#ECRWednesday Webinar: Building connections and developing research in Sub-Saharan Africa
Date: 27/09/2017 - 27/09/2017
Working outside wealthy nations with a strong R&D infrastructure can provide a unique set of challenges and opportunities for scientists. In this webinar we look to investigate funding opportunities and building connections with researchers in low and middle income countries (LIMICs) as a means of supporting a growing research community and global health and development projects. Our speakers have extensive experience in studying, working and supporting research in Sub-Saharan Africa with experience as founders or directors of initiatives including the KEMRI Wellcome Programme in Kenyathe African Population and Health Research Centre the JR Biotek foundation and the Wellcome Trust DELTAS programme. We invite you to get involved during our Q&A sessions where you will have the opportunity to ask them about their own experiences and explore wider issues around developing connections, funding sources and supporting R&D in Africa.
Melissa Chola Kapula Webinar chair; eLIFE Early-Career Advisory Group
Melissa is a postdoctoral researcher at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Program currently investigating the epidemiology of malaria transmission. She is a member of the eLife early-career advisory group and has a particular interest in challenges faced by scientists in low and middle income countries.
Simon Kay Head of International Operations and Partnerships, Wellcome Trust
Simon leads the Wellcome Trust’s capacity building initiatives in Africa and India and coordinates support to the five Africa and Asia programmes. He is currently responsible for the roll-out of the DELTAS programme in sub-Saharan Africa and the establishment of the Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) platform in partnership with the African Academy of Sciences, Gates Foundation and DFID. He studied for a degree in Zoology and a PhD in Tumour Immunology at the University of Nottingham. He then joined the British Council and worked in Singapore, Bangladesh, India, Nigeria, Russia, Sudan, Israel and the UK. During his career he has built relations between the UK and other countries through education, science and the arts. He retains an interest in education as Governor at Ardingly College in West Sussex. He is Director and Trustee of the Malaria Consortium; a Director of the Africa Health Research Institute in South Africa and a Director of the African Health Research Collaboration (ARCH) in Kenya.
Catherine’s research interests focus on the epidemiology of non-communicable disease in Africa and health systems strengthening. She is an Alumnus of the University of Heidelberg having completed her doctoral studies in Epidemiology in the then Department of Tropical Hygiene and Public Health. Catherine studied Medicine at Makerere University, Kampala and has previously worked as a medical officer at Rushere hospital, a rural health facility in Western Uganda, and as an Assistant Lecturer and later a Lecturer in the Department of Community Health at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology. She is driven by the belief that Africa has the potential to solve its own problems.
Carol N. Ibe Founder of JR Biotek Foundation; PhD Student, University of Cambridge
Carol is the Founding President of the JR Biotek Foundation, a charitable organisation established to help train present and future African scientists and to promote joined up thinking on sustainable development. She has studied in Nigeria and the US and and is currently pursuing a PhD degree in Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge under the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship.
In March 2017, she launched a new partnership with the Cambridge University’s Department of Plant Sciences to train Africa-based agricultural research scientists and academics in Cambridge annually. She also created and led the first African Diaspora Biotech Summit and a Bioinnovation for Africa Pitching Competition, both of which were held in Cambridge University in April 2017.
Carol is very passionate and committed to helping countries in Africa build a strong workforce of skilled scientists and bio-industry leaders who are capable of applying their knowledge and ingenuity to improve lives and systems in the continent.
(Text adapted from the University of Cambridge website)
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