First Conference of the African Scientific, Research and Innovation Council

10 December 2018, 11:24

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ASSAf represented by Ms Phyllis Kalele, Senior Liaison Officer participated in the launch and first congress of the Africa Scientific Research and Innovation Council (ASRIC) that was held from 27 to 29 November in Abuja, Nigeria.

ASRIC is an agency of the African Union Commission (AUC) that will serve as a continental platform to mobilise African research excellence, innovation for dialogue and voice of the scientific community in building and sustaining continental research-policy nexus with the aim of addressing Africa’s socio-economic development challenges. The congress was opened by Her Excellency, Prof Sarah Anyang Agbor, the AUC Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology. ASRIC will be hosted by the AUC’s Scientific Technical Research Commission (STRC) which is based in Abuja.

During the congress, members of the bureau were elected from member states representing all five regions of the continent (North, South, East, West, Central) namely:
• Chair: Kenya National Academy of Sciences
• Vice-Chair, Scientific Programme: Zambia Academy of Sciences
• Vice-Chair, Innovation: Nigeria Academy of Sciences
• Vice-Chair, Communication: Algeria Academy of Sciences
• Vice-Chair, Resource Mobilisation: Cameroon Academy of Sciences

Sub-committees to serve the various programmes were also established.

The Algerian Academy of Sciences offered to host the 2019 congress which will take place in the month of October.