LIRA webinars: Advancing the 2030 Agenda in African cities

Urban experiments led by early-career African scientists

8 – 10 December 2021, 13:00 UTC on all three days

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Since 2016, the research funding programme Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa (LIRA 2030 Africa) supported collaborative research projects led by African early-career scientists to advance sustainable development across cities on the continent.

Through transdisciplinary research, LIRA projects produced knowledge that took in account the diversity of scientific and societal views of the sustainable development challenges in African cities and promoted the use of scientific evidence as a basis for urban policy development and practice.

As the LIRA programme is coming to its end in Dec 2021, the International Science Council (ISC) and the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) will convene a series of webinars to showcase the achievements of early-career Africa scientists in advancing the 2030 Agenda in African cities, to discuss their learnings and explore the future of the LIRA programme.

The three LIRA webinars will take place on 8-10 December 2021, each starting at 2PM CET / UTC+1.

If you are interested to attend the webinars, please register below.

🏆 Day 1: LIRA achievements

14:00 – 14:10

Welcome and Introduction

Heide Hackmann

CEO, International Science Council

Jackie Kado

Executive Director, Network of African Science Academies

14:10 – 14:40

Keynote: Africa’s urban future: imperatives for how we think and act

Susan Parnell

Global Challenges Research Professor at the University of Bristol and Emeritus Professor at the African Centre for Cities

14:40 – 14:50

Q&A

14:40 – 15:00

LIRA achievements

Katsia Paulavets

Senior Science Officer, International Science Council

15:00 – 15:50

Panel Discussion: What is the significance of transdisciplinary approaches for the delivery of relevant urban outcomes in Africa?

Temilade Sesan

University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Sourou Henri TOTIN VODOUNON

Henri Sourou Totin Vodounon

University of Parakou, Benin

Sokhna Thiam

Institut de Recherche en Santé, de Surveillance, Senegal

Nelson Odume

Oghenekaro Nelson Odume

Rhodes University, South Africa

Discussion with all LIRA grantees

Dan Inkoom

Professor of Planning at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana and Visiting Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

15:50 – 15:57

Discussant

Shuaib Lwasa

Associate Professor at the Makerere University and the University of Twente

15:57 – 16:00

Closing of Day 1

Jackie Kado

Executive Director, Network of African Science Academies

💡 Day 2: LIRA learnings

14:00 – 14:03

Welcome to Day 2

Vivi Stavrou

Vivi Stavrou

Executive Secretary of the ISC Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science

14:03 – 14:25

Key learnings across LIRA projects

Zarina Patel

Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town

14:25 – 14:35

Q&A

14:35 – 15:35

Panel Discussion: Is there a distinctive approach to transdisciplinarity emerging from Africa?

Sandra Boatemaa

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Deborah Darko

CSIR – Water Research Institute in Ghana

Gladman Thondhlana

Rhodes University, South Africa

Emmanuel Kanchebe Derbile

SD Dombo University of Business & Integrated  Development Studies, Ghana

Discussion with all LIRA grantees

Shuaib Lwasa

Associate Professor at the Makerere University and the University of Twente

Zarina Patel

Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town

15:35 – 15:40

Closing of Day 2

Vivi Stavrou

Vivi Stavrou

Executive Secretary of the ISC Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science

🌟 Day 3: LIRA – looking ahead

14:00 – 14:03

Welcome to Day 3

Katsia Paulavets

Senior Science Officer, International Science Council

14:03 – 14:25

Future of TD research in Africa

Cheikh Mbow

Director of Future Africa Science at University of Pretoria

14:25 – 14:35

Q&A

14:35 – 15:15

Panel discussion: Competencies for TD research on urban Africa

Kareem Buyana

Makerere University, Uganda

Sokhna Thiam

Institut de Recherche en Santé, de Surveillance, Senegal

Sylvia Croese

University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Sheillah Simiyu

The African Population and Health Research Center, Kenya

Discussion with all LIRA grantees

Dan Inkoom, Moderator

Professor of Planning at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana and Visiting Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

15:15 – 15:30

Urban Africa: Directions for science

Edgar Pieterse

Director of African Center for Cities, South Africa

15:30 – 15:45

LIRA next phase, ACC

15:45 – 15:55

Q&A

15:55 – 16:00

Conclusions and looking ahead

Katsia Paulavets

Senior Science Officer, International Science Council

Jackie Kado

Executive Director, Network of African Science Academies


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Photos: Susan Parnell (ugec.org); Sandra Boatemaa (ResearchGate); Deborah Darko ( ResearchGate); Gladman Thondhlana (IUCN); Emmanuel Kanchebe Derbile (SD Dombo University of Business & Integrated  Development Studies); Edgar Pieterse (University of Cape Town)

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