Passion for making a difference in society wins Team Namibia the number one spot at the #SANBioLabHack2018
What do you get when you combine a team of Mechanical Engineering – Law and Information Technology students and challenge them to build basic but crucial lab equipment?
You get an award winning programmable and functioning centrifuge whose casing is made from recycled steel frame with steel sheet that covers the motor and other electronic components which are made in such a way that even when spinning and the tube adaptor breaks, it will not be exposed to the outside.
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Next Generation of Problem Solvers –Team Botswana #SANBioLabHack2018
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in Africa is challenged by shortages of laboratory equipment in teaching institutions. In South Africa, according to an online Fintech article, 86% of SA’s 23 589 public schools do not have science labs.
While these alarming statistics may apply to the SA context, sadly this problem is also found in every developing nation and Botswana is no exception.
A new generation of problem solvers who work in various fields of biosciences are eager to turn things around in their country.
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NUST Young Inventors Club wins 3rd place at #SANBioLabHack2018
The #SANBioLabHack2018 took place in Pretoria, South Africa, this week with 17 undergraduate students coming together to turn their passion for innovation by addressing afro-centric solutions to common lab issues.
The 3rd place winning team from the Zimbabwe National University of Science and Technology’s (NUST) Young Inventors Club impressed the judges with their low-cost PCR machine, which is also known as a Thermocycler that is commonly used to amplify segments of DNA.
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Grants and Awards
NEPAD SANBio / BioFISA II Opportunity: Mobility grants to support regional and international travel and accommodation for individuals in the Biosciences field. Deadline: Open till 1 December 2018; any activity must be concluded by 15 January 2019.
 TWAS prizes:
  • TWAS Medal Lectures. Awarded to TWAS members, in recognition of their achievements in their fields of research. The recipients lecture on a main aspect of their work. Deadline: Open
  • Abdus Salam Medal. Awarded to highly distinguished personalities who have served the cause of science in the Developing World. No limit on age, country or field. Deadline: Open
Call for proposals: Strengthening Higher Agricultural Education for Agri-Food System Transformation in Africa (SHAEA). The main objective of this proposed project is to develop competent and relevant human resources required to accelerate agri-food systems transformation in Africa. Deadline for submission: 30 November 2018
2019 RISK Award. Up to €100,000 for an operational project in the field of risk reduction and disaster management. Deadline: 30 November 2018
RDA EU Open Call for Ambassadors. The Research Data Alliance is calling on domain specific data experts to join its Ambassador programme. Deadline: 5 December 2018
Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowships. Short-term fellowships to African-born academics at universities in the USA and Canada to collaborate with African universities. Deadline: 9 December 2018
Agrilinks 2018 Photo Challenge. Tell the story of global food security and poverty reduction through images of your development work. Deadline: 20 December 2018
Google AI Impact Challenge. Open call to organizations around the world to submit their ideas for how they could use artificial intelligence to help address societal challenges. Deadline: 22 January 2019
  • Mobility of individuals in the field of higher education: 5 February 2019
  • Mobility of individuals in VET, school education and adult education fields: 5 February 2019
  • Capacity building in the field of higher education: 7 February 2019
  • Strategic partnerships in the field of education and training: 21 March 2019
WIOMSA Marine Research Grants Programme. Supports young scientists to present research results at various fora. Applications for travel grants can be submitted anytime.

Nestlé Foundation grants for research in human nutrition in low-income and lower middle-income countries. Support includes grants for Masters and PhD projects. Applications accepted all year round.
Scholarships and courses
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Metagenomics at North-West University, South Africa. Deadline: Open till filled
Short Course: Phytomedicine and Natural Products. Presented by the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Pretoria.
Next Generation Scientist Program by Novartis and University of Basel. intensive internship program for talented and motivated research scientists from emerging countries. Deadline: 30 November 2018
University of Edinburgh MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program 2019/2020. Full scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate study at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Deadline: 30 November 2018
Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries Fellowship in Freshwater Science. Fellowships for PhD students, postdocs and senior scientists for 6-24 months. Deadline: 1 December 2018
PhD position in Ecological Statistics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Deadline: 4 December 2018
Yale Maurice R Greenberg World Fellows Program. A four-month, full-time residential program, based out of Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Deadline: 5 December 2018
Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program. For institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda to host an African-born scholar. Institutions and scholars may both apply. Deadline: 9 December 2018
Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme. Candidates must be citizens of an African country and between the ages of 25 and 39. Deadline: 15 December 2018
Ashinaga Africa Initiative university scholarships. Full financial support for undergraduate study in Japan, the U.K, the U.S.A and Europe. Deadline: 16 December 2018
Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program 2018/2019. Tuition and associated fees for citizens of African countries who wish to obtain an MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Deadline: 10 January 2019
Australia Awards – Africa. Scholarships for masters studies in Australia and short-term fellowships in Africa and/or Australia. Deadline: 3 December 2018 (masters) and 15 January 2019 (short courses)
Call for abstracts for a workshop on “Livestock Systems in Urbanizing Environments: Impacts and Implications for Food Security in Developing Countries” in Uppsala, Sweden, 5-6 March 2019. Some funding available to support conference attendance. Deadline: 15 January 2019
One Health Summer Institute 2019. A 4-week long, field-based experiential course to be held in Tanzania, 24 June 24 - 19 July 2019. Deadline: 30 January 2018
Yale Young African Scholars Program. For secondary school students from all African countries. No tuition, meal, or lodging costs. Travel grants are also available. Deadline: 6 February 2019

Israeli Agency for International Development (MASHAV) professional courses in early 2018. Subject areas include agriculture, energy and education. A limited number of scholarships available. Deadlines vary.

HarvardX. Free online courses from Harvard University including data analysis, statistics and genomics. Deadlines vary.
DAAD scholarships 2019-2020. For individuals from eligible developing countries to undertake post-graduate study at German universities in development-related subjects. Deadline: Varies by course

New e-learning courses from FAO.
Landscape Governance, 1 - 12 April 2019
Calls for Papers
Call for abstracts for Quality Promotion Conference, 26-28 February 2019 in Pretoria. Deadline: 30 November 2018
Call for papers for the conference on Pesticide Politics in Africa, 29 – 31 May 2019 in Arusha, Tanzania. Travel support available especially for African and early-career scholars. Deadline: 5 January 2019
Call for abstracts for a workshop on “Livestock Systems in Urbanizing Environments: Impacts and Implications for Food Security in Developing Countries” in Uppsala, Sweden, 5-6 March 2019. Some funding available to support conference attendance. Deadline: 15 January 2019

Call for manuscripts: African Journal for Rural Development. Regular articles, short communications and reviews accepted. Deadline: Open
BioFISA II Event: Connecting Drivers of Change - Slush Side Event in Helsinki: 29 November 2018, 17:00 - 20:00, Päivälehden museo, Helsinki
Science Forum South Africa: 12 - 14 December 2018, CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa 
Webinars and e-discussions
Free webinars on Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA), in English, Français, Español taking place in December 2018. Register by 28 November 2018
Adelle C, Elema N, Chakauya E, Benson D. Evaluating ‘homegrown’ research networks in Africa. S Afr J Sci. 2018;114(3/4), Art. #2017-0070, 7 pages.
Novartis Next Generation Scientist Intern 2019. 3 month (1 June to 31 August) internship programme in Basel, Switzerland for research scientists from emerging countries. Deadline: 30 November 2018

ILRI vacancy: Scientist – Epidemiology. Deadline: 6 December 2018
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