Open Call for Participants at the Evidence Informed Policy Making Seminar in Africa

The Open Call for Participants at the Evidence Informed Policy Making Seminar in Africa has just been published. The Evidence Informed Policy Making capacity building seminar is co-organised by The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS), UK Research and Innovation, International Network for Government Science Advice – African Chapter (INGSA) and European Commission – Joint Research Centre.

Applications are invited from Affiliates, Fellows and grantees of The African Academy of Sciences, African national government and Regional Economic Community policy makers and African scientists.

This Evidence Informed Policy Making seminar is for:

African early to mid-career policymakers and scientists with the following characteristics:

  • With at least 2 years of work experience within the themes of water, energy, food security or health
  • Interested in how to use scientific research and evidence to inform policymaking
  • Has an active interest in interdisciplinary working to solve global problems
  • Working primarily in Africa or on Africa related issues with African partners
  • Being proficient in English and committed to participate for the whole duration of the seminar.

What should participants gain?

  • Develop knowledge on how to use scientific evidence to inform policy-making
  • Scientists will learn how to better communicate and visualise research results to address policy needs
  • how to target relevant policy makers, understand the policy cycle and influence the policy making process
  • Policymakers will learn how to use research to support policy, which scientific evidence is relevant to their field, where to find it and how to interpret it, and how to communicate with researchers
  • New insights on how 'the other side' operates
  • Becoming part of the professional network of scientific researchers and policy makers to build the African evidence informed policymaking community
  • Learning from and access to a global community of practice in evidence based policy making.

You are kindly asked to apply if the call is of interest to you. Deadline for applications is 8 October 2018.