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Africa-EU STI policy landscape

The CAAST-Net Plus policy landscape is filled with activities happening in different national, sub-regional, regional and bi-regional contexts. In this section we track the key events, reports, and dialogue opportunities for Africa-EU research and innovation cooperation. Follow us on Twitter: @CAAST_Net_Plus.

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A Step Forward for the Research Fairness Initiative
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A Step Forward for the Research Fairness Initiative

Building on three regional consultative workshops held in Senegal, Nigeria and Kenya earlier this year, the Research Fairness Initiative Conference took place on 28 September in Brussels. [Image credit: Centre for Social Innovation]

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Travel Grants for Early-career African Climate Academics
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Travel Grants for Early-career African Climate Academics

CAAST-Net Plus is offering 20 travel grants for early-career African academics to attend a workshop on developing research proposals on the topic of sustainable agriculture intensification. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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AU Kwame Nkrumah Science Awards
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AU Kwame Nkrumah Science Awards

http://l.caast-net-plus.org/jH

In September 2008 the African Union Commission (AUC) launched its African Union Scientific Award Programme. The call for applications for the 2016 award cycle is now open. Prizes are awarded to top African scientists working in Life and Earth Science and Basic Science, Technology and Innovation. The Continental Award is open to all African scientists and is the highest level of the programme. Two winners will each receive USD 100,000 during the Heads of States and Government Summit in January 2017. The Regional Award implemented in partnership with the Regional Economic Communities (REC) aims at promoting the participation of African women in STI. Two winners per region will each receive a prize of USD 20,000. The National Young Scientists Award is implemented by Member States who have signed an agreement with the AUC and its implementation partner, the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). This award is intended for scientists aged not more than forty years by 31 December. Two winners per country will receive a prize of USD 2,000 each. [Image credit: ghanaschools.org]

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CAAST-Net Plus Backs Fairness Initiative
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CAAST-Net Plus Backs Fairness Initiative

The Council on Health Research for Development’s Research Fairness Initiative (RFI) was discussed at two recent CAAST-Net Plus-supported workshops in Abuja and Dakar. [Image credit: MRS]

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The Making of STI Policy in Africa
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The Making of STI Policy in Africa

The Institute of Development Studies at the University of Nairobi is to host a public lecture by Professor John Mugabe of the University of Pretoria's Graduate School of Technology Management on the evolution of science, technology and innovation policy in Africa. "The public lecture will focus on the political economy of STI policy-making, national experiences, and outcomes of the policy-making efforts," an invitation says. "It will discuss conceptual drivers, metaphors and rationales for STI making. The key messages from the lecture will be that STI policy-making in Africa lacks clear conceptual clarity, strong political infrastructures and is characterized by ‘continuous discontinuity’." To register email secretariat[at]africalics.org.

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CAAST-Net Plus and COHRED To Test Research Fairness Initiative in Nigeria
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CAAST-Net Plus and COHRED To Test Research Fairness Initiative in Nigeria

COHRED’s Research Fairness Initiative is a system that promotes and validates fair collaborations in research and innovation by encouraging institutions to self-report on their policies and practices. CAAST-Net Plus is working with COHRED to arrange three regional workshops in Africa at which RFI can be reviewed, tested and improved. The Nigeria event is the second in the series of such workshops, and local partners in Nigeria include the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion, the Raw Materials Research and Development Council, and the Nigerian Academy of Science. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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CAAST-Net Plus and COHRED To Test Research Fairness Initiative in Senegal
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CAAST-Net Plus and COHRED To Test Research Fairness Initiative in Senegal

COHRED’s Research Fairness Initiative is a system that promotes and validates fair collaborations in research and innovation by encouraging institutions to self-report on their policies and practices. CAAST-Net Plus is working with COHRED to arrange three regional workshops in Africa at which RFI can be tested and improved. The Senegal event is the third in the series, and local partners in Senegal include the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (Ministère de la l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche) and Pharmalys Ltd. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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Participate Today: AfricaLics Survey
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Participate Today: AfricaLics Survey

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Science, technology and innovation policy capacity building network, AfricaLics, is seeking participants for a survey it is conducting on STI capacity in Africa. "AfricaLics is a community of scholars with special interest in how innovation and competence building contribute to economic and socially sustainable development in Africa," the survey announcement says. "To be able to document results and created baseline for work to be done in the second phase [of AfricaLics], we are currently updating the AfricaLics baseline survey conducted in 2014." [Image credit: AfricaLics]

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