Francisca Mutapi selected as inaugural fellow of the African Science Leadership Programme

Dr Francisca Mutapi in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh has recently been selected as one of 20 inaugural fellows of the African Science Leadership Programme, started by the Global Young Academy.

This new initiative has been developed to support early to mid-career African academics in developing leadership skills. Professor Bernard Slippers, former Co-Chair of the Global Young Academy, has been the driving force behind its establishment.  The program will serve researchers in basic and applied science, engineering, social sciences, arts and the humanities.  The program is an exciting new venture for the Global Young Academy and part of an overall strategy to support young academics in developing regions.

This new initiative will be run by the University of Pretoria in partnership with the Global Young Academy, and is funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation.

Capacity building in Africa

Global Young Academy Co-Chair, Dr Eva Alisic siad,

Enabling young researchers in Africa to lead international, collaborative and transdisciplinary projects which focus on the challenges of their region is essential.  We anticipate this program will attract and prepare some of the best academics from all over Africa to become research leaders with eye for societal impact"

The program will commence with a first group in June 2015, and will run annually for an initial period
of 3 years.  It is expected that the African Science Leadership Programme will not only help grow science leaders directly, but also help develop leadership programs across the continent.

About the Global Young Academy

The Global Young Academy was founded in 2010, and is the voice of young scientists around the world.  Members are chosen for their demonstrated excellence in scientific achievement and commitment to service.  Currently there are 200 members  and 63 alumni from 65 countries. The academy is hosted at the Berlin, Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) in cooperation with the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

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