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Review of ICSU Regional Office for Africa Science Plans
Review of ICSU Regional Office for Africa Science Plans
Jun 29, 2015 Since the publication of ICSU ROA science plans (in 2007 and 2008), it has become necessary to review and update these documents so that they reflect current/emerging trends in each thematic area at international, regional and national levels. The review, which commence in early 2015, was carried out in two phases: an electronic consultation and a meeting.
The First African Future Earth Committee meeting Sep 07, 2015
African Future Earth Committee (AFEC) held its first physical meeting on 13 – 14 August 2015, in Pretoria, South Africa. This meeting was attended by all the eleven members of AFEC plus Hassan Virji from START (representing Future Earth Global Secretariat) and Berhanu Abegaz from the African Academy of Science (as meeting chair). The event was co-sponsored by the government of South Africa (through the National Research Foundation) and ICSU.
ICSU ROA to work with NASAC Feb 16, 2015
It is an exciting development that ICSU ROA has established a working relationship with the Network of African Academies (NASAC) in recent months, following a long and considered engagement. The two are planning to work together to initiate research projects to implement science plans of the Regional Office, which are in the areas of Global Environmental Change (including Climate and Adaptation), Health and Human Well-being, Hazards and Disasters, as well as Sustainable Energy. These projects, we hope, will get funding from a large proposal currently in process with a reputable research funder, with the involvement of the ICSU head office.
Launch of ICSU's International Programme Office on Urban Health and Well-being Jan 20, 2015
The International Programme Office (IPO) for Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment Programme, the latest addition to the ICSU family, was launched in Xiamen, China, on 8 December 2014. The Office is hosted by the Institute for Urban Environment (IUE) of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS). The Urban Health & Wellbeing programme aims to better understand what makes a "healthy urban environment", and is co-sponsored by the United Nations University (UNU) and the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP).
SciDataCon2014 Conference Jan 15, 2015
The International Conference on Data Sharing and Integration, held every two years, is an important showcase of open science around the world. The 2014 conference was held at the Convention Centre of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India. The conference, with an overarching theme Data Sharing and Integration for Global Sustainability, was organised in partnership between ICSU’s Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA), ICSU World Data System (WDS) and the Indian National Science Academy (INSA)
International Workshop on Open Data Knowledge Environment for Sciences and Sustainability in Developing Countries Jan 14, 2015
An International Workshop on Open Data Knowledge Environment for Sciences and Sustainability in Developing Countries was organised by the CODATA Task Group on Preservation of and Access to Scientific and Technical Data in/for/with Developing Countries, 06 – 08 August 2014 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Nairobi.
ICSU Regional Office for Africa Annual Report 2013/14 Jan 13, 2015
The ICSU Regional Office for Africa Annual Report for the 2014/15 Financial Year is now available
SSEESS Research Links Programme 2015 Dec 08, 2014
The Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth Systems Sciences (SSEESS) offers project planning grants aiming to facilitate the formation of North-South research consortia within global environmental change (GEC) research.
African scientists appointed into Executive Board of ICSU Sep 09, 2014
Two of the three scientists from Africa nominated to the Executive Board of ICSU for 2015. - 2017 were voted in during the 31st General Assembly in Auckland, NewZealand. The GA, which takes place every three years, was held from 31st August to 3rd September 2014. This shows the confidence that the global scientific community has in developing countries as key role players in ensuring that global science is strengthened to benefit society.
Future Earth Regional Workshop for Africa II Jun 11, 2014
ICSU Regional Office for Africa, in collaboration with the University of Pretoria, successfully organised a 2nd Future Earth Regional Workshop for Africa, which was held at the University of Pretoria, in Pretoria, South Africa, from 23 to 24 June, 2014. The Workshop was attended by about 70 participants (from across Africa) who represented national governments, intergovernmental bodies, regional economic communities, UN agencies, academic and research institutions, science academies, ICSU national members and scientific unions.
Global Environmental Change Symposium Mar 18, 2014
The Global Environmental Change Symposium was held at the University of Mauritius on the 8th of April 2014, in partnership with the African Institute of South Africa (AISA). Three books co-published between the three partners were launched. Some of the Scientists who have tirelessly dedicated their time and energy to produce these books attended the symposium, to share first-hand information on the content of the books they have worked on.
Future Earth Regional Workshop for Africa Nov 06, 2012
The International Council for Science, with financial support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) organised the Future Earth Regional Workshop for Africa, which was held in Cape Town, South Africa on 31 October – 02 November 2012. The workshop brought together about 50 global environmental change scientists from within and outside Africa. It provided a platform for these scientists and other stakeholders working on global environmental change research across disciplines to discuss and elaborate recommendations for the development of Future Earth on the continent.
Dakar Declaration Oct 25, 2012
The Sida funded African Regional Implementation Workshop on Hazards and Disasters took place in Dakar, Senegal from the 26 - 27 September 2012 and ended with this declaration of outcomes.
ICSU ROA Annual Report 2011/12 Aug 21, 2012
The ICSU Regional Office for Africa Annual Report for the 2011/12 financial year is now available.
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