2022#8 20 April

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

Nelson Mandela


CliMigHealth Working seminar - 21/4

Resilience of primary care facilities to climate change and migration in the Gauteng province: towards an operational resilience framework

The globalized world we live in, is increasingly feeling the adverse health impacts of climate change and migration patterns. This is not different for the Gauteng province in South Africa, where the primary health care facilities are -supposed to be- playing a key role in adapting to and mitigating the health impacts of these challenges. For this reason, it is important to strengthen the primary health care facilities. In this study, based on the existing scientific literature and interviews with primary care providers, we developed an operational resilience framework to support this strengthening. During this working seminar, we will present the framework that has been developed and would like to get your input.


Remote sensing study on the impact of the Tigray War on the region’s environment

Webinar - 26/4

Together with Teklehaymanot Weldemichel, Prof. Jan Nyssen assisted the Conflict and Environment Observatory in carrying out a study on the impact of the Tigray War on the region’s environment, particularly the woody vegetation.

Henrike Schulte to Bühne has done the research, using most advanced remote sensing techniques, while Tekle Weldemichel and Prof. Nyssen assisted with contextual feedback, field knowledge and ground control determination. Ground truthing information was also provided by several UGent MSc and PhD students.

The study results will be presented in the webinar.


Book presentation - 27/4

Rainforest Capitalism: Power and Masculinity in a Congolese Timber Concession

CRG and MENARG kindly invite you to the book presentation of 'Rainforest Capitalism' (Duke University Press, 2022) by Dr. Thomas Hendriks (KU Leuven), followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Soraya El Kahlaoui (MENARG) and Prof. Maria Martin de Almagro (CRG), and a Q&A, chaired by Dr. Siggie Vertommen (MENARG, CRGC).

Date: Wednesday 27th of April, 17:00 - 19:00


Open Lezing door Peggy Bouva - 19/5

'De plantage van onze Voorouders'

Peggy Bouva (Rotterdam, 1978) is moeder, public speaker, juridisch kwaliteitsmedewerker en werkzaam binnen het Sociaal Domein in Zuid-Holland. Met haar bedrijf Community & Knowledge streeft ze ernaar om kennis van het Afro Surinaams Cultureel Erfgoed spelenderwijs over te dragen. Samen met journaliste Maartje Duin werkte ze mee aan de Podcast de Plantage van onze Voorouders. Deze productie is in 2020 gebroadcast via de VPRO. De jury verkoos 'De plantage van onze voorouders' unaniem tot Beste Podcast van 2020.


Tropentag2022: call for papers is open

Can agroecological farming feed the world? Farmers’ and Academia’s view

Tropentag is an annual international conference on research in tropical and subtropical agriculture and rural development. TT22 is organised from 14-16 September 2022, by the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague.

The debates on global food production challenges have become polarised, among both scientists and farmers, widening the gap between the advocates of industrial agriculture and global commerce, and the supporters of local food systems and organic farming.
TT22 will review recent research results that address these challenges from various points of view, with different approaches.



Global South Partnership Event - 30/5

Yearly symposium on Global South Partnerships with and within Ghent University. Focus on how we can connect for change.

Morning sessions:

  • Prof. Doris Schroeder: Director of Centre for Professional Ethics, UCLan (UK) as coordinator for the “Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings” drafted by the TRUST project.
  • Mr. Koen Doens: Director-General, Directorate General for International Partnerships, European Commission

Lunch & networking

Afternoon session: Workshops and parallel infoboothsessions



Invitational Seminar on Environmental Education Research - 13-16 June

Challenges for environmental and sustainability education research in times of climate crisis

Since its first edition in 1993, the Invitational Seminar on Environmental Education Research series has provided a unique opportunity for researchers from around the planet to discuss critical problems, trends and issues in research on environmental and sustainability education (ESE).

From 13 to 16 June 2022, the 15th edition will be organised in Ghent, Belgium, by the Centre for Sustainable Development of Ghent University in collaboration with partners of the SEDwise network (‘Sustainability Education – Teaching and learning in the face of wicked socio-ecological problems’).


Upcoming events

Belezen wetenschappers


WHEN 26-04-2022 from 19:30 to 21:00
WHERE Bibliotheek De Krook, Krookcafé - Miriam Makebaplein 1, 9000 Gent
ORGANIZER Africa Platform of Ghent University Association en De Krook
CONTACT Annelies.Verdoolaege@UGent.be
WEBSITE https://avansa-regiogent.be/activiteiten/belezen-wetenschappers-afrika-editie

Naast een paneldiscussie met Sarah De Saeger, Patrick Van Damme en Koen Bostoen, gemodereerd door auteur en radiomaker Pat Donnez, zal Inge Brinkman een inleidende presentatie geven over de rijkdom aan talen en literaturen op het Afrikaanse continent.

Met muziek door Daouda Thiam uit Mauretanië.

Launch: Joint Call to Foster Trilateral Academic Collaboration

Between the University of the Western Cape, University of Missouri and Ghent University

WHEN 07-03-2022
WHERE Online
ORGANIZER Africa Platform of Ghent University Association
CONTACT Annelies.Verdoolaege@UGent.be
WEBSITE https://www.africaplatform.ugent.be/event/launch-joint-call-foster-trilateral-academic-collaboration

The Tri-Continental Partnership (3CP) is a trilateral agreement between the University of Missouri, the University of the Western Cape and Ghent University. To promote our partnership during this time of reduced travel, we are providing funds to support virtual research and teaching collaborations between faculty members at the three institutions.

The committee welcomes proposals from all fields. Projects could involve comparative research, other types of rigorous academic research, or the joint development of courses or course material. We are seeking innovative and creative ideas for using new technologies to facilitate the collaboration.

Costs will be covered up to $5,000 per project, according to the rules of each university and based on real costs.

This application form should be submitted to the local contact person at the principal applicant’s home institution before April 22, 2022.

Meet & Engage with the Kenyan embassy

WHEN 17-05-2022 from 16:00 to 19:00
WHERE Oude Infirmerie, Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, Ghent
ORGANIZER Africa Platform of Ghent University Association
CONTACT Annelies.Verdoolaege@UGent.be
WEBSITE https://www.africaplatform.ugent.be/event/meet-engage-kenyan-embassy


  • Introduction + presentation UGent by Mieke Van Herreweghe, UGent Deputy Vice Chancellor
  • Pitch presentations by UGent professors on their research in Kenya
  • Speech by HE the Ambassador
  • Q&A
  • Informal meeting + drinks & snacks