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L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Awards
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L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Awards

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Sub-Saharan African women researchers working in the life and physical sciences are invited to apply for a raft of doctoral and postdoctoral grants from the L’Oréal Foundation. Up for grabs? Twelve fellowships worth €5,000 each for PhD students under 40 years of age enrolled at an African university; two fellowships worth €10,000 each for postdoctoral fellows under 45 years of age working in an African research institution or laboratory. The closing date for applications is 29 April 2016. [Image credit: L’Oréal Foundation]

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African Congress on STI and Entrepreneurship Goes to Cairo
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African Congress on STI and Entrepreneurship Goes to Cairo

An event concept note says the Congress seeks to highlight the African Union’s Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA 2024), promote the role of women and youth in science, technology and innovation (STI), private sector involvement in STI, and to allow African scientists to exchange knowledge and share their success stories. [Image credit: Flickr, DFAT]

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CAAST-Net Plus at African Science Minister Dialogue
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CAAST-Net Plus at African Science Minister Dialogue

Ministers and legislators from 17 African countries met in Ghana earlier this month to discuss strategies for the acceleration of Africa’s science, technology and innovation (STI) capacity for sustainable development post-2015. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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Climate Change, Agriculture Crucial in Safeguarding Water Supply
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Climate Change, Agriculture Crucial in Safeguarding Water Supply

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation has warned in its annual water report that much more innovation and research needs to take place to safeguard the world’s water supply, especially in climate change and agriculture. “Human health, food and energy security, urbanization and industrial growth, as well as climate change are critical challenge areas where policies and actions at the core of sustainable development can be strengthened (or weakened) through water,” the report states. The 2015 World Water Development Report (WWDR), titled ‘Water for a Sustainable World’ was launched on 20 March 2015. The report states urgent interventions are required to reduce the water demands of agriculture, water pollution by the agricultural sector and increased productivity of crops. [Image credit: Flickr/Ceyhun (Jay) Isik]

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International Climate Science Conference in France
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International Climate Science Conference in France

Paris will host a gathering of climate experts in July, the last meeting to take place before the next COP conference, entitled Our Common Future Under Climate Change. The conference is organised by the International Council for Science, The United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation, Future Earth and French research institutions. The goal of the meeting is fourfold: to provide up to date scientific advances related to climate change; assess evidence-based solutions; provide a platform for science to policy dialogues; and explore climate change mitigation and adaptation interventions. The organisers say the international conference is the largest gathering of climate science experts before the COP21 conference which takes place in December 2015. Registration is open until 8 June 2015, with side-event registration also still taking place. [Image credit: Flickr, UN Photo]

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Science and Technology Week in DRC
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Science and Technology Week in DRC

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The second edition of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s science and technology week will take place at the Athenaeum of Gombe, in Kinshasa, from 16-17 April 2015. The theme for this year’s event is “The Knowledge Explosion”, which is aligned with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Oganisation’s (UNESCO) International Year of Light and Techniques Using Light'. UNESCO is amongst the sponsors of the event. The event is co-organised by the DRC's education ministry, Investing in People, and the Congolese Network Innovation Actors. Students, teachers, researchers, industries and individuals interested in S&T and its impact on development are invited to attend the event. [Image credit: Flickr, DIVatUSAID]

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Overview of Research and Innovation in Malawi
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Overview of Research and Innovation in Malawi

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The UNESCO Global Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Instruments (GO→SPIN) has published a mapping of research and innovation in the Republic of Malawi. “GO→SPIN provides key information on a range of levels, from STI policies, operational instruments and legal frameworks to STI national systems and data — all in order to improve policy-making, implementation and evaluation,” writes UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, in the Foreword to the report. [Image credit: UNESCO]

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Infographic on African PhD Admissions
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Infographic on African PhD Admissions

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SciDev.Net has embarked on an effort to collect PhD data to assess the degree of PhD admissions in Africa over a period of time and to compare the data from country to country. Statistics were gathered with the support of World Bank and UNESCO, and used to determine Africa’s PhD investment and growth. SciDev.Net will be building on this data by gathering more information for a more accurate analysis of PhD admission in Africa. [Image credit: Flickr, Carlso20]

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