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News and Links #3/2019

Our third issue of news and links with grant offers from UKRI, EDCTP, and TWAS; a call for conference papers on the subject of knowledge production in North-South collaboration; and among other challenging reads about the African publication landscape, the commercialization of higher education and South Africa resisting World Bank’s policy advise.

The political economy of endogenous funds for scientific collaborations – Taxation and tax havens

Big corporation’s licit and illicit tax evasion behavior prevents African governments and citizens from building up the resources needed to invest in public goods in their countries. This also affects the scientific and higher education sector. Lack of funds for R&D should hence not only be analyzed in the light of  government commitments but also in the light of the prevailing international political economy.

Advancing science communication, democracy and ownership in Africa. An interview with Elizabeth Rasekoala

This interview with Dr. Elizabeth Rasekoala was conducted during the SciCOM 100 Conference in 2018, ‘Science Communication and Democratic South Africa: Prospects and Challenges’ (5-7 November) at Stellenbosch University. As the team of sureco-review, we were interested to learn more about African Gong and the Co-Founder and President, Dr. Rasekoala. African Gong is the Pan-African Network for the Popularization of Science & Technology and Science Communication.

Science diplomacy – a catch-all concept in public policy?

Science diplomacy has attracted a lot of attention during the last decade. A great many of other intermediary organizations have adopted the term to rebrand their activities, programs, and agendas. Nicolas Rüffin argues that we are dealing with a moving target when studying science diplomacy.

Seminar Syllabus: Research Integrity in International Research Collaborations

During the summer semester I had the opportunity to teach a course on research integrity with my colleague Tim Flink from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The course was part of a Master-program in science studies and turned out to be very interesting with a lot of input, critique and ideas from the students when we discussed […]

News and Links #4/2018

Call for applications (Grants, Awards, Prizes) Grand Challenges Africa invites Letter of Intents on Drug Discovery. Deadline is the 18. July The UK Arts & Humanities Research Council calls for a highlight notice “to encourage applications exploring innovative ways to enhance engagement with, and impacts from, research funded by the AHRC in one or more countries […]

Neue Fördermodelle für wissenschaftliche Nord-Süd-Kooperationen

(English Abstract) International research collaboration depends on grantors and new cooperation models. This holds true especially for partners from countries with low resources for research and development. In a study about research collaborations with European and African participants in the fields of neglected tropical diseases and renewable energies I look at the unequal starting conditions and choices researchers, grantors, and science-policy maker take to balance their effects. Public and private funders have a central role in fostering more equality. (Text in German)