The following is a press release from the Global Knowledge Initiative. More information can be found at www.gkinitiative.org.
Many African countries’ development plans exhibit an increased commitment to science and technology (S&T) capacity as a strategy for promoting both industrial development and poverty alleviation. Yet huge research capacity disparities and knowledge fragmentation hamper S&T’s ability to respond to African challenges in food security and other domains. Collaboration offers hope. Joining the chorus of voices calling for enhanced collaboration, a recent Royal Society report notes that collaboration boosts not just the quality of scientific research, but also the efficiency and effectiveness with which research is translated into solutions to the global challenges we confront today. The Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI) together with the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) designed the 2012 Africa Collaboration Colloquium to meet the need for better, smarter S&T collaboration.