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Call for Participation: South Africa-Kenya Diaspora Colloquium

Introduction

South Africa and Kenya currently have cordial relations as exhibited by a bilateral agreement signed by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Ministry of Education, National Commission for Science, Technology & Innovation (NACOSTI). More to that, institutions like the National Research Foundation (NRF), the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the Kenya National Academy of Sciences (KNAS) enjoy regular engagements on specific projects on an annual basis. South Africa and Kenya have collaborated in research in various thematic areas including information, communication and technologies (ICT), health and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) to name but a few. Nurturing of the relationship between South Africa and Kenya is important in order to ensure the successful and effective use of science, technology and innovation (STI) as tools for development and strengthening of research collaboration between the two countries. There is an opportunity for the DST and NACOSTI to advance engagements and focus on the implementation of activities agreed to under the signed joint plan of action, an instrument used to document steps that need to be taken to achieve goals in the partnership. Collaboration between the two science academies is an added advantage that can strengthen the strong partnership created by academics in both countries.

Objective

Over the past few years, there has been a shift towards the realization of the importance of science and technology as tools for developing nations, particularly in Africa. Threats such as climate change, food insecurity, and the burden of disease, are among the major challenges facing humanity at a global level, calling for the alignment of STI with the practice of governance and diplomacy. Kenya and South Africa’s strong research collaboration proves clearly that the two countries can work more closely together to advance the continent-wide development agenda and make use of innovation to address unemployment, poverty and inequality in societies. The objective of the colloquium is to attract Kenyan entrepreneurs, senior and young researchers and scientists in the social, physical and natural science fields working in South African research organisations, universities and the private sector.

Meeting details

Date: 23 November 2018

Duration: 08:00 – 15:30

Where: Protea Hotel Fire and Ice, Menlyn, Pretoria

Target Participants:

  • Senior, young, early- and mid-career Kenyan scientists with a minimum of a PhD in the diaspora working in South African research organisations, universities and the private sector.
  • Kenyan students studying towards a PhD in the social, physical and natural sciences at a South African higher education institution are also welcome.
  • Kenyan and South African innovators and entrepreneurs that can share their experiences about entrepreneurship geared towards addressing challenges in both countries. 
  • South Africans who have had research collaboration with Kenyan counterparts and those who are interested in creating networks and seeking research partnerships are also invited.

Travel support: Limited funding is available to support participants located outside Gauteng.

Response Procedure

To express your interest in attending the meeting, please register using the link provided below: South Africa-Kenya Diaspora Colloquium Registration Form

Selection Criteria

The requested information provided by the applicants will be used to assess eligibility to participate in the colloquium. Only successful applicants will receive an official letter of invitation confirming their attendance.

Deadline

The deadline to submit your expression of interest to attend the meeting is Tuesday, 13 November 2018.

Contact Details: For any queries related to this event, please contact:

Mr Kholani Mbhiza

Liaison Officer-African Collaborations

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)

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