Stakeholder Survey: Contribute to a future ISC regional presence in Africa

A call to action to all stakeholders and networks in the African Science ecosystem

Future Africa and the International Science Council signed an agreement in 2022 to co-design the ISC’s presence in Africa to respond to the need to support African agendas and capacities and strengthen the presence of African science on the global stage. The scientific expertise and African networks of both organisations are being brought together in the frame of this agreement to strengthen the influence of African science in the world.
As part of this process, a consortium of partners is being convened to collaborate on leading a pan-African scoping and development process with the following objectives:

  • Review the current state of African sciences and science systems and the associated opportunities and challenges posed.
  • Explore collaborative avenues to accelerate African science system development, and enhance its voice, visibility, and influence in the global science arena.
  • Ascertain interest and commitment of African science system leadership to collaborate in pursuing next-level action to advance African science systems.
  • Explore the institutional presence, the complementary role, and support of the ISC and other international multilateral institutions in advancing African science. 

A report and proposal to the ISC Governing Board will be provided by January 2025, to coincide with the ISC’s General Assembly. The report will suggest recommendations on collaborative avenues to accelerate the development of African science and enhance its voice, visibility, and influence in the global arena. The report is also expected to provide recommendations on the ISC’s future role and institutional presence in Africa, as well as an envisioned and feasible implementation pathway.

A call to action
As part of the process outlined above, Future Africa is asking all stakeholders involved in the African science system to contribute to a survey to inform a workshop on 4 December, which is to be held in the margins on the Science Forum South Africa (6 – 8 December 2023, Pretoria). The workshop intends to reflect and share outcomes from the consultative convening with Africa’s leading science ecosystem stakeholders and to explore the current state, related opportunities and challenges for African science, and collaborative avenues to accelerate African science system development and enhance its influence, visibility, and voice in the global science arena.