The Research Council of Zimbabwe as the local coordinator for Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa invites you to participate in the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission call for applications for a capacity building event. The event is aimed at connecting African and European scientists and policymakers to learn together how to better use evidence for policy-making.


They are looking for 25 scientists from across Africa who are engaged in research into water-energy and food (W-E-F) nexus, including those involved in collaborative research projects funded by FP7, Horizon 2020, the African Union Research Grants, the ACP S&T Programme and the ERAfrica initiative.

The event, organised jointly by the European Commission, the African Union Commission and International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), will take place at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre site in Ispra (Italy), from 30 August to 2 September 2016. The programme includes lectures and panels with high-level policymakers and scientists, as well as highly engaging interactive masterclasses.

They are looking for applications from scientists and policy officers conducting research and developing policy in the field of the Water-Energy-Food nexus. Apart from inviting you to apply, the JRC would encourage you to share the call for participants with your colleagues and networks.

The Application Form, together with specific eligibility criteria and a draft programme of the event, can be found here and should be sent to Applicants should also submit their CV, along with a motivation statement outlining how their scientific work in the field of the water-energy-food nexus interacts with respective governmental policies and why they would benefit from attending the event. The deadline for applications is 29 April 2016. Travel, visa and subsistence costs for participation will be covered by the Joint Africa-EU Strategy Support Mechanism.

Please do not hesitate to contact for any further information.

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