2022#13 29 June

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

Nelson Mandela

AUGent & Africa Announcements

2021 World Agriculture Prize awarded to Mekelle University and Ghent University professors


The Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences (GCHERA) has announced that the 2021 Laureates of the World Agriculture Prize, are Prof. Mitiku Haile of Mekelle University, Tigray, Ethiopia,  and Em. Prof. Marc Van Montagu of Ghent University, Belgium, in recognition of their outstanding achievements in agriculture and life science education and scientific research.


Symposium - The potential of genome editing for sustainable African agriculture

30 June & 1 July 2022

Innovations and their integration into farming practices have always been vital for agriculture and food production. Breeding new plant varieties is not a simple, nor a rapid process. Genome editing is a transformative innovation for improved breeding accuracy, allowing scientists to make targeted genetic changes.

With this symposium we want to understand the state of the art and the potential of the genome editing to be transformative towards a more resilient and sustainable African agriculture. We will elaborate on the ongoing research, the regulatory framework and the socio-economic potential of this technology for the African continent.


7de Colloquium over het Afrikaans aan de Universiteit van Gent

Abstracts indienen voor 30/6

Na zes succesvolle edities vindt het UGent Colloquium over het Afrikaans 2022 plaats op donderdag en vrijdag 27-28 oktober 2022.

De thema's die zullen worden behandeld zijn 'De studie van het Afrikaans in 2022: nieuwe databronnen, nieuwe methodes' op het vlak van de taalkunde en 'CLI-FI. Dialogen over klimaat en milieu in Afrikaans en Nederlands' wat betreft de letterkunde.

Gelieve abstracts in te dienen voor 30 juni 2022.


Five global health calls launched for collaboration with sub-Saharan Africa within the EDCTP3 partnership

Submission deadline: 30 August 2022 at 17h CET

The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) exists to accelerate the clinical development of new or improved medicinal products for the identification, treatment and prevention of poverty-related and neglected infectious diseases, including (re-)emerging diseases.

In addition, the EDCTP funds activities for research capacity building in Africa, supporting researchers’ careers and strengthening national health research systems.


Call for Erasmus + Projects

Virtual Exchanges in Higher Education and Youth

Virtual exchange projects are online people-to-people activities for young people. The exchanges enable international and cross-cultural education, both formal and informal, without physical mobility. The projects therefore facilitate and increase the participation of organisations and individuals in international education experiences.

All projects should involve organisations and participants coming from EU member States and/or third countries associated to the Erasmus+ Programme on the one hand, and third countries not associated to the Programme on the other hand.

There are five eligible regions, among which Sub-Saharan Africa.

This is een open call – deadline 20 September 2022.


Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen

Internationalisering kennisinstellingen: projectoproep 2022 - deadline 30/9

De provincie Oost-Vlaanderen hecht veel belang aan de internationaliseringsinitiatieven van de kennisinstellingen en geeft deze al meerdere jaren een duwtje in de rug.

Projecten kunnen tot € 5.000 per deelnemende Oost-Vlaamse kennisinstelling krijgen. De geografische focus van de projecten moet strategisch zijn voor zowel de kennisinstelling als voor de provinciale speerpuntclusters.

Het ingevulde aanvraagformulier moet bij de Provincie ingediend worden vóór 30 september 2022.


Young Researchers Overseas Day 2022

Organised by the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences

On Monday, 12 December 2022, the fifth Young Researchers Overseas Day is organized by the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences. This event is aimed at researchers younger than 40 who are working overseas in various research fields. These fields should fit into one of the scientific disciplines of the 3 sections of the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences. The Young Researchers’ Day is an opportunity to meet one another, discuss, exchange ideas and know more about the Academy (www.kaowarsom.be) and its activities.

Deadline for the submisison of abstracts: 3 October 2022.


Upcoming events organized by the africa platform

Launch Short Stay Research Fellowships/Appel à candidatures - Bourses pour courts séjours de recherche

Deadline: 1 October 2022

WHEN 01-10-2022
ORGANIZER Africa Platform of Ghent University Association
CONTACT Annelies.Verdoolaege@UGent.be
WEBSITE https://www.africaplatform.ugent.be/event/launch-short-stay-research-fellowshipsappel-%C3%A0-candidatures-bourses-pour-courts-s%C3%A9jours-de-0

The Africa Platform fellowships are aimed at researchers (junior or senior lecturers & professors) who are affiliated with an African higher education or research institution. A bilateral agreement or MoU needs to be in place between Ghent University and the African institution.

The fellowships include a grant of € 1000 + flight ticket for a minimum stay of two weeks, which is meant to cover (or contribute towards) travel and accommodation costs and living expenses.

The fellowships can be taken up at any time in 2023. Five fellowships will be awarded in 2022.

Meet & Engage with the Ambassador from Zimbabwe

WHEN 19-09-2022 from 15:00 to 17:00
WHERE 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-ambassador-zimbabwe

On the programme:

• Presenting UGent by Rector Rik Van de Walle
• Pitching AUGent research in Zimbabwe
• Presentation by HE Ambassador Mutembwa
• Informal meeting with students from Zimbabwe
• Reception

GAPSYM15 - Afroeuropeans Conference 2022

WHEN 22-09-2022 - 24-09-2022 from 9:00 to 18:00
WHERE VUB's Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus
ORGANIZER Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Africa Platform of Ghent University Association and other partners
CONTACT Annelies.Verdoolaege@UGent.be
WEBSITE https://www.afroeuropeans2022.com/en/

The 8th Biennial Afroeuropeans Network Conference “Intersectional Challenges in Afroeuropean Communities” will take place from 22 – 24 September 2022.

The conference aims to consider how Afroeuropean communities are shaped by the intersections of ‘race’ and ethnicity with other markers of identification such as gender, class, sexuality, ability, age, citizenship status, language…

Of particular interest are the multiple ways in which Afroeuropeans challenge dominant modes of representation and knowledge production, for instance by claiming space and citizenship, altering taken-for-granted modes of knowing and organizing, and presenting their experiences and perspectives as part and parcel of European society and identity.