The eI4Africa and iMENTORS partnerships are very pleased to welcome a new associated organisation to the eI4Africa/iMentors joint conference on the theme “e-Infrastructures for Africa: Gateways to the Future” that will take place on October 29, 2014, in Brussels, Belgium.


CAAST-Net Plus is a network of 25 partner organisations from all over Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, working together to support bi-regional cooperation in research and innovation. Building on the activities and outputs of the CAAST-Net project (2008-2012), CAAST-Net Plus aims to:


  • Encourage more and better bi-regional STI cooperation for enhanced outcomes around topics of mutual interest, and particularly in relation to the global societal challenges of climate change, food security and health.
  • Foster discussion among stakeholders for gathering informed opinion and experience about the bi-regional cooperation process, formulating and disseminating it in such a way as to be admissible to the formal bi-regional STI policy dialogue process and to programme owners.



CAAST-Net Plus will make invaluable contributions to the quality and scope of the Africa-Europe STI relationship for mutual benefit through:


  • informing the bi-regional policy dialogue for mutual learning and awareness
  • building support for coordinated and innovative approaches to bilateral funding of bi-regional cooperation around global challenges
  • brokering the public-private relationship to foster improved uptake and translation of bi-regional research partnership outputs into innovative technologies, good and services
  • providing dedicated mechanisms to encourage bi-regional research partnerships


CAAST-Net Plus is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development and it will run from 2013 to 2016.


The “e-Infrastructures for Africa: Gateways to the Future” Conference at a glance.