of Algebraic Geometry at the University of Vienna. Vice-Chair of the Committee for Developing Countries from the European Mathematics Society.


  • 14.20 Establishing collaborations: Examples of successful ongoing projects  

Dominic Bunnett, Researcher. Berlin, Techische Universitat Berlin and lecturer at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.


  • 14.40 Coffee break 


  • 15.10 Challenges and future directions 

Frehiwot Daba, Dermatologist and Head of the Dermatovenereology Department, Saint Paul's Hospital Millennium Medical College, Ethiopia.  


  • 15.40 Experiences from the Afrika Platform at Ghent University

Annelies Verdoolaege - Coordinator Africa Platform of Ghent University Association, Belgium.  


  • 16.00 Collaboration with the National Research Foundation of South Africa

Jacomijn Verbruggen-Zoutewelle - Dutch Research Council (NWO)


  • 16:20 Conclusion and concrete future directions


  • 16:45 - 18:00 Networking session with drinks and snacks


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