CARTA fellow in Abuja for high-level science meeting
CARTA cohort 2 fellow Austin Mtethiwa of the University of Malawi with Prof. Akinyinka Omigbodun, CARTA Focal person at the University of Ibadan during the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) meeting and the 40th Anniversary of the Nigerian Academy of Science in Abuja, Nigeria on 13 November 2017. PHOTO/ COURTESY.
Austin Mtethiwa, CARTA cohort 2 fellow from the University of Malawi, was in Abuja, Nigeria to attend the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) meeting and the 40th Anniversary of the Nigerian Academy of Science. Prof. Akinyinka Omigbodun, CARTA Focal person at the University of Ibadan, was also at the the 13th Annual Meeting of African Science Academies (AMASA-13).
The International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) facilitated Mtethiwa’s attendance to the meeting.
The conference discussed education and manpower development issues affecting Science Technology Innovation (STI) development in Africa. It also discussed how science education and manpower development can accelerate Africa’s growth to meet globally acceptable standards. The theme of the Nigerian Academy of Science meeting was “Science, Technology, and Innovation: Education and Manpower Development in Africa”.
Participants of the meeting are also expected to initiate long term engagement plans for African Science Academies, their respective governments, and policy makers to work towards a new era of STI development for a more sustainable and self-reliant Africa. Activities to mark the 40th Anniversary are scheduled to take place in Abuja, from 14th-16th of November, 2017.
NASAC is a consortium of merit-based science academies in Africa and aspires to make the “voice of science” heard by policy and decision makers within Africa and worldwide. NASAC is dedicated to enhancing the capacity of existing national science academies and champions in the cause for creation of new academies where none exist.