Each year, AFRAN runs an annual National Forum to exhibit and discuss current cooperation and areas of future cooperation upscaling potential. The theme for 2020 is “Oceania: a strategic arena for collaboration and navigation of 21st Century research and innovation challenges”.
This year, the annual forum will be held over two days, on December 8 and 9, 2020, and will be hosted by the AFRAN Pacific Hub in Nouméa (New Caledonia) and online*. It will discuss Pacific topics and Australia-Pacific relations/cooperations. This event will display current collaborations, facilitate the development of new connections, and discuss new opportunities.
December 8 - DAY 1:
4.45-5.00 pm Registration, Coffee and tea
- A/Prof Katherine Deniell, AFRAN President
- Mr. Jean-Pierre Tébaut, Ambassador of France in Australia
- Eléonore Laine-Forrest, Présidente de la Commission des Relations Internationales, Université de Nouvelle Calédonie
- Cameron Diver, SPC Deputy Director General
5.30-5.45pm Keynote: The COVID-19 pandemic in Oceania – lessons and perspectives -- Yann BARGUIL, CHT Noumea
5.45-7.45pm Discussion panel, Cooperating in Oceania: what research and innovation cooperation responses are possible?
December 9 - DAY 2 (delivered online):
9.15-10.45 am Parallel Thematic workshops:
- Livelihoods & Resources
- Health cooperation
- Culture, knowledge and environment
- AFRAN mechanisms to support the cooperation.
11.00-11.50 am Plenary exchange and development of an AFRAN Oceania hub roadmap
12.15-12.45 am AFRAN AGM (members only)
*To register: Please select tickets for DAY 1 for either in-person or online attendance.