AAS hosts climate change researchers

Sixty-six early career researchers from African institutions will attend two meetings at the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) secretariat from 6-10 February 2017 organised under the Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) programme. 

The first of the two workshops is the CIRCLE Visiting Fellows (CVFs) Completion Workshop for the second cohort comprising 29 CVFs who successfully completed their fellowship, which ran from 01 January to 31 December 2016. Their meeting will be held on 6-8 February.

The third cohort of 37 CVFs who commenced their fellowship in January 2017 will have their Induction Workshop from 8-10 February 2017.

The cohort 2 will be meeting to discuss their experiences on the programme and to map how they can build on the momentum from CIRCLE to continue growing their careers, contribute to their institutions and create partnerships with their peers across the continent that will result in collaborative projects. They will also have a one-day meeting with the cohort 3 to establish networks, share their experiences on the programme and provide guidance to the cohort 3 on how to make the best out of the fellowship.

The induction workshop will explain the concept of the CIRCLE fellowship and provide cohort thee with resources and tools to ensure a successful fellowship and to build their research careers.

CIRCLE funds its Visiting Fellows to spend a year in another university or research organisation in Africa studying the impact of climate change in five thematic areas, which are namely, agriculture, energy, health and livelihoods, water and policy. The African Academy of Sciences and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) are jointly implementing the DFID funded programme.