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Africa's Scientific Independence: how do we get there?

Planet Earth Institute

Thursday, July 11, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (BST)

Africa's Scientific Independence: how do we get there?

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The PEI UnConference series will launch in July 2013, bringing together 100 people working on science, higher education and technology in Africa in an interactive, open and discussion-based UnConference. The day will be a mixture of presentations, open plenary sessions, small working groups, 1 to-1s and participant-led discussions, designed to foster new thinking, partnerships and peer-to-peer learning.

Groups involved include the Swiss National Science Foundation, the BBC World Service Science Unit, the Association of Commonwealth Universitites, SciDev.net and many others working at the heart of science and higher education in Africa.

Free to attend for all those working on or interested in science, education and technology in Africa. All participants will be expected to get involved in workshops and seminars as part of the interactive nature of the day, and we hope it will be the start of lots of positive conversations.

Share your ideas about science, higher education and technology in Africa on our challenge page here.

This event is delivered in partnership with the Hub Westminster, and members of the PEI Partners Forum, a group of organisations committed to investing in science, higher education and technology for international sustainable development. To find out about joining or future sponsorships view more here.


9.00am: Arrival and breakfast

9.30am: WELCOME outline of the day & table introductions

o   Rt. Hon Lord Paul Boateng

o   Dominic Campbell, Director, FutureGov

10am: MORNING SESSION: Panel + Open Plenary - What do we mean by scientific independence? What are the main barriers?

o   Rt Hon Lord Boateng (Chair)

o   Dr Kasirim Nwuke, Chief, New Technologies & Innovation, Special Initiatives Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

o   Prof Peter Piot, Director LSHTM  & former Executive Director of the United Nations AIDS Initiative

o   Dr Maggie Ebuoluwa Aderin-Pocock MBE, space scientist & research fellow at University College London

o   Mr. Ahlin Byll-Cataria, Executive Secretary of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa

o   Ms Kanyhama Dixon-Fyle, Director, KDf Consulting

o   Lanre Akinola, Editor, This is Africa

11am: Table working groups, feedback & workshop announcements

12.30pm: LUNCH BREAK:  facilitated networking, workshop registration, guest lunchtime session by Sci.Dev.net on practical guide series

1.30pm:  AFTERNOON SESSION 1simultaneous workshops, including:

o   Making impact with academic and science research:   Dr. Andy Cherry, Association of Commonwealth Universities

o   Communicating science to the public:  BBC World Service, Julian Siddle & Deborah Cohen

o   Definitions of science and technology for development: trends and challenges in West Africa: Jessica Romo, SciDev.net

o   The benefits of research partnerships: Elisabeth Schenker, Swiss National Science Foundation

o   Capacity building for academics in Africa:  Dr Elisa Lopez-capel, Newcastle University

o   Giving educators the right tools: Jim Wynn, Promethean

o   A new wave of African entrepreneurs - young, socially-minded and innovation-driven: Kanyhama Dixon-Fyle, KDf Consulting

Workshops will be discussion-based for around 10-15 people, with support from the facilitators. Participants will register for their first choice workshop but will be free to move to others during the session providing there is space, with an open opportunity to swap after 30 minutes.

2.30pm: BREAK

3pm: AFTERNOON SESSION 2: simultaneous key issue workshops created by participants on the day

4pm: FEEDBACK, next steps

4.30pm: CLOSE and networking time

Video messages and interviews will be collected throughout the day. Twitter hashtag is #scienceAfrica and follow @PlanetEarthInst for more details.  

Look forward to seeing you on the day!


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Hub Westminster
1st Floor New Zealand House
80 Haymarket
SW1Y 4TE London
United Kingdom

Thursday, July 11, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (BST)

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Planet Earth Institute

The Planet Earth Institute (PEI) is an international NGO working for the scientific independence of Africa. Our focus is on higher education, science and technology.  Find out more about what we do here.

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