INGSA’s Francophone Africa Workshop in Dakar Sénégal

Professor Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Québec and member of INGSA, together with the President of the Académie Nationale des Sciences et Techniques du Sénégal (ANSTS), represented by Professor Doudou Ba, are organizing a capacity building workshop for Francophone Africa. This workshop is modelled on the successful Anglophone African event, which was held in Hermanus South Africa under the leadership of INGSA and the Academy of Sciences of South Africa in February 2016.

The workshop Enhancing capacities in providing science advice to governments will take place from March 5 to 7, 2017 in Dakar, Sénégal. It will bring together some forty established and emerging scientists from a variety of fields, as well as policy professionals. 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.

Applications recently closed with 240 submissions received. This clearly demonstrates the high demand for strengthening capacities for providing science advice to African governments. A summary of the workshop will be available on the INGSA website.