25 October 2023#19
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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

Nelson Mandela


Launch of Africa-Europe Clusters of Research Excellence

African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) and The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities (of which Ghent University is a member) launched twenty Africa – Europe Clusters of Research Excellence in Summer 2023. These address key societal and scientific challenges framed by the AU-EU Innovation Agenda.

Ghent University research groups are actively involved in a number of these Clusters.

Joining the Clusters is still possible for you or your African partners. 

VLIR-UOS Community talk - Challenges for diagnosing and monitoring diabetes in resource-limited countries (DR Congo) - 25/10/2023

Diabetes prevalence is rising dramatically in limited-resources countries, particularly in DR Congo. In the near future, sub-Saharan Africa is expected to undergo the largest proportional increase in diabetes mellitus, with an estimated number of 41.5 million affected Africans in 2035. Despite the increase in the prevalence of diabetes mellitus, little attention has been paid to the correct diagnosis of this disease in developing countries. 

This community talk will give an overview of the challenges encountered in diagnosing and monitoring of diabetes mellitus in sub-Saharan Africa. It will present also the recent progress made in the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus.

Conférence: L'imaginaire écologique africain: entre le naturel, le culturel et le spirituel - 20/11/2023

Si les questions écologiques sont omniprésentes dans notre vie quotidienne, dans les medias et les débats politiques, ainsi que dans les expressions culturelles, la littérature, le théâtre... nous sommes peu conscients de la manière dont la nature et l’écologie sont représentées à d’autres endroits du monde.

Dans cette conférence, Prof. dr. Mamadou Faye (Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar) abordera le rôle que la littérature peut jouer dans le développement d’une conscience écologique en Afrique, mais aussi dans la promotion du dialogue interculturel à travers les continents.

Conference: Climate Change, Biodiversity & Economic Outlook. Impact on Global -and African- Growth - 22/11/2023

On the 22nd of November 2023 OVO - Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs - organizes its eighth conference in Brussels.

Max Jadot, Chairman, Board of Directors BNP Paribas Fortis, and Luc Bonte, Chairman OVO, welcome you for an interesting conference.

This year’s theme is Climate Change, Biodiversity & Economic Outlook, Impact on Global – and African – Growth.

Inaugural Lecture of the Endowed Chair of South Africa: Languages, Literature, Culture and Society: 23/11/2023

You are cordially invited to the inaugural lecture of this year's endowed Chair of South Africa: Languages, Literature, Culture and Society at Ghent University.

In her inaugural lecture, the acclaimed South African writer, philosopher, and professor emeritus at Stellenbosch University, Marlene van Niekerk examines what kind of critical apparatus would be needed to best identify the conditions of possibility under which Afrikaans literature was produced and the levels of self-understanding that can be expected from a historically privileged South African who teaches literature to students abroad.

Fifth All Africa Horticultural Congress - February-March 2024

We cordially invite you to join us for the Fifth All Africa Horticultural Congress, set to take place in the attractive city of Marrakech, Morocco, from February 26 to March 1, 2024. The congress will bring together horticultural professionals, researchers, practitioners, and industry leaders from across the African continent and beyond.

Under the theme “Unleashing the Potential of African Horticulture,” this congress aims to foster the exchange of knowledge, innovative technologies, and collaboration in the field of horticulture. It will provide an exceptional platform for attendees to explore the latest advancements, share insights, and discuss strategies to promote sustainable horticulture practices and enhance the continent’s agricultural landscape.



Overview of different programmes in education, research, and innovation open to EU-Africa cooperation

A very comprehensive overview was provided to us by The Guild of European Research Intensive Universities.

AEGIS Summer School: African, Afropolitan and Afropean Belongings - deadline for submitting proposals: 29/10/2023

The 2024 Summer School is organized by the Centro di Studi Africani in Sardegna – CSAS in collaboration with the AEGIS Centres of Roskilde (Denmark), Edinburgh (UK), Lisbon (Portugal), London (UK), CESSMA (France), Leiden (Netherlands).

The aim of the Summer School is:

  • to bring together advanced Ph.D. students and teaching staff from AEGIS Centres in order to exchange field and research experience;
  • to improve the students’ ability to prepare and present their research in an international context and more specifically to serve as a ‘feeder’ for ECAS 10 in Prague;
  • to promote graduate training within AEGIS and stimulate African-European inter-university cooperation.

The workshop is open to some 20 PhD students and young researchers coming from AEGIS Centres and their affiliates in Europe and Africa. Applicants are invited to submit proposals that address the overall theme.

Multidisciplinary Workshop Green Transition & Biodiversity - Second Announcement and Call for Contributions - deadline for submission of abstracts: 29/10/2023

The Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences will organize its fourth Theme Day on Monday 4 December 2023.

The goal of this conference is to allow young researchers under the age of 40, who are active in global South countries, to meet each other, whatever their specialization, but also to let them know the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences and its activities (www.kaowarsom.be).

Launch of the Call for VLIR-UOS TEAM projects 2024 - Stage 1 Concept notes - deadline: 8/12/2023

With TEAM projects, VLIR-UOS aims to strengthen the research and educational capacities of higher education and science institutions in partner countries. In addition, TEAM projects are expected to create the conditions for uptake of new and relevant knowledge, applications and/or services by academic, civil society, private and public actors.

A TEAM project is expected to produce results within the duration of maximum 5 years.

The projects allow for medium-term capacity building, e.g. through PhD research, curriculum development, network building, etc.



GAPSYM16: Knowledge production, research ethics and authorship in African contexts - 13 & 14 November 2023. Registration is open now!

This 16th multi-disciplinary conference of the AUGent Africa Platform will be co-organized by the University of the Western Cape. It hopes to showcase how scientists, policy makers, engineers, artists, writers, opinion makers and educators reflect on the highly topical subject of knowledge production and authorship in Africa.

This conference will explicitly be a platform to engage on this topic, also beyond the academia, including the organization of writeshops, round tables and seminars to rethink existing paradigms on the position African research takes in scholarly production.

Ghent Africa Platform Lecture in Honour of Nelson Mandela, by prof. Premesh Lalu - 13/11/2023

In this lecture, prof. Lalu offers a reading of two contemporary texts, Seamus Heaney's The Cure at Troy and Richard Rive's Emergency Continued, both published in 1990 to coincide with the release of Nelson Mandela from prison and the much-celebrated end of the Cold War.

Both texts reflect on the incessantly violent experience of partition as a political rationality, which shifted the meaning of race from a civilisational discourse to the terrain of the manipulation of sense perception in the age of communication and control.


First AUGent Africa Forum - 8/12/2023

On the agenda of this first AUGent Africa Forum:

  • Introducing GAP / Learn more about our community and vision
  • Impact assessment / Share your thoughts on our contribution to your success
  • GAP in 2024 / Introducing an ambitious planning
  • Funding for Africa / Discover funding opportunities tailored to Africa
  • Reception / Network with your peers

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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