The NRF and the Namibian Council on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) recently co-hosted the Africa Regional Consultation of the Global Research Council (GRC). The Regional Consultation, in parallel with five others around the globe, has as its primary aim to facilitate and coordinate deliberations and input on the main themes identified by the GRC Governing Board for the 2015 meeting (Building Research and Education Capacity; Research Funding for Scientific Breakthrough) to be co-hosted by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the NRF. The global meeting will take place in Tokyo during May 2015, coordinated by International Relations and Cooperation on behalf of the NRF.
The 115 participants included heads and representatives of 17 science granting councils in Africa, academics from Japan, Namibia and South Africa, and senior representatives from associated stakeholders. The programme also included an academic symposium on the themes of agriculture and food security, and infectious diseases, as prominent areas of research between Japanese and African scientists. Valuable financial support was provided by the German DFG, in collaboration with the NRF, JSPS and NCRST. The University of Stellenbosch’s Postgraduate and International Office hosted the meeting on 23-25 November in collaboration with the NRF.