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<email@example.com> The following, crossposted from the AIARD mailing list may be of interest. DZO Date: Tue, 4 May 2004 19:34:16 -0400 From: Susan Schram <firstname.lastname@example.org> African Science Academies Get US$20 Million Boost (SRC:SciDev.Net -- ATH:David Dickson) The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced that it will provide US$20 million over the next ten years to promote better decision-making on science-related issues in Africa. The funding, which will be channeled through the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS), will be used to promote the policy-related activities of three African academies to be selected later this year. It is hoped that the African academies will be able to exert similar influence on their governments as the NAS does in the U.S. African academy staff members will be trained to plan and conduct scientific studies and major conferences that offer policy guidance, and the development of what the NAS calls "an alliance of African science academies" will be promoted through the funding of annual symposia and collaborative workshops. For the rest of the article, go to: http://allafrica.com/stories/200404290368.html