A project receiving funding from the NEPAD Southern Africa Network for Biosciences / BioFISA II Programme, entitled Gene Dose EFV was awarded the 1st place award in GAP Biosciences/Medical Innovations at the recent Gauteng Acceleration Programme (GAP) event which was held in South Africa Gauteng on 17 November 2016.
Ms Ntombenhle Hlengiwe Gama, a PhD student at the University of Pretoria, was recently awarded the Women in Science Award (WISA) Doctoral Scholarship by the Department of Science and Technology in South Africa.
Dear Fellow Science Enthusiasts
I am very much honoured to be appointed by the Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) to be their Student Ambassador for Lesotho.
This article is courtesy of our SANBio Student Ambassador for Zimbabwe, Joyce Fati Masvaya, who was the first person to complete the course, offered by BioFISA II, on Innovation Readiness.
This article is courtesy of our SANBio Student Ambassador for Namibia, Hatago Aibate Stuurmann, who participated in our latest training workshop.
The NEPAD-SANBio/BioFISA II programme organized a Lean Entrepreneur workshop for the third time on 10-14 October 2016. The five day workshop aimed at supporting proposal development of research projects from nine countries in the Southern African region.
NEPAD-SANBio hosted a side event at the 5th African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference 2016 on the 19th of October 2016 under the theme “Innovating Sustainable Partnerships in Nutrition”. The objective of the side event was to share ideas on novel partnerships for advancing the scaling-up of technologies, funding and models of coordinating research in the SADC region. The side event attracted more than 60 participants.
We asked our newest Student Ambassador to write an introductory piece in her new role. We are also looking for additional Student Ambassadors in Southern Africa. For more information on the Student Ambassador Scheme, click here.
Dear fellow students and researchers,
I am overjoyed to have been selected as the SANBio Student Ambassador for South Africa.
Too often developers or researchers invest thousands of man-hours on R&D with little if any customer input. Only after building and launching the product does the venture get substantial feedback from the end-users or customers. This carries a high risk that, in the end, it is realised that customers do not need or want most of the product’s features.
This is why, as part of the SANBio/BioFISA II grant application process, the lean start-up approach has been integrated to ensure that scientific R&D projects emphasise customer feedback to inform product development.
SANBio/BioFISA II visited Angola on 30 May - 3 June 2016. The purpose of the visit was to introduce SANBio and the BioFISA II Programme to various stakeholders and create awareness of the funding opportunities available in the BioFISA II Programme.
Meet Ms Nontobeko Precious Zulu, the new SANBio Network Secretary. Before joining SANBio, she was working as a Personal Assistant to the General Manager at the Kwa-Zulu Natal Department of Social Development in the Development and Research Unit. Nontobeko holds a National Diploma in Office Management and Technology and B-Tech in Business Administration from the Durban University of Technology.