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African scientists are fostering a new R&D culture to reverse the continent’s brain drain

 

When it comes to scientific research and innovation, Africa is a global laggard. The continent contributes a paltry 1% of the world’s research output, a far cry from its position as the world’s second most populated continent.

Much of this problem is compounded by low-quality educational curricula, not to mention global funding that is skewed towards health and agricultural development and less so on science, technology, mathematics, and engineering projects. (STEM).

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Call for nominations: UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences

 

UNESCO invites Members States in consultation with their National Commissions, and non-governmental organizations in official partnership with UNESCO and active in a field covered by the Prize to propose candidates for the UNESCO–Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences.

Deadline for the submission: 31 December 2016 at midnight.

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Science has a duty to fulfil: changing the lives of everyday Africans

 

There have been wide-ranging reactions from the scientific community after a  South African university student called for “Western” science to be eradicated.

The young woman argued that science “is a product of western modernity” and suggested that decolonisation would begin with the introduction of “knowledge that is produced by us, that speaks to us and that is able to accommodate knowledge from our perspective”.

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CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: Organisation of Workshop on the transfer of and training on Africa Drought Monitor and Hosting of DM Platform for Southern African Countries

Background and Justification

Mitigating the impacts of drought and famine is one of the primary aims of many governments and humanitarian organizations in the African region, as it has been highlighted during the first Africa drought conference held in Windhoek in August 2016.Mitigation, however, cannot be effective if the causes and characteristics of drought events and processes are not well understood through a holistic approach addressing also the monitoring and early warning and the vulnerability aspects.

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S.Africa pupil wins Eskom science expo

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High school pupil scoops up first prize in the Energy Efficiency and Conservation category against fellow learners in a science fair competition hosted by Eskom.

Last week, S’nenhlanhla Dlamini from Ongoye Secondary School in Kwazulu Natal Province, was honoured with the top prize at the 2016 Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair (ISF), with her project entitled Smart Home Energy Saver.

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