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Call for Applications - CARTA PhD Fellowships 2015/2016

The Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) is an initiative of nine African universities, four African research institutes, and select northern partners. CARTA offers an innovative model for doctoral training in sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen the capacity of participating institutions to conduct and lead internationally-competitive research.

Further information and application form can be found here

Posted on: Wed 1 Jul 2015 | Category: calls

African Multilingualism: Motivations, modalities, movement and meaning

Tuesday 8 & Wednesday 9 September 2015, 9.30am - 5.00pm
Venue: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

With multilingualism as a major research theme for linguistics and social sciences, this conference places Africa at the centre of cross-disciplinary research

Please click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to register.

Posted on: Wed 1 Jul 2015 | Category: events


2nd July 2015


PhD researchers based in Nairobi are invited to attend an informal meeting to share research experiences, ideas, and inspirations, and to meet other PhD researchers based in Nairobi


Posted on: Fri 26 Jun 2015 | Category: events

Economic Justice in Africa: Globalization, the State and Civil Society

In partnership with the OSISA Economic Justice Programme CODESRIA is pleased to announce the organization of an Economic Justice Institute in Durban, South Africa from September 7-18, 2015.  The theme of the Institute is ‘Economic justice in Africa: globalization, the state and civil society,’ and it will be held on the margins of the World Social Science Forum in Durban co-hosted by HSRC and CODESRIA and whose theme is "Transforming global relations for a just world”. CODESRIA invites applications for participation in the institute.


Posted on: Wed 24 Jun 2015 | Category: calls, News

Critical African Studies - Call for Papers: Special Issue

Critical African Studies is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for their special issue that will focus on the proliferation of African digital arts in the 21st century, with digital arts understood in a broad context. 

Posted on: Mon 22 Jun 2015 | Category: calls

BIEA Seminars: The politics of the dead and the power of uncertainty

The politics of the dead and the power of uncertainty: materiality, rumours and human remains in post-2000 Zimbabwe

26 June 2015, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Further infmormation here

Posted on: Mon 22 Jun 2015 | Category: events


African university numbers double in U-Multirank

By Christiaan van der Merwe

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 

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Posted on: Tue 7 Apr 2015 | Category: featured

International Women's Day 7th March 2015

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

Open access journals in humanities and social science

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

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