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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)

News and Links #2/2018

Call for Applications (Grants, Awards) The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) is inviting nominations for her EDCTP 2018 Prize. Categories are scientific leadership, outstanding female researcher, outstanding research teams, and the Dr Pascoal Mocumbi Prize. Deadline is the 28. February 2018. TWAS is inviting nominations for one of its nine prizes for researchers […]

News and Links #1/2018

A splendid and successful 2018 to all of you. As usual, there are some goals to follow up on every new year. My biggest aim for this blog is to deliver the Links and News-section more frequently. Let me know if you have heard of funding for scholarships, research cooperation or even capacity building initiatives, […]

Abidjan Calling – Sustain Science Locally!

On the 29. and 30. November the African Union and the European Union met in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire for their regular summit. This year the African leaders where also confronted with science policy. A large group of scientists has issued the ‘Abidjan Appel’ in Abidjan on the 29. November, calling on their leaders to finally support science more effectively and sustainably.