31 May 2023#11
afrika Platform

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

Nelson Mandela


Symposium at the University of Amsterdam: Establishing Europe-Africa academic collaborations - 1/6/2023

At this innovative symposium about effective ways to develop and strengthen institutional connections with the Global South, AUGent's Africa Platform has been invited to share its experiences and expertise.

We will discuss Advantages, Difficulties, Examples, and New Opportunities with respect to partnering with African institutions.

Lecture by Robert Quinn, founder of the Scholars at Risk network, at VUB - 1/6/2023

To mark the presentation of an honorary doctorate by the VUB to Robert Quinn, founder and executive director of the Scholars at Risk network, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR) invite you to attend a lecture by our brand new VUB Honorary Doctor.

It will be followed by a panel discussion with Julie Bynens (tbc), secretary general of the Chancellery and the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Flemish government, Koen Verlaeckt, secretary general of the VLIR (Flemish Interuniversity Council), and Professor Karin Vanderkerken, VUB Vice-Rector Internationalisation. 

Virtual discussions about data sovereignty & decolonizing ethnobiology - 1, 7, 21/6/2023

ADIE (Allies for Diverse and Inclusive Ethnobiology) is inviting you to discussions and planning meetings on innovations and knowledge sovereignty in publishing ethnobiology. These will be informal conversations around several core topics including:

  • How can ethnobiology publications/ archives support data sovereignty initiatives from/for communities of knowledge origin? What does this look like?
  • Many disciplines (e.g., biology, ecology, conservation) are increasingly recognizing the importance of Indigenous and local knowledge. Is ethnobiology well-situated to lead a shift in the way research is controlled, shared and accessed by origin communities and the general public? How to forge lasting connections w/ current leaders in this space, such as w/ Indigenous Studies action research?
  • Is there energy/ impetus to create an informal working group on this topic and, for example, strategize together for a LEAPS NSF proposal over the coming year?
Workshop: Controlling the conversation: Finding and amplifying your voice through the noise - 6/6/2023

Using examples from the media, this session will focus on the framings and tactics used to harass and manipulate under the guise of The Truth with a focus on ‘colonial’ language and views.

Dr. Tiffany Williams is a visiting lecturer of Discourse Analysis at the Ghent University Department of Political Science, and a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Jena Institute for Caucasus Studies.

Nigeria Belgium Luxembourg Business Forum: 7-9/6/2023

In cognisance with the policy stance of the present administration, especially, in promoting the non-oil sector of the Nigerian economy, the Nigerian Embassy in collaboration with partners including the Belgium Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce - Brussels and Abuja, A-Law Firm, Abuja Chamber of Commerce, Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and Diplomatic Vista will convene a Business Forum under the Theme “Building Sustainable Partnerships in the Non-oil  Sector” in two locations: Luxembourg and Belgium on the 7th, 8th & 9th June, 2023 respectively.

Meet & Greet Adviesraad Mondiale Solidariteit Stad Gent (AdMoS) - 17/6/2023

De Gentse Adviesraad Mondiale Solidariteit (AdMoS) en het informele netwerk AdMoSfeer willen graag tonen wat ze in huis hebben: heel veel enthousiasme rond internationale solidariteit.
Altijd al willen weten wat die Adviesraad Mondiale Solidariteit precies doet en wie de organisaties en mensen achter de schermen zijn?

Zaterdag 17 juni is jouw kans om die allemaal te leren kennen. Kom gerust eens langs voor een hapje en een drankje en maak kennis met de Gentenaars die gedreven zijn door internationale solidariteit.



Launch Short Research Stays Call 2023 - deadline 5/9/2023

This call targets researchers who are affiliated with a higher education or research institution based in one of the 37 eligible countries in the Global South and who wish to spend between 1 and 3 months as a visiting researcher at Ghent University in order to support and expand their ongoing research on sustainable development challenges.

Multidisciplinary Workshop Green Transition & Biodiversity - deadline submission of abstracts: 25/9/2023

The green transition refers to a systemic shift towards more resilient ecosystems and equitable economies, building on the principles of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of United Nations Agenda 2030.

The Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences (RAOS) is organizing a multidisciplinary workshop on « Green Transition & Biodiversity». Young researchers working on this topic in an area outside Europe are invited to present their findings
For researchers at an early stage, it is an opportunity to share their research questions, methodological approach and findings with other young researchers as well as with experienced scientists.

Internationaliseringsinitiatieven Oost-Vlaamse kennisinstellingen - projectoproep 2023 - deadline: 30/9/2023

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

Bij deze oproep komen volgende activiteiten in aanmerking voor financiering:

  • Internationale docentenmobiliteit
  • Internationalisation@home
  • De uitbouw van gemeenschappelijke curricula
  • Gezamenlijk onderzoek uitvoeren, waar mogelijk met economische finaliteit
  • Het leggen en/of onderhouden van contacten

Projecten kunnen tot € 5.000 per deelnemende Oost-Vlaamse kennisinstelling krijgen.

Yearly Competitions Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences (RAOS) - with some questions highly relevant for researchers on Africa

In order to stimulate high-quality scientific research regarding problems inherent to overseas regions, the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences (RAOS) organizes yearly competitions.

Each award-winning work in the yearly competition is granted a cash prize (2,500 EUR).

Questions for the Competition 2024

  • First question. — An original study is requested on the current transformations, within an overseas community, of the social practices in relation to the environment.
  • 2nd question. — A study of traditional sustainable irrigation systems in overseas semi-arid and arid regions is requested.
  • 3rd question. — A scientific and/or technical study is requested on sustainable circular economy models in emerging countries based on one or more successful examples

Questions for the Competition 2025

  • First question. — A study is requested on the judicial system in an African or Asian colony in the first half of the 20th century.
  • 2nd question. — A study is requested on the impact of climate change on the productivity of tropical lakes and on the management of these aquatic resources by the local population.
  • 3rd question. — A study is requested on the lessons learned so far in emerging countries on the first concrete achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals.


GAPSYM16: Knowledge production, research ethics and authorship in African contexts - deadline to submit abstracts extended to 1/6/2023

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.


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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