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TWAS Opportunities and the Importance of Mobilising Young Scientists in sub-Saharan Africa/Kholani Mbhiza

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TWAS Opportunities and the Importance of Mobilising Young Scientists in sub-Saharan Africa/Kholani Mbhiza

  1. 1. The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa TWAS Opportunities and the importance of mobilising Young Scientists in sub-Saharan Africa, by Kholani Mbhiza
  2. 2. Introduction  Hosted by ASSAf since 2015 and was previously hosted by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS)  TWAS-ROSSA is aligned to a sub-programme: Africa Collaborations that facilitates ASSAf’s relations and activities in the continent.  TWAS-ROSSA objectives:  Enhance the visibility of TWAS among senior, young and promising scientists, policymakers, and the media  Identify eminent scientists in the region and nominate them for TWAS membership, as Young Affiliates and for awards;  Assess the vitality and effectiveness of TWAS’ activities in the region;  Organise activities in areas of S&T of critical importance to the region.
  3. 3. Regional Offices There are over 108 Fellows and 50+ Young Affiliates and Alumnis in sub-Saharan Africa from all Science Disciplines. TWAS Young Affiliates NetworkTWAS Young Affiliates Network  Regional Prize (3000 USD)  Regional Young Scientists’ Prize (2000 USD)  AU-TWAS Prize (2000 USD)  Visiting Scientists/ Fellowships/Scholarships  Scientific Meetings: Regional Young Scientists’ Conference; Science Diplomacy Workshops; BioVision Forum/Conferences  Regional Prize (3000 USD)  Regional Young Scientists’ Prize (2000 USD)  AU-TWAS Prize (2000 USD)  Visiting Scientists/ Fellowships/Scholarships  Scientific Meetings: Regional Young Scientists’ Conference; Science Diplomacy Workshops; BioVision Forum/Conferences
  4. 4. TWAS-ROSSA Linkages Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) which has 24 affiliated academies Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) which has 24 affiliated academies Madagascar has 2 TWAS Fellows; and 1 Young Affiliate Madagascar has 2 TWAS Fellows; and 1 Young Affiliate Madagascar's National Academy of Arts, Letters and Sciences (1902) Madagascar's National Academy of Arts, Letters and Sciences (1902) Participation of Women in our scientific activities/leadership and governance is very critical most especially in our continent. Thus establishment of OWSD national chapter is key to facilitate this process Participation of Women in our scientific activities/leadership and governance is very critical most especially in our continent. Thus establishment of OWSD national chapter is key to facilitate this process
  5. 5. What is an Academy of Science? • An assembly / fellowship of intellectuals / scientists dedicated to the advancement of scientific knowledge within the society. • The two fold mandates for any science academy are:  to honour distinguished scholars in the country where they operate in all fields of scientific enquiry  to generate evidence-based solutions to national and global challenges • The mandates of academies span over one government department/ministry to civil society and science advice to all matters that affect society through evidence based.
  6. 6. National Science Academies • Merit-based Academies of Science have a crucial and collaborative role to play in supporting the implementation of STI policies. • Academies of Science are independent organisations of individuals that bring together, as members, the most eminent scientists (nationally, regionally or globally) and that elect new members only on the basis of merit and accomplishment. • Most of them are established through an Act of Parliament and work with or closely with the Ministry/Department of Science and Technology. • An academy of science provides science advice that is evidence-based, multi-sectoral (includes scientists, professions, business, government) and is without vested interests
  7. 7. Power of Science Academies  Excellence: Members are most accomplished scientists elected by peers on merit  Independence: Power to express independent, objective, unbiased and evidence-based opinion on topical science-based issues  Mobilisation: Power to mobilise best scientific minds to give expert advice on critical problems  Networking and Diplomacy: Power to reach out to all other academies and act jointly to address Global and Regional Challenges  Every African Country should have a Senior Academy of Science and a Young Academy.
  8. 8. Important functions of an active academy • Recognise and reward scientific excellence and achievements • Foster next generation of science leaders: (nurture and mentor young scientific talent, prizes, research grants and conferences for young scientists) • Facilitate linkages with scientific communities abroad; and Disseminate and exchange scientific knowledge • Recognise and reward scientific excellence and achievements • Foster next generation of science leaders: (nurture and mentor young scientific talent, prizes, research grants and conferences for young scientists) • Facilitate linkages with scientific communities abroad; and Disseminate and exchange scientific knowledge • Promote public understanding of science (discussion meetings, public lectures, media and science centres) • Promote science education • Promote public understanding of science (discussion meetings, public lectures, media and science centres) • Promote science education • Act as boundary organisation to link best scientists with leading development practitioners, in public and private sectors, to address sustainability problems • Collaborate with private sector to facilitate development, transfer and diffusion of affordable green technologies • Compile and disseminate successful experiences in the application of S & T to sustainability problems • Act as boundary organisation to link best scientists with leading development practitioners, in public and private sectors, to address sustainability problems • Collaborate with private sector to facilitate development, transfer and diffusion of affordable green technologies • Compile and disseminate successful experiences in the application of S & T to sustainability problems • Independent, credible, expert advice on issues of national importance: (R&D policy and funding, application of scientific research and new technologies) • Advice on critical issues of national / regional / global concern • Independent, credible, expert advice on issues of national importance: (R&D policy and funding, application of scientific research and new technologies) • Advice on critical issues of national / regional / global concern
  9. 9. Conferences, Workshop & Networking Events  TWAS-ROSSA and its partners provide opportunities for networking with peers, experts, policy makers and etc.
  10. 10. Conferences, Workshop & Networking Events  Publicising and creating awareness of TWAS opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa
  11. 11. Contact Details Prof Roseanne Diab ASSAf Executive Officer & TWAS-ROSSA Coordinator roseanne@assaf.org.za Mr Stanley Maphosa ASSAf International Liaison Manager stanley@assaf.org.za Ms Phyllis Kalele Senior Liaison Officer, Africa Collaborations phyllis@assaf.org.za Mr Kholani Mbhiza TWAS-ROSSA Secretariat twasrossa@assaf.org.za +27 12 349 6638 Website: www.twas-rossa.org.za Twitter: @TWAS_ROSSA Facebook: The World Academy of Science Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa.

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