The third African Congress for Scientific Research and Technology
2 - 4 November 2010, Cairo, Egypt
ATPS championed the success of its youth and gender empowerment programme at a regional forum - the third African Congress for Scientific Research and Technology held in Cairo, Egypt from 2-4 November 2010. The Acting Senior Communications and Outreach Officer, Mr. Marsden Momanyi represented ATPS at the meeting which brought together youth and women organizations from across Africa, with a focus on science, technology and innovation as the engine for development in Africa. The objective of the congress, which was co-sponsored by the African Union’s Human Resources, Science & Technology Cluster Social Affairs Cluster ECOSOCC and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa among others, was to increase awareness and interest in science, engineering and technology-based professions with a focus on the role of Scientific Research and Technology in Africa's Development and in attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Mr. Momanyi presented a paper titled Mindset Change – From problems to solutions which focused the ATPS Youth Innovation Challenge Programme. The meeting discussed strategies to develop a Africa-wide database of youth and women involved in STI which the ATPS is well positioned to contribute towards.
During the congress, challenges and opportunities for building the capacities of Africa’s youth and women were shared as well as best practices by similar initiatives in Africa. It sought to build synergies between the various youth and women STI actors in Africa. Other partners who sponsored the meeting include: African Society for Scientific Research and Technology (ASSRT), the National Research Center of Egypt, African Alliance for Women Empowerment (AFRAWE), FEMNET and the Science and Technology Committee of the Egyptian Business Women Association.
Posted on Wednesday 6th April, 2011