Last week NEPAD SANBio participated in the Science Forum South Africa 2017 (SFSA 2017). The SFSA is regarded as Africa’s largest “open science” event, aimed at stimulating debate on the role of science in society. The programme consisted of plenary panel debates, short seminars and talks, with the participation of local and international thought leaders from the scientific community as well as an exhibition.
Africa is young – and it continues to get younger as other populations around the world are getting older. There are almost 200 million youths in Africa and, according to African Economic Outlook it is believed that the number will double by 2045.
As part of our youth engagement aims, the Southern Africa Network for Biosciences attended the Ritja Career Fair, an initiative that was started in 2013 in Windhoek to encourage, motivate and guide young people in Namibia to strive towards contributing to Namibia’s development and sustainability in various sectors. The fair also addressed issues concerning choices of career path and the requirement thereof.
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.
It is said that the youth are the future of food security. Around the world, relatively few young people are involved in agriculture. With 200 million people aged between 15 and 24, Africa has the youngest population in the world and unemployment for youth is a growing concern: youth account for 60 per cent of all African unemployed, according to the World Bank.
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.
During our recent visit to Mozambique, we met with Dr Claudia Baule (DVM, PhD). Her enthusiasm towards biosciences presented an excellent chance to interview her more closely on her career as a scientist as well as her views on the role of biosciences not only in Mozambique but in the whole Southern Africa region. Due to the length of the interview, the below is a shortened version, and the full article can be found here.
As the next instalment on our profiling series of female scientists, we interviewed Ms Nellie Titani Amosi from Mzuzu University in Malawi. She holds a BSc degree in Forestry and is currently pursuing an MSc in Forestry and Environmental Management.