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Defining the road ahead: developing the new 2021-2030 IFS Strategy in Prague

Published: 2019-09-02

Participants including IFS Trustees, former and current grantees, experts in research funding, scientific advisory committee (SAC) members, and the IFS secretariat came from all over the globe to the Czech University of Life Science in Prague, Czech Republic, to discuss the development of the next 10-year strategy for 2021-2030.

This meeting represented the final stages of many months of consultations regarding the development of the new strategy. Several changes to the IFS program were carefully considered and by capturing the ideas of our diverse group of stakeholders, many of which are based in the geographical regions where IFS support is provided, we hoped to ensure that the changes made in the new strategy would help us better reach, strengthen, and empower promising early-career scientists in low and lower middle-income countries to carry out relevant research and put it to use in their home environments. Specific issues discussed at the meeting include changes to eligibility criteria, changes to the level and model of grant support, ways to provide mentorship for grantees, and how we can activate IFS alumni and alumni associations.

Photos-IFS Strategy Praguae


 List of participants in new IFS Strategy development;

  • Achille Assogbadjo -  Professor, Laboratory of Ecology Appliqué, Université d'Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Benin (IFS Trustee) 
  • Babita Paudel - Research Director, Center for Natural & Applied Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal (IFS grantee)
  • Bishnu Raj Upreti - Research Director, Nepal Center of Contemporary Research (NCCR), Kathmandu, Nepal (IFS Trustee)
  • Chamindri Witharana -  University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (IFS grantee)
  • Elisabeth Schenker - Donor representative, Swiss National Science Foundation, Switzerland
  • Ingrid Leemans - IFS Staff (Scientific Program Coordinator)
  • Ingrid Lindhe - IFS Staff (Program Administrator)
  • Jennifer Sjölund - IFS Staff (Scientific Program Coordinator)
  • Malcolm Beveridge - IFS Board Chair, Scotland, UK
  • Malcolm Dickson -  Facilitator, UK
  • Moses Osiru - Manager, PASET Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund at the International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Nairobi, Kenya. (Forms IFS grantee)
  • Mónica Moraes R., -  Professor, Institute of Ecology, Unidad de Botánica, (Herbario National de Bolivia - LPB), Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia (IFS Trustee)
  • Nighisty Ghezae -  IFS Director 
  • Patrick Van Damme - Professor, University of Ghent, Belgium
  • Peter Degroot - IFS SAC member, London, UK
  • Thammarat Koottatep - Professor, School of Environment, Resources and Development, Asian Institute of Technology, Pathumthani, Thailand
  • Ulf Edin - IFS Staff (Head of Finance)


















list of participants 

Center for Natural & Applied Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal


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