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26 MAR 2018

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19 – 20 March 2018

The Gender Summit Africa (GS14)

19 – 23 March 2018

WiiN Program for Female Scientists

22 – 24 March 2018

Women in Science Leadership workshop

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), in partnership with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), Global Young Academy (GYA), and the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) are co-organizing a leadership workshop to support the development of the next generation of female researchers. This interactive workshop aims to bring together emerging early career researchers from across the globe with exceptional mentors from various sectors. Participants will gain practical tools, new connections, and coaching to increase their personal leadership capacity and ability to mentor others.

24 – 25 March 2018

Interdisciplinary Solutions Conference - Intersol 2018

Societies living in underserved areas face multifactorial problems — energy, water, climate, food, health, education, transportation, social development, economic growth, etc. — that are not amenable to separate single-discipline investigation, but require collaboration between many types of expertise. Today, there is a consensus that the solutions of the problems facing people in underserved areas lie at the intersections of traditional disciplines. This is the essence behind Interdisciplinary Solutions (InterSol); an international conference dedicated to the advancement of interdisciplinary researches that address people’s needs in underserved areas. It is intended (1) to encourage innovative interdisciplinary research, development and education that focus on solving problems in underserved areas, and (2) to create an international research and development community around “interdisciplinary solutions”. InterSol meets annually in Africa and aims at bringing together technical experts and researchers from academia, industry, and government all around the world to discuss novel research results related to Innovations and Interdisciplinary Solutions for Underserved Areas. The meetings will offer a unique opportunity for participants to share their experiences with peers around the world, but notably with students and communities from the host country’s universities.

The second edition of the conference will be held on March 24-25, 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda. We invite unpublished contributions and innovations that address, via an interdisciplinary approach, the issues of energy, water, climate, food, health, education, transportation, social development, economic growth, etc.

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25 – 28 March 2018

Pan-African Robotics Competition

25 March 2018

NEF Science Leadership Workshop

Connecting Networks to Co-Design Transformative Science Leadership Programs for Africa

Lead: Robert Bosch Stiftung

Date: 25 March 2018

The intention of the Science Leadership Workshop is to expose a broad group of scientists and researchers to the potentials of science leadership development in Africa, and to define key success factors of transformative science leadership programs by harnessing the group’s experiences and expertise. The workshop will build on a selected number of “seed / provocation ideas” from the organizing partners, including the African Science Leadership Programme (ASLP). By building on these “seed / provocation ideas”, the workshop’s participants will be guided through a structured process to identify key success factors and to co-design responsive science leadership projects for early- and mid-career academics.

The anticipated outcomes of the workshop include a better understanding of the needs and potential impacts of science leadership programs for academics, universities, science bodies and science funders, as well as raising awareness and stimulating discussions during the NEF Global Gathering. The workshop will be open to up to 30 participants (individual researchers, representatives of universities and other research institutions, science bodies, science funders, etc.).

25 March 2018

Science Africa Workshop on Pan-African Initiatives for Research Capacity Building

Lead: German Research Foundation (DFG)

Date: 25 March 2018

This high-level workshop explores the links between basic research and development challenges in Africa. Perspectives from research performers and funders, as well as industry and civil society focus on the importance of sound research capacity as a facilitator for sustainable development.

According to the AU Agenda 2063, Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) are key enablers for achieving continental development goals. The Agenda accentuates that Africa’s sustained growth, competitiveness and economic transformation requires sustained investment in new technologies and continuous innovation in priority areas. While it is necessary to improve STI readiness in Africa in terms of infrastructure, professional and technical competence, entrepreneurial capacity, and STI policies and programs addressing societal needs (STISA-2024), such transformations need to be implemented in ways that allow sustainable impact. Key for such sustainability is a sound and balanced innovation value chain that often originates in basic research.

Science granting councils play a key role as intermediaries in the disbursement of public financing for basic and applied research. Convened through a partnership of science granting councils, this workshop gathers insights and experiences from relevant stakeholders regarding the ongoing investments in basic research and its linkages to development.

High-level participation from decision-makers in national ministries and research funding agencies, as well as senior STI experts in knowledge ecosystems will provide a powerful forum to share good practices on developing competitive knowledge ecosystems. This may include national and, particularly, Pan-African paradigms. The forum will contribute to ongoing discussions on the importance of a strong science-policy nexus to strengthen and support basic research. Workshop results will be presented to a range of African ministers in the Next Einstein Forum’s Ministerial Meeting on 26 March 2018.

This workshop is a follow-up to the Science Africa conference and workshop in Königswinter, Germany, in 2016 that brought together science granting councils from Africa, America, Asia, and Europe to further discuss research management topics. Co-hosts of the 2018 Science Africa workshop are the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Rwanda’s National Council for Science and Technology (NCST), and the Science Granting Councils Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI).

Learning Science through Theatre – Jet Propulsion Theatre

Jet Propulsion Theatre (JPT), a project carried by the Arditodesìo Theatre Company in Italy, aims to develop a sense of curiosity and wonder around science, a thirst for knowledge, a better understanding of the scientific world, the people that live it, and the impacts of science. Since the launch of JPT in 2012, performed theatre productions about science have been performed throughout Europe, dealing with issues such as quantum mechanics, the notion of time, climate change and space travel, and a new production launched early 2018 on artificial intelligence. All theatre productions are created in close partnership with spearheading researchers from universities, and the scientific content is integrated in truly profound and engaging artistic performances. To achieve its mission of bringing together science and society, JPT also hosts other performances and runs various workshops to build capacity of science communicators and artists to better communicate science.

JPT will be performing one of its theatre productions, The Principle of Uncertainty, on the theme of quantum mechanics, both during the pre-event and the main event of the NEF Global Gathering 2018. Performances during the pre-event will take place in an “unplugged” version throughout Kigali, targeting particularly young adults and students, and during the NEG Global Gathering, the full performance will be staged.