3 November 2022 17:00 at 18:30Science Diplomacy: EU-AU University Collaboration for Just and Sustainable Transition


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In the last ten years, the UNESCO Chair in Energy for Sustainable Development at the Politecnico di Milano has engaged in diverse multidisciplinary and transnational research and projects leveraging on collaborations with partners in developing countries, particularly in Africa. Research outcomes from the Chair have received international recognition and diffusion through collaborations with the International Energy Agency and the World Bank, among other multilateral and international organisations.

In view of taking a review and communicate the impact of the activities of the Chair in the last ten years, re-strategise and set the agenda for her next phase, the UNESCO Chair is organising a Colloquium with the theme “Science Diplomacy: EU-AU University Collaboration for Just and Sustainable Transition”. The colloquium seeks to explore the peculiarities, potentials and possibilities to expand the thematic, disciplinary and geographical scope by leveraging on partnerships and sharing know-how, facilities, innovative teaching and learning methods between EU-AU universities.


Welcome remarks – Emanuela Colombo, Chairholder, UNESCO Chair in Energy for Sustainable Development

Keynote Message “Energy for Just and Sustainable Transition: Rethinking Education and Shaping the Future” – Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO

“EU–AU Partnerships for a Common Agenda: The role of Academia” – Monica Ebele Idinoba, Principal Scientific Officer, African Union Commission; Piero Venturi, Science Counsellor to the African Union, Delegation of the European Union to the African Union

Panel Discussion: “EU-AU University Partnerships: Peculiarities, Potentials, Possibilities” – Leslie Zachariah-Wolff, Secretary General, IDEA League; Guido Zolezzi, Coordinator of CUCS-Italian Universities Coordination for Development Cooperation; representatives of ARUA – The African Research Universities Alliance; Izael Da Silva, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation, Strathmore University, Nairobi

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The event will be held in English

It will be possible to attend the event both in presence and online through this link (Meeting ID: 987 3406 0915 – Passcode: 371130)



3 November 2022
17:00 at 18:30


Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Energia, Sala Consiglio

Via Lambruschini, 4 - 20156 Milano - Edif. BL25


Politecnico di Milano