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Apply for FLAIR Fellowships
The African Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society are accepting applications for the Future Leaders – African Independent Research (FLAIR) Fellowships until 15 May 2019. FLAIR fellowships provide the opportunity to build an independent research career in a sub-Saharan African institution and to undertake cutting-edge scientific research that will address global challenges facing developing countries.

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.

Nature Research Awards

Applications are currently open until 6 May 2019 for the Nature Research Awards celebrating inspirational women in science — these are 2 awards, to recognise and support the achievements of leading women in science (‘inspiring science’), and of those who have encouraged girls and young women to engage with STEM subjects around the world (‘innovating science’).


New funding to boost global research capacity in humanities and social sciences

Wellcome has launched two new calls to fund international exchange networks and infrastructure costs for humanities and social science researchers around the world.
The International Exchange Awards and Research Development Awards are one-off funding calls that will be made to groups of researchers based in at least two different countries.

The calls will launch in July 2019.


The African Society of Human Genetics Gateway: showcasing progress

The African Society of Human Genetics has launched a Gateway on the AAS Open Research that will maximise the impact of the Society’s work and progress in genetic research in Africa. The Gateway provides a dedicated portal for the AfSHG to publish a variety of article types in addition to documents and posters through the AAS Open Research.
Africa’s future scientific leaders
Together with the Royal Society, we hosted 30 early career scientists for the Future Leaders – African Independent Research (FLAIR) induction workshop on 4-5 April in Naivasha, Kenya.The picturesque environment in Naivasha provided a space for the postdocs to network and plan their research which seeks to address the challenges facing the continent.

AAS Fellows elected into prestigious science academies

Prof Salim Abdool Karim, The AAS Fellow
  • World-renowned South African AIDS researcher and scientist, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, has been elected as a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society, the world’s oldest science academy.  To qualify for a Royal Society Fellowship, an individual must have made a 'substantial contribution to the improvement of natural knowledge, including mathematics, engineering science and medical science'.
  •  Dr Cato Laurencin was elected to the 239th class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Laurencin, who is known as a pioneer in the field of regenerative engineering, is currently the only orthopaedic surgeon in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences active member base.
  • Dr Mohamed M. El-Fouly, is now an honorary member of the Romanian Academy for Agriculture and Forestry Sciences.
Google has opened its first Africa Artificial Intelligence lab in Ghana
The technology, Google, company opened its first Artificial Intelligence lab in Ghana's capital city, Accra, in April.

AI can be applied in sectors such as agriculture, health, and education, and Moustapha Cisse, the research scientist heading up Google's AI efforts in Africa, says his team's goal is to provide developers with the necessary research needed to build products that can solve problems that Africa faces today.
Personalised Medicine for Global Health

The African Institute of Biomedical Science and Technology (AIBST), a Zimbabwe-based research and education institute with a mission to discover, develop and deploy innovative healthcare solutions for Africa, is organising a symposium on Personalised Medicine for Global Health. The event takes place from 19-22 August 2019 in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe.

Interested researchers and students of life sciences, medical doctors and hospital pharmacists are invited to attend.

Advancing Healthcare Innovation in Africa

Emory University in the United States is holding its fourth annual Advancing Healthcare Innovation in Africa (AHIA) conference on 10-12 July 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference will cover topics such as business development, intellectual property, seeking funding, investor outreach, and business plan creation.


Helminths: New Insights from Immunity to Global Health

Register for the Keystone Symposium free epanel event on helminths taking place on 7 May. 2019.  The panel will look at case studies of countries successful in reducing their helminth burdens, prospects for a hookworm vaccine and vaccines against other pathogens, and the hypothesis that helminth infections have the beneficial effect of suppressing allergic and autoimmune disease.
The epanel will take place in advance of the Keystone conference on the topic in Cape Town, South Africa, on 11-15 December 2019.

World Science Forum
The World Science Forum will this year be held in Budapest, Hungary, from 20 to 23 November 2019 under the theme Science, ethics and responsibility.
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