African and European experiences in responsible research & open science: Towards a common vision?

17-18 March 2020 • Cape Town, South Africa

Welcome to our Cape Town workshop!

The African and European Experience in Responsible Research and Open Science in Health and Biosciences: Towards a Common Vision?


17th to 18th of March 2020


Protea Breakwater Lodge, Portswood Road,
V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Limited space available, apply before 31 January 2020.
Organisers will inform participants after the closing date.


Apply now!


Key speakers already confirmed include:

  • Lawrence Banks, Director-General, ICGEB
  • Daan du Toit, Deputy Director-General, South African Department of Science and Innovation
  • Mmboneni Muofhe, Deputy Director-General, South African Department of Science and Innovation
  • Sue Harrison, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town
  • Isabella Annesi-Maesano, INSERM Research Director, France
  • Carla Montesano, University of Rome Tor Vergata
  • Andrea Declich, University of Rome Tor Vergata
  • Vittorio Colizzi, University of Rome Tor Vergata
  • Tracey Naledi, Tekano and Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation
  • Maria Salvato, University of Maryland, USA
  • Nhlanhla Msomi, South African Biotechnology Specialist
  • Natasa Skoko, ICGEB
  • Doris Elster, University of Bremen
  • Ewa Łojkowska, University of Gdansk
  • Katarzyna Świerk, University of Gdansk
  • Izabela Raszczyk, University of Gdansk
  • Elena Buzan, University of Primorska
  • Pavel Ovseiko, University of Oxford
  • Dimitar Djilianov, Agrobioinstitute
  • Joe Cannataci, University of Malta & UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy

More speakers will be announced!

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Preliminary programme

17 March

Welcoming address

  • Daan du Toit, Deputy Director-General (International Cooperation and Resources), South African Department of Science and Innovation
  • Lawrence Banks, Director-General, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB)

Session 1

The RRI experiences, models and guidelines in Biosciences by the STARBIOS2 EU-Horizon 2020 Project

Chair: Luiz Zerbini, ICGEB

STARBIOS2: Models and guidelines in biosciences
    • Carla Montesano, University of Tor Vergata, STARBIOS2 coordinator
    • Andrea Declich, University of Tor Vergata
STARBIOS2: Responsible research and innovation experience
    • Doris Elster, University of Bremen, ‘RRI in Practice: Science Education as a trigger for structural change’
    • Ewa Łojkowska, Katarzyna Świerk, Izabela Raszczyk, University of Gdansk, ‘From a pilot action for Responsible Biosciences to a  University-wide strategic approach for Social Responsibility and Innovations’
    • Elena Buzan, University of Primoska, ‘Importance of RRI for future biodiversity (nature) conservation’
    • Pavel Ovseiko, University of Oxford, ‘Gender equity in research as an innovation challenge’
    • Dimitar Djilianov, Agrobioinstitute,  ‘Plant Biotech Information Center Of Agrobioinstitute: A Narrow Window To The Broad World Of Responsible Plant Science’

Session 2

African experiences of responsible research in health & biosciences, within the international context

Chair: Clive Gray, Department of Pathology, University of Cape Town

Towards global standards in the protection of Health Data
    • Joe Cannataci, University of Malta & UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy

    • Tracey Naledi, Public Health Specialist, Chairperson, Tekano Board
    • Sue Harrison,UCT Deputy Vice-Chanellor (Research and Internationalization) on inclusive science in Africa (or in particular South Africa)
    • Interventions from STARBIOS2 partners in South Africa, Brazil and the US
    • Mariet Wium, ICGEB Cape Town
    • Maria Salvato,University of Maryland

    18 March

    Session 3

    Responsible research: A common vision between Africa and Europe?

    Chair: Carla Montesano, University of Tor Vergata

      • Vittorio Colizzi, University of Tor Vergata
      • Isabella Annesi-Maesano, The Exposome Project


    Special event open to the Public

    Biosimilars: The benefit for Africa

    18th of March 2020, 18.00 to 21.00

    Centre of the Book, 62 Queen Victoria St, Cape Town City Centre,
    Cape Town, 8001

    Click here for more information (on ICGEB's website).