Science in the Developing World:  Enhancing Research Capacity

Science is crucial for both diagnosing and addressing societal problems.  How should we address the challenges of doing science in the developing world?  What challenges exist in particular contexts, and how can we ameliorate them?

On Sep. 17-18, 2015, at the Balsillie School for International Affairs in Waterloo, scholars convened to take part in panel discussions on 1) global health and development, 2) institutions and collaborations, 3) agriculture and environment, and 4) politics, numbers, and representation.

The workshop addressed these themes, and discovered new ones, including the importance of social science at the center of interdisciplinary collaboration and the need to continue to combat colonial tendencies in institutions.  Thematic results from the workshop are described here:

The keynote lecture “Science, Education, and Development in a Time of Global Challenge” was by Romain Murenzi, executive director of The World Academy of Science (    His slides, along with others from the workshop, can be found with abstracts, using the menu above.

Congratulations to our poster competition winners, Stephanie Lu (First Prize), Jack Powers (Second Prize), and Lucia Hussey (Third Prize)!

And thanks to the students, Lesley Johnston, Elijah Bisung, and Andrea Rishworth, who helped organize the event and the poster competition!

For more information about the event, contact Heather Douglas.

Registration is closed.


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