University of Michigan’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)-Africa Initiative, Third Biennial Conference, 2014

Effective U.S. Strategies for African STEM Collaborations, Capacity Building, and Diaspora Engagement

The conference brought together academic and policy experts from the U.S. and Africa, and to fulfill several objectives: (1) share some of the current scientific research happenings of significance to African contexts; (2) encourage and foster scientific research collaborations and educational infrastructure development with African partners; and (3) review the broad African Scientific Diaspora organizations in the US, and consider ways of advancing their involvement in African scientific development.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)-Africa sought to nurture early career scientists on the continent and advance research collaborations in STEM disciplines between the University of Michigan and partner institutions in Africa that extend scientific knowledge and yield solutions to global problems. U-M’s STEM-Africa Initiative is unique among peer institutions in the U.S. in its engagement of science as a trans-Atlantic affair, and its allocation of resources dedicated to developing the study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in Africa.

Through STEM-Africa, ASC nurtures early-career scientists on the continent and advances research collaborations that extend scientific knowledge and yield solutions to global problems.

REPRESENTED COUNTRIES

Panelists included administrators and faculty from universities in Ghana, Uganda, Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Tunisia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and South Africa

International partners and participating institutions:

· The African Union

· National Academy of Sciences

· Association of African Universities

· Worldbank

· African Development Bank

· Constituency for Africa· African Virtual University· African Scientific Institute

· African Network of Science and Technology Institutes

· Next Einstein Initiative

· UNESCO

· USAID