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2018 CAMBRIDGE-AFRICA DAY (10th Anniversary Celebration!)

Cambridge-Africa Programme

Tuesday, 1 May 2018 from 09:30 to 17:00 (BST)

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The Cambridge-Africa Programme at the University of Cambridge is pleased to invite you to attend the 2018 Cambridge-Africa Day, which will represent the 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION of the programme. The event will showcase the wide range of mutually-beneficial collaborative research, and research and research administration capacity strengthening initiatives, as well as teaching activities that Cambridge academics and students are involved in, in partnership with African colleagues. 

The Day will be introduced by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge - Professor Stephen Toope. We are expecting attendees from Cambridge and beyond, including our colleagues, friends, supporters, representatives from development and funding organisations, African embassies in the UK, other UK and African institutions, and industry. We thank the Wellcome Trust for contributing funding towards this event. 




9:30 - 10:00 Registration, Tea/Coffee: Fisher Foyer, St John’s College 

(Africa-related posters will be on display in the Fisher Foyer throughout the Day) 


Session 1: Partnerships for Strengthening Research in Africa


Chair: Professor Andrew Lever (Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge)


10:00 – 10:10    Professor David Dunne (Director of the Cambridge-Africa Programme and Director of the Wellcome Trust-Cambridge Centre for Global HealthResearch) Welcome


10:10 – 10:30    Professor Stephen Toope (Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge) Introduction to the Cambridge-Africa Day


10:30 – 11:00    Professor Gordon Awandare (Director of the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens, WACCBIP, University of Ghana) Harnessing Cambridge Partnerships for Biomedical Research and Capacity Building at University of Ghana


 11:00 - 11:30     Dr Catherine Anena (CAPREx Fellow; Lecturer, School of Women & Gender Studies, Makerere University, Uganda) and Dr Solava Ibrahim (Centre of Development Studies, Cambridge) An In-Depth Analysis of the Factors That Empower Women to Break Free, or Keep Them in the Chains of Abusive Relationships – a Case Study of Jinja, Uganda


 11:30 – 12:00   Dr Lydia Mosi (CAPREx Fellow; Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology, University of Ghana). Collaborating with Dr Jules Griffin (Department of Biochemistry, Cambridge). Identification of Specific Metabolites in Mycobacterium ulcerans (Buruli ulcer) Infection: Exploring Potential Diagnostic Biomarkers


 12:00 – 12:30     Dr David Dodoo-Arhin (Senior Lecturer, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Ghana; collaborating with Dr Tawfique Hasan (Cambridge Graphene Centre) Inkjet Printable Graphene: Production, Characterisation and Applications - the Energy Perspective

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch: The Hall, St. John’s College 


Session 2: Supporting African Research Capacity, Administration, Teaching and Scholarship


Chair: Dr Watu Wamae (Wellcome Trust-Cambridge Centre for Global Health Research, Cambridge-Africa Programme) 

13:30 – 13:55   Dr Julian Rayner (Senior Group Leader, Wellcome Sanger Institute and Director of Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science) Red Blood Cell Invasion by Malaria Parasites - the Importance of Sharing Resources, Capacity & Training


 13:55 14:20   Professor Ian Goodfellow (Deputy Head, Department of Pathology, Cambridge) Capacity Building and Engagement Activities in Post-Ebola Sierra Leone


14:20 – 14:35    Ms Corinna Alberg (Cambridge THRiVE and MUII-plus Coordinator) and Dr Maike De La Roche (Group Leader, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute) Video-linked, Seminars for Masters Students at Makerere University, Uganda


14:35 – 14:55   Mrs Afua Yeboah (Senior Assistant Registrar, Office of Research, Innovation and Development - ORID, University of Ghana) and Mrs Debbie West-Lewis (Training Manager, Research Operations Office, University of Cambridge). Building Research Management Capacity: The University of Ghana’s Journey to Research Excellence


 14:55 – 15:30   Professor James Wood (Cambridge Champion for Biological Sciences; Head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine) Professor Alison Elliott (UVRI; Director of MUII-plus), Dr Sarah Ssali (CAPREx Champion; Dean of the School of Women & Gender Studies, Makerere University)and Dr Devon Curtis (Cambridge Champion for Social Sciences and Humanities; Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics and International Studies and Centre of African Studies) Panel Discussion: Why Support Cambridge-Africa? (Seeking the Views of Cambridge-Africa Champions/Research Leaders)


15:30 – 16:00 Tea/Coffee Break: Fisher Foyer, St John’s College


Session 3: Accelerating Research & Leadership in Africa


Chair:  Dr Caroline Trotter (Department of Veterinary Medicine, Cambridge)


16:00 – 16:30    Professor Kelly Chibale [Cambridge University Alumnus; Director: DST/NRF South Africa Research (SARChI) Chair in Drug Discovery; Director: UCT Drug Discovery & Development Centre (H3D); Director: MRC/UCT Drug Discovery and Development Research UnitFrom Cambridge to Pioneering Integrated Drug Discovery and Development in Africa 


16:30 – 17:00    Dr Tom Kariuki [Director of the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), the African Academy of Sciences] KEYNOTE SPEECH. THE FUTURE OF SCIENCE IN AFRICA: Building a Coalition of African Research & Innovation


17:00                Dr Pauline Essah (Cambridge-Africa Programme Manager, University of Cambridge): Concluding Remarks


Drinks Reception for All Until 18:30; Fisher Foyer,              

St John’s College 



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Palmerston Room, Fisher Building
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Tuesday, 1 May 2018 from 09:30 to 17:00 (BST)

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