Science Advice Skills Development Program (SASDP)

INGSA-Africa invites relevant organizations (recognised academic or research institutions; Academies of Science) in Africa, which are engaged in science advice, to nominate qualified staff as mentees under its Science Advice Skills Development Program (SASDP).

The Science Advice Skills Development program is established by INGSA-Africa to tackle the need to build African capacity in the area of communicating science advice effectively.

The SASDP will focus on the topic of Climate Change in Africa (Health, Water, Energy, Food Security) - The program will favour those with expertise related to climate change.

  • The program will engage 20 mentees who are mid-career scientists and researchers from African countries.
  • Mentees will be nominated by their organizations, they should not be nominated based on their rank in the organisation but on their potential and interest in developing skills in science communication and advice.
  • The program will run over a period of 3 months.
  • Focus Areas of the SASDP - Climate Change in Africa (Health, Water, Energy, Food Security)
  • It will start with a contact phase in the form of a virtual introductory workshop delivered over 1 day, followed by a one-to-one mentoring phase with a science advice practitioner, for up to 3 months.
  • During the workshop, mentees will be introduced to their mentors and will learn, through presentations, about different effective ways of delivering science advice.
  • During the mentoring phase, mentees will work together with their respective mentors to develop science advice documents for their organizations.
  • Closing virtual workshop at the end of November 2022 to present findings and outputs of mentoring program (1 day).
  • Mentors are preferably resource persons from continental, regional or national agencies (INGSA, EU-JRC, AAAS, science advisors etc.) or national science academies anywhere in the world that are experts in their field and have substantial familiarity with the science policy landscape in Africa related to climate change. Bilingual (French-English, Portuguese-English, Arabic-English) mentors are encouraged to participate.
  • The program will be in English but mentees from African countries with a different language are encouraged to apply and will be paired with language appropriate mentors where possible.

The nominee should be a mid-career African scientist or researcher working on the African continent who has obtained his/her PhD in the past 5 years with extensive and rigorous research and evaluation experience. The nominee should be less than 50 years old and must show an interest in science advice with a scientific record as evidence of great promise in his/her field of expertise related to climate change (Health, Water, Energy, and Food Security).


Applications have now closed and grants awarded