Runs: From 24th Oct 2016 to 26th Jan 2016

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Building a Strong Research Ecosystem for Sustainable Development

 

The African Academy of Sciences’ Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa, the Wellcome Trust, DFID and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are organising a track to discuss how to create an enabling and viable research ecosystem in Africa.

The Building a Strong Research Ecosystem for Sustainable Development track will take place during the 2016 Grand Challenges Annual Meeting, which runs from 24 to 26 October 2016 in London, England. Grand Challenges is a family of initiatives fostering innovation to solve key global health and development problems.

The track will bring together African and global partners to promote collaboration and discuss ways of building a viable research ecosystem in Africa.

The track’s sessions will include:

  • Seen and Unseen Connections, which will cover discussions on how to retain African scientists and lessons for organisations funding research in Africa.
  • The Adoption of New Technologies in Africa, which will include a panel discussion from speakers from the health and development sector to discuss how to promote innovation and political will for R&D. The panel will be followed by facilitated roundtable discussions, which will explore strategies for introducing and adopting new technologies in Africa.
  • The Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA)-Path Forward, which will focus on how AESA can engage the diaspora, funding partners, the public and private sector to achieve its goals. AESA is a funding and agenda setting platform created by the African Academy of Sciences and the NEPAD Agency to address the continent’s health and developmental challenges.

The programme will be made available in due course.