Inaugural Northern Partners Face-to-Face Meeting in Basel, Switzerland
BASEL, SWITZERLAND–Prof. Sharon Fonn (CARTA Co-director), Prof. Peter Ngure (CARTA Program Manager) and Dr. Evelyn Gitau (APHRC Director, Research Capacity Strengthening) were in Basel for the first Northern Partners Face-to-Face Meeting from June 11-12, 2018.
Representatives from all Northern Partner institutions— Brown University, CCGHR (a coalition of 24 member universities), Swiss TPH, Umeå University, University of Gothenburg, University of Warwick, University of Bergen, and Uppsala Monitoring Centre—attended. There were also observers from prospective Northern Partners.
The convening reflected on the future role of Northern Partners in CARTA. The Consortium has extended and developed over the last decade: the PhD fellows are increasing in numbers and the post-doctoral cohorts will become a growing constituency.
It is thus important for the Northern Partners to understand the needs and future challenges for the consortium. Moreover, there have been new Northern Partner members who needed orientation and an historical overview of CARTA.
At the meeting, the participants discussed among others placements for PhD and postdoctoral fellows, and proposal writing and others. Key areas and goals of collaboration were mapped out as well as the action plan and strategy to achieve these goals developed.
By Emma Bergstedt, CARTA Northern Partners’ Coordinator