See below for activities and opportunities organised by the INGSA-Africa Regional Chapter.

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2019 Essay Competition – Apply now

INGSA Africa calls for the presentation of essays on the state of science advice to governments in African countries.

This competition is open to all scientists, professionals and policy makers that participated in INGSA science advice to governments’ workshops that were held in Hermanus, South Africa in 2016, Dakar, Senegal in 2017 and Kigali, Rwanda in 2018.

The essays should address the state of science advice to regional, provincial, municipal or national legislative and executive branches of governments.

Essays of around 1,500 to 2,000 words should critically analyse the use of scientific evidence in the formulation and execution of public policies at municipal, regional, provincial or national levels of governments in the author’s countries of residence. The essays can address the general situation or show how scientific evidence is being used in policy making in specific sectors. The use of examples is recommended.

A prize of €300 and a diploma will be awarded to the best 10 essays by a special jury appointed by INGSA-Africa.

Submissions can be in English or French.

To Apply: Essays should be sent by email as a pdf attachment by the July 15 deadline to INGSA Africa Regional Programme Officer, Dr Richard L.K. Glover at


Calendar for the Essay Competition

Submission deadline: July 15, 2019

Evaluation of essays: July 16 to July 31

Announcement of competition winners: August 15, 2019





The Cameroon Academy of Young Scientists (CAYS) in collaboration with international partners is organising an international workshop on Science Advice to Government on the theme: Science Advise in Africa: Illusion or Opportunity.

The workshop will take place in Yaoundé, Cameroon from August 26 – 27th 2019, and aims at developing and strengthening the capacity within academia, research institutes and non-government organisations to develop theoretical and practical approaches to the use of science advise and scientific evidence in informing policy at all levels of government and civil society.

The language of the workshop will be French.

For more information, see the workshop page.


Ethiopia – 28th – 31st October, 2019

North Eastern Africa Workshop Series on the Role of Science in Assisting Regional Policy Development

The Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, INGSA, the Wellcome Trust and IDRC are pleased to co-host a series of science advice workshops in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from the 28th to the 31st of October 2019.

The workshop series is designed for policymakers and scientists living or working in North Eastern Africa to enhance capacities in embedding evidence in policymaking at all levels of government.

For more information, see the workshop page.