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AERAP welcomes the European Development Days as an opportunity to align big data cloud initiatives for science between Africa and Europe.

Enhancing European - African science cloud cooperation

Brussels 14 June 2016: The African European Radio Astronomy Platform (AERAP) welcomes the emphasis placed by the European Union and development partners on science and technology within the context of the European Development Days which take place in Brussels on 15th- 16th June 2016. Science, technology and innovation (STI) are crucial for moving the world on to a sustainable path and are fundamental tools in implementing the 2030 Agenda. STI are some of the main drivers not only of productivity increases, economic growth and prosperity, but also of environmental sustainability. They can lead to new and more sustainable ways to satisfy human needs, empowering people to drive their own future. Investments in STI are vital to promote growth and employment, improve competitiveness and identify and address pressing global societal challenges such as climate change, affordable renewable energy, infectious diseases and food security. The European Parliament’s Written Declaration on “Science Capacity Building in Africa: promoting European African radio astronomy partnerships” recognises science capacity in general and radio astronomy in particular as key enablers for scientific development. In addition, the April 2016 Communication of the European Commission entitled “European Cloud Initiative: building a competitive data and knowledge economy in Europe” recognises the amount and variety of data being produced globally created by billions of people using digital devices and services for personal and professional reasons. This big data phenomenon creates new possibilities to share knowledge and to carry out research and development as well as implement public policies. The data revolution is global and the radio astronomy community, which is also global, can play a key role in developing the capacities and the necessary human capital to support and align future engagement between Europe and Africa on data. AERAP, SKF Africa and other African and Europe partners will work across the scientific community to develop the cloud capacity for Africa and look forward to exploiting the opportunities for cooperation and collaboration presented by the European Cloud Initiative and the related data infrastructure. For further information, please contact: Declan Kirrane AERAP 14B Rue de la Science, B-1040 +32 494 346040 Editor’s Note The African-European Radio Astronomy Platform (AERAP): AERAP is a response to the calls of the European Parliament, through the adoption of the Written Declaration 45/2011, and of the Heads of State of the African Union, through their decision “Assembly/AU/Dec.407 CXVIII”, for radio astronomy to be a priority focus area for Africa-EU cooperation. AERAP is a stakeholder forum of industry, academia and the public sector established to define and implement priorities for radio astronomy cooperation between Africa and Europe. The overall goals of the platform are to leverage radio astronomy, advance scientific discovery, improve knowledge transfer and stimulate competitiveness across both continents. The platform will also enable effective dialogue to build a shared vision for international cooperation in radio astronomy. Further information on AERAP:


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