11 January 2024#1
afrika Platform

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

Nelson Mandela


AEGIS website with Ghent University's ERC projects in the spotlight

AEGIS is the European African Studies association, connecting Europe-based member institutions focusing on research and education on and in Africa and African Studies. The AUGent Africa Platform is an active AEGIS member.

The new AEGIS website has been around for a while, but this month it puts the ERC research on Africa at the UGent Faculty of Arts & Philosophy in the spotlight.

Internationale Conferentie: Reimagining power structures: the potential of feminist foreign policy - 17/1/2024

De Adviesraad Gender en Ontwikkeling nodigt u uit voor de internationale conferentie “Reimagining power structures: the potential of feminist foreign policy”.

Kom op deze internationale conferentie meer te weten over het belang van het versterken van feministische bewegingen in buitenlands beleid en internationale solidariteit. Het zal ook een gelegenheid zijn om de uitdagingen en kansen van een feministisch buitenlands beleid voor België en de Europese Unie in een steeds veranderende politieke context te verkennen.

Réseau Pan-Africain de Nématologie Workshop 2024 - 12 & 13/3/2024

Les 12 et 13 mars 2024, le troisième atelier international PANEMA se tiendra à Cotonou, au Bénin. Cet atelier de deux jours, organisé par l'Université d'Abomey-Calavi, au Bénin, réunira des nématologues qualifiés, des chercheurs en début de carrière, des étudiants, des vulgarisateurs agricoles et des agriculteurs de tout le Bénin et de l'Afrique de l'Ouest.

L'objectif de cet atelier PANEMA au Bénin est de fournir des opportunités éducatives supplémentaires pour ceux qui travaillent dans l'agriculture et la nématologie dans un contexte ouest-africain.



Launch of the 2024 Erasmus+ call for proposals and Programme Guide

The European Commission recently published the new call for project proposals for the year 2024 within the framework of the Erasmus + programme (2021-27). Erasmus+ is the European Union’s programme for education, training, youth and sport. 

In this fourth call, over €4 billion is provided for education and training. In addition to the classic Key Action 1 (the physical exchange of students and staff, Blended Intensive Programmes (BIPs), and Virtual Exchanges), a number of project opportunities within Key Actions 2 and 3, and Jean Monnet are also very relevant in view of participation from higher education.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Partner Funding Opportunities - application deadline: 31/1/2024

Accelerating Catalyzing Solutions for Climate Change's Impact on Health, Agriculture, and Gender

This Grand Challenges request for proposals seeks innovative research and pilot/feasibility projects utilizing transdisciplinary approaches to better adapt to, mitigate, or reverse the combined, deleterious effects of climate change on health, women's lives, and agriculture in the geographies of interest.

Topic Areas:

  • Health Outcomes
  • Nutrition
  • Adaptation Strategies for Agriculture and Income Development
  • Knowledge Management and Data Integration of Climate and Health Databases
  • Effective Response and Resilient Supply Chains for Crisis Management

The funding level is up to USD $200,000.00, for each grant. The period of performance is up to two years.

Call for applications to establish networks of epidemic and pandemic sciences research excellence across Africa - deadline: 31/1/2024

The Epidemic Science Leadership and Innovation Networks (EPSILONs) aim to nurture and promote world-class epidemic and pandemic sciences research and innovation in Africa.

The networks will be led by an outstanding African investigator based at an African research institution and will bring together multiple organizations in a consortium for up to six years. Each consortium will be awarded core funding of up to USD $4 million.   

Call for papers - International workshop: Scientific Analyses on Pottery Finds from Africa - deadline: 31/1/2024

Pottery production on the African continent is among the oldest in the world, and in many regions, the practice has endured into modern times. Compared to other parts of the world, the study of pottery in and from Africa using modern scientific techniques is still in its infancy. The main goal of this (online) workshop is to bring researchers together and examine the current state of scientific studies on pottery across Africa.

Launch call Short Training Programmes - deadline for submission: 1/2/2024

The Global Minds Fund is launching a new instrument: Short Training Programmes (STP). This instrument provides researchers and lecturers affiliated with Ghent University with an opportunity to integrate issues, themes, and expertise related to sustainable development challenges in the Global South into their training and educational activities.

The overarching objective of the Short Training Programmes is to strengthen the quality and relevance of training and educational programmes at Ghent University by bringing in perspectives and expertise from the Global South.

Launch Master Mind Scholarships to study in Flanders - application deadline UGent: 31/3/2024

The Flemish government grants Master Mind scholarships to excellent students who (want to) follow a master's program at a Flemish college or university.

The program aims to promote Flemish higher education as a top study destination for international talents.

It is estimated that 30 international students can benefit from the Master Mind Scholarships.

Summer School on Natural Resources & Development at Kyambogo University, Uganda - application deadline: 15/5/2024

This course examines the linkages between development and Natural Resources, the principles of Managing natural resources, and the sustainable conservation of these resources. It also examines how environmental activists and their interventions conserved protected areas, energy, water, and land in the face of climate variability based on a gender perspective.

Importantly, the course aims at equipping students seeking qualifications for planning sustainable development, with practical approaches, knowledge, and skills necessary for meeting challenges of sustainable use of natural produce competent professionals who can plan for sustainable use of natural resources globally.



Institutional academic visit to Kenya - including visits to various Kenyan universities and the organisation of alumni networking events in Nairobi and Mombasa

From 10-18 February 2024 a UGent delegation led by Rector Van de Walle will be visiting a large number of Kenyan universities and research institutions, in the cities of Nairobi, Eldoret and Mombasa. 

The aim is to consolidate partnerships and explore new academic collaboration opportunities, on the level of teaching and research. 

In the framework of this visit two alumni networking events will be organised in Nairobi and Mombasa.  


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