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EDCTP receives Science Diplomacy Award at South African Science Forum

9 December 2015

At the Science Forum South Africa 2015, EDCTP received the Science Diplomacy Award in the category that recognises “an international science partnership which has made an outstanding contribution to human capital development.” The award was given by the Hon. Naledi Pandor, South African Minister for Science and Technology and received by Dr Thomas Nyirenda, Manager of South-South Networking, on behalf of EDCTP.

“We feel deeply honoured by this award. The development of African health research capacity has been and will be an important objective for the EDCTP programme. Recognising in all modesty how much still has to be done, we take great pride in the many African researchers, the young as well as the more senior, we have had the privilege to support in their fight against poverty-related infectious diseases.”

Prof. Charles Mgone, EDCTP Executive Director

EDCTP is recognised for its work in building capacities to undertake clinical trials in Africa for the fight against both the major and neglected infectious diseases. The Awards Committee notably praised EDCTP’s work in fostering the career development of individual junior and senior researchers from sub-Saharan Africa. This includes its support of training and mentoring of researchers and its promotion of the mobility of individual researchers and research staff.

Science Forum South Africa
The Science Forum South Africa was held in the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria, South Africa, on 8-9 December 2015. The Forum aims to encourage an open debate between all stakeholders on the role of science in society, in South Africa, and also in Africa and globally. The theme of the Forum is “Igniting Conversations about Science.” An important goal of the Forum is to promote international partnerships and solidarity. Prior to its plenary closing session, the Science Diplomacy Awards in a range of categories were conferred by Minister Naledi Pandor in recognition of achievements and excellence in international cooperation in science.

More information
DST press release on the Science Forum: Africa cannot advance without investing in science