Ethics and Principles of Science and Society Policy-Making

Moderator: Mr Aidan Gilligan, SciCom

Panelist: Prof Sarah Agbor, African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology

Panelist: Dr Anne Cambon-Thomsen, University of Toulouse

Panelist:  Prof. Roseanne Diab, Academy of Sciences of South Africa (ASSAf)

Panelist: Prof Julian  Kinderlerer, University of Cape Town

Panelist: Mr Solly Ratamaene, Sefako Makgatho Health Science University

Panelist: Mr Robert-Jan  Smiths, Research and Innovation (RTD) at the European Commission

Prof Sarah Agbor, African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology

Professor SARAH MBI ENOW ANYANG AGBOR is the African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology (elected in July 2017) which consists of: Education, Youth and Capacity Development and Science and Technology. Before being elected, she was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Research, Cooperation and Relations with the Business World (DVC-RCB), University of Bamenda-North West Region of Cameroon. As DVC-RCB she promoted research; efficiently and effectively managed the University’s educational and research programs as well as oversee initiatives and action plans in the University’s Research Strategic Planning.

She has served as Inspector of Academic Affairs No 1. at the Ministry of Higher Education, Cameroon during which she was responsible for evaluation and monitoring of Higher Education Institutions in Cameroon in strategic leadership, academic planning and quality, teaching and learning. She was the Focal Point for Pan African University; Conference of Ministers of Education in Africa (COMEDAF); Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers and most of all UNESCO. Moreover, she represented the Cameroon Minister of Higher Education in several capacities.

Prof. Sarah ANYANG AGBOR is a Cameroonian and Professor of African and Commonwealth Literatures. She has authored three text books and over thirty peer reviewed book chapters and scientific publications.


Anne Cambon-Thomsen, MD, immunogeneticist

Anne Cambon-Thomsen, MD, immunogeneticist, specialised in human biology and health ethics, is Emeritus Research Director at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in a joint Unit on epidemiology and public health of the National Institute of health and medical research (Inserm)  and University of Toulouse, France.  She worked on human genetic variation in populations and diseases, transplantation immunogenetics, then societal and policy aspects of genomics and biotechnologies. She entered Inserm in 1976, completed a post-doctorate in Denmark 81-82 and became research director at CNRS in 88. She directed two research units (85-97) in Toulouse, then led an interdisciplinary team on societal aspects of biotechnology for health and a platform of societal dialogue (1998-2016).  With experience in national and European ethics bodies and projects on ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of research, she co-directed the Common Service ELSI of BBMRI-ERIC, the European infrastructure on biobanking and biomolecular resources 2015-17. She is member of the European Group on Ethics of Science and New Technologies (EGE) and the ESOF 2018 Champion. She co-pilots the working group « Ethics, regulation, society » of the French plan « Genomic medicine 2025 ».


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