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Soft Skills and Leadership Training Workshop: July 21-23

Soft Skills and Leadership Training Workshop: July 21-23

In partnership with the African Science Leadership Programme, ASI is organsing a 3-day workshop as part of a joint career development and leadership initiative for early career African scientists.

The workshop, to be held from July 21-23 at the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP), is aimed at providing early career scientists in the West African sub-region with soft skills needed for professional growth and career development.

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Funding Opportunities for African Scientists Vol. 2

Funding Opportunities for African Scientists Vol. 2

Dr. Daniel Muema

Additional funding opportunities are provided below.

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Funding Opportunities for African Scientists- Vol.1

Funding Opportunities for African Scientists- Vol.1

Dr. Daniel Muema

Postgraduate education can be prohibitively expensive, especially when you want to travel far and wide in the quest for new experiences before settling down to build a career in science. But the good news is that you don’t have to pay from your pocket. There are organizations out there that recognize the need to support early career African scientists with the hope that the training will impact the long-term developmental trajectory of the region. Of course, such training opportunities are also designed to strengthen the developmental, social and economic ties between Africa and the partnering developed countries, creating a win-win situation. The Africa Academy of Sciences is also pushing for home-grown funding schemes, especially for early career scientists at the postdoctoral level. I will be compiling information on all available funding programs for African scientists who intent to pursue postgraduate (master’s and doctoral) and postdoctoral training. For a start, I have described three major funding schemes for prospective Master’s students. Note that long-term planning is required to successfully apply for these schemes; the duration from starting the application process to the beginning of the Master’s program usually spans at least a year. Some of our members here have successfully gone through these programs. As such, I appeal to them to provide any additional information that they think the prospective African applicants would need to look out for when preparing their applications. I will be adding more schemes in due course, so feel free to also bring to my attention those schemes that you have found most useful.

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Book Summary: The next generation of Scientists in Africa

Book Summary: The next generation of Scientists in Africa

Dr. Musa Mulongo

In order to understand science and technology research and scholarship in Africa and our role in it, we have to make an attempt to understand the larger picture and identify what ails this sector in Africa.

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Africa needs more scientists, but...

Africa needs more scientists, but...

Dr. Yaw Bediako

Africa needs more scientists… but also needs its scientist to talk to one another- The African Science Initiative.
Since the launch of the Millennium Development Goals in 2000, many countries in Africa have recorded significant improvements in a number of key development indices. Net enrolment in primary school education increased by 20% between 2000 and 2015 and maternal and all-cause child mortality have also significantly decreased over this period (MDG Report 2015, United Nations). There has also been a significant increase in funding for scientific research aimed at addressing issues faced by people in Africa, with most of this funding going towards medical research and interventions targeting AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. As a result, the numbers of HIV infected people receiving antiretroviral therapy has increased by over 14 million since 2000 and over 900 million insecticide treated bed-nets have been distributed (MDG Report 2015, United Nations).

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