COP 15: ANGRY PROTESTS AND DUBIOUS SCIENCE

By Shoumojit Kanjilal, IDS student When I woke up early and bleary eyed in Copenhagen on Wednesday the heavy snowfall made global warming seem very far away. With limited access to the Bella Centre and a large demonstration having been planned, “the people’s assembly”, the main transport links to the centre had been closed. Photo:…

HOLDING OUT FOR HOPE: REPORT FROM COP15

By Shoumojit Kanjilal, IDS student Arriving into Copenhagen earlier this week by plane felt like a poor way to begin my time at the United Nations Climate Change Conference. Unfortunately it was the cheapest way to travel to Copenhagen, and this is another example of why anthropogenic climate change has increased so dramatically and rapidly….

MANIFESTO: THE HAGUE ROUNDTABLE

By Elisa Arond “Do we have a choice?” was the provocative question posed by one speaker at a New Manifesto round table hosted in The Hague by the 3TU.Centre on Ethics and Technology. This question came as a response to the STEPS Centre’s emphasis on ‘directions’ of sustainable development and innovation pathways. Photo: Prabhu Kandachar…

REFLECTIONS FROM KILIFI: ALTERNATIVE NARRATIVES OF PUBLIC HEALTH

By Melissa Leach The Kilifi conference on the publics of public health is now complete, after two more intense days. Two dimensions of the contemporary world of public health have been particularly dominant. First, the new global architectures through which so much funding and programming around health issues in Africa now takes place. The huge…

NEW PUBLIC HEALTH AGENDAS, NEW PUBLICS: REFLECTIONS FROM KILIFI

By Melissa Leach We are on the Kenyan coast, not far from Kilifi town and the site of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), at a conference which the STEPS Centre has had a role in convening, together with colleagues at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), KEMRI and the University of…

ATPS PROMOTES FULL STAKEHOLDER PARTICIPATION IN THE RESEARCH FUNDING PROCESS

By Urama Kevin Chika, Executive Director, ATPS In response to the post titled “Opening up Research Funding at ATPS” by Adrian Ely, I would like to expound on the Network’s strategic approach to putting stakeholder participation at the core of the research funding process and throughout the whole value chain. This is built on the…

MILLSTONE ON THE ETHICS OF GM CROP DEVELOPMENT

By Julia Day Under what circumstances could the trajectory of GM crop development become beneficial for poor farmers? Erik Millstone explored this idea at recent Royal Society of Chemistry meeting, entitled: Genetic modification: solution or problem? Erik’s presentation (below) asks – and answers – the key question: are the GM crops currently available, and those…

OPENING UP RESEARCH FUNDING AT ATPS

By Adrian Ely The African Technology Policy Studies (ATPS) network is made up of academics, policy-makers private sector and civil society. On the third day of their annual conference on “Africa’s response to global challenges through science, technology and innovation” I witnessed the network’s innovative approach to opening up the decision-making process for the allocation…

MANIFESTO: REPORT FROM NIGERIA ROUND TABLE

Adrian Ely writes: “I heard some inspiring talks at the second day of the ATPS conference, where 157 delegates from 32 countries (including the 23 in which ATPS has national chapters) have gathered to discuss “Africa’s response to global challenges through science, technology and innovation”…. A component of SET-DEV is the production of manifestos around…

MANIFESTO ON TOUR: KENYA

We’re off to Nairobi for two Manifesto events. The first is a day-long Roundtable, hosted by ACTS, on Friday. For the second, we’ll be joining the 4th TWAS-ROSSA Young Scientists’ Conference in Africa (theme: “Science and Technology Enterprises in Africa”), where we’ll be co-hosting a reception and a short roundtable next Tuesday. I’ll be posting…