Panel at the ECAS on 30.6.2017: Global scientific encounters. The quest for sustainable research cooperation

In January I organized a panel at the upcoming European Conference on African Studies in Basel. The panel will take place on 30. June at 2pm in room BS004. Together with Claudia Zingerli (SNF), Thomas Laly (University of Zurich), Hikabasa Halwiindi (University of Zambia), and Martin Skrydstrup (University of Copenhagen) as discussant we will elaborate on the extent and depth of global research partnerships from various angles. To give you an idea of our approaches, I have copied our short abstracts below. Don’t hesitate to contact me for further questions.

Transformative partnerships: Funders’ perspectives on research collaborations for sustainable development

Author: Claudia Zingerli (Swiss National Science Foundation)

This paper focuses on research collaborations in the early era of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by drawing on conceptual considerations and practical experiences at the interface of science and development policy.

Making African research visible – museum partnerships and networks as driving forces.

Author: Thomas Laely ( University of Zürich)

Museums are important engines of research and knowledge production, all above university museums. They can contribute to making research from Africa more visible and accessible. How is the potential of museums in sub-Saharan Africa and of transcontinental networks to be assessed in this respect?

Sustaining gains through evolution: the case of the EFINTD fellowship

Author: Hikabasa Halwiindi (University of Zambia)

This presentation is a case study on how a post-doctoral research fellowship program resulted into the creation of a research network in order to sustain the achievements. The mutual responsibilities of the north and south partners are highlighted.

Fair and equal: Trying North-South research partnerships

Author: Stefan Skupien (WZB Berlin Social Science Center)

This paper discusses examples of establishing criteria for equal and fair research partnerships. Starting from the Swiss Commission for Research with Developing Countries (1998), it develops a framework to understand the efforts to counter negative effects in asymmetric relationships.

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