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Possibility of ESOF2016 Travel Grants for African Scientists
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Possibility of ESOF2016 Travel Grants for African Scientists

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The secretary general of EuroScience, Peter Tiendemans, has appraised the organisers of the South African Science Forum 2015, calling the occasion a “landmark event”. Writing in a EuroScientist blog posting, Tiendemans also wrote that EuroScience would try to avail grants for young African scientists to attend its equivalent event, ESOF2016, which is to be held in Manchester. “The Science Forum South Africa shows that Africa is becoming attractive for young scientists all over the world,” he wrote, adding that “European scientists should enthusiastically welcome these opportunities and try to get involved as much as possible.” [Image credit: ESOF]

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West Africa Group Goes to Expo Milano 2015
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West Africa Group Goes to Expo Milano 2015

The Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC), an international policy forum, will participate at this year’s Expo Milano world fair ("Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life"). "More than twenty million visitors are expected at this global event," writes SWAC Secretariat director Laurent Bossard in a blog post describing the group’s participation. "This is a great means of reaffirming the universal character of food issues, and to remind everyone that hundreds of millions of people, particularly in the Sahel and West Africa, still suffer from chronic hunger, despite the aforementioned progress." Says Bossard: "Beyond the Expo, we hope to strengthen a global engagement for better food security and resilience, widen our partnerships and collaborations to achieve this goal in West Africa, and reach a large number of people around the world who are less familiar with the challenges of this African region." The Sahel and West Africa Week at Expo Milano 2015 will include agenda-setting consultations, networking sessions, and showcase food security success stories from West Africa. [Image credit: Flickr, Nancy Regan]

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Malaria Vaccine Approved by EMA
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Malaria Vaccine Approved by EMA

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The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has given a malaria vaccine for young children a “positive scientific opinion”, according to an EMA press release. Mosquirix was trialled in seven African countries, the EMA release says. “Observers have warned that it is still unclear how well the vaccine will perform outside the controlled setting of a clinical trial,” SciDev.net has reported. Policy recommendations for vaccination programmes are expected to be announced by the World Health Organization later this year. [Image credit: Flickr, NIAID]

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UK Forum: Science Policy in Food and Agriculture
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UK Forum: Science Policy in Food and Agriculture

The Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum will take place in London on 27 January 2016. Its focus? “The future development of science in agricultural production and its impact on UK farming,” the Forum’s website says. Parliamentarians and science policy experts are expected to engage on the linkage between European science policies and food and agriculture. [Image credit: Flickr, Rodney Campbell]

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EARMA 2015
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EARMA 2015

The European Association of Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA) is to host its 21st annual conference in Leiden, Netherlands. Its theme? Global Outreach: Enabling Cultures and Diversity in Research Management and Administration. [Image credit: EARMA]

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Horizon 2020 Call for Individual Fellowships
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Horizon 2020 Call for Individual Fellowships

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The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions’ Individual Fellowships programme has opened for applications. Fellowships allow researchers to develop their competence through mobility and training, says the Horizon 2020 Participant Portal. The programme is open to researchers within and outside of Europe. Applicants have until 10 September 2015 to submit proposals. [Image credit: Horizon 2020]

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COST Networking Call Now Open
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COST Networking Call Now Open

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The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) project which aims to establish and strengthen networks between researchers has opened its latest call for proposals to nurture scientific networks. Applications are open to all fields and disciplines related to science and technology. At least five COST members must be part of applying consortia. COST does not fund research directly, rather it aims to establish and strengthen networks between researchers. Applications are open for European nations and international collaborators. Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa and Sudan are currently listed as international partner countries. The closing date for applications is 24 March 2015. [Image credit: COST]

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Congress Seeks to Harness Best Science Against Global Health Challenges
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Congress Seeks to Harness Best Science Against Global Health Challenges

The ninth European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health will take place in September addressing themes under the heading 'Driving the Best Science to Meet Global Health Challenges'. Preliminary topics to be discussed at the meeting include: challenges in global health post-2015, social and cultural considerations in global health, methodology, as well as specific diseases like neglected tropical diseases, non-communicable diseases and poverty-related diseases. Abstract submissions will be accepted until 9 April 2015. Registration is currently open and spans three phases, the last closing on 16 July. [Image credit: Flickr/Gates Foundation]

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