In 2016 the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) once again opens its doors for fellow researchers from all over the globe. We invite applications from early stage researchers pursuing transdisciplinary internet research. If you are seeking exchange regarding your research aspirations and think your objectives match or complement ours, we look forward to hearing from you!
Posted on: Wed 19 Aug 2015 | Category: funding
Final workshop of our ESRC-funded series on interdisciplinary approaches to natural resource management. The final workshop focusses on resource conflicts in the Global South. Please feel free to register your attendance here
Posted on: Tue 11 Aug 2015 | Category: events
The forthcoming PhD conference will offer emerging research scholars and PhD candidates working in Kenya and East Africa an opportunity to re-consider the legacy, significance and use of notions of ‘centre-periphery’ as they relate to their research. We welcome submissions across a range of disciplines and themes.
To apply please submit a title, abstract by 31 August 2015
Posted on: Tue 4 Aug 2015 | Category: calls
An ESRC Workshop on Writing Research Proposals for Fellowships and Grants will be held at Adeyemi Federal University of Education on 23-24 September.
Please send applications by e mail attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Posted on: Tue 4 Aug 2015 | Category: events
The 5th GKEN International Multidisciplinary Conference & Workshop will take place for the first time in Africa at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Hall in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the 14th & 15th of December, followed by a workshop at Jimma University on the 17th & 18th of December 2015.
The theme for the 5th conference is “Connecting “Knowledge and Innovation” (K&I) 2015”
Call for papers dealine is 31st July 2015
Posted on: Mon 20 Jul 2015 | Category: calls
NEW PUBLICATION OUT
Whose Land Is It Anyway? The failure of land law reform in Kenya
By Ambreena Manji
Posted on: Mon 20 Jul 2015
The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in partnership with the United Kingdom Academies (under the United Kingdom-South Africa Newton Fund) are pleased to announce the Call for applications for DST-NRF Fellowships for Early Career Researchers from the United Kingdom.
The application deadline is 11 January 2016 for funding in 2016.
Applicants must apply using the NRF Online Submission System at: https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za and follow the application process set out in the attached call document and funding manual.
This call is intended for applicants based in the United Kingdom and will not require an Institutional Designated Authority (DA) validation process, however DA’s are requested to please advertise this call for applications as widely as possible in academia in the interest of attracting applicants based in the United Kingdom.
Scholars are invited to examine the ramifications of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s creative outputs from a variety of perspectives, and contribute to this classic anthology, articles that show penetrating understanding of her art and ideology from (but not limited to) feminism to war, matters of interpenetrability of myths and perceptions, challenges of multicultural existence and complex human diversities in broad and unique contexts.
- Length: Articles should not exceed 5000 words.
- Format: Articles should be double spaced throughout. Use the same typeface and size throughout the article. Italics are preferred to underlines for titles of books.
- Style: UK or US spellings, but be consistent. Direct quotations should retain the spelling used in the original source. Check the accuracy of your citations and always give the source, date, and page number in the text and a full reference in the works cited at the end of the article. Italicize titles of books or plays. Use single inverted commas throughout except for quotations within quotations which are double. Avoid subtitles or subsection headings within the text.
- References: All references/works cited should be listed in full at the end of the article, in the following style:
Surname, name/initial, title of work, place: publisher, date.
Surname, name/initial, ‘title of article’. In surname, name/initial (ed.) title of work.Place of publication, publisher, date.
Or: Surname, name/initial, ‘title of article’, Journal, vol. no.: page no.
Articles should be sent as e-mail attachments – – Word document to:email@example.com .Brief personal profile should be submitted with the article but as separate attachment.
Deadline: 23 October 2015.
The number of African universities in the latest iteration of the EU-funded university comparison tool, U-Multirank, has doubled from last year.
There were 24 institutions from eight African countries in the list for 2015 released on 31 March, up from 12 in last year’s inaugural rankings.
While not a university ranking in the traditional sense, in that it doesn’t list universities from best to worst, U-Multirank awards scores ranging from ‘A’ (very good) to ‘E’ (weak) in 31 categories, broadly divided into five themes.
The 2015 edition added three new subject areas for examination: computer science, psychology and medicine
The institutions which appear for the first time in 2015 are:
- Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana)
- Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (Morocco)
- Alexandria University (Egypt)
- Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (Egypt)
- Ain Shams University (Egypt)
- Cairo University (Egypt)
- Mansoura University (Egypt)
- Higher Institute of Economics and Business (Cape Verde)
- Cape Peninsula University of Technology (South Africa)
- University of Pretoria (South Africa)
- University of Namibia (Namibia)
- University of Sfax (Tunisia)
Outside South Africa, only Cairo University achieved an ‘A’ score for its publication output.
Full article found here
Image from http://www.umultirank.org/
Posted on: Tue 7 Apr 2015 | Category: featured
In honour of International Women’s Day this Sunday March 7, Planet Earth Institute wanted to spotlight four inspirational women who are working in science and tech in Africa.
The following is taken directly from this website where you can find further information and videos.
1) Mariéme Jamme
Originally from Senegal, Marieme is a tireless advocate for technology and the importance of building STEM skills on the continent. She is also CEO of SpotOne Global Solutions, a consultancy that helps enterprise tech companies get a foothold in Europe, Asia and Africa. Here’s a video of her passionately explaining what Africa’s scientific independence means to her.
2) Afua Osei and Yasmin Belo-Osagie, She Leads Africa
Management consultants by day, Afua and Yasmin also co-founded She Leads Africa, a social enterprise that supports high-potential female entrepreneurs by helping them jump-start their businesses. On January 24, they successfully ran their first ever ‘Who wants to be a tech millionaire’ event, which provided workshops for young women interested in building tech-enabled businesses. Here’s a little more about their work, and we can’t wait to see what they do next!
3) Liberata Mwita, PhD student, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Growing up, Liberata wanted to become a pilot, but her family urged her to pursue a career in scientific research. Now she is studying for a PhD with SABINA at the University of Pretoria where she is part of a larger, multi-investigator project addressing complex questions about how several species of Bacillus bacteria interact with plants. This is an important question because earlier research has shown that these bacteria, which are free-living in the soil, promote plant growth under the proper circumstances. To learn more about RISE, the programme she is associated with, please click here.
4) Naadiya Moosajee, Co-founder, Women in Engineering
A native of South Africa, Naadiya describes herself as a ‘serial social entrepreneur’. With a background in engineering, Naadiya decided to set up WomEng, a social enterprise developing the next generation of women engineering leaders around the world. At present, WomEng operates in South Africa and Kenya, but aspires to expand into West Africa. We look forward to following her impact!
Posted on: Tue 10 Mar 2015 | Category: featured
The British Academy presents a report investigating some of the issues involved in open access publishing, which seeks to examine various practical issues and difficulties that may arise, using the example of twelve disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS).
There are separate ethical, financial and practical arguments in favour of developing open-access provision. At the same time, various difficulties have been identified in practice, focussing on undesired consequences of the desired aims. This report looks at which risks might hinder the process and expansion of open access as it is currently proposed. It focuses above all on 'green' open access policies (the posting of post-peer-review author-accepted manuscripts, on the internet in University repositories, after embargo periods). The report goes on to warn that if UK open-access policies are followed too rigidly, this will, in some disciplines at least, undermine the international reach and thus standing of the country's research.
Posted on: Tue 10 Jun 2014 | Category: featured