2022#17 19 October

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

Nelson Mandela

AUGent & Africa Announcements

Boosting academic collaboration with UNIKIS

Dr. Margot Luyckfasseel is currently in Kisangani as a visiting scholar at the department of Lettres et Civilisations Africaines at the Université de Kisangani (UNIKIS, DRCongo), an important UGent partner and a vibrant academic environment. Congratulations Margot and good luck with your stay at UNIKIS!

From left to right: prof. Jacques Lofemba, prof. Emmanuel Ngbanga, assistant Alain Ramazani, dr. Margot Luyckfasseel, prof. Charles Kumbatulu, prof. Nicolas Mombaya and prof. François Abuka. Photo by assistant David Kopa.

Antjie Krog – ‘n Bevrydende vrou op 70

Interview with UGent's first Writer in Residence

Die skrywer, digter, akademikus en joernalis Antjie Krog vier op Sondag 23 Oktober vanjaar haar sewentigste verjaardag. En in hierdie besonderse huldingsprogram vir radio, moontlik gemaak deur AVBOB, kry haar werk nuwe lewe.


Mycotoxins, an insidious problem for human health in Northern Uganda

Community Talk - 26/10

Mycotoxins are fungal metabolites produced by some species of fungi. Exposure to these fungal metabolites can cause failure of the liver, brain, kidney, reproductive organs, endocrine organs, and immune systems.

In sub-Saharan Africa, exposure to mycotoxins is perennial. In this study, food samples were collected from households in northern Uganda and were evaluated for mycotoxin contamination.


Prof. Geert Haesaert, Ghent university
Prof. Richard Echodu, Gulu University 
MS. Godfrey Wokorach, PhD student, Gulu University


SGroup TTConference - 26/10

Social Innovation in Campus and Beyond

SGroup - Universities in Europe is pleased to invite you to attend the Think Tank Academy Conference "Social Innovation on campus and beyond", hosted by the University of Minho, on 26 October from 10h to 14h (CET), in a hybrid format.

The first panel will address the role of higher education institutions for social innovation and how young students can be important drivers of innovation in universities. The second one is focused on social impact and outreach of universities and includes regional showcases of practices from Latin America and Africa, as well as a presentation on social responsibility in research practice and how interdisciplinarity can promote engagement beyond academia.


7de Colloquium over het Afrikaans aan de Universiteit van Gent - 27 & 28/10

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.


Open Doors Fellowship Program

Call to host African female scholars - deadline 30/10

The Open Door Fellowship Program, developed by the International Plant Biotechnology Outreach (VIB-IPBO), targets post-doctoral and mid-career women researchers conducting agricultural research in African (inter)national research centres. It is a two-year training and mentoring program that aims to contribute to the consolidation of mid-career researchers and avoid them leaking from the scientific pipeline.

The ODFP fully covers the expenses derived from the fellows' SRS in Belgium, including travel, stipend, travel insurance, and bench fees for the hosting labs. The period for the SRS in Belgium is from May to July 2023.

Are you willing to Open Doors?


4Brain research group is looking for volunteers in Rwanda

4Brain is a multidisciplinary research group at Ghent University and the Department of Neurology of Ghent University Hospital.

Since more than 10 years Prof. Dr. Paul Boon, programme director and founder of 4Brain has developed an ongoing brain health cooperation with Dr. Fidele Sebera, medical director of CARAES neuropsychiatric hospital Ndera, Rwanda as well as several other Rwandan partners.

In light of several ongoing projects within the North-South cooperation, our team is currently looking for volunteers to assist in several ways during ongoing projects. The task of a volunteer is very diverse: from logistical support during preparation of research projects to assisting the medical team during their outreach in rural areas.


Entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs conference - 22/11

Africa and Europe: hand in hand

On the 22nd of November 2022 OVO - Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs - organizes its seventh Conference. This year’s theme is Africa & Europe: Hand in Hand.

We hope Meryame Kitir, Minister of Development Cooperation and Major Cities Policy, will honour us with her presence (to be confirmed). Our Keynote speakers are Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, CEO of The Tony Elumele Foundation, and Koen Doens, Director General at the Directorate General for International Partnerships, European Commission.


Young Researchers Overseas Day 2022 - 12/12

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.


Upcoming events organized by the africa platform

Africa Film Festival Ghent 2022

WHEN 25-10-2022 - 28-10-2022
WHERE De Centrale, Ham 72, Ghent
ORGANIZER Africa Platform of Ghent University Association in collaboration with other partners
CONTACT Annelies.Verdoolaege@UGent.be
WEBSITE https://www.africaplatform.ugent.be/event/africa-film-festival-2022

Africa Film Festival Ghent is back!

We present to you four vibrant evenings with short films, movies and documentaries, in combination with debate, music and fun - join us for some relaxing, inspiring and informative nights with films from Somalia, DRCongo, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Uganda. 

International ADIAfrica Summit Circular Economy and Sustainability (IASCES)

WHEN 03-11-2022 - 05-11-2022 from 9:00 to 18:00
WHERE Provinciehuis, Provincieplein 1, 3010 Leuven, Belgium
ORGANIZER ADIAfrica & Africa Platform of Ghent University Association
CONTACT Annelies.Verdoolaege@UGent.be
WEBSITE https://www.africaplatform.ugent.be/event/international-adiafrica-summit-circular-economy-and-sustainability-iasces

IASCES summit on Circular Economy, Sustainability and Regeneration is planned to uniquely create an international platform for fostering high quality discussions in depth between experts,
academics, practitioners, industries, businesses, entrepreneurs, policy makers and all actors involved in this new framework. The aim is to create synergies and collaborations between all these actors in an international level.

Meet the Ambassadors Event

Celebrating 15 years of AUGent Africa Platform

WHEN 24-11-2022 at 14:00
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-ambassadors-event-celebrating-15-years-augent-africa-platform

We would like to invite you to a festive and networking event where we will present the Africa Platform of Ghent University Association to the African ambassadors to Belgium, in order to showcase the Africa Platform and its achievements.

This will be an excellent opportunity to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Africa Platform and to foster connections between the academia and the African embassies.