Participants from around the world joined a University of Pretoria (UP)-hosted webinar titled “Future Africa Post-COVID-19” on Friday.

Marking International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) on 22 May 2020, themed "Our solutions are in nature" we are all challenged to promote solutions found in our natural ecosystem that will preserve and sustain our biodiversity. Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP) cohort 5 fellow, Dr. NZWEUNDJI Justine Germo, a plant biotechnologist by training, writes for us on the importance of preserving our biodiversity and building a future of life in harmony with nature.

As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, patients of chronic diseases like cancer have come under the spotlight as they are at higher risk of severe illness if infected by the virus. 

While basic research into potential therapeutics has certainly bloomed in Africa recently, most of the actual drug development process still happens outside of Africa’s borders, including clinical trials on humans.

On International Women's Day, which is celebrated every year on the 8th of March, ASLP fellow, Dr. Tonjock Rosemary Kinge, writes for us about why Africa needs mentorship for females to get them interested in STEM fields.

We sat down for a Q & A with Dr. Connie Nshemereirwe a member of the Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP) steering committee, Co-Chair of the Global Young Academy, an independent science and policy facilitator, a trainer, writer, and speaker to find out how she got involved with the Africa Science leadership program.