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Update: Announcement of Semi-Finalists -- CTA/ FARA/ IFS/ ANAFE/ RUFORUM/ NEPAD/ AGRA 3rd Africa Wide Women and Young Professionals in Science Competitions

Date: 28/08/2012


The Expert panel for the 3rd Africa wide science competitions has selected the semi-finalists from among the 316 abstracts received in response to the calls launched in May 2012. During the second Expert Panel meeting which took place at FARA Secretariat in Ghana from 12-14 July 2012; 55 abstracts (26 for Women and 29 for Young Professionals in Science) were chosen using the established criteria; logic (10%), content (20%), communication (20%), impact (20%), innovation (15%) and originality (15%). A complete list of all the semi-finalists, their research topics and country of origin can be downloaded. All semi-finalists and other unsuccessful entrants have been informed of the outcomes of the selection process. 


The next stage of the competitions is the Scientific Writing, Communication and Policy Advocacy workshop which will be held for semi-finalists in conjunction with the 3rd RUFORUM biennial conference 'Partnerships and Networking for Strengthening Agricultural Innovation' from 24-28 September 2012 in Uganda. The semi-finalists were required to submit a draft of their full paper based on the extended abstract that was evaluated by the expert panel. The draft paper had to be submitted on or before 31 August, 2012 to with a copy to The paper guidelines have been provided to all semi finalists. The draft papers will be reviewed by the experts to confirm participation in the Uganda workshop. They will also be considered during the training workshop. 

CTA and its partners, FARA, IFS, ANAFE, RUFORUM, NEPAD Agency and AGRA appreciate the contributions of all African women and young professionals in science who participated in the first round of the 3rd Africa-wide Women and Young Professionals in Science Competitions. Reading all the abstracts was enriching and the consortium regrets that we could not have accommodated more semi-finalists. 

The list of semi finalists can be found here.

Download below the full paper guidelines.

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