Europe-Africa Frontier Research Conference Series

ESF - ICSU - European Academies - NASAC Partnership

The European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with the International Council for Science (ICSU), a consortium of European Academies (The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Royal Society, The British Academy and The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences), The French Academy of Sciences and the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) have agreed to co-sponsor a series of Scientific Conferences, within the framework of the ESF Research Conferences Scheme. The Series will be known as ‘Europe-Africa Frontier Research Conference Series’, and will be at the highest scientific level with respect to topics and choice of participants. The Conferences will bring together participants and experts in Basic Science profiling African and European excellence to discuss topics that are of major importance to the scientific community in Europe, Africa and beyond.

Topics will be selected by mutual agreement between the participating organizations who will also identify the Conference Co-Chairs from the European and African sides.

The Europe-Africa Frontier Research Conference Series will alternate between a venue in Europe and one in Africa.

Conference Guidelines PDF (474 KB) Last Updated 4-August-2008

The International Council for Science (ICSU)

The International Council for Science (ICSU) is a non-governmental organisation representing a global membership that includes both national scientific bodies and international scientific unions. Through this extensive international network, ICSU provides a forum for discussion of issues relevant to policy for international science and the importance of international science for policy issues.

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

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As the forum, conscience, and voice of the arts and sciences in the Netherlands, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) promotes the quality of scientific and scholarly work and strives to ensure that Dutch scholars and scientists make the best possible contribution to the cultural, social, and economic development of Dutch society.

The Royal Society

The Royal Society, the national academy of science of the UK and the Commonwealth, is at the cutting edge of scientific progress.  It supports many top young scientists, engineers and technologists.  It influences science policy, it debates scientific issues with the public and much more. It is an independent, charitable body which derives its authoritative status from its 1400 Fellows and Foreign Members.

The British Academy

The British Academy is the national academy for the humanities and social sciences in the UK, with an elected Fellowship of 1200 members.  It supports postdoctoral research in the humanities and social sciences through its research funding schemes, promoting relations between researchers in the UK and overseas, and recognising distinction in scholarship.  It engages with and advises on major policy issues in the higher education sector.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, established in 1739, is an independent organisation whose overall objective is to promote the sciences and strengthen their influence in society. The Academy seeks chiefly: to be a forum where researchers can meet across subject borders; to offer unique research environments to support young researchers; to reward prominent contributions to research; to arrange international scientific contacts; to act as a voice of science and influence research policy priorities; to stimulate interest in mathematics and the natural sciences in schools; to disseminate scientific and popular-scientific information in various forms.

The French Academy of Sciences

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The Academy of Sciences of the Institute of France brings together French scholars and forms associations with foreign scholars, where both the former and the latter are selected from among the most eminent. By their involvement, they contribute to the accomplishing of the missions of the Academy. The Academy of Sciences is independent and durable, it encourages scientific life, and contributes to progress in the sciences and in their applications.

Network of African Science Academies (NASAC)

The objective of the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) is to act as an independent African forum that brings together the nine merit-based academies of science in the continent to discuss the scientific aspects of problems of common concern, to make common statements on major issues relevant to Africa and to provide mutual support to member academies. In pursuing this objective the Network, which was established in 2001, collaborates with other academies inside and outside the continent as well as with regional and international organizations concerned with African problems.