The BioVision2018 Conference from 20 to 22 April 2018, Alexandria, Egypt, created excellent opportunities for scholars (incl. students) to engage in scientific dialogue across all disciplines, creating awareness of new trends. Through this conference the Library of Alexandria and the Egyptian scholarly community managed to take the building of a knowledge based society to the next level, with the conference attended by 2 500+ delegates, eager to learn and to engage with one another.
The conference addressed achieving the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) was proud to be a Bronze Sponsor and co-organiser of the session on “How open data can contribute to achieving the UN SDGs”, through ASSAf managing the African Open Science Platform project, funded by the SA Dept. of Science and Technology, with direction from CODATA (ICSU). The session brought together experts on open data policy, with the focus of two of the presentations on health science. Through this session ASSAf managed to prioritise open science and open data in Egypt, Egypt being a major player in science advancement and innovation.
An introduction was provided to AOSP and the role of data in achieving the SDGs, with a presentation on the need for open science (incl. data) policy on national level towards addressing the SDGs, by Prof Joseph Wafula, who is also the Chair of the AOSP Technical Advisory Board. The presentations from the session on open science and open data in health are available as follows:
- Open Data in Bioinformatics and Required Infrastructure towards achieving the SDGs/Prof Samar Kassim
- Open Data in Health Science: towards achieving the SDGs/Prof John Ataguba
- Open Science policy towards achieving the SDGs/Prof Muliaro Joseph Wafula
Dr Ismael Serageldin, founding director of the Library of Alexandria, is a valuable member of the African Open Science Platform project Advisory Council, and his visionary thinking of great value to the project. AOSP is looking forward strengthening ties and advancing the sharing of high quality research data in support of the UN SDGs between North Africa and the rest of Africa, connecting African research through data.
“The progress that you have made in such a short time is amazing. Congratulations. This is true science diplomacy in action.” – Prof Roseanne Diab
The photo below was taken following the presentation of the AOSP Open Science Session during BioVision2018. On the photo: Samar Kassim, Hanan Mounir (personal assistant to Dr Serageldin, Head of the Corporate Secretariat at the Library of Alexandria), Ina Smith, Dr Ismail Serageldin (founder of the Library of Alexandria & AOSP Advisory Council Member), Mohamed El Faham, Joseph Wafula.