Thu 30 Jul

Apply to attend the Merck Africa Research Summit (MARS) 2015

Closing Date 30th July 2015, Summit in Geneva on 19th-20th October 2015

The Merck Africa Research Summit- MARS is being organised by Merck, in collaboration with UNESCO, the Cambridge-Africa Programme at the University of Cambridge, and Universita di Roma, Italy. MARS aims to bring together researchers from across Africa to discuss the generation, sharing and dissemination of research data, and to prepare for the road ahead in Africa’s development as an international hub for research excellence and scientific innovation.

The annual Summit aims to contribute to building research capacity in African research community on health, with special focus on Ebola and emergent infectious diseases, to showcase innovative research taking place in projects, programs and initiatives across African universities, and by the wider African research community.

Up to 100 scientists / researchers will be able to attend the Summit. Abstracts are invited from final year African PhD students and young investigators involved in HIV, Ebola and other infectious disease research. All should be primarily based at African research institutes and Universities. All abstracts will be peer reviewed and will be eligible for a number of research awards as well as sponsorship. The criteria, deadlines and submission details are available at Deadline for applying to attend MARS in Geneva from 19th-20th October is 30th July 2015.

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Thu 30 Jul

What will it take to get better higher education in Africa?

Join live chat on Thursday 30 July, from 1-3pm BST

Africa will forever be dependent on international donors unless its universities can stand shoulder to shoulder with the Harvards, Oxfords and MITs of this world. If that happens, the continent can educate its own politicians, lawyers and engineers. But even the most optimistic of the “Africa rising” narrators would say that there’s a long way to go. See

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Mon 7 Sep

DSA Conference 2015 - Global Development as Relationship: Dependence, Interdependence or Divide?

7th-8th September 2015, University of Bath, UK

The Development Studies Association Conference in 2015 takes as its theme the forms of relationship that are valued, enacted and denied through current processes of international development. Registration is now open. For more details visit

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Tue 8 Sep

African Multilingualism: Motivations, modalities, movement and meaning

Tuesday 8 & Wednesday 9 September 2015, 9.30am - 5.00pm Venue: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

Convenors: Professor Friederike Lüpke, SOAS, University of London, and Professor Anne Storch, Universität zu Köln

With multilingualism as a major research theme for linguistics and social sciences, this conference places Africa at the centre of cross-disciplinary research. We will take stock of existing and emerging research, e.g. of the role of youth languages in urban contexts or of the use of multiple languages in popular music and literature. Unique components will be the discussion of topoi that are commonly debated in separate disciplines and our perspective on multilingual settings in both urban and rural areas. Finally, we hope to break a widespread hegemonic view in favour of a perspective informed by intimate insights into lived multilingualism.

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Thu 8 Oct

CSIR’s 5th Conference: ideas that work

CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa

Date: 8th and 9th October 2015

Cost: Free to attend

Venue: CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa

The CSIR’s 5th Conference will be held on 8-9 October 2015 to share the organisation’s research progress, breakthroughs and impact. The “Ideas that work” concept seeks to showcase the CSIR’s proud track record of using research and development to provide solutions that improve the quality of life of South Africans. To register please visit

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Tue 3 May

Going Global 2016

Tuesday 3 May 2016 to Thursday 5 May 2016, Cape Town

The British Council Going Global 2016 Conference on "Building nations and connecting cultures: education policy, economic development and engagement" will examine higher education through the following lenses:

  • Education policy: local priorities, national systems and global drivers
  • Economic development: skills, enterprise, research and innovation
  • Engagement: democracy, social justice and international relations


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Wed 20 Jul

International Conference on Eritrean Studies (July 20 - 22, 2016, Asmara, Eritrea)

Call for Abstracts (Deadline: October 15, 2015)

This conference aims to revive scholarly discussions on Eritrea and sketch ways of strengthening academic interest and activities related to the country by engaging scholars from inside and outside Eritrea. The event will offer an opportunity to scholars working on Eritrea to present their work to a larger academic gathering in Asmara. It will also provide a forum for local, Eritrean Diaspora, and international scholars to create and develop links with research and academic institutions and public stakeholders inside the country. This conference is expected to lay foundations for a sustained commitment on the part of the different participants to Eritrean studies. Scholars working on other African countries are also welcome. Their involvement will allow Eritrean studies scholars to establish pan-African networks and connections, providing opportunities to raise issues and share experiences on the manifold challenges of development from different perspectives.
There will be panels from invited guests around the following areas: ensuring sustainability of academic discussions on Eritrean studies; migration and human trafficking; environment, climate change, and sustainable development; peace building and conflict resolution in the Horn of Africa and the Red Sea region.

For information about areas that the organizers of the conference would like to  invite proposals for panel, paper, and poster presentations around, and for the deadline, read the full call:  Confernece-on-Eritrean-Studies-July-20-22-2016-Call-for-Abstracts.pdf

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