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U-M STEM-Africa Initiative Third Biennial Conference

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
4:00 AM
Rackham Amphitheatre; Michigan League

Effective U.S. Strategies for African STEM Collaborations, Capacity Building, and Diaspora Engagement

April 1-4, 2014 (Rackham Amphitheater; Michigan League)

*FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC* Pre-registration Requested. 
Click here to go to the conference page to register and for more details.

April 1, 2014 | 8:30-10:00 AM | Rackham Amphitheatre
Keynote Addresses by
Dr. Makhtar Diop, Vice President for Africa, World Bank
* Brief keynote address followed by international roundtable

April 3, 2014 | 8:30-10:00 AM | Rackham Amphitheatre
Keynote Addresses by
Dr. Paul Zeleza, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Quinnipiac College

The conference will bring together academic and policy experts from Africa and the US, and aims to fulfill several objectives:

(1) share some of the current scientific research happenings of significance to African contexts;

(2) encourage and foster scientific research collaborations and educational infrastructure development with African partners; and 

(3) review the broad African Scientific Diaspora organizations in the US, and consider ways of advancing their involvement in African scientific development

The 2014 conference will extend the themes, efforts and collaborations that took shape at the two previous STEM-Africa conferences, in Ann Arbor, Michigan (2010) and in Kumasi, Ghana (2012). There are to be thirteen panels and several thematically driven working sessions on the following topics:

  • Environmental Research
  • Distance Education
  • Manufacturing Design and Innovation
  • STEM Capacity Building
  • Biomedical Sciences and Public Health
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Emerging STEM Centers of Excellence in African Higher Education
  • Instrumentation and STEM Research in Africa
  • African STEM Associations and Networks
  • Engaging US Africa STEM Diasporas for Africa

The STEM-Africa Initiative is a broad academic coalition formed in 2009 by the African Studies Center at U-M to further US-Africa STEM research and training collaborations. It seeks to nurture emerging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) scholars on the continent and advance research collaborations in STEM disciplines between the U-M and partnering institutions in Africa that extend scientific knowledge and yield solutions to global problems. Its foundations and strength lie in the approach U-M has championed of engaging in long-term partnerships in Africa that yield mutual benefit.

Panelists include administrators and faculty from universities in Ghana, Uganda, Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Tunisia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and South Africa

International partners and participating institutions:

  • The African Union
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • Association of African Universities
  • African Development Bank
  • Constituency for Africa
  • African Virtual University
  • African Scientific Institute
  • African Network of Science and Technology Institutes
  • Next Einstein Initiative
  • World Bank