The INGSA Africa Chapter is an offshoot of a successful INGSA/Academy of Science of South Africa workshop on ‘Enhancing capacities in providing science advice to governments’. The workshop was held in Hermanus, South Africa in February 2016 and drew delegates from across Africa. Given the massive interest shown by African scientists and policymakers applying to attend the workshop (with more than 500 applications for 40 positions) and the workshop’s eventual success, it was decided that an African chapter be formed to cater for the need for science advisory capacity on the continent. The INGSA Africa secretariat is based at the International Council of Science Regional Office for Africa (ICSU ROA) in Pretoria, South Africa.
The goal of INGSA Africa is to raise awareness of science-policy advice and build a critical mass of enlightened practitioners across Africa.
As a first step towards increasing the activities and impact of INGSA on the continent, a steering committee was constituted to drive the development of the African chapter. The steering committee have identified a number of activities and opportunities for the chapter which are currently under development. The members of the INGSA Africa steering committee are:
Christian Acemah – Christian is the Executive Secretary of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences in Kampala. Before then, Christian worked at the US National Academies as the Director for Strategy and Development on the African Science Academies Development Initiative.
Richard Glover – Richard is Programme Specialist (Biological Sciences) at the ICSU Regional Office for Africa and is the Coordinator of the INGSA Africa Secretariat.
Oladoyin Odubanjo – Dr Odubanjo, as Executive Secretary, has been instrumental to steering the Nigerian Academy of Science through a transition from being largely honorific to providing science advice to relevant stakeholders.
Tolullah Oni – Tolullah is the co-Chair of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) and is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health and Family Medicine of the University of Cape Town.
Sameh Soror – Sameh is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Helwan University in Egypt. He is a member of the National Committee on Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Renee Street – Renee is a Senior Scientist at the Environment and Health Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council.