African Research and Education Day

01.11.2024 08:30 - 18:00

Welcome to the African and Education Day!

The seminar is organised in Turku on 1 November with the aim to bring together academic experts from various and multidisciplinary fields who can represent diverse voices and are actively engaged in research. The seminar provides a platform to demonstrate examples of excellent collaboration between Finland and African countries and to discuss the importance and measures for success of research collaboration. The event is a great opportunity for networking, knowledge sharing and talking about best-practice in innovation through mutual, responsible and sustainable partnerships.

The seminar is the end seminar of the FAPI network and focused on fostering innovations through collaboration with African partners, especially in joint research projects, innovative education cooperation and co-creative social innovation projects. The FAPI network connects 26 Finnish higher education institutions and encourages research cooperation and collaboration with African counterparts.

The sign up will open in the autumn 2024. 

How to arrive to Turku?


VR (when booking the trains, choose the stop at Kupittaa)

(Click on the map to open the route)


Matkahuolto (Stop: Turun yliopistollinen keskussairaala)

Onnibus (Stop: yliopisto)

(Click on the map to open the route)

Preliminary programme (will be updated soon!)

On-site event only

(Please note, changes are possible.)

Poster exhibition in the lobby
(all day)
Do you want to present a poster? Please e-mail to
9:00 –10:20 8:30 Registration opens and refreshments by FAPI 

Upon the registration we will guide you to the Side Event locations.

Side events 9-10:20 (choose one) 

Do you want to have a side event? Please e-mail to 

10:30 – 10:45 Opening of the seminar 
10:45 – 11:30 Keynote Speech 
11:30 – 13:30 Lessons from Successful Collaboration with Africa

Why the collaboration was successful? What/ Who made it a success?

10 minute presentation + 5 min for questions each 

12:15-12:30 SHORT BREAK

13:15-13:30 Discussion

13:30 – 14.30 Lunch at Piccu Maccia (in Educarium Building,  Assistentinkatu 5)
14:30 – 15:00 Short interventions/ speeches to warm up for the panel 
15:00 – 16:00 Panel Discussion: Research with Impact regarding Africa  


16:00 – 16:15 Wrap up
16:15 – 18:00 Networking

Letter of invitation 

On request, the Organisers will provide a personal invitation to participate in the seminar. Such an invitation is only meant to help the invited participants obtaining a visa.

Please note that the invitation letter does not represent any commitment on the part of the Organisers to provide any financial support.


Please check the validity of your own insurance. The Organisers cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained or loss of, or damage to, property belonging to delegates or the registered accompanying persons during the meeting.


The University of Turku partner hotels are:

Original Sokos Hotel Kupittaa, Holiday Club Caribia, Scandic Atrium, Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel, Scandic Julia, Omena-hotelli Turku and Forenom Aparthotel Turku

The nearest hotels to the University of Turku are Original Sokos Hotel Kupittaa and Holiday Club Caribia.