- Welcome note
- Programme Committee
- Organising Committee
Welcome to the Eighth EDCTP Forum!
On behalf of the Organising and Programme Committees, it is with great pleasure that we invite you to take part in the Eighth EDCTP Forum, from 6-9 November 2016 in Lusaka, Zambia.
The biennial EDCTP Forum is one of the most prominent conferences on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other neglected infectious diseases prevalent in Africa and is expected to gather some 600 delegates. Since its first occasion, 12 years ago in Rome, Italy, the EDCTP Forum has become an opportunity for dialogue and the exchange of great ideas between scientists, policy makers, funders, donors and global health advocates in the field of clinical development of effective and accessible interventions against these poverty-related diseases.
The 2016 Forum comes at an exciting time when EDCTP has concluded its first programme (EDCTP1) and has started its second programme (EDCTP2). To date, the organisation has funded nearly 250 projects including 100 clinical trials and diagnostic studies, which were conducted in 30 different sub-Saharan African countries in collaboration with 14 European states and other partners. Many of these projects broke new ground and contributed to new national and international guidelines, registration of new medical products or regimens, and health research capacity development and networks. EDCTP2 is expected to build and expand on these achievements but also to sustain the capacity built in EDCTP1, ensure that the use of research findings is maximised and that public investments in research on poverty related diseases are wisely spent. The Eighth EDCTP Forum provides an opportunity to share experiences and further discuss how to effectively go about “Defeating poverty-related and neglected diseases in Africa: harnessing research for evidence-informed policies”, the theme of this year’s Forum.
The Eighth Forum is organised by EDCTP in partnership with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Zambia. Since 2014, the Republic of Zambia is a member of the EDCTP-Association and a Participating State in the EDCTP2 programme. We are very pleased its Ministry of Health has agreed to co-host the Forum in Lusaka, the geographic, commercial and metaphorical heart of the country.
We look forward to seeing you in Lusaka for a truly rewarding and exciting meeting.
|Dr Gabrielle Breugelmans Co-Chairperson EDCTP North-North Networking Manager||Dr Thomas Nyirenda Co-Chairperson EDCTP South-South Networking & Capacity Development Manager|
The EDCTP Forum is a biennial event that provides an international platform for the presentation and discussion of frontier research to address the burden of neglected, infectious, poverty-related diseases (PRDs)*, as well as capacity development and networking activities to support these goals.
The EDCTP Forum has developed into one of the major conferences on PRDs in Africa attracting a diverse audience, including representatives from research institutions and universities, the larger scientific community, health care providers, governments, regional bodies, regulators, civil society and public and private research and development partners.
The Eighth EDCTP Forum will be held from 6-9 November in Lusaka, Zambia. The Forum is co-hosted by the Zambian Ministry of Health and will take place at the Government Complex conference centre. The multidisciplinary nature of the conference will gather more than 500 representatives from different regions and research fields, providing an excellent opportunity for networking and to highlight and promote key activities of your institution, organisation or company to a targeted audience while contributing to EDCTP’s mission and conference goals.
At the Eighth Forum, EDCTP will award four international prizes dedicated to the promotion of scientific research, improved health and Africa-European collaboration. These awards are presented to outstanding individuals and research teams especially from Africa and Europe.
EDCTP will give the following four awards at the Eighth Forum:
- The Scientific Leadership Award is given to excellent world-class scientists working and residing in Africa up to 50 years of age. The prize (€10,000) should be used to further the research programme of the winner and may support activities such as supporting study visits and training attachments to collaborating institutions, data collection for baseline studies, conference and meeting attendance, and other relevant research-related activities.
- The Outstanding Female Scientist Award is given to excellent world-class female scientists working and residing in sub-Saharan Africa in the scope of EDCTP2. The prize (€20,000) should be used to further the research programmes of the winners and may support activities towards training and mentorship of the future generation of researchers in Africa.
- The Outstanding Research Team Award is given to outstanding research teams in Africa and Europe working on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected infectious diseases (NIDs) in the scope of EDCTP2. The prize (€50,000) should be used to further the research programmes of the winners and may support activities such as supporting study visits and training attachments to collaborating institutions, data collection for baseline studies, conference and meeting attendance, and other relevant research-related activities. The objective of this award is to encourage scientific/research excellence, translation of research into policy and practice, sustainable capacity development coupled with skills and technology transfer.
- The Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Prize aims to reward an individual for outstanding achievements in advancing health research and capacity development in Africa with a significant impact on the well-being of the African population. It is named after Pascoal Mocumbi, former Prime Minister of Mozambique and EDCTP’s first High Representative, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to fostering global partnerships in health research and his support for capacity strengthening in Africa.The prize (€50,000) will not only allow rewarding of specific achievements but will also raise awareness with the general public on the prize winner, their specific achievements, and the EDCTP2 programme. For this prize, see also the EDCTP website.
- Rules All awards are subject to the Model Rules of Contest under the EDCTP2 work plan (2015-2016).
- Organisation The EDCTP will directly launch and manage the contest and award the prizes based on the judgement of independent experts and the board members of the EDCTP Association.
- Eligibility All contestants must be a resident of a sub-Saharan African country, an EU Member State, or a country associated to the Horizon 2020 programme. The candidates will have to provide proof of eligibility and a written presentation of their achievements, which will be presented to an awards Panel for evaluation.
- Award criteria All eligible applications will be evaluated by an awards panel. The prizes will be awarded, after closure of the contest, to the contestant(s) who, in the opinion of the panel, best addresses the following criteria in their award category:
- Scientific Leadership Award: in addition to their achievements in the field and scientific excellence, the contestants should have made major contributions to the objectives of the EDCTP2 programme to strengthen research capacity in sub-Saharan Africa and to support South-South and North-South networking. This award has an age restriction of 50 years.
- Outstanding Female Scientist Award: the contestant must have been involved in research and innovation activities in sub-Saharan Africa within the scope of the EDCTP2 programme. Contestants should have made a significant scientific contribution and built measurable impactful research capacity through training and mentorship for the future generation of researchers/scientists in Africa. This award is restricted to female scientists and has no age restriction.
- Outstanding Research Team: this award recognises a consortium or group of partners who have achieved the goal of taking on EDCTP priority issues in poverty related diseases (PRDs). In collaboration, they have built effective and equitable South-North partnerships to answer the priority research questions, achieving high impact health-policy relevant deliverables, such as research data implemented into policy and practice, high impact publications and significant capacity and training outputs achieved in parallel with the local researchers in the settings where the research is actually conducted. Contestants should be actively involved in research, capacity development and networking in sub-Saharan Africa and Europe with outstanding achievements and scientific and policy impact in their respective fields.
- Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Award: achievements in promoting Africa-Europe partnerships in global health research, unique contribution to promoting and facilitating the clinical development of products for poverty-related diseases, achievements in advancing capacity development for health research in sub-Saharan Africa and achievements in promoting international networking of researchers, policy makers, funders and donors on poverty-related diseases (PRDs).
- Applications Applications must be submitted by the contestant (natural person) via the web-based submission forms available on EDCTPgrants. Applications for the Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Award is closed; applications for the Scientific Leadership Award, Outstanding Female Scientist Award and Outstanding Research Team Award will open in June 2016. Applications must clearly state the involvement of the contestants in the research and innovation activities within the remit of the EDCTP2 programme.
Dr Gabrielle Breugelmans North-North Networking Manager
Dr Thomas Nyirenda South-South Networking and Capacity Development Manager *
Dr Montserrat Blázquez-Domingo Senior Project Officer
Dr Christy Comeaux Project Officer
Nuraan Fakier Project Officer *
Jean Marie Vianney Habarugira Project Officer
Dr Michelle Helinski Project Officer
Shingai Machingaidze Project Officer*
Michelle Nderu Project Officer *
Dr Monique Rijks-Surette Senior Project Officer
Dr Michelle Singh Project Officer*
*Based in Cape Town
Dr Pauline Beattie Operations Manager
Dr Montserrat Blázquez-Domingo Senior Project Officer
Chris Bruinings Finance Officer
Ana Lúcia Cardoso North-North Networking Officer
Suzanne Hoogervorst Travel and Events Officer
Gert Onne van de Klashorst Communications Officer
Mariska Louw Senior Administrative Officer*
Lucien de Corte Information Technology Officer
Lara Pandya North-North Networking Officer
Daniela Pereira Communications Officer
Jennifer Stamatelos Administrative Officer
Erica Bass Communications Officer
*Based in Cape Town