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Annual Meeting of the African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI) Science Academies as Partners for Improving the Impacts of Policies in Africa

The Royal Society, Kohn Centre
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5AG

November 4-5 2008

Tuesday, November 4: Hearing from African Academy Stakeholders
Objective: To provide sponsor agency representatives a platform for discussing their organizations' 'advisory' needs and interests in Africa with African policy makers and academy representatives; to give African academy leaders the opportunity to listen to development partners with interests in investing in academies; and to educate participants in the meeting about the unique role academies play through their independent, apolitical, evidence-based advising and convening activities.
Registration and coffee
Opening Session
Welcome and Introductions
Chair: Cheikh Mback', Senior Advisor, Hewlett Foundation
Lord Martin Rees, President, Royal Society
Dr. Michael Clegg, Foreign Secretary, U.S. National Academy of Sciences

Keynotes Addresses
Objective: To provide context for the role of science academies
in improving policies in scientific matters

  • What is unique about advice from an academy?
    • Dr. Bruce Alberts, editor-in-chief of Science magazine, Professor at UCSF, and former President of U.S. National Academy of Sciences
Session I
African Policy Makers: A Conversation on
Evidence-based Scientific Advising
Objective: To provide insight into what African policy makers perceive as their needs for balanced scientific advice and their objectives for the best way to obtain it Facilitator: Geoff Watts, BBC Radio 4 (UK) Policy makers:
Session II
Bilateral & Multilateral Donor Agencies: Enabling
Action Based on Local Insight
Objective: To hear from bilateral government donor agencies about how local input shapes their approaches to invest in projects in a specific region

Moderator: Richard Bissell,Executive Director, Policy and Global Affairs Speakers:
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
    • Brenda Killen, Head of Aid Effectiveness Division, Development Cooperation Directorate
  • Department for International Development (DFID)
    • Yusaf Samiullah, Deputy Director, Policy and Research Division & Head of Profession, Infrastructure
  • U.S. Department of State
    • Daniel Schar, Africa Regional Coordinator for the Biosecurity Engagement Program, Bureau of Nonproliferation, Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction
Session III
Non-governmental Sponsor Agencies:
Recognizing Resources for Advice
Objective: To inform participants about the priority needs of private organizations working in Africa and to create discussion around the processes used in order to obtain advice Moderator: Enriqueta Bond, ASADI Chair

  • Carol Medlin, Senior Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Pat Goodwin, Head of Department for Pathogens, Immunology and Population Studies, The Wellcome Trust
  • Laurence Cockcroft, Senior Advisor-African Programmes, Gatsby Foundation
  • Jack Watters, Vice President for Medical Affairs, Pfizer Inc.
Panel Discussion
Session IV
Science Academies: Process and Values of Academy Work
Objective: To directly address how academy advice differs from that given by other advisory bodies like universities and government appointed committees Moderator: Jo Boufford, Institute of Medicine Foreign Secretary
  • Virtues of academy advice
    • David Mbah, Cameroon Academy of Sciences Executive Director
  • How a young British Academy approaches advising
    • Mary Manning, Executive Director, The Academy of Medical Sciences
  • Development partnership
    • Royal Society and Network of African Science Academies (NASAC)
      • Hans Hagan, Royal Society
        Jackie Olang, Network of African Science Academies
4:30-6:00pm Meet and Greet Academy Reception
Objective: To provide a relaxed setting where stakeholders can (1) speak directly to African government and academy leaders, (2) learn about the work of the academies and (3) obtain materials published by specific African academies

Wednesday, November 5: Partnership for Development
(9:00am) Opening to Day 2
Chair: Cheikh Mback', Senior Advisor of Hewlett Foundation
Session V
Partnership Themes for Development
Objective: To explore how academies in Africa can and do provide evidence-based advice on critical issues in health and development for Africa and how an intermediary partner might strengthen academy advising as well as the networking of academies around the world
Critical Issue 1: Health
Moderator: David Satcher, Director, Morehouse School of Medicine Stakeholder Representatives:

Panel Discussion

Critical Issue 2: Education
Moderator: Narciso Matos, Executive Director of the Foundation for Community Development Stakeholder Representatives:

Panel Discussion

Critical Issue 3: Water
Moderator: Jeremy McNeil, Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

Stakeholder Representatives:
Panel Discussion

Critical Issue 4: Science & Technology for Development
Moderator: Mike Clegg, Foreign Secretary of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Stakeholder Representatives: Panel Discussion

Session VIII: Closing Keynotes
  • Investing in academy advice for the sustainable health and development of Africa

**The Kohn Center will remain open to participants until 5pm for follow-on meetings**

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