(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)
A new edition of scanning European research funders’ opportunities for collaboration with African partners (this time UK, CH, FR), a African new open-access journal, and links to interesting articles, award winners, and developments in the field of research and science.
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.
Lecture: Funding Science in Africa: Knowledge, Global Challenges, and Initiatives for Health Research, Lecture by Tumani Corrah, Time and address: 16.11.2017, 5pm, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Reichpietschufer 50, 10875 Berlin
As soon as you enter the field of research collaborations with African and European participants, you will need a heuristic list or model of the factors that influence the scientific environments and opportunities of collaboration. The deeply entrenched history of Africa and Europe also in regard to science still influences any partnership model. In this blog entry I will give an overview of the factors that need to be considered when analyzing African research environments.