Enhancing capacities in providing science advice to governments: training workshops for Francophone Africa


Science, technology and innovation (STI) are crucial for the achievement of national, regional and international development objectives in a number of domains including public health, natural resource exploitation and education. Scientific advisors are increasingly called on by policy-makers seeking to develop and implement evidence-informed policies. With this in mind, the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) is organizing a series of training workshops designed to strengthen capacities for providing science advice to governments, especially on the African continent.

The first workshop was held in February 2016 in Hermanus, South Africa, and was a great success across English-speaking African research communities. Professor Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Québec and member of INGSA, and the President of the Académie Nationale des Sciences et Techniques du Sénégal (ANSTS), represented by Professor Doudou Ba, are organizing a similar training workshop for Francophone Africa.

The workshop Enhancing capacities in providing science advice to governments will take place from March 5 to 7, 2017 in Dakar, Senegal. It will bring together some forty scientists from a variety of levels and disciplines, as well as policy stakeholders. Discussions will be held, in French, on models of science advice and promising practices for working at the interface between science and policy. The participants will form the basis of a network of science advisors across Francophone Africa and the rest of the continent.

Full details and information for people wishing to take part in the workshop are available on the ANSTS website (in French).