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Research Capacity Strengthening in Africa - Perspectives From the Social Sciences

African Academy of Sciences Webinar Invitation:

Research Capacity Strengthening in Africa - Perspectives from the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts


We are excited to invite you to a thought-provoking webinar on "Research Capacity Strengthening in Africa: Perspectives from the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts." In 2020, the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) initiated a study to assess the research support available to researchers in the social sciences, humanities, arts, and related fields (SSHA) in Africa. The study aimed to provide insights for future research support programmes by the AAS, taking into account the significant impact of SSHA scholarship on sustainable development in Africa. The study's outcomes were published in a journal article highlighting key findings and recommendations that will be presented during our upcoming webinar. The webinar will focus on lessons learned, opportunities, needs, and priorities for supporting SSHA research in Africa.


Date: 23 June 2023

Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm Nairobi time (GMT +3)

Duration: 90 minutes

Location: Online (Microsoft Teams)


During the webinar, esteemed panelists from diverse backgrounds will share their insights, experiences, and expertise in strengthening research capacity in Africa with a focus on SSHA fields.


Key expectations from the discussion are:

1. Increased awareness of the current state of play in terms of the research support provided to researchers in the SSHA and related fields in Africa

2. Ideas for a comprehensive SSHA research support programme at the AAS informed by feedback obtained from the webinar.

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In attendance will be:


Speaker

Dr. Obed Ogega, Lead Author, The African Academy of Sciences, Kenya


Moderator

Prof. Olumuyiwa Adegun, Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria


Panelists

  • Ms Angela Melo, Director, Division for Research, Ethics, and Inclusion, Sector of Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO, Paris, France

  • Cheryl Hendricks, Executive Director, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Cape Town, South Africa

  • Peter Atekyereza, Head of Department, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

  • Maria Mbatudde, Kyambogo University, Faculty of Science, Uganda

  • Charles Muyanja, Department of Food Technology and Nutrition, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

  • Razak Gyasi, African Population and Health Research Center, Nairobi, Kenya

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We encourage researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and anyone interested in the advancement of SSHA research in Africa to join this enlightening conversation and/or kindly cascade this invitation to colleagues or individuals who might be interested in attending.


To secure your spot for the webinar, please register using the following link: Webinar Registration.


We look forward to your presence and active participation in this engaging webinar.

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