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September 2015

New Director at the International Foundation for Science (IFS)

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Dr Nighisty Ghezae is to be appointed as the new Director of IFS from October 1st 2015. Dr Ghezae will take over from the current Director, Dr Graham Haylor, who has, inter alia, led the successful development, launch and implementation of a 10-year strategic plan 2011-20 for IFS. He is leaving to take up a new position in the UK.

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IFS and AAS host a Consultative Meeting on Scientific Equipment Policy

On 20-21 August, 2015, IFS hosted a Consultative Meeting on Scientific Equipment Policy together with our long-standing partner the African Academy of Sciences near Nairobi. This is one of the concluding activities in the current phase of a MacArthur Foundation-funded project. In addition to colleagues from AAS and IFS, the 42 participants included representatives of academies of sciences and research institutes in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa; ANAFE; BecA; CEMASTEA; icipe; IOCD; KNEC, NACOSTI, the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, several universities, institutes and education organizations in Kenya; NEPAD agencies; Seeding Labs; UNESCO; and IFS alumni from six African countries. The meeting’s purpose was to raise Pan-African awareness of how the identification and resolution of scientific equipment issues are critical for scientific development in Africa, and to identify national and regional channels to share learned experiences and to influence policy on scientific equipment.

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