Forum Days 1 & 2 2 Overview of Days’ 1 & 2 Themes, Sessions, and Guiding Questions
Forum Day #1: Plenary 3 Theme: Higher Education & Research and Development Problems: 1.Insufficient supply of university faculty 2.Low hirability of STEM graduates 3. Relevance and quality of research Key Questions to Consider How can Africa meet demand for quality STEM education? How can we ensure graduates have skills for employability? What models for financing and performing scientific research simultaneously support quality, relevance, and use? Sessions: 1.STEM Education and Labor Markets 2. Strengthening Scientific Research
Forum Day #2: STI in Action Sessions & Plenary 4 Theme: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Private Sector Development Problems: 1.Untapped resources in Africa to tackle STI challenges 2.Few mechanisms for collaborative innovation 3. Skills needed to find/adapt knowledge Key Questions to Consider What resources, models and opportunities can we harness to make real “Amazing Africa” within/between key sectors? How do we build skills to find, adapt, adopt knowledge / resources? How do we cultivate a dynamic Africa innovation (eco)system? Sessions: 1.Six interactive, parallel STI in Action Sessions 2.From S&T to Innovation and Entrepreneurship 3.Refine “Call for Action” 4.Innovation Ecosystems
Forum Days 1 & 2 5 Where Are We? How Do We Get There? Where Do We Want To Be?
Forum Days 1 & 2: STI in Action 7 Where Are We? We’ve got a bounty of unleveraged resources –Youth who could be better engaged in STI –Initiatives, UN agencies, Centers of Excellence, regional/national innovation centers –Human capital and training opportunities –Natural resources (e.g., land, water, biodiversity) –Available funding (e.g., proof of concept funds, public procurement vehicles) We face opportunities to: –Promote energy for value addition (e.g., farm-level to transform waste) –Access global knowledge (e.g., open research on health) Where Are We? How Do We Get There? Where Do We Want To Be?
Forum Days 1 & 2 8 Where Are We? We need to increase sensitization of policy makers on the role of STI for development We need to move from rhetoric to action We need to increase the enrolment of students to STEM Other key messages from Day 1?? Where Are We? How Do We Get There? Where Do We Want To Be?
Forum Days 1 & 2 10 Where Do We Want to Be? Increase the number and quality of higher education staff Promote excellence and relevance in training and research Enhance communication and information sharing Where Are We? How Do We Get There? Where Do We Want To Be?
Forum Days 1 & 2: STI in Action 11 Where Do We Want to Be? We seek: Political commitment for implementation of coherent STI-based policies and investments Multiple, productive opportunities across the innovation system aligned with local context (e.g., enhancing Africa’s culture of entrepreneurship, boosting access to innovation capital) Robust STI infrastructure (e.g., sustainable rural energy provision, access to enabling technology, ICT) Dynamic knowledge management systems Active multi-sector collaboration (across academia, civil society, research, etc.), with clear role for private sector Solution-focused research Where Are We? How Do We Get There? Where Do We Want To Be?
Forum Days 1 & 2 13 How Do We Get There? Formulation and implementation of STI policies at national and regional level Develop a scientific culture in the society in all education levels Demystification of science Train a new generation of teachers in STEM Where Are We? How Do We Get There? Where Do We Want To Be?
Forum Days 1 & 2 14 How Do We Get There? Create new and strengthen existing centers/networks for excellence across the linguistic areas Support and strengthen academic mobility Establish a reward system for African scientific talent Where Are We? How Do We Get There? Where Do We Want To Be?
Forum Days 1 & 2 15 How Do We Get There? Create enabling environment to retain human capacity Create national science academies Create mechanisms to involve the African diaspora in STI Where Are We? How Do We Get There? Where Do We Want To Be?
Forum Days 1 & 2 16 How Do We Get There? Facilitate strong linkages with global scientific community Encourage collaboration between African science institutions and select non-African institutions Stress the importance of African funding to ensure sustainability of STI Where Are We? How Do We Get There? Where Do We Want To Be?
Forum Days 1 & 2: STI in Action 17 How Do We Get There? Construct regional-to-global challenge to solution networks (e.g. promote knowledge sharing & link problem-solving STI networks) Harness STI to migrate from subsistence farming Map STI needs & resources to national development strategies Promote mechanisms for web-based solutions (e.g., connect ICT with youth and financial institutions) Align STI education & training systems with job market needs & opportunities (e.g., boost professional exposure, align stakeholders’ incentives, integrate work-relevant curriculum & collaborative innovation skills) Where Are We? How Do We Get There? Where Do We Want To Be?
What other key resources, challenges, opportunities and mechanisms for action should we highlight? Conclusions 18