SAYAS is seeking to engage with various partners in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region in order to link young scientists and early career researchers to policy makers (and making) in order to strengthen the science-policy interface through a symbiotic relationship. It is hoped that such a relationship will better inform policies and assessments; at the same time, identify gaps and shortfalls in achievement of set goals so as to utilise science to find solutions. This engagement also seeks to challenge young scientists to gear their research to be more responsive to the sustainable development goals (SDGs) by ensuring the accessibility of evidence-based ‘research.
Food security concerns are encapsulated within the SDGs, particularly 1, 2, 3, 4 and 12 that respectively deal with no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education and responsible consumption and production.
The workshop will be hosted in partnership with the Mauritius Academy of Science, Tanzania Academy of Science and TWAS-ROSSA from 11-13 April 2018 in Gauteng province, South Africa.
Funding for the workshop has been provided by the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP)-Carnegie project small grants scheme on ‘Harnessing science engineering and mathematics (SEM) to meet Africa’s challenges’ and the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust.
This is a closed meeting and participation is by invitation only.