The 3rd edition Africa-Wide Women and Young Professionals in Science Competitions received an overwhelming number of abstracts which covered a cross section of thematic issues. A total of extended 316 abstracts were received for both competitions; 131 for the Women in Science Competition and 185 for the Young professionals in Science Competition respectively. A comprehensive break down by competition, country, sub region, gender, top countries and language of the extended abstracts received can be downloaded below (PDF).
Preliminary screening was done to select abstracts which met the set guide lines of the competitions. At the end of the pre-screening process, 187 abstracts (72 for Women in Science and 115 for Young professionals in Science) were retained for technical evaluation by the expert committee using the established criteria. The panel members are comprising of Judith Ann Francis, CTA; Myra Wopereis-Pura, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA); Prof. Mary Oyiela Abukutsa-Onyango, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology; Dr Maurice Ochieng Bolo, The Scinnovent Centre; Dr Sebastian Chakeredza, ANAFE; Ms Chimwemwe Chamdimba, NEPAD Agency; Dr Wellington Ekaya, RUFORUM; Dr Aster Gebrekirstos Afwork, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg; Dr Nighisty Ghezae, International Foundation for Science (IFS), Prof. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Centre for Phytotherapy and Research (CEPHYR); Dr Margaret M. Kroma, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). The top fifty semi-finalists will be selected when the expert panel meets at FARA Headquarters, Ghana, 12 -14 July 2012.
The extended abstracts are currently being accessed by the experts and the final decision will be taken on the top 40-50 semi-finalists at the 2nd Expert Meeting which will take place from 12-14 July 2012 at the FARA Headquarters in Ghana. Results on the state of their applications will be communicated to all entrants and semi-finalists on 20 July.
We are also monitoring the overall processes to report on the lessons learned and this is being supported by Mrs. Zaina Maimu, Gender Specialist (CTA consultant). We will continue to keep you updated.
Success wishes to those who participated in this edition of the competitions.