[Ansti] ANSTI Newsletter
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African Network of Scientific and Technological Institution
Word from the Coordinator
The ANSTI monthly Newsletter brings you information on scientific activities that members of staff at African Universities could benefit from. In this issue, we have presented information on some major conferences that will soon take place within and outside the region.
We have also presented information on grants/fellowships and recent publications by the ANSTI Secretariat.
The newsletter also carries a number of vacancies currently open in various UNESCO Offices in Africa for which we invite qualified candidates to apply.
We take this opportunity to appeal to our numerous readers to send in any announcements and information that they would like us to circulate to our member institutions who are present in 33countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. All articles should be sent to: info at ansti.org
Renewed Donor Support for ANSTI
The Germany Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has renewed its support to ANSTI
postgraduate fellowship programme for 2006/2007. Selection of successful applicants is on process. We take this chance to thank the organization for its continued support.
Following the successful implementation of United Nations University (UNU) project activities in the past years, the UNU has renewed its contract with ANSTI to administer Postgraduate Fellowships and staff exchange grants. The postgraduate fellowships (PhD and Msc) are to be offered to students pursuing studies in Water Resources Engineering, Material Science and Renewable Energy Resources for rural areas. Eligible applicants are invited to apply for the fellowships.
ANSTI takes this opportunity to thank UNU for the continued support and looks forward to future collaboration with similar institutions to facilitate achievement of its major goals.
ANSTI secretariat has recently published the following reports which are readily available at the Secretariat. They are also available at ANSTI website: www.ansti.org.
Revitalizing Science and Technology Training Institutions-The Way Forward.
This report summarizes the deliberations of the conference on the state of science and technology training institutions which was held in Accra, Ghana from 15-17th November 2005. This conference was attended by over 200 participants who included Vice-Chancellors, Deans of Faculties and heads of academic departments in African Universities.
The participants deliberated on many issues and developed proposals for the resolution of the problems and strategies to make the science and technology institutions more relevant to national development objectives. An action plan was developed for the revitalization of African Science and Technology Training Institutions where the problems affecting these institutions were highlighted and strategies/actions to overcome them proposed.
This report will be a useful document to all science and technology institutions and donors to higher education on forging the way forward. Available online.
ANSTI Annual Report 2005.
This is a report of the ANSTI activities in 2005, the year it celebrated its 25th Anniversary since its inception.
Details of the various activities that were carried out in the year 2005 (Financial or otherwise) are provided in this report. Available online. Click here
COVIDSET 2005 CD Booklet
This is a booklet on the summary of the proceeding of the Conference of Vice-Chancellors, Provosts and Deans of Science, Engineering and Technology (COVIDSET) 2005 contained in an attached CD. The book contains a list of the various plenary and sessional papers presented at the conference and the names of over 200 leaders of science and technological institutions in Africa, who participated in the conference. The attached CD contains the full details of conference on the "State of Science and Technological Training Institutions in Africa", which was the theme of the conference.
2nd Consultative Forum ICSU Regional Office For Africa
25-27 September Pretoria , South Africa
The ICSU Regional Office for Africa invites your participation at its 2nd Consultative Forum which will be held in Pretoria, South Africa from 25 to 27 September 2006.
In keeping with the ICSU Strategic Plan of 2006 -11, and the needs of Africa, the ICSU Regional Committee for Africa identified four priority areas for its Regional Office. These are:
a) Health and Human Well-being;
b) Sustainable Energy;
c) Natural and Human-induced Hazards and Disasters; and
d) Global Change.
Four Scoping Groups, composed of leading African scientists and engineers, are currently preparing science/work plans on each of these priority areas. Prior to the implementation stage; the drafts of these documents will have to be evaluated by a broad base of African science and engineering communities, the ICSU family and its partners (www.icsu.org; www.icsu-africa.org), and other key stakeholders. In this regard, the ICSU Regional Office for Africa invites you and your colleagues to participate in its forthcoming Regional Consultative Forum whose central theme is the evaluation of the workability of the four science/work plans (drafts) which will be mailed to you before the end of August 2006.
You are further requested to kindly complete the application form and return to the Secretariat of the ICSU Regional Office for Africa. A second circular, with a tentative programme and logistics details, will be mailed to those who respond to this call before 25 June 2006.
All correspondence should be sent to:
ICSU Regional Office for Africa
Email: secretariat at icsu-africa.org/m.pillay at icsu-africa.org
Strengthening international science for the benefit of society
New ANSTI Member Institutions
Since the beginning of year 2006, ANSTI has admitted three new members. These are:
1. Faculty of Technology,
Western University College of Science and Technology, Kenya
2. Faculty of Technology,
University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria
3. Faculty of Engineering,
Gulu University, Uganda.
We welcome all of them to ANSTI and take this opportunity to encourage other Science and Technology Institutions to join the Network.
International Education Conference and Exhibition
Creating Learning Cities through International Education
Innovation, Competitiveness and Collaboration
Adelaide Convention Centre,5th-8th November 2006
Adelaide, South Australia.
The South Australian Government, Education Adelaide and the Adelaide City Council, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Department of Science and Training, and South Australian Education Institutions with the support of the International Association of Educating Cities are organizing the above conference from 5th-8th November 2006.
This key International conference will provide opportunities for leaders in technical and vocational education and training to network, form partnerships and share good practice examples of Learning Cities from around the world.
Lively debate and interactive discussion will centre on the following themes:
a.. Learning cities in the 21st century
b.. Internationalization at home: campus and community
c.. Creative cities, global competitiveness and collaboration.
Up to 600 delegates are expected to attend, with significant interest already received from across Asian Pacific, Europe and the Americas.
The call for papers and the exhibitors prospectus may be obtained from the conference website or from the conference organizer for opportunities to showcase exhibit your country's programmes.
For more information, see the conference website: click here
Enquiries can be made at:
Learning Cities Conference c/- All Occasions Management
41 Anderson Street, The Barton South Australia 5031
Tel: 6188354 2285 Fax: 6188354 1456 Email: conference at learningcities.net.au
UNESCO-L'ORÉAL Co-Sponsored Fellowship for Young Women in Life Sciences 2007
Within the framework of the UNESCO Co-Sponsored Fellowships Scheme, a joint programme has been launched with L'ORÉAL with a view to promoting the contribution of young women - from all over the world - in research developments in the field of life sciences. L'ORÉAL has renewed its generous offer of 15 fellowships for deserving young women originating from UNESCO's Member States, who, through their enthusiasm and innovative research are making valuable contributions to further the development of life sciences. The award of the fellowships constitutes a key strategy through which impetus is being given to the enhancement of the role of women in devising scientific solutions to problems confronting humankind in the twenty-first century.
The programme is designed to identify and reward fifteen deserving, committed and talented young women scientists, from all over the world, active in the field of life sciences. With a view to ensuring that a balanced geographical representation is made, a maximum of three young women, from each of the five geo-cultural regions of the world, will be awarded fellowships.
Candidates must already be engaged in pursuing research at the doctoral or post-doctoral level in one or allied fields of life sciences including biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, and physiology. Projects involving animal models are rejected and preference is given to non cosmetic researches. Special attention will be given to candidatures from the Least Developed
Applicants (maximum four from each applying National Commission) must meet the following general criteria:
1- The National Commission must endorse all applications. UNESCO cannot entertain applications from individuals.
2- Candidates must be no more than 35 years old. Thus, applicants born before 1 January 1972 will not be considered under this programme.
3- Preference will be given to candidates already possessing at the time of application a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in the field of the life sciences. However, candidatures from students pursuing studies/research leading to a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) will also be entertained.
4- Only candidates with the necessary qualifications, who demonstrate outstanding intellectual promise and personal qualities, will be considered under this programme.
5- Candidates must be proficient in reading and writing the language of instruction in the proposed country of study.
6- Applicants must be in good health, both physically and mentally.
The application(s) should reach the Fellowships Programme Section (ERC/RPO/FEL), UNESCO (7, Place de Fontenoy 75352 Paris 07P) before 15 September 2006. An advance copy may be sent by fax on the following number: 00.33.1.45.68.55.03.
For further information, contact:
Karen Lehrer, Programme Assistant
IPGRI, Commodities for Livelihoods Programme
International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain (INIBAP)
Parc Scientifique Agropolis II
34397 Montpellier, Cedex 5 - France
Tel: +33 (0)4 67 61 29 00, Fax: +33 (0)4 67 61 03 34
E-mail: k.lehrer at cgiar.org
Workshop on the Role of Partitioning and Transmutation in the Mitigation of the Potential Environmental Impacts of Nuclear Fuel Cycle
20TH -24TH NOVEMBER 2006
ICTP, Miramare-Trieste, Italy
The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics(ICTP, Trieste, Italy) in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA, Vienna- Austria), is organizing the above workshop.
The purpose of the workshop is to highlight the role of P & T scheme in mitigating the environmental impact and also to discuss on the decisive factors for the selection of environmentally preferred fuel cycle options. In addition, the scope of the workshop is to familiarize students with the status of the R & D activities related to P & T.
The workshop will focus on the following topics:
a.. Review of partitioning and recycling of TRU's fuels;
b.. Overview of transmission schemes including accelerators;
c.. Important radio-nuclides and factors that determine environmental impact and the separation criteria;
d.. Relationship between environmental impact and parameters of P & T system; and
e.. Comparative evaluation of reduction of potential environmental impact in different fuel cycles with and without partitioning and transmutation scheme.
The expected target audience is the young researchers and interested experts mainly from developing countries and policy makers, who want to assimilate the role of S & T in minimizing the environmental impact. They should hold advanced degree in chemistry or material science or metallurgy or nuclear physics or nuclear engineering or related subjects, and preferably possesses a few years of professional experience in any branch of nuclear life cycle. Although the main purpose of ICTP is to help scientists from developing nations, applicants from developed countries are also welcome to attend.
ICTP activities will be conducted in English.
Limited funding (including travel grants) for participation in the workshop is available for scientists from developing countries. Such financial support is granted only for those who attend the entire activity.
Application forms for the Workshop are available online. CLICK here.
Background information on the IAEA Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Material Section is available from Here
The closing date for receipt of application is 28th August 2006. Those willing to participate should fully complete and sign the "Request for participation" form available from the ICTP WWW server and send by mail or fax to:
Role of Partitioning and Transmutation in the Mitigation of the Potential Environmental Impacts of Nuclear Fuel Cycle
(C/o Elizabeth Brancaccio)
The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics
Strada Costiera 11
34014 Trieste, Italy Tel +39-040-2240284 Fax +39-040-224163
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Post title Programme Specialist
Organizational Unit UNESCO Office in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
Post number AF/RP/CMR/SC/0003
Closing Date 31 July 2006
Purpose of Post
Responsibility for the development and implementation of the decentralized activities of the Natural sciences Sector, with particular attention to activities related to science, the environment and sustainable development in the countries covered by the Office and in the Central Africa sub region.
Under the Authority of the Director of the UNESCO Office in Yaoundé and under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, the incumbent will be responsible for:
1.. Act as a focal point for the cluster countries in relation to questions concerning the planning and formulation of strategies and programme of activities in the natural sciences.
2.. Participating in the preparation of the contributions required for the C/4 (Medium-Term Strategy) and C/5 (Programme and Budget) documents and ensuring the implementation and follow up the programmes approved;
3.. Participation in the formulation and execution of the programme activities relating to the ecological sciences and the earth sciences in the Central Africa sub region.
4.. In close liaison with the National Committees of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and the UNESCO Offices in Nairobi and Accra, planning, coordinating and executing the activities of the IHP in the sub region.
5.. In connection with the international Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP), preparing and implementing actions for the purpose of capacity-building in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
6.. Promoting and contributing to the development of interdisciplinary programmes between the programme of the science sector for the Member states of the sub region and facilitating exchanges of experience with other humid tropical regions
7.. Mobilizing extra budgetary resources to fund projects aimed at preserving biodiversity and promoting the enhancement of World Heritage sites and Biosphere reserves
8.. Developing and maintaining close relations with the member states, the United Nations agencies in the sub region and with scientific institutions in Central Africa with a view to the preparation of new initiatives and programmes in the field of the natural sciences
1.. University degree in ecological sciences
2.. At least four years confirmed experience in the field, particularly in developing countries; appropriate experience in the central Africa will be an added advantage
3.. Sound experience in project management
4.. Excellent knowledge of French and good knowledge of English
How to apply:
Candidates should use UNESCO's online application system at www.unesco.org/employment. Candidates without access to internet may send a paper application by completing the official UNESCO CV form (available at Headquarters, UNESCO Offices, National Commissions in Member States, or any office of a United Nations Resident Representative) in English or French to Chief, HRM/RCR, UNESCO, 7 place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07 SP, France, before the closing date, quoting the post number "AF/RP/CMR/SC/0003".
There is no application, processing or other fee.
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Postgraduate Fellowship 2006/2007
We have officially closed applications for the 2006/2007 postgraduate fellowships. Selection of successful applicant is ongoing and will be announced when the exercise is over in July/August 2006.
There is no deadline for other ANSTI grants which are continuous. For further information, visit the ANSTI website: www.ansti.org
ANSTI New Temporary Staff
Mr. Patrick Ndegwa has recently joined ANSTI Secretariat. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Maseno University and will be assisting with the administration and financial affairs of the Network.
We Welcome your Participation
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