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TechWomen provides encouragement, support, and mentorship to women from Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East working in science and technology. Participants travel to the United States for five weeks and are paired with top-notch women from Silicon Valley to serve as their mentors, develop projects, and participate in a number of networking opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Designed to support development in the field of technology, increase the trade capacity of the participating countries, promote economic advancement, and enable women to reach their full potential in the science and tech industries, almost 100 women took part in this U.S.-based mentoring program in 2015. In the spring of 2016, a group of American Mentors and TechWomen alumnae are scheduled to travel to select countries overseas to lead seminars and networking activities for young women entrepreneurs and NGO representatives, and to conduct presentations and workshops for undergraduates and teenage girls in STEM fields that focus on careers in science and technology.

Applicants from the following countries may apply:
• (AF) Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Zimbabwe
• (NEA) Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, and Tunisia
• (SCA) Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan

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. Please find attached the relevant application form.

Such visits will have a duration of no more than three months and must be undertaken within 12 months of the award.

The deadline for submission is 31 March 2015. More information here

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for the advancement of science in developing countries is seeking nominations for the TWAS 2016 Prizes.

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Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) has opened application Round 15, and proposals for the six topics listed below are being accepted online through May 13, 2015.

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The TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers from sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, with the opportunity to make a 'Cooperation Visit' to an institute in Germany of no more than 3 months. Please find attached the relevant application form.

Under this programme, researchers are assisted in making a 'Cooperation Visit' to an institute in Germany. Such visits will have a duration of no more than three (3) months and must be undertaken within 12 months of the award.

The aim of the visit is to discuss research collaboration with German scientists with the ultimate goal of developing longer-term collaboration, perhaps through other Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, or German Research Foundation) programmes. TWAS will cover health insurance and travel expenses, while DFG will provide subsistence costs for the stay in Germany. The administration and financial operation of TWAS is undertaken by UNESCO in accordance with an agreement signed by the two organizations.

Deadline: 31 March 2016. Successful applicants will be informed three months after the deadline.
Completed applications, together with the supporting documentation, should be sent either:
• by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• by fax to +39 040 224 559 or
• as hard copies to TWAS secretariat, ICTP Campus, Strada Costiera 11, 34151 Trieste, Italy

Nairobi/Addis Ababa/London/Seattle/Johannesburg, March 9, 2015

In a key development for scientific and health research in Africa, the African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, endorsed the establishment of the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) - a platform created by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the NEPAD Agency. This pan-African platform offers an opportunity for the long-term development of research leadership, scientific excellence and innovation that impact on Africa’s developmental challenges. The AESA platform will, among other things, identify challenges that hinder rapid scientific advancement in Africa, run open calls for proposals with transparent review processes, actively manage grants and evaluate and measure the impact of such investments. AESA will promote the collaborative and coordinated implementation of the Africa Union’s (AU) Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA 2024) in the area of health.

H.E. Dr. Martial De-Paul Ikounga, Commissioner of Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST) at the AU said: “We developed STISA as a multi-purpose policy advocacy strategy for mainstreaming innovation in the priority areas of the African Union of which health and wellbeing are part. Mobilization of domestic excellence and financial resources and leveraging external support are vital for the successful implementation of STISA 2024”.

H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO of NEPAD Agency remarked that the NEPAD Agency is committed to work with African institutions in applying science, technology and innovation in addressing Africa’s challenges in health and is therefore pleased to draw upon the capacity that resides at the African Academy of Sciences to establish AESA African leaders at the 24th Summit meeting from 30-31 January 2015 also called upon Member States, regional and global partners as well as private foundations to support the Alliance in order to strengthen health research and innovation in Africa.

AESA has already received the recognition and financial support of three developmental partners, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust and UK’s Department for International Development (DfID). In a response to this call by the Summit these three partners issued a statement saying: ‘We welcome the African Union’s recent call to establish the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), to be led by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) in collaboration with the NEPAD Agency. The announcement marks a major step toward advancing global health and development across the continent. We are funding the development of AESA and share the vision of supporting the next generation of outstanding African researchers, who will help solve some of the continent’s greatest health and development challenges.

When announcing AESA at a recent meeting of twenty African Academies, the AAS President Prof. Aderemi Kuku referred to this development by saying ‘this marks a new dawn for science development on the continent’. A formal launch of AESA is planned on the side-lines of the next AU summit in June 2015 in South Africa.

More details available here.


The OWSD Fifth General Assembly and International Conference on 'Women In Science and Technology for the Developing World' will be held in Kuwait from 16 to 19 May 2016. The event is being generously hosted by the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) and it aims to encourage collaboration and exchange of knowledge& experience among OWSD members and participants. The themes are:

  • Gender and Leadership
  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Science and Technology
  • Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Health and Medicine
  • OWSD Programme Success, OWSD Membership Drive and OWSD National Chapters

On 16 and 19 May the OWSD Executive Board will convene the OWSD General Assembly and, in accordance with the Statutes, members will elect the new Executive Board. This is an exciting opportunity for OWSD members to participate in the decision-making processes of the Organization.

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The Department of Science and Technology is calling for nominations to recognise and award excellence by women scientists and researchers.  

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TWAS/BVA.NXT 2016 will be the fourth BioVisionAlexandira.NXT to be organized in Alexandria. The Event will be held under the theme "Research Ethics and Social Responsibility". TWAS/BVA.NXT 2016 intends to explore research ethics in the developing world, and highlight its importance for society. It will also identify researchers' responsibilities to overcome obstacles in developing countries using quality controlled and high standard research.

The Event will be held 10–11 April 2016, where TWAS/BVA.NXT 2016 participants will be offered the opportunity to meet other young scientists and professionals from different parts of the world. This will allow them to share their views regarding the status, obstacles and concerns of ethical research in developing countries. They will also be offered the chance to discuss different problems regarding marketing of ideas, tools for efficient patent searches and Intellectual Property Rights. The best ten young scientists will have the opportunity to present their innovative ideas and their impact on the development of societies. Furthermore, the young scientists will be invited to participate in BioVisionAlexandria.

Priority will be given to the best innovative research, and to research papers that meet the needs of the society.

Criteria of Application
  • Applicants should not be older than 35 years of age (by the first of January 2016)
  • Applicants should be Masters, PhD students or Postdoctoral scholars working in the field of life sciences
  • Applicants should have innovative research papers
Financial Support

Financial Support to air tickets is only available for accepted participants who are natives of developing countries by TWAS.

To apply to the TWAS/BVA.NXT 2016, please visit: http://www.bibalex.org/bva2016/NextRegistration/RegistrationForm.aspx?m=7.
For more information about the conference, please check: http://www.bibalex.org/bva2016/Home/StaticPage.aspx?page=61&m=7.
For any inquiries, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To celebrate International Womens Day OpportunitiesForAfricans.com presented a list of the top 20 yearly International Scholarships and Fellowships for African Women. The list is available here

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The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, with the support of the National Research Foundation will be hosting a Mathematics Symposium from 9 to 11 March 2016 at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS), Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa. The theme of the symposium is "Partial Differential Equations and Their Applications". The multilateral event will provide a platform for scientific exchange among senior and young scientists in the field of Mathematics.

Eligibility
ASSAf Young scientists should meet the following criteria to participate:

  • Be resident in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Be under the age of forty (40)
  • Be in possession of a PhD degree
  • Have research interests associated with the theme of the symposium

Symposium Participation and Application
ASSAf invites submission of abstracts for poster presentations. Interested candidates, who meet the above mentioned criteria, should please complete the accompanying application form and return it to Dr Siyavuya Bulani (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Tel: +27 (0)12 349 6646 by Friday, 18 December 2015. There is no registration fee to attend the symposium. Further information about the symposium will be circulated. Participants are requested to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

Abstract Format
Applicants should follow the instructions clearly:

  • Abstract must not be more than 300 words (excluding Title, Authors and Institutions) in the attached form
  • Abstract must be written in English
  • Abstract title must be in boldface, capital letters (lowercase) and centered
  • Abstract font must be Century Gothic 11 with A4 set up margins

Abstract Acceptance
Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel which reserves the right to accept and allocate poster presentations. All applicants will be notified of the selection process by 18 December 2015.

Please download the application form here. Application Deadline is 18 December 2015.

The International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation under the auspices of UNESCO (ISTIC) in collaboration with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO and Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) will be organising the International Forum on “Harnessing Women’s Talents in Science, Technology and Innovation” which will be held on 25-26 May 2015 at Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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The Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) is calling for applications for membership from South African residents. OWSD has a National Chapter in South Africa which is hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa. Membership allows for engagement in activities of both OWSD International and the OWSD SA NC.

Vision: To shape the future of South Africa by contributing to gender equality in science, technology and innovation.

Why you should be affiliated to the OWSD South African National Chapter

Members of OWSD residing in South Africa can expect to receive the following benefits from their affiliation with the OWSD SA

  • Access to information regarding fellowships, awards, training opportunities and conferences;
  • Increase awareness of gender issues in STI;
  • Participation in mentorship initiatives;
  • Opportunity to contribute expertise for South Africa, Africa's and the world's developmental agenda;
  • Access to information regarding other National System of Innovation (NSI) organisations and/or stakeholders within and beyond South Africa;
  • Networking with other women in STI through the General Assembly and Conference biennially, and other opportunities facilitated by the National Chapter; and
  • Opportunity to access training and information on gender mainstreaming, the importance of applying the gender lens in policymaking and implementation, and women in STI leadership

If you are interested in becoming a member of OWSD, we kindly request you to complete the application form and return the form and an updated curriculum vitae (with list of publications) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you have any queries, you may contact Ms Constance Manyeli: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (012)349-6605.

The closing date for applications is 30 November 2015.

Together, TWAS and Lenovo are offering the TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize, which is intended to give international recognition and visibility to outstanding scientific achievements made by individual scientists in developing countries.

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TWAS/BVA.NXT 2016 will be the fourth BioVisionAlexandira.NXT to be organized in Alexandria. The Event will be held under the theme "Research Ethics and Social Responsibility". TWAS/BVA.NXT 2016 intends to explore research ethics in the developing world, and highlight its importance for society. It will also identify researchers' responsibilities to overcome obstacles in developing countries using quality controlled and high standard research.

The Event will be held 10–11 April 2016, where TWAS/BVA.NXT 2016 participants will be offered the opportunity to meet other young scientists and professionals from different parts of the world. This will allow them to share their views regarding the status, obstacles and concerns of ethical research in developing countries. They will also be offered the chance to discuss different problems regarding marketing of ideas, tools for efficient patent searches and Intellectual Property Rights. The best ten young scientists will have the opportunity to present their innovative ideas and their impact on the development of societies. Furthermore, the young scientists will be invited to participate in BioVisionAlexandria Conference.
Priority will be given to the best innovative research, and to research papers that meet the needs of the society.

Criteria of Application
• Applicants should not be older than 35 years of age (by the first of January 2016).
• Applicants should be Masters, PhD students or Postdoctoral scholars working in the field of life sciences.
• Applicants should have innovative research papers.

Financial Support:
Financial Support to air tickets is only available for accepted participants who are natives of developing countries by TWAS.
To apply to the TWAS/BVA.NXT 2016, please visit: http://www.bibalex.org/bva2016/NextRegistration/RegistrationForm.aspx?m=7.
For more information about the conference, please check: http://www.bibalex.org/bva2016/Home/StaticPage.aspx?page=61&m=7.
For any inquiries, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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. 

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The call for application to attend a science advice workshop for African Scientists on 26-27 February 2016 is now open. Please see attached document.

The workshop will bring together 50 scientists (young and established researchers) and key stakeholders for a dialogue on models of science advice, and promising practices for working at the interface between science and policy, and will form a basis for a network of science advice stakeholders in Africa.

It is coordinated by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) on behalf of the International Network for Governmental Science Advice (INGSA) which is a newly formed network operating under the aegis of the International Council of Science (ICSU).

This call is open to researchers residing and working on the African continent. Applications meeting the following criteria will be prioritised:
a. Have a science background (natural and applied sciences, humanities, social sciences, engineering, health and medical sciences);
b. Be affiliated to institutions of higher learning, academies of science, government/ statutory/private research/advisory institutes;
c. Demonstrate the policy relevance of their area of research specialisation or professional expertise.

The following documents should be submitted electronically (via email) to Kholani Mbhiza (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 30 October 2015:
a. Brief biography (not more than 400 words);
b. Comprehensive CV (including list of publications);
c. Motivation letter (this should cover: current contributions to the science-policy interface, reasons to be considered to attend the workshop, and how the lessons learnt from the workshop would be disseminated and would benefit the applicant's country)
d. Letter of reference supporting the application

Call for application

Gender is a complex issue to navigate. Simply put, women and men should neither be limited nor defined by gender. Read this editorial by opinion and special features editor, Anita Makri from SciDevNet here

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), is seeking candidates to participate in the 2016 Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting to be held from 26 June to 1 July 2016 in Lindau, Germany. The 66th Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting, dedicated to Physics, will be attended by Physics Nobel Laureates and about 400 highly-talented young scientists from across the world. Participation in the Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting is a prestigious award under the Patronage of former German President Horst Köhler and funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Bunderministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit. The award is worth about €5000 per individual, including a travel grant.


Eligibility
Eligible applicants should demonstrate a strong commitment to the field of Physics, closely related disciplines and interdisciplinary work. All nominated participants should meet the following criteria to participate:
1. Applications are open to early-career South African citizens or permanent resident students and researchers comprising a mix of (1) Masters and doctoral students; and (2) postdoctoral students.
2. Applicants must be 35 years or younger at the time of the meeting.
3. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding academic accomplishments.
4. Applicants should be able to communicate in English, and have the desire to participate in discussions.
5. Applicants should not hold a permanent position (scientists with permanent positions, in particular a professorship, will not be considered).
6. Applicants should not have participated in previous Lindau meetings.
7. Applicants should commit themselves to be present for the full duration of the meeting.
Applications should be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applicants should submit the following documents:
1. Completed application form (incomplete forms will not be considered)
2. Curriculum vitae
3. At least one letter of recommendation/Reference from a supervisor and possibly another researcher
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Note
Further communications and guidelines will be given to the shortlisted applicants
Final selection will be done by the Lindau Nobel Laureate Council and Foundation
Deadline for sending nominations is Wednesday 14 October 2015.
For any further information please contact:
Mr Ntambudzeni Tshiswaise
Tel: +27(0)12 349 6648
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Considering the large number of people suffering from hunger and expected population increase next in two decades, food production system should be re-evaluated in order to overcome food shortage.

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On 2 September 2015, the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor announced 42 new research chairs at various universities and other higher education institutions under the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI).

The programme was established by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in 2006 and it is administered by the National Research Foundation (NRF). It aims to strengthen and improve research and innovation capacity of public universities for producing high quality postgraduate students, research, and innovation outputs.

Some of the objectives of SARChI are to:

  • Expand the scientific research and innovation capacity of South Africa;
  • Improve South Africa's international research and innovation competitiveness while responding to social and economic challenges of the country;
  • Attract and retain excellent researchers and scientists;
  • Increase the production of masters and doctoral graduates; and
  • Create research career pathways for young and mid-career researchers, with a strong research, innovation and human capital development output trajectory.

This radical transformation by government will shape the future of South African higher education in terms of global rankings.

To read the official media release on the DST website, please click here.

"Many topics within science, or more generally, have a gender dimension; you can tell a more complete, honest, richer and fuller story if you take gender into account.   By applying a gender lens to different aspects of a story you can consider obvious voices, but also the voices that are often missing. But how can you apply this gender lens?   It goes beyond making sure that you interview both men and women, and is more about building the gender dimension in as one of the many that you consider. It is a part of the culture and process of story creation, and certainly not a box-ticking exercise". Read the rest of SciDev.net article here.

In this installation of our series of articles with The Conversation Africa, Professor Brenda Wingfield shares her experiences on motherhood and her career in science.

Her most important message in the article for women with families or women contemplating a family is that they are going to have to make difficult decisions. She also provides advice on how to juggle the two roles in terms the time allocated to each role but there are huge lessons to be learnt along the way.

Professor Wingfield is a Council Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and Professor of Genetics at the University of Pretoria. 

The article is titled "Juggling a career and motherhood: a scientist tells her story", click here to read it.

A GenderInSITE-OWSD-WISAT Panel on "Gender Equality in the Knowledge Society: Better Analysis Through Better Information" was held at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) on February 15.  With funding from The Elsevier Foundation and Sida, the panel presented the results of the National Assessments on Gender and STI for Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and the USA. 

More information here.

One of the flagship projects of the OWSD (Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World) South African National Chapter is GenderInSITE.

Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GenderInSITE) - is an international project to raise the awareness of decision makers on the gender and SITE dimensions of development, aimed at both men and women. GenderInSITE seeks to promote the role of women IN science, technology and Innovation, and how science, technology and innovation can be FOR women, or how it can serve women's lives and livelihoods at the grassroots level.

GenderInSITE promotes the awareness of decision makers that SITE for development policy and programs will be more effective, equitable and sustainable when the gender lens is applied – when they reflect the vision, aims concerns, perspective, knowledge and abilities of both women and men. Internationally, the initiative is coordinated by the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the Elsevier Foundation, the Gender Advisory Board of the UN Commission for Science and Technology for Development (GAB-CSTD), and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) with support from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). The OWSD SA National Chapter is the focal point for GenderInSITE in southern Africa.

In the second instalment in the series of articles that OWSD SA is profiling on The Conversation Africa, Dr Shirley Malcom writes about why it is important to apply a gender lens in addressing problems faced in Africa. She explains how assessing the gender dimensions in research and innovation, policy making and implementation are crucial in development. Dr Shirley Malcom is the co-chair of GenderInSITE and co-chair of the Gender Advisory Board of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (UNCSTD).

The article is titled "Why applying a gender lens is key to addressing Africa's challenges", click here to read it.

CONICET (the National  Scientific and Technical Research Council ), a government agency that directs and co-ordinates most of the scientific and technical research done in universities and institutes in Argentina, is launching a new initiative on Gender, Science and Technology. The goal is to stimulate academic institutions and research teams to recognize the relevance  of this field and develop studies, dissemination and educational  activities related to it. 

This  is a result of an agreement between CONICET and the UNESCO Regional Chair on Science, Technology in Latin America, based in FLACSO (Latin American Social Studies Institute), coordinated by Gloria Bonder, Directora Área Género, Sociedad y Políticas, FLACSO Argentina. Visit the website (in Spanish), here

TWAS-ROSSA seeks to honour an outstanding young scientist who has contributed to the development, mentoring and training of postgraduate students in various disciplines in addressing the challenges that Africa is facing e.g. Promotion of Science, Technology & Innovation (STI), participating in projects aiming to address issues pertaining to health, poverty and women's leadership.

The prize comprises an award certificate with a citation on the winner's scientific achievement as well as a cash prize of 3,000 USD. The prize is awarded in fulfilment of the TWAS objective of recognising, supporting and promoting scientific capacity and excellence in the developing world. The 2015 TWAS ROSSA Regional Young Scientists Prize will be awarded to an outstanding young scientist who has made significant contributions in empowering women.

Nominations are invited from TWAS and AAS fellows, Members of National Academies and fellows, Members of Young Academy of Sciences in the region, Research Institutions, Research Councils and Universities in the region.

Nominees must be aged 40 or less living and working in a developing country. More information is provided on the attached call for nomination and kindly use the attached form to submit your nomination. All nominations must be forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 31 August 2015.

Please note that late submission will not be considered.

It’s time to flip the script for women and girls leading science and technology innovation globally. Women must be equal participants, leaders, and shapers in an increasingly connected world. Right now, women around the world are too often excluded from the global technology revolution. The result: more inequality, less innovation, and solutions that leave women out.

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In celebration of Women's Month, we have partnered with The Conversation Africa to write a series of articles on gender in science, technology and innovation (STI).

The first article written by our chair, Professor Jennifer Thomson is titled "Despite concerted effort, barriers to women in science remain" which highlights national programmes and activities undertaken to increase the participation of girls and women in STI. 

Prof Thomson is Emeritus Professor in Molecular and Cell Biology at University of Cape Town and has been an OWSD member since 1994. She has won the L'Oreal-UNESCO prize for Women in Science for Africa as well as several other prestigious national and international prizes. An expert in biotechnology, Prof Thomson has been a member of the Department of Science and Technology's (DST) National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI) since 2002 and a member of its subcommitte, the National Biotechnology Advisory Committee. She is a brilliant writer, with three books on the subject: Genes for Africa, Seeds for the Future and Food for Africa.  

This is the second article she writes for The Conversation Africa, click here to read it.

You can also subscribe to The Conversation Africa's daily newsletter via their website. 

Every February, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual meeting, the Elsevier Foundation and its key partners,the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and TWAS, the World Academy of Sciences, recognize the accomplishments of five early-career scientists with the Elsevier Foundation Awards for Women in Science in the Developing World.

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The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), in partnership with the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) have partnered to pursue the goal of advancement of Science in developing countries through the establishment of the NRF-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowship funding instrument. TWAS is based in Italy and operates as a programme of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the advancement of science in developing countries. The parties entered into a contractual agreement to support postdoctoral fellows from Africa and developing countries who will be funded per annum for a maximum of three (3) years to pursue full-time research training in South Africa. There will be an intake of 10 postdoctoral fellows each year for three (3) years, starting in 2016.


International strategic partnerships remain the vehicle for development, within the context of the advancement of research and human capacity development. Through this funding instrument, South Africa will contribute to effective science collaboration on the African continent and globally. In particular, ensuring capacity development of promising next generation and emerging researchers in developing countries will make headways towards exchange of knowledge and improving the quality of research leading to innovative ideas for socio-economic development.


The objectives of the NRF-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowship funding instrument are to:

  •  Increase the number and quality of postdoctoral research fellows in Africa and other developing countries;
  •  Foster collaboration in order to increase the supervisory capacity of postdoctoral students and fellows in South Africa and other developing countries;
  • Foster scientific and technological cooperation by facilitating brain circulation between countries;
  • Attract young scientists and professionals of the highest calibre from developing countries to access world class strategic and applied research opportunities in South Africa in order to advance their professional competitiveness; and
  • Support human capacity needs and thus position the developing countries for global competitiveness in scientific and technological fields.

To apply click here

OWSD International featured in the latest issue of International Innovation. Read it here on page 37-39: A passion for progress; Issue 171

TWAS is inviting young scientists from the developing world, as well as policymakers and diplomats with a science portfolio, to apply to attend a TWAS Science Diplomacy workshop on Sustainable Water Management to be held in Trieste from 30 November to 4 December.

The workshop will expose participants to some key contemporary international policy issues relating to science diplomacy and sustainable water management, including the use of shared rivers and underground aquifers, cross-border pollution issues, safe drinking water, etc.
Keynote presentations will set the scene and allow participants to develop their own projects in breakout groups. A visit to a local water purification plant is also being planned.

The link below provides further information and access to the online application form and guidelines:
http://twas.org/opportunity/twas-science-diplomacy-workshop-sustainable-water-management

Those interested in participating are requested to read the guidelines before submitting their application.
Applications can only be accepted via the online form which will be available until midnight (Central European Summer Time) of *16 August 2015.* Successful candidates will be contacted by early September.

Annual grants support projects to build research capacity in Africa and level the academic playing field for women scientists. 

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TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, www.twas.org, is now accepting applications for the TWAS Research and Advanced Training Fellowship programme.

The fellowships are offered to scientists from developing countries and are tenable at centres of excellence in various developing countries.

Eligible fields include one or more of the following: agricultural and biological sciences, medical and health sciences, chemistry, engineering, astronomy, space and earth sciences, mathematics and physics.

Please see
http://www.twas.org/opportunity/twas-fellowships-research-and-advanced-training for the latest information regarding the above programme, including eligibility criteria,guidelines, etc.

Download application form here.

Women scientists are especially encouraged to apply.

Aiming to develop a critical mass of young physician leaders in a learning and action network worldwide. The Young Physician Leaders programme is IAMP’s flagship effort to challenge its member academies to support young physicians in their home countries and to strengthen their leadership skills – fostering a new generation of leaders in global health for the 21st Century.

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The TWAS Visiting Expert Programme supports visits of internationally renowned scientists to institutions located in developing countries, especially those located in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

The objective of the programme is to provide institutions and research groups in developing countries, especially those with limited outside contacts, with the opportunity to establish long-term links with world leaders in science and so help develop capacity-building in their country. Under the programme, prospective host institutions can invite internationally renowned experts in areas of science other than mathematics and physics to collaborate in research and training.

The visit should have a minimum stay of two weeks at the host institution. TWAS will cover the cost of the air ticket and will provide an honorarium of USD 500, while the host institution is expected to cover local expenses. Attached please find the relevant application form

The Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize, worth £25,000, is awarded annually for outstanding academic achievement in transcultural understanding and is designed to illustrate the interconnected nature of cultures and civilizations. The award was founded by the  International Relations scholar, Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan. The Prize was first awarded in 2013.

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Deadline: August 06, 2015 by 16:00 (04:00 PM) (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Eligibility:
This call is open to Canadians, permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing a master's or a doctoral degree at a recognized university OR who have completed a master's or doctoral degree at a recognized university. These research awards may be part of an academic requirement.

Other eligibility requirements include:

  • Your proposed research must focus on one or more developing countries.
  • Candidates cannot receive any other Canadian government scholarship, award, subsidy, bursary, or honorarium, or hold any federal government contract in support of a research/work project for the duration of the award.
  • If you are a non-Canadian residing, relocating, or studying in Canada and are recommended for an award, you will need a valid work permit before working at IDRC.

Duration: January to December 2016 (12 months). Based in Ottawa, Canada (Select placements may be located in one of IDRC's Regional Offices).
Budget: Salary for one year: CA$39,797-CA$46,070

Scope:
For payroll purposes, awardees are considered as full-time employees of IDRC. Benefits include Employer contributions to Employment Insurance, Employer Health Tax, Canada Pension Plan, and paid vacation leave. Some travel and research expenses are also supported, up to a maximum of CA$15,000.

As a research award recipient, you will undertake a one-year paid program of research on the topic you submitted to the competition and receive hands-on experience in research management; grant administration; and the creation, dissemination, and use of knowledge from an international perspective.

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We invite you to submit nominations for the Royal Society Pfizer Award. The Award recognises research scientists, based in Africa, making an innovative contribution to the biological sciences or basic medical science that has led to a sustainable positive impact in Africa. 

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1. Atta-ur-Rahman Prize

The annual Atta-ur-Rahman Prize is sponsored by TWAS Fellow Atta-ur-Rahman, This award is given to a chemist under the age of 40 who lives and works in a scientifically lagging country. The prize is worth USD 4,000 and winners are invited to attend the TWAS General Meeting and present a paper on their work.
1.1. Eligible candidates
• Young chemists (under the age of 40).
• Living and working in a scientifically lagging countries in the subSaharan Africa region (Please find the attached list of the lagging countries).
• All fields of Chemistry are eligible.

1.2. Potential candidates

Winners of TWAS Prizes for Young Scientists and AU-TWAS Young Scientist National Awards in the field of Chemistry are put forward.
1.3. Selection
TWAS ROSSA will submit all the nominations from the region to TWAS for final selection which will be administered by Professor Atta-ur-Rahman.

2. C.N.R. Rao Prize

The prize, named after TWAS Founding Fellow and former president C.N.R. Rao, carries a cash award of USD4,000 generously provided by Professor Rao. It is designed to honour TWAS Fellows from the developing world, especially scientists from the world's scientifically lagging and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), who have made significant contributions to global science.

2.1. Eligible candidates
TWAS Fellows from the world's scientifically and technologically lagging countries in the subSaharan Africa region, who have made significant contributions to global science (Please find the attached list of countries that fit the description).

2.2. Potential candidates
TWAS ROSSA will submit all the candidates' nomination from eligible countries in the region to TWAS headquarters.
2.3. Selection
TWAS officers will review the nominations from the Regional Offices and propose a winner for approval by Prof. C.N.R. Rao.

3. Nominations

• Nominations are invited from TWAS and AAS fellows, fellow/members of National Academies and Young Academies in the region, Research Institutions, Research Councils and Universities in the region.
• Nomination of women is highly encouraged.
• Self-nominations will not be considered.
• The completed nomination form for each prize must be accompanied by all the relevant documents.

4. Requirements

• Candidate's full CV.
• List of publications.
• Motivational letter (1 page) for each of the above prizes.

5. Deadline

The completed nomination form(s) and all the relevant documents must be submitted to TWAS ROSSA (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Friday 10 July 2015.

The experiences we have as small children have a long-term impact on the entire course of our development. High-quality education and upbringing from an early age is thus crucial both for every individual and for society as a whole.

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The World Academy of Sciences - Regional Office for subSaharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) seeks to honour an outstanding scientist who has contributed to the development of scientific educational material by awarding an annual Regional Prize. The prize is awarded in fulfilment of the TWAS objective of recognising, supporting and promoting scientific capacity and excellence in the developing world. Scientific educational materials are essential components for solving many local, regional and global challenges that include poverty, health and sustainable development.
The prize for 2015 will be awarded to a scientist who has made significant contributions to the development of scientific educational material.

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Browse through worldwide Grants and Fellowships available for South Africans in 2015.

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Germany's Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) invites young scientists from around the world to enter the first ever FAU Open Research Challenge.

Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the global online contest offers exciting opportunities for ambitious academics. We invite you to tackle interesting research questions, network and collaborate in international teams, and probe your ideas and skills in this solution oriented, research-driven competition.

About the FAU Open Challenge

The contest consists of three parallel challenges in three of FAU's major research areas:

  • Digital Forensics
  • Discrete Optimization
  • Photonic Technologies

Entries will be judged by a panel of experts in the respective fields. The winners will be invited to an all-expenses paid stay in Erlangen-Nuremberg in October 2015, during which they are welcome to visit relevant research groups and laboratories at FAU, discuss their solutions, explore possibilities for future collaboration or career development, get to know the cultural and culinary highlights of Germany and Bavaria, and finally present their work at the popular science festival "Long Night of Science."

Join this community of young researchers from all over the world in tackling the research challenges!

This is your chance to visit and enjoy Germany – land of ideas, where even the head of government is a former research scientist: physicist Dr Angela Merkel.

For more information: openresearchchallenge.fau.de

Modern high-throughput screening methods for analysing genetic information, proteins and metabolic products offer new ways of obtaining large quantities of data on life processes. These OMICS technologies, as they are known, are fuelling hopes of major advances in medicine, pharmacy, biochemistry, the food sciences and related fields.

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1st International Conference on Science, Technology, Innovation (STI) and Development

9th-10th September 2015, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Scientific advance and technological innovation have brought remarkable growth in industrial production, economic expansion and better living condition over the world. At the same time, we also observed the phenomenon that many technology transfers and STI development cooperation did not work well in many developing countries as it promised. There is a strong need to analyze and learn from more successful and failure stories regarding how to nurture STI national ecosystem in developing countries and how STI can play a meaningful role in international development cooperation.

In light of this, International Innovation Cooperation Center of Science Technology Policy Institute (STEPI-IICC) would like to invite you to submit papers on science, technology and innovation (STI) and development cooperation.

Authors of selected papers will have a chance to present their papers as part of an international conference on STI and development that will be jointly organized by STEPI and World Bank. The conference will take place in Seoul, Republic of Korea from 9th~10th September, 2015.

This call for papers seeks to explore and focus on the below main themes:

- Theme: STI and Development Cooperation

- Sub-theme: a number of sub-theme have been identified, including but not limited to: STI Policy, ICT, Environment, Entrepreneurship, Agriculture, Science and Technology Park, Appropriate Technology, etc.

We invite you to submit your abstract (no more than 300~500 words) by 15th July, 2015, by emailing Mikyeong Won (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

For more information: http://iicc.stepi.re.kr/0804

Details on the vacancies available here

For each of the positions, applications with a letter of motivation, a full Curriculum Vitae (with age, nationality, marital status), and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable of the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience should be submitted on or before 20th January, 2015

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The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya, in partnership with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) In-Country/In-Region Scholarships Programme and African university partners, requests applications for doctoral research scholarships in the African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Sciences (ARPPIS).

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The British Academy is pleased to invite nominations for the 2015 Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Transcultural Understanding. This major international prize, worth £25,000, was established in 2013 to reward “outstanding academic achievement in transcultural understanding” and is designed to illustrate the interconnected nature of cultures and civilizations. The 2015 prize will be awarded at a special event held in London in autumn 2015.

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The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya, and TWAS offer three fellowships per year to young scientists from developing countries (other than Kenya) who wish to undertake their PhD studies in Kenya. Applicants may obtain all or part of their PhD by choosing a SANDWICH or FULL-TIME fellowship.

Eligibility

Applicants for the full-time postgraduate fellowships must:

  • be permanent residents in a developing country (other than Kenya);
  • be a maximum of between 35 and 40 years of age by 31 December in the year of application;
  • hold a university degree (minimum qualification is a Master's degree);
  • provide evidence that s/he will return to their home country/country on completion of the fellowship;
  • not take up other assignments during the period of his/her fellowship;
  • be financially responsible for any accompanying family member;
  • have official acceptance at an eligible department, institution or laboratory at icipe.
Programme information

SANDWICH Fellowships (for those registered for a PhD in a developing country): The Fellowship may be granted for a minimum period of 6 months and a maximum period of 12 months.
FULL-TIME Fellowships (for those not registered for a PhD in their home country): The Fellowship is granted for a period of up to 3 years. Candidates will register for their PhD at any university in a developing country.
The programme envisages only one journey to the host country.
Icipe will provide a monthly stipend to cover living costs, food and health insurance. The monthly stipend will not be convertible into foreign currency. In addition, Fellowship awardees are entitled to subsidized accommodation.
The language of instruction for foreign scholars in icipe is English.

For more information, please click here: http://twas.org/opportunity/twas-icipe-postgraduate-fellowship-programme 

Closing Date: 15 September 2015

INSPIRE - INternational Science Promoting Innovation and entREpreneurship call 2 is now open! Possibility to study at different levels, and within different disciplines, at Uppsala University in Sweden. Deadline to apply to Uppsala University 15 January 2015 for school year that begins in August 2015. All relevant programmes are carried out in English.

Available Scholarships for South African nationals:

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The Call for Applications for the OWSD postgraduate fellowships is open.

Women from Sub-Saharan Africa or Least Developed Countries (see list below) can apply for a PhD programme or for an MSc converting to a PhD programme. Grantees can choose either a full-time three year fellowship option, where the research is undertaken entirely at the host institute, or a sandwich option, where applicants are registered as PhD students in their home country and spend a minimum of six months at a host institute abroad. We particularly encourage women to consider the sandwich option, which allows them to earn the PhD in their home country while accessing specialist researchers and equipment at the host institute.

ELIGIBLE SCIENTIFIC FIELDS

Agricultural Sciences; Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology; Biological Systems and Organisms; Medical and Health Sciences; Neurosciences; Chemical Sciences; Engineering Sciences; Information Technology; Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences; Mathematical Sciences; Physics. Please note that applications from students in the Basic (or 'pure') Sciences, such as Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry are encouraged.

Deadline for submission of applications: 31 July 2015

For more information on how to apply and on the selection process, visit: http://owsd.ictp.it/activities/postgraduate-training-fellowships

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) – For the advancement of science in developing countries is seeking nominations for the following prizes:

  • the TWAS 2015 Prizes
  • the TWAS- Celso Furtado 2015 Prize in Social Sciences

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The L'Oréal Foundation and UNESCO invite you to put forward the names of extraordinary female scientists for the 2016 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards.

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The Royal Society, in partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID), has just opened the second round of applications for Programme Grants as part of its Royal Society - DFID Africa Capacity Building Initiative. Applications will be invited in three priority areas:

  • Water & Sanitation
  • Renewable Energy
  • Soil-related Research

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The World Academy of Sciences - Regional Office for subSaharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) seeks to honour an outstanding scientist who has contributed to the development of scientific educational material by awarding an annual Regional Prize. The prize is awarded in fulfilment of the TWAS objective of recognising, supporting and promoting scientific capacity and excellence in the developing world. Scientific educational materials are essential components for solving many local, regional and global challenges that include poverty, health and sustainable development.

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The Royal Society’s medals and awards have now opened for nominations. The deadline for nominations is 6.00pm GMT Friday 30 January 2015.

Visit the The Royal Society for more information. 

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Sapienza University of Rome invites eligible researchers of any nationality to express their interest in applying jointly for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships.

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The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) has begun accepting applications for September 2015 admission to its Master of Science in Sustainability programme and its PhD in Sustainability Science programme. The application deadlines are 27 February 2015 for the master's degree programme, and 30 April 2015 for the doctoral degree programme.

For further details and applications forms visit United Nations University

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