22 February 2023#04
afrika Platform

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

Nelson Mandela


Interesting Climate Migration Health article

This is an interesting and recently published CliMigHealth blogpost from Rita Issa and Ilan Kelman (University College London) on Understanding the nexus of climate change, migration and health through East African operational perspectives.

It is a 9 min read and there is an audio function to listen to the article.

Lecture: How scientists fight against world hunger - 1/3/2023

Together with Veterinaires Sans Frontières (VSF), the Veterinary Student Association for Wildlife and Development (VSDW) organizes following lecture 'How scientists fight against world hunger'.

Pablo Manzano is an agroecologist and will talk about wildlife declines in Africa: linked with poverty, not with livestock increases.

Emma De Winter is an veterinarian who worked in Rwanda on fly larvae as new food source for livestock.

Boekvoorstelling: Eén vrouw, vele gezichten - 2/3/2023

Op donderdag 2 maart wordt in Gent het boek 'Eén vrouw, vele gezichten' voorgesteld van wereldreizigers Els Heyvaert en Christian Van Kerckhove.

Het werk filosofeert over de vraag wat het betekent om vrouw te zijn in de huidige maatschappij, in relatie tot recente moderne ontwikkelingen en verschuivingen. UGent onderzoeker Els Leye is co-auteur en de opbrengst van het boek gaat integraal naar de vzw Aniké.

European Conference on African Studies (ECAS): African Futures - Early-bird registration opens 6/3/23

ECAS9 2023, 31 MAY - 3 JUNE 2023

ECAS9 will be organized by the Global South Studies Center (University of Cologne) and the IARA, Institute for Anthropological Research on Africa, University of Leuven, under the theme of “African Futures”. “African Futures” aims to explore the continent’s critical engagements with the past, present, and future of Africa’s global entanglements.

King Baudouin Foundation Africa Prize 2023-2024 - deadline 16/3/2023

The KBF Africa Prize rewards African organisations which contribute to sustainably improving the lives of people in Africa.

It pays particular attention to initiatives that tackle challenges in Africa in transformative ways, which are resilient and adaptable in a constantly changing context, which have a long-term vision, and which empower people to take their future into their own hands.

Beyond its monetary value of 200.000 euros, it offers its laureates unique opportunities to increase their visibility and promote their cause to international audiences.

Global Minds Open calls - deadline 17/3/2023

Global Minds Fund provides opportunities to the whole Ghent University community to collaborate with partners in the Global South in order to address the global challenges of sustainable development.

GMF is designed as an ‘innovator’ programme that aims to (1) increase the production and application of innovative solutions to global challenges and (2) sustain, improve and expand equitable partnerships with actors in the Global South.

Two calls are open now:

  • Explore and/or Valorise Projects
  • Research/Education Stays in the Global South for doctoral fellows
Top meeting sustainable transition UGent with Elizabeth Wathuti - 21/3/2023

The core group Transition UGent organses its top meeting again, where experts, policymakers and committed staff and students discuss about a sustainable transition and the role they themselves can take in it.

One seat will be reserved for Elizabeth Wathuti, a Kenyan climate activist. At past climate summits, she addressed world leaders on their responsibility and called for climate justice. The other chairs are for students Tina Kasse B'nicco and Michael McMahon (fac. GE), climate expert Hans Verbeeck (fac. BW) and policy makers Ann Buysse (dean PPW), Isabel Van Driessche (dean WE) and Peter Vandenabeele (coard member of Ghent University). Claire Dupont (fac. EB) will moderate the debate.

Ghent University Alumni Day - 26/3/2023

The first Ghent University Alumni day will take place on Sunday, March 26 on our campuses in Ghent. We will kick off at 9:30 a.m. with our Alumnus of the year, Catherine De Bolle, and continue until around 5-6 p.m., depending on the location. In the morning the activities concentrate around Ufo, Rectorate and the Krook, in the afternoon the day fans out to all campuses.

All Ghent University alumni are welcome. Feel free to bring your partner, parents, children, friends or family.

Lezingenreeks: Filosofie zkt. verandering: Gesprekken over dekolonisering, inclusie, activisme en intersectioneel feminisme - maart 2023

Is filosofie een (te) conservatieve discipline? Is het blikveld ervan te beperkt? Welke boodschappen worden in de mainstream filosofie gegeven over wat geldt als ‘echte’ of ‘legitieme’ vragen/thema’s/denkers? 

In deze lezingen- en discussiereeks willen we een alternatieve blik bieden door te tonen welk kritisch onderzoek er ook allemaal gebeurt onder de noemer van filosofie en door samen met filosofen-activisten te reflecteren over verschillende krachtige kruisbestuivingen tussen filosofie en sociaal-politiek engagement.

Securing Our Future: 100 African & European Voices on Climate Change, Conflict and Security

What do young Africans and Europeans see as the greatest threats to global security? How do they think governments and international institutions should work together to tackle these challenges and help secure our common future?

To hear what young people think, Debating Africa and Debating Europe, in partnership with the European Investment Bank, asked them directly.



Precision Medicine: Therapeutic Targets - joint symposium by UWC, UGent and MU - 27-30/3/2023

The University of the Western Cape, Ghent University
and the University of Missouri invite you to attend
a joint symposium on Precision Medicine: Therapeutic Targets.

Precision medicine has been defined as an emerging practice of medicine that uses an individual’s genetic profile to guide decisions made about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

This symposium has been designed to bring together researchers from UWC, Ghent and the University of Missouri to share their current work, brainstorm on needed resources including innovative data sharing and co-create opportunities for collaboration and competitive funding applications. Ultimately we hope to provide
precision medicine interventions that are more cost-effective than population-based measures and will improve health care in Africa, Europe and the United States.


Want to learn more about the six Regional Platforms? Take a look at www.ugent.be/regionalplatforms
to find all the information you need.

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