Investing in infrastructure to retain African scientists

11 August 2017

According to the conference participants, African countries lack the infrastructure and entrepreneurial support needed to retain science graduates, which has an impact on scientific independence and contributes to the "brain drain" ".

The non-conference Science in Africa, held in London last month (20 July) by the Planet Earth Institute, aimed to promote successes and challenges in the use of science and technology for development in Africa.

"Africa's R & D-driven innovation has long been hampered by the lack of a critical mass of qualified scientists and by very low access to infrastructure and enabling technologies," explains Kelly Chibale, professor of organic chemistry in South Africa, based at the University of Cape Town (UCT). "We need to link training with investments in infrastructure and support for entrepreneurship, in order to create jobs and careers that make science attractive."

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