The TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers who have obtained their PhD not earlier than 2010 and are from sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, with the opportunity to make a 'Cooperation Visit' to an institute in Germany. Such visits will have a duration of no more than three months and must be undertaken within 12 months of the award.
Africa is the cradle of humanity. Civilisation, astronomy, science, mathematics and philosophy originated from Africa. There is a real challenge for Africans to understand that the difficult today and tomorrow can be transformed into a beautiful after tomorrow if Africans are prepared to look back to the deep and rich cultural contributions made by the ancestors to help mend the current social-economic reality.
AAS has four categories of Fellowships:
2. Associate Fellows
3. Honorary Fellows
4. Affiliate Members.
FELLOWS – are elected from among active African scientists residing in Africa or elsewhere (including those in the diaspora) and who have attained the highest international standards and/or who have made significant contributions to the development and application of science, technology and innovation in Africa.
The current Ebola epidemic erupted early this year in three West African countries (Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone) then spread to Nigeria and Senegal on the continent with a few cases exported to the United States and Spain (CDC,2014). As a result of the timely and response the epidemic in Senegal and Nigeria was brought under control and the other countries are expected to follow suit even if, for the time being, the epidemic is still expanding there.
The quarterly newsletter of AAS, "Science*Policy*Africa" Vol 18 No. 4 for December 2014 is out.
Few women are participating in development of science and technology in Africa compared with advanced countries where the ratio is almost one to one. But, according to Prof Francisca NnekaOkeke (see photo), African women should be encouraged to be fully involved in this assignment.
This Strategic Plan is the roadmap that is to guide the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) over the next five years. It aims at enhancing the role of the Academy as a key partner and leader in Africa’s sustainable development.
This Plan outlines the interventions, programmes, activities and projected outcomes of AAS.
The Royal Society, in partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID), has opened the second round of applications for Programme Grants as part of its Royal Society - DFID Africa Capacity Building Initiative.
Applications are invited in three priority areas:
Has the health and educational systems in the Arab North as well as the Middle East deteriorated and if so to what extent? The article shows how the governments in the region should strive against brain drain as it costs huge amounts of money to train a single productive professional.
According to statistics 4.8% of population in the Arab world is now over 65 and only 1.2% are over seventy.