2 February 2009

New programmes to assist scientists in Africa

TWAS, Microsoft Research, and the African Academy of Science (AAS) announce the creation of two new programmes designed to recognize and assist scientists working in Africa in the field of computer science.

The TWAS-AAS-Microsoft Award for Young Scientists will recognize young scientists in Africa whose research in computer science promises to have a positive impact in the developing world. Each year, three winners will be selected from different countries on the continent. Scientists who have received their most recent research degree within the past 10 years will be eligible. Each recipient will receive a Euro 7,000 cash award. Nominations may be made by members of national academies and senior academics. Winners will be chosen on the basis of their past achievements. The nomination and selection process will be administered by TWAS in collaboration with AAS. Deadline: 15 May 2009. The first winners of the prize will be announced in 2009. The award ceremonies will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, and organized by TWAS and AAS.

The TWAS-AAS-Microsoft Grant for Scientific Meetings aims to encourage the organization of international and regional scientific conferences and workshops in Africa. Microsoft will provide support in the form of travel grants for some principal speakers from abroad and/or participants from developing countries other than the country in which the event is held. Applicants, who may be of any nationality, must be involved in the organization of international or regional scientific meetings to be held in Africa in the field of computer science. Deadlines for receiving applications are: 1 April each year for meetings to be held during July to December of the same year, and 1 October each year for meetings to be held during January to June of the following year.

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