Trieste, Italy, 5 - 7 November 2015

Sharing Knowledge across the Mediterranean Conference (10)

There can be no sustainable development if we ignore the aspirations of a growing part of humanity, living to the South and East of the Mediterranean Sea, to have access to the basic living standards we enjoy in European countries. Our ambition is to reinstate cooperation and dialogue around the Mediterranean, which has become the most unequal border on earth and a cemetery for many migrants fleeing war and poverty. The major transformations that Africa and the Middle East are undergoing are not fully appreciated. Crises, wars and poverty in Africa and the Middle East hide a new reality; these regions are evolving to become promising markets with a growing young urban middle class. No company or government strategy should ignore this development. Our Foundation “Sharing Knowledge” responds to the challenges of this emergence.

We invite you: engineers, scientists, senior administrators, CEOs, bankers and financiers, to share and discuss your most innovative solutions to address these pressing challenges during our 10th annual conference.

Our 10th conference was articulated around 3 themes:

  • Reinforcing the foundations of development in Africa and Mena
  • Responding to fundamental human needs
  • Fighting the digital and the knowledge divides

The conference welcomed participants from 23 African, European and Middle Eastern countries.

Documents to be consulted: Recommendations from the SKF Conference at the ICTP

Program

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16h30

Opening and Welcome Session

10 YEARS OF THE “SHARING KNOWLEDGE FOUNDATION”

Sharing Knowledge Foundation
Ibn-Zohr University

17h15

Presentation of ICTP

ICTP (International Centre for Theoretical Physics)

17h45

The migrant crisis: understanding European policy?

Interview

TNS-SOFRES

Reinforcing the foundations of development in Africa and Mena

09h00

Governance and accountability in Africa

Round table

Accountability Lab
Instituto Superior de Administração Pública
African Development Bank

10h15

Transport and Energy in Africa: keys of development

Round table

Alstom International
Isis Development

11h30

The participation of women in the workforce in Africa and MENA

Round table

Université de Tunis El-Manar
KBA Innovation
FSEG of Sfax

Responding to fundamental human needs

14h00

Innovative solutions for access to sanitation

Round table

Cranfield University
Training, Research and Networking for Development (TREND)...

15h30

How to feed growing urban population in Africa

Round table

Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology

16h45

Development of health infrastructures with a long-terme perspective

Round table

Mohammed VI Hospital
Ethiopian Ministery of Health

18h00

Water sharing and cooperation in Israel, Palestine and Jordan

Round table

European Desalination Society
Hydrology Group
Jordanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation
Israel Water Authority

Fighting the digital and knowledge divides

09h00

The end of the digital divide?

Round table

Académie Hassan II
University Abdou Moumouni

10h00

Addressing the knowledge divide in Africa: what role for higher education?

Round table

University Abdou Moumouni
Université de Lorraine
Université Hassan II de Casablanca
Bibliotheca Alexandrina et Erasmus

11h00

Science for peace

 

 

Sharing Knowledge Foundation / CERN
Sharing Knowledge Foundation
King’s College London

11h15

Training and knowledge sharing at CERN

German Physical Society, Council of SESAME

11h30

SESAME: regional scientific cooperation in the Middle East

Round table

Synchrotron SOLEIL / France
Tel Aviv University

12h00

Innovation and fundamental science in Africa

12h30

General discussion and preparation of recommendations

14h00

End of conference