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Introduction to the International Council for Science, Regional Office for Africa/Richard Glover


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Presentation during the 14th Association of African Universities (AAU) Conference and African Open Science Platform (AOSP)/Research Data Alliance (RDA) Workshop in Accra, Ghana, 7-8 June 2017.

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Introduction to the International Council for Science, Regional Office for Africa/Richard Glover

  1. 1. African Open Science Platform and Research Data Alliance Workshop (as part of the 14th General Conference of the AAU) 5-8 June, 2017 Accra, Ghana Introduction to The International Council for Science, Regional Office for Africa (ICSU ROA) Richard L.K.Glover, PhD Programme Specialist (Biological Sciences)
  2. 2. About the International Council for Science (ICSU)  International NGO  Founded in 1931  Membership (across 142 countries worldwide):  122 National Members (27 from Africa)  31 Scientific Unions  22 Scientific Associates (2 from Africa) Mission: Strengthening International Science for the Benefit of Society
  3. 3. 3 Aim of Regional Offices: To ensure that the voices of developing countries influence the international scientific agenda and that scientists from the developing nations are fully involved in international research guided by regional priorities ICSU Regional Offices • Africa (South Africa) inaugurated in Sept 2005 • Asia and the Pacific (Malaysia) inaugurated in Sept 2006 • Latin America and the Caribbean (Brazil) inaugurated in Dec 2006 – moved to Mexico in March 2011, now moved to El-Salvador in Sept 2016.
  4. 4. Operational Objectives and Activities of ICSU ROA 1. Identify and address major science and technology challenges in Africa 2. Assist the ICSU family in planning and implementation of scientific activities on the continent while developing and maintaining links with national, regional and international partners 3. Facilitate scientific collaboration and networking as well as free flow of scientists and scientific knowledge across borders within the continent and beyond 4. Encourage and improve capacity building in Africa 5. Promote indigenous and traditional knowledge and skills to showcase science that is being conducted in Africa for Africa 6. Promote the application of science in policy 4
  5. 5. ICSU ROA Action Plan 5 1. African Science Plans 2. Future Earth Initiative 3. Leading Integrated Research In Africa Agenda 2030 (LIRA 2030)Programme
  6. 6. ICSU ROA Book Projects Objectives  To showcase African success stories on issues of scientific research and its development to serve the society  To show African scientists as visible players in Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation (SETI) for sustainable development of the continent
  7. 7. Books Published Titles of other Books under Publication Food and Nutrition Security in Africa African Indigenous Medical Knowledge and Human Health Africa Climate Variability and Change Energy Technology and Utilisation in Africa: Challenges and
  8. 8. ICSU and Open Science ICSU, in line with its Strategic Plan has been working through various bodies to promote Open Data and Open Science issues worldwide:  World Data System (  Workshop on Data Initiatives in Africa, 12-13 April 2017 in Grenoble, France to: – provide WDC with an opportunity to learn about the many data initiatives in Africa - understand the associated opportunities and challenges and – discuss how WDS can support these initiatives  Attended by 30 experts, with 10 African countries represented
  9. 9. ICSU and Open Science  Committee on Data for Science and Technology (  Open Data and Open Science for the SDGs: UN STI Forum Side Event, 15 May 2017 - with UN agencies, governments, institutions and partners to create regional Open Science Platforms in Africa & LAC - digital ecosystems designed to provide a virtual space for scientists  Science International ( of regular meetings of four top- level representatives of international science (ICSU, IAP,TWAS and ISSC) to represent the global scientific community in the international policy for science arena.  7-9 December 2015 in Pretoria, SA – developed an Accord on Open Data in a Big Data World
  10. 10. Moving Forward………….  Visit ICSU and ICSU ROA websites and acquaint yourselves with our programmes and activities, etc.;  Form recognisable groups and seek affiliation with ICSU through ICSU ROA  Apply to participate in ICSU ROA’s scientific activities/research consortia (Submit CVs to or d.nyanganyura@icsu-  Participate in authorship of books  Apply to be part of Future Earth Initiative
  11. 11. Thank You