2008 Conference Presentations

Nov. 4

Keynotes:
Why Would a Government Want Independent Advice?

Hon. Patrick Amuriat Oboi, Member of Parliament, Uganda

What Is Unique About Advice from an Academy?
Dr. Bruce Alberts, editor-in-chief of Science magazine, Professor at UCSF, and former President of U.S. National Academy of Sciences

Session II
Making Aid More Effective Through Local Insight
Brenda Killen, Head of Aid Effectiveness Division, Development Cooperation Directorate

Department for International Development (DFID)
Dr. Yusaf Samiullah, Deputy Director & Head of Profession, Infrastructure, Policy & Research Division, UK DFID

Improving Biosafety and Biosecurity in Africa
Dan Schar, VMD, Biosecurity Engagement Program, Africa Regional Coordinator, U.S. Department of State

The Research and Innovation Program in Netherlands' Development Cooperation
Fon van Oosterhout, Research and Communication Division

Session III
Annual Meeting of the African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI)
Carol Medlin, Senior Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Science Academies as Partners for Improving the Impacts of Policies in Africa
Dr. Pat Goodwin, Head of Pathogens, Immunology and Population Health, The Wellcome Trust

Working with Non-Governmental Agencies: Our African Experience
Jack Watters, Vice President, External Medical Affairs, International Pfizer

Session IV
Virtues of Academy Advice
David Mbah, Executive Secretary Cameroon Academy of Sciences

How a young British Academy Approaches Advising
Mary Manning, Executive Director, The Academy of Medical Sciences

Capacity Building: Enabling Excellence in Science in Africa
Hans Hagen, Executive Director, The Academy of Medical Sciences Jackie Olang, Acting Coordinator, NASAC

Investing in a National Treasure: African Science Academies
Patrick Kelley, MD, DrPH Director, ASADI

Nov. 5
Session V
Critical Issue 1: Health
National Health Research Systems and Science Academies
Carel IJsselmuiden, Council on Health Research for Development

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation African Health Initiative
Helen Smits, Doris Duke Foundation

Critical Issue 2: Education
Possible Role of an Intermediary Academy Partner
Jutta Schnitzer-Ungefug, Secretary-General, German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

Critical Issue 3: Water
Critical issues related to Water, Health and Sanitation in Africa
Salif Diop, United Nations Environment Programme

Urban Water Issues
Kala Vairavamoorthy, UNESCO-IHE and University of Birmingham

Critical Issue 4: Science & Technology for Development
Science Academies as partners for Imroving the Impact of Policies in Africa
Mustafa El Tayeb, Director Science Policy and Sustainable Development, UNESCO

Science and Technology for Development
Shem Arungu-Olende, Secretary General, African Academy of Sciences

National Health Research Systems and Science Academies
Jeremy McNeil, Royal Society of Canada

Creating International Research and Education Networks
Petra Ruth Mann, The International Bureau of the BMBF (IB)

Closing Keynotes
Bridging the divide between science and politics
David Dickson, Director, SciDev.Net

Investing in Academy Advice for Sustainable Health and Development of Africa
Dr.Ham-Mukasa Mulira, Minister for Information and Communication Technology, Uganda


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