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The African Academy of Sciences Announces the Election of 2019 Fellows

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We are delighted to announce the election of 39 Fellows for the 2019 election year.
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White Paper: Harnessing Innovation and Emerging Technologies to Address the Impact of COVID-19 in Africa

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The High Level Panel has been constituted in recognition of the need to harness both existing and emerging innovations and technologies for the economic development of Africa.
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AAS Fellow Prof Deresh Ramjugernath appointed as SU's new Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Learning and Teaching

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Prof Deresh Ramjugernath (48), Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), is the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Learning and Teaching at Stellenbosch University (SU).
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Identifying tuberculosis treatment gaps in Uganda

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In this blog, Kimuda discusses the major obstacles to the development of an effective vaccine against tuberculosis (TB).
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Do male and female farmers adopt different strategies to climate change?

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Women are more severely impacted than men as they face social, economic and political barriers that limit their access to resources, which can hinder their capacity to adapt.
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Contributing to the global efforts of eradicating malaria

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The WHO states that in the absence of efficient treatments or vaccines, vector control is the most effective method to prevent this disease.

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This April issue of the AAS Big Picture focuses on the AAS' response to coronavirus in Africa, ensuring equal opportunity for women in science, improving indoor air quality and using nanomaterials to provide clean drinking water. It also highlights funding opportunities in biological sciences, healthy longevity and food systems.

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This March issue of the AAS Big Picture focuses on the Coronavirus situation in Africa, innovative methods to fight drug resistance and unveils the new GGC website. It also highlights funding opportunities in cancer prevention, snake bite research, climate resilience and land resource governance....

The Big Picture

This January/February issue of the AAS Big Picture focuses on the inclusion of more African women in science, unveils the new cohort of AAS Affiliates and promotes the second phase of the DELTAS Africa programme. It also highlights the importance of open access research as well as opportunities in research.   

Interesting science news from across the continent

This November/December issue of the AAS Big Picture focuses on the recent partnership between AAS and WHO, processing titanium alloys and why African scientists should apply for the Africa India Mobility Fund. It also highlights the importance of open access research as well as opportunities in research.

Origin of modern humans 'traced to Botswana'

This October issue of the AAS Big Picture showcases science in Africa tracing the origins of humankind, the fastest ants in the Sahara and exciting antimicrobial discoveries. It also highlights the importance of open access research as well as opportunities in both science journalism and biomedical research.

If you have content on science in Africa, funding opportunities or events feel free to email  communications@aasciences.africa by 15 November 2019 for inclusion in the next issue of the monthly  e-newsletter. 

Ebola now curable after trials of drugs in DRC

In this September 2019 issue of The AAS Big Picture we showcase opportunities in both biomedical and social science research. We also highlight some amazing science in Africa on innovative solutions to health challenges. If you have content on funding opportunities, events or science in Africa feel free to email this to communications@aasciences.ac.ke for inclusion in this monthly e-newsletter.

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Africa in a ‘sweet spot’ to lead global collaborations

Africa has a history of being exploited by Western scientists, with helicopter research frequently downplaying the input and expertise of African scientists. However, turning our backs on global partners is not the solution, says AAS Fellow and University of Cape Town (UCT) Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng.

“If Africa chose to turn inwards, it would lose opportunities to promote African knowledge creation and innovation, create jobs, and develop our economies,” she said during the second #NewGlobalUni event held on 13 July entitled ‘International collaborations: how can we shift the power towards Africa?’

Strengthening the Capacity of Africa’s Science Granting Councils in Research Management

The Association of African Universities (AAU) is collaborating with the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) to implement the second phase of the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI) Research Management Project which will strengthen the capacities of Africa’s Science Granting Councils...

Drivers of antimicrobial resistance in East Africa

It is estimated that at least 700,000 people die annually from infections that are resistant to currently available antibiotics worldwide, and that by 2050, antibiotic-resistant infections will kill an estimated 10 million people per year worldwide, including 4 million in Africa...

Barriers to malaria interventions in Ghana

Malaria in pregnancy can have a devastating effect on pregnant women and their unborn children. Consequently, various intervention measures have been put in place to prevent and manage malaria among pregnant women in endemic countries such as Ghana. However, malaria continues to afflict some pregnant women...

How I successfully applied for a postdoctoral fellowship

In April 2018, a request for applications was released for a prestigious APTI fellowship allowing Africans to spend two years at the NIH before returning to their home institutions where they are provided with 50% salary support for an additional two years to assist their transition into independent researchers...

Disruptive effects of waste water pollution on aquatic biodiversity

One‐third of the drinking water necessary to sustain the world’s human population is obtained from surface water sources, which also serve as habitats for many amphibious and aquatic animals. ..