Bio-Innovate Program Regional Scientific Conference: Harnessing bioresources innovations for socio-economic transformation of eastern Africa
Bio-Innovate Program Regional Scientific ConferenceHarnessing bioresources innovations for socio-economic transformation of eastern Africa Venue: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference Hall, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Date: 25-28 February 2013Introduction Bio-Innovate project implementing partners and collaborators will use the opportunity to showcase their work and network with theirThe Bio-resources Innovations Network for Eastern Africa contemporaries from within and outside the region. The conferenceDevelopment (Bio-Innovate) Program is a newly established regional is envisaged to foster closer regional cooperation among the variousinitiative supporting multi-disciplinary biosciences and product actors in biosciences research for development.oriented innovations with the aim of initiating, intensifying anddisseminating innovations for sustainable utilization, transformation Thematic Focusand integration of the region’s bio-resources for economic growthand development. The Program focuses on delivering new products The conference targets Bio-Innovate projects implementing partnersthrough biosciences innovation systems involving a broad sector of and collaborators and other stakeholders engaged in research andactors including scientists, private sector, policy makers, NGOs and development with a focus on crop productivity and resilience toother development practitioners. The Program is currently supporting climate change; management of agro-processing wastes and valuenine bioscience innovation and policy consortia projects bringing addition; industrial enzymes applications; and science, technologytogether 57 partnering institutions from six participating countries and innovation policy.of Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanza ia, and Uganda and noutside the region. ProgramObjective The conference program will encompass keynote presentations from invited speakers, scientific presentations, poster sessions and The objective of the three-day scientific conference is to create a panel discussions on strategies for integrating advanced biosciencesplatform for regional collaboration, and infor ation and experience m innovations into socio-economic development of the region.sharing on biosciences innovation and bio-policy. More details to be communicated in due course.