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Check out the to see the new iMENTORS’ Factsheet explaining the project rationale, objectives and the coordination and support activities: imentors_factsheet_April13.pdf

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Over six days, from 21 to 26 June 2014, Copenhagen will host the Euroscience Open Forum 2014 "Science building bridges". The programme tracks of ESOF 2014 will create a platform where researchers, journalists, policy makers, students and organisations can meet and debate European research and global challenges. Alongside ESOF 2014, a major science festival – Science in the City - will take place.
The call for Scientific session proposals and the Expression of interest in Science in the City for ESOF2014 are published and will close on 9th of May 2013.

To submit a proposal please follow the link below where you can find the calls with instructions on how to make a submission.

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She Figures 2012

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She Figures 2012 is the fourth publication of a key set of indicators that are essential to understand the situation of women in science and research. The She Figures data collection is undertaken every three years since 2003 by the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, in cooperation with the Helsinki Group and its sub-group of Statistical Correspondents.
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Support for Research Infrastructures is open to infrastructures across the fields of science and technology. The overall objective of the RI part of the FP7 Capacities Programme is to optimise the use and development of the best existing RIs in Europe, as well as to help create new facilities which best meet the needs of researchers and support their achievements.

 The activities being supported are identified under three main lines of actions:
• Support for existing research infrastructures
•Support for new research infrastructures (or major upgrades of existing ones)
 •Support for policy development and programme implementation, including support to emerging needs

Click here to access information on funded projects




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Described as a “one-stop-shop data warehouse,” iMentors is a web-based platform serving as a knowledge repository for sharing and aggregating data on e-infrastructure projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Speaking to HumanIPO, Louis Papaemmanuel, project director based at the Stockholm University, said iMentors is a project co-foundered by the seventh framework program of the European Commission. It began in April 2012 and will run until October 2014.

“The objective of iMentors is to aggregate and display information about every e-infrastructure project plus related initiatives such as e-government, e-learning [and] e-health applications over the past five years,” Papaemmanuel said.

Papaemmanuel believes while Africa is one of the fastest growing regions, the continent still lags far behind other regions such as Europe, in terms of developing stable deployment “at least with broadband infrastructures”.

Papaemmanuel said the difference between Europe and Africa in terms of broadband implementation is the fact that broadband capacity in Africa was developed by commercial internet service providers (ISPs).

 

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The concept of linking scientific literature to data in multi-disciplinary research infrastructures is now going to be implemented practically. OpenAIREplus is developing a common approach to connect descriptions of research results and research information between many rich data sources (publications, data, project information) in a discipline-independent fashion. In short, to develop a service which allows users to interact with and support linking between research articles and data  in the context of project funding.

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A group of parliamentarians in Uganda have approved a motion designed to force the government to create a science ministry.

 

The MPs, led by members of the committee of science and technology, passed the motion for a resolution on setting up the ministry on 15 March.

“We proposed upgrading the ministry of information and communications technology, which is cheaper, or create a new ministry,” says Denis Hamson Obua, the chairman of the committee on science and technology.

The country’s science community has been calling on the government to create such a ministry since 2008. The 2011 to 2015 National Development Plan makes provision for it. But it has not materialised.

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At first sight, it seems unlikely - a continent most associated with war and famine producing globally significant scientific research.
However, in many ways, the groundwork is there - knowledge, ingenuity, willingness to learn and adapt, coupled with the rapid expansion of digital technology. All of this is really allowing Africa to play a major part in global scientific collaborations.
Holding development back, higher education remains poor.
Many non-governmental organisations (NGOs), churches and development agencies push basic literacy - it is a huge international industry.
But there is nothing at the higher end, very little money for tertiary education. It is quite hard to study in Africa, and encouraging talented students to leave is an industry in itself, with a large variety of academic bursaries available for study in the US and Europe.
If the limited available statistics are to be believed, there are perhaps fewer than five million students in higher education in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa - and most of those, perhaps two-thirds, are in South Africa, the wealthiest country.

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Africa-EU Joint Task Force meeting

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The 15th Africa-EU Joint Task Force meeting was held to review the 8 Partnership areas of the Joint Africa-Europe Strategy (JAES), including Priority 8 for Science, Information Society and Space. The aim of the meeting was to assess recent progress and agree on priorities for 2013 in each area.

For Priority 8 it was acknowledged that progress had been made but that more could be achieved. A number of areas for enhanced collaboration were identified and will be developed, such as continuing the successful EU-supported AU Research Grants and the Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards programmes, as well as helping build Africa’s capacities, such as the Pan African Intellectual Property Organisation (PAIPO) and the African Observatory for STI (AOSTI).

Source: Europe-Africa Research & Innovation Newsletter (February 2013)

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Launch of the Research Data Alliance/Stockholm

Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda

18 March 2013

I am very happy to be with you today, here in the EU, to launch the global Research Data Alliance.

Scientists have always sought new ways to share. And they've always been in the vanguard using new technologies to help them do that better.

Scientists developed the internet, for example. Its forerunner, the Computer Science Network of the eighties, was funded by the National Science Foundation; then scientists at CERN developed the worldwide web. Now it's everywhere: available to scientists and laymen, the greatest tool for sharing information ever invented.

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Press Release

Many of the world's leading computational scientists across multiple disciplines will gather in Sweden March 18 to March 20 for the first plenary session of the new international Research Data Alliance (RDA)--an interdisciplinary organization whose goal is to accelerate data-driven innovation through research data sharing and exchange.

Spearheaded by RDA leaders from the U.S. government, European Commission, Australian government, and data community, the RDA's three-day launch will attract scientific leaders and experts who will work to accelerate discussion about removing barriers to sharing research data and stimulating more interaction and development within the data community.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is supporting U.S. participation in the RDA as part of a $2.5 million grant to promote coordination and develop infrastructure for data sharing.
 
"Although the importance of sharing and exchange of data, including public access, has been emphasized by multiple reports and many science agencies around the world, the actual sharing of data across national, international, and disciplinary boundaries has been challenging to implement," said Alan Blatecky, director of NSF's Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure. "The establishment of RDA promises to break through inertia by 'just doing it'--that is, RDA supports mechanisms that enable data researchers and scientists to quickly adopt best practices and share and exchange data."

U.S. involvement is led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Computer Science Professor Francine Berman and Professor Beth A. Plale, of the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University.
 

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THE government is committed to increasing funding for science and technology research and development programmes so as to attain the recommended minimum of one per cent of the Gross Domestic Products (GDP).
 
Speaking at the fifth graduation ceremony of St Joseph's University in Dar es Salaam where 398 graduates were awarded degrees and diplomas in engineering, Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda said since 2011 the government has increased research funding up to 30bn/- annually.
 
In this financial year the budget stand at 35bn/-. "We are striving for a modern economy that entails the use of science and technology. In order to develop experts in these fields, our education system must be re-oriented towards emphasising on science and mathematics subjects," Mr Pinda stressed.
 

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Dr. Nadia Zakhari, the Minister of Scientific Research confirmed on Saturday 16/2/2013 the importance of outlining a strategy for cooperation between African countries in the field of science and technology.
 
The remark was made during a workshop on indicators of Science, Technology and Innovation in the African countries. Up to 28 African countries and 65 scientists and researchers participated in the workshop.
 

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Supporting and promoting scientific research and innovation, as well as enabling access to scientific information, have always been key priorities for the European Commission and the Member States. It is widely acknowledged that Authentication and Authorisation Infrastructures (AAIs) play a crucial role in supporting research and in providing a distributed virtual environment where scientific resources can be stored, accessed and shared. More interactive, collaborative approaches to research in conjunction with the deluge of data are opening new frontiers to data processing, storing and preservation; this also poses new requirements and challenges for existing AAIs across Europe.

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