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GFAR Social Media Bootcamp
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GFAR Social Media Bootcamp

The Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) will run a social media “bootcamp” as part of the upcoming GCARD3 conference. “It is an inclusive, participatory process, an opportunity to shape the future,” an announcement says. “It encourages conversations for change in setting a new agenda for agricultural research for development and new pathways for uptake.” The bootcamp will cover blogging, vlogging, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, Storify, and other social media platforms. It is organised in conjunction with the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development taking place from 5-8 April. To register for the social media workshop, email Peter Casier p.casier[at]cigar.org. [Image credit: Flickr, Jason Howie]

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SKA Gets Horizon 2020 Grant
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SKA Gets Horizon 2020 Grant

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The Square Kilometre Array project has received €5 million from the European Union’s research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020. “The EU-allocated funding will help support the detailed design of the infrastructure required at the two SKA telescope co-host sites – the Murchison region of Western Australia and the Karoo region of South Africa – and adds to the €150 million currently being invested globally in the project’s pre-construction phase,” according to an article published on the project’s website. “The SKA continues to be seen as an important global project by the European Union, and this funding will allow us to complete critical design activities,” says Simon Berry who is policy development director at the SKA Global Headquarters. [Image credit: Flickr, Government ZA]

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ESASTAP 2020 Kicks Off
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ESASTAP 2020 Kicks Off

ESASTAP 2020 is a collaboration of South African and European partner organisations that together will advance science, technology and innovation cooperation between the EU and South Africa. [Image credit: *Research Africa/CAAST-Net Plus]

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mHealth4Afrika Consortium Wins Horizon 2020 Grant
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mHealth4Afrika Consortium Wins Horizon 2020 Grant

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A health innovation project consortium, mHealth4Afrika, has received a €3 million Horizon 2020 grant to create an app for managing patient and client information within the public healthcare sector. “In [South Africa] and other African countries, where primary and public healthcare records are mostly paper based, electronic record management will contribute to more efficient healthcare management,” an article published on Business Day Live reports. “The system will work on any device that can access the internet.” The mHealthAfrika project will run over a period of three years, and operate in public hospitals based in South Africa, Kenya, Malawi and Ethiopia. “If the mHealth4Afrika project succeeds in the three-year pilot project, it will be implemented in 14 other African countries and expanded to include all areas of public hospital healthcare,” the article adds. [Image credit: European Commission]

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South Africa to Host Major ICT Conference
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South Africa to Host Major ICT Conference

Preparations are underway for the ICT South Africa 2016 Conference. The event aims to “to unlock South Africa’s economic potential and ensure that huge cross-sector ICT investment delivers faster and more effective results,” its website says. Health, education and oceans economy stakeholders are expected at the event. The event is organised by African Brains with the support of SA’s Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services. Express interest at http://ictsouthafrica.com/2016. [Image credit: Flickr, World Bank]

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Forging Closer Ties
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Forging Closer Ties

CAAST-Net Plus partners have met with representatives of Africa’s Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to explore bringing the regional blocs closer to Africa-EU research and innovation activities. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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SA University to Host Science Conference on Food Security and Safety
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SA University to Host Science Conference on Food Security and Safety

South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology is collaborating with the Human Sciences Research Council and the University of Johannesburg to host a scientific meeting on food security and food safety. Its theme? Improving Food Security and Safety for Sustainability in Africa. The Autumn International Scientific Conference on Food Security and Safety will cover agriculture and climate change, food nutrition and health, food microbiology and biotechnology, food engineering and novel instrumentation for food analysis. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of an early bird registration facility, which closes on 10 March 2016.

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An Overview of ECCAS in EU-Africa STI Cooperation
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An Overview of ECCAS in EU-Africa STI Cooperation

Presentation by Dr Palmer Netongo of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) at the CAAST-Net Plus workshop on Africa’s Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in EU-Africa collaboration in science, technology and innovation (Pretoria, South Africa: 4-5 February, 2016). [Image credit: P. Netongo]

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An Overview of the Network of African Science Academies
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An Overview of the Network of African Science Academies

Presentation by Jackie Olang of the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) at the CAAST-Net Plus workshop on Africa’s Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in EU-Africa collaboration in science, technology and innovation (Pretoria, South Africa: 4-5 February, 2016). [Image credit: J. Olang]

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An Overview of the Southern African Development Community's Priorities
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An Overview of the Southern African Development Community's Priorities

Presentation by Anneline Morgan of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) at the CAAST-Net Plus workshop on Africa’s Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in EU-Africa collaboration in science, technology and innovation (Pretoria, South Africa: 4-5 February, 2016). [Image credit: A. Morgan]

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