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Scientific Advisory Committee of the LIRA programme meets in Lilongwe, Malawi

The Scientific Advisory Committee of the LIRA programme will meet next week in Lilongwe, Malawi.

At the meeting, the committee will select 11 collaborative research projects that explore the development of new approaches and strategies towards the innovative re-thinking of urban futures in Africa – in partnership with local authorities, industry, communities, and government. These projects will be led by African early career scientists across the continent. Each successful project will receive up to 90,000 Euro over two years.

The meeting will take place on 8-9 February 2018 and will be hosted by the National Commission for Science and Technology of Malawi. Furthermore, a scientific seminar will be organized on the 8th of February by the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources to engage the local scientific community in a dialogue around the role of science in advancing sustainable urban development in Africa. The event will include a series of presentations from Malawian and international experts and will be followed by a discussion with the audience and networking reception (see the agenda below).

Science for Sustainable Urban Development in Africa

A dialogue with international and national scientists

African Cities in the 21st Century: key challenges and opportunities and the role of science
Susan Parnell, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Making African Cities Resilient to climate change and natural disasters
Shuaib Lwasa, Makerere University, Uganda

Rethinking capacity building for sustainable transformation in Africa
Cheikh Mbow, START International Inc., Senegal/USA

Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa
Katsia Paulavets, International Council for Science, France

LIRA Project: Delivery of clean air strategies for mitigating household air pollution in urban informal settlements in Lilongwe
Austin Mtethiwa, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi

The perspective of the Department of Economic Planning and Development in fostering SDG 11
Sifo Biliati, Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development of the Republic of Malawi

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