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Vacancy: AESA Programme Manager

For more information and to download an application form please visit their website here

Applications close on the 24th April 2015

Posted on: Wed 15 Apr 2015 | Category: Vacancies

Yara Prize 2015: Nominations now open

 In 2015, the Yara Prize will have a special focus on youth, women and agribusiness in Africa. 

In order to be considered by the Prize Committee, all nominations and supporting documentation must be received by June 19, 2015.

More info here:

Posted on: Wed 8 Apr 2015 | Category: funding

BIEA Seminars: Sexual moralities and the politics of chastity

Sexual moralities and the politics of chastity: An anthropological apprach to virginity and premarital sexuality in contemporary Istanbul

Dr. Patricia Scalco

Date: 2 April 2015
Time: 11.00am-12.30pm
Venue: British Institute in Eastern Africa, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa, Nairobi.

For enquiries and to RSVP please contact 

Posted on: Sun 29 Mar 2015 | Category: events

BIEA Conference: Connections and disconnections in the history and cultures of Eastern Africa

This conference will explore the place of Eastern Africa within global approaches to the study of the region’s past and present. Supported by the BIEA, IFRA and the University of Warwick

Date: 30-31 March 2015,
Venue: British Institute in Eastern Africa, Laikipia Road, Nairobi

Please contact Daniel Branch ( for any queries and/or to RSVP. 

Posted on: Fri 27 Mar 2015 | Category: events

Haycock Research Grant

The British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) invites applications for grants from the Haycock Fund, to support projects of research in Sudan/South Sudan.

Applications should be sent to by 17.00 hours GMT on 24 April 2015. Decisions will be communicated to applicants by 29 May 2015.

Posted on: Tue 24 Mar 2015 | Category: funding

8th South-South Institute: Call for applications

8th South-South Institute "Inequality and Social Justice: Perspectives from the Global South". Call for applications

Date: September 11 –18 2015
Venue: Durban, South Africa 

Posted on: Mon 9 Mar 2015 | Category: calls


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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