Angola: a future African ‘capital of science’?

This week, the PEI’s Global Scientific Committee (GSC), the group of expert academics from the Global South that advise our work, held a three day delegation in Luanda, Angola. The GSC programme, supported by the PEI Board of Trustees Sir Christopher Edwards, Lord Boateng and Prof Paul Younger, held a number of activities to help tackle some of Angola’s key developmental challenges, including urbanisation, pollution and environmental degradation, as well as a public lecture series delivered to local students.

During the trip, the PEI also hosted a major public reception to raise awareness and funding for our new PhD Centre in Luanda, in partnership with the Ministries of Science and Technology and Higher Education, as well as the British Embassy and the Universities in Luanda and the UK at the heart of the project.

A recap of the delegation

Investing in Angola’s scientific future – the PEI’s new PhD Centre in Luanda

With speeches from Álvaro Sobrinho and Rt. Hon Lord Paul Boateng of the PEI, Professor Orlando Mata, Rector of Agostinho Neto University and H.E Richard Wildash LVO, HM Ambassador to Angola, this reception continued to raise the profile of our pioneering project in Luanda.

The Challenges for Urbanisation in Angola – and lessons from India
Given the urgent need for smarter urbanisation policies in Luanda, the PEI hosted a practical workshop on the issue with leading academics and government officials, with guest speaker Prof Mukesh Khare, member of the PEI’s GSC, who has been heavily involved with the urbanisation policies in New Delhi.

Dangers of small scale mining in Ghana and across Africa

Professor Jerry Kuma, Vice Chancellor at the University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, Ghana, presented his latest research into alternative methods for small scale gold mining in Ghana, and its potential implications across the continent. (Read it here).

PEI Open Science series: Lecture by Prof. Paul Younger

As part of the PEI’s Open Science series, bringing international scientists to local students and young professionals, Prof. Paul Younger, Chair of the Global Scientific Committee, spoke on the battle between natural resources and human resources and the quest for ‘Inclusive Environmentalism’.  (Read it here).

The PEI is committed to developing world-class science in developing nations across Africa, and is arranging further scientific delegations in 2014 and beyond.

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