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Call for nominations: The AAS Fellowship 2019
Call for The AAS Affiliates 2019
The AAS Affiliates Programme seeks early and mid-career scientists who demonstrate excellence in their development and application of science in Africa. These individuals become Affiliates of The AAS for a period of five years during which they receive individualised professional development support and join a wider community of science leaders on the African continent.

African nationals who obtained their PhD in the last 10 years, have postdoctoral research experience, who will aged 40 years and below by the 31 December 2019 are invited to apply. Female candidates and candidates from under-represented disciplines and countries are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications must be received on or before 15 July 2019, 1800 East African Time.
Pitch your science story to us and we will fund you 
The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) is inviting journalists from Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa to submit pitches for the Africa Science Desk. Applications close at 17.00 PM EAT on or before 5 June 2019.
25 travel awards on offer for African scientists to attend the American Society of Human Genetics 2019 Annual Meeting
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) in collaboration with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) will make available 25 awards to genetics trainees and/or early- to mid-career investigators from Africa who are currently working in Africa to attend the ASHG Annual Meeting.
ASHG 2019 Annual Meeting takes place on 15-19 October 2019 in Texas, the US. Interested applicants must submit an abstract to the ASHG 2019 Annual Meeting by the 6 June 2019 deadline.

Late-Stage Implementation Research Addressing Hypertension in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD), invite applications in response to the following Funding Opportunity Announcement: Late-Stage Implementation Research Addressing Hypertension in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Scaling Up Proven-Effective Interventions (UG3/UH3 - Clinical Trials Optional) RFA-HL-20-005.
Applications close on 8 July 2019.

Professor Baldwyn Torto wins the 2019 Agropolis Fondation Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize
The African Academy of Sciences Fellow Prof Baldwyn Torto is among three African scientists to win international agricultural science prizes. Prof Torto is the winner of the 2019 Agropolis Fondation Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize for Agriculture and Food which he received during the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry held on 22 May 2019 in Montpellier, France.
Contribute to the online database of indigenous words to communicate genomics and genomics research
The Human Heredity and Health in Africa INDIGENE Study team has launched an online database of indigenous words, concepts and other expressions that can be used to communicate genomics and genomics research. INDIGENE is the Indigenous Linguistic and Cultural Concepts of Heritability and Comprehension of Genomics Research in Nigeria (INDIGENE) study.

The database currently focuses on Yoruba genomics-related words but the study team invites researchers in Africa to contribute to building up this database by signing up as a contributor, indicating the language that they will like to work on and follow the instructions for contributors on the website.

This online repository of indigenous genomics words in different Sub-Saharan African languages aims to be is a rich resource that enhances informed consent and facilitates the conduct of genomics research in Africa communities.

Solar tracking bracelets protect nomadic Kenyan mothers and babies
In a bid to improve services for nomadic women, Grand Challenges Africa innovator, Dahabo Adi Galgallo, has given solar-powered bracelets with Global Positioning System (GPS) trackers to expectant mothers in Moyale in Kenya so health workers can bring antenatal care where they are.
FLAIR postdoctoral researcher in period table of young chemists
Zimbabwe-born scientist and Future Leaders – African Independent Research (FLAIR) postdoctoral trainee Dr Gift Mehlana is among the about five Africans who have been listed on the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemists (IUPAC)’s Period Table of Younger Chemists, which honours a diverse group of 118 outstanding younger chemists from around the world who embody the mission and core values of the IUPAC.
Mehlana is recognised for his work on metal organic frameworks, which have potential applications in sensing, storage and separation.

The country where the malaria parasite was discovered 140 years ago is now free of the disease
After last reporting a malaria case in 2013, Algeria has joined 37 other countries globally that have been certified malaria-free by the World Health Organization (WHO). Algeria becomes the third African country to be certified malaria-free following Mauritius in 1973 and Morocco in 2010. In Lesotho, Libya, Tunisia, Seychelles and La Réunion, the other African territories declared free of the disease, malaria either never existed or disappeared without specific measures.
Climate Research for Development (CR4D) Launch and Inception Meeting
The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS), the United Kindgom's Department for International Development (DFID) Weather and Climate information SERvices for Africa (WISER) programme and the Africa Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa will be officially launching the Climate Research for Development (CR4D) in Africa initiative on 3-5 June 2019 in Kenya. The CR4D initiative was conceptualised at the Africa Climate Conference in 2013 as a mechanism to strengthen links between climate science research and climate information needs to support development planning in Africa.
Global Grand Challenges Summit

The Royal Academy of Engineering is holding a Global Grand Challenges Summit in London on 16-18 September 2019 and they are offering 100 funded places for engineers, innovators and researchers from countries on the DAC list to attend. Details of the event can be found on their website where you can also find the expression of interest form for any individuals interested in applying for one of the funded places.

The deadline for submitting an expression of interest form is 12 midnight 31 May 2019 (BST).


Freeing Africa of poverty, hunger and diseases

The African Scientific, Research and Innovation Council (ASRIC) is organising its second congress in partnership with Hassan II Académie des Sciences in Rabat, Morocco from the 20-23 November 2019. The congress is themed Freeing Africa of poverty, hunger and diseases and has four sub-themes namely: Health Sciences; Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Water, Energy and Environment; and Governance, Sociology, Business and Economics.
The Congress Organising Committee has launched a call for papers to be presented during the Congress.  

For further communication in this regard, kindly contact the organising committee via;

Conference on biodiversity for sustainable development

Masaai Maara University in Kenya and the Sino-Africa Joint Research Centre are jointly organising a conference on biodiversity for sustainable development, to be held between 4– 6 September, 2019, Narok, Maasai Mara University Main Campus, Kenya. More than 200 professionals from diversified fields in Kenya, China and the rest of the world  will attend the event to discover the latest knowledge, science, technology, innovations and sustainable practices for development from exhibiting companies and presenting researchers from all walks of life. 

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