What is the African Academic and Researcher and how can it be useful to young academics in Africa?

Helping African academics in conflict zones access resources and opportunities

In October 2020, we had a chance to talk to iLEAPS Early Career Scientists about what our blog is and how it can help young academics and researchers across Africa. Here is a podcast record of the discussion. Listen and give us your comments and opinions, as we are planning to renovate our blog and start with new approach, specially focusing on academics and researchers from disadvantaged and vulnerable communities across Africa.

Call for podcast and Twitter Poster Conference at iLEAPS Early Career Scientists Network


Integrated Land Ecosystem Atmosphere Process study (iLEAPS) is Early Career Scientists Network. Special iLEAPS Africa month would like to invite applicants to give a podcast interview or to present a poster on the twitter poster conference day.

Sign up form on the iLEAPS website is here and if you sign up you can be contacted about all future events.


Here are the details about both events:


The Network invites scientists to have a discussion about their research, a list of questions that will be provided before and then it’s just a case of chatting with one of the iLEAPS committee team about the work you are doing to create the podcast. It is a relaxed discussion and will be pre-recorded so you have the opportunity to listen to the podcast too. The podcast will be shared on the iLEAPS website for the wider community to listen too. The discussion can be set up at a date convenient to you during October and November. 

Poster conference

This will be hosted on twitter. Early career scientists are invited to upload their poster onto twitter on the 26th November.

Here is the link:



Applicant should be early career scientists whose work is related to biosphere-atmosphere interactions


November 26, 2020


The posters will then be judged, and a small prize awarded for the best poster. It gives chance for early careers scientist to connect with the wider iLEAPS audience.

We also have a Facebook page


Twitter account https://twitter.com/iLEAPS_ECSN

Please let me know if you would be interested in either event and we are happy to answer any questions about iLEAPS that you may have.

Please forward to other researchers who you think may be interested in joining ileaps.

Tailored Opportunities: Competitive Call for Success stories on inclusive innovations for livestock based food systems


Africa is increasingly becoming a key player in acquiring, generating and applying knowledge to development challenges. Yet more needs to be done to make technology and innovation play its part in the quest for transformation and diversification of the African economies. Strategic documents such as the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024), Livestock Development Strategy for Africa (LiDeSA) and Agenda 2063 emphasize the need for Africa to move towards a modernized and productive agricultural sector through the use of science, technology and innovation.

The need to drive the agenda on generation, adoption and upscaling of inclusive innovations in Africa is pertinent. Inclusive innovations create impact and are often considered game changers that go beyond the pure invention process. Within the livestock sector, they are known to create positive economic and social impact for users. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, adopting and uptake of digital applications that address various food systems and target low-income communities would be considered a strong entry fulcrum to push inclusive innovations.

As part of providing leadership and coordination in the sustainable development of the continent’s Animal Resources, African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources through the “Sustainable Development of Livestock for Livelihoods in Africa – Live2Africa” is calling for submission of success stories on existing inclusive innovations that have brought about tangible impacts and transformation in the various livestock value chains in Africa.

The aim of the call is to enable the sharing of experiences and impacts of select innovations that are gender sensitive, climate smart and environmentally friendly. The main objective is to allow member states to share information and create awareness on existing transformative innovations with an aim to raise adoption levels and upscale the highlighted innovations within the continent. The innovations and /or technologies should be specific to the priority regional livestock value chains namely; Poultry (Egg and Meat) Value Chain for Central and Western Africa; Dairy Value Chain for Eastern and Northern Africa; Eastern and Southern Africa – Meat and Live Animal Value chain.

The success stories submitted should be centered around livestock based systems and around four key challenges to which inclusive innovation should be enhanced: climate change; sustainable natural resource management; food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition; and job creation, with a focus on vulnerable communities including youth, women, pastoralists, etc. Focus should be on key cross-cutting innovations that address critical gaps in livestock development (e.g. gender equality, investing in youth, inclusive communities, infrastructure gaps).


Researchers; Agribusiness entrepreneurs (Start-ups, Incubators and accelerators); Academia, innovators, Youth association members, Women association members, national extension officers/agents, Veterinarians, animal production experts, animal breeders, animal geneticists, digital app innovators, (applicable across the entire value chain); marketers, small-holder farmers etc.


 The application deadline is October 30, 2020


Please submit you application to the Director of AU-IBAR, Kenindia Business Park, Museum Hill, Westlands Road, PO Box 30786-00100 Nairobi, Kenya or email at procurement@au-ibar.org and cc: khalid.seid@au-ibar.org and mary.mbole-kariuki@au-ibar.org; clearly indicating in the subject line “Call for Success stories of inclusive innovations for livestock based food systems”.


The successful articles will be published in various continental knowledge and information sharing platforms and social media channels. In recognition of all successful articles, innovators will receive an award in recognition of the innovations.

For more information please visit the link here

Tailored Opportunities: Summer School 2021: Landscape Ecology in Sustainable Development


Issues of social-ecological sustainability, systems resilience and social equity benefiting from nature ́s contributions to people continue to occupy a prominent position in the global development dis-course of tropical regions particularly in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA). Landscape Ecology as an interdisciplinary marriage between geography, biology, ecology and social sciences provides a valid scientific foundation to harness the role of biodiversity for a sustainable livelihood and suggest adequate governance instruments to achieve the SDGs. The VW-summer school series intends to train participants on the knowledge and skills of how landscape ecology can contribute to improve the status of achieving the SDGs and the AU Agenda 2063 objectives. The summer school will entail joint engagement of scientists and practitioners from urban, regional and national planning as well as from governmental institutions who are engaged in socio-ecological system development from multiple perspectives.


  1. Be a PhD student, Postdoctoral student or early career scientist from based in Sub Saharan Africa or Germany. Landscape ecology scientists from Sub Saharan Africa may also be considered
  2. Who can consistently participate in the three planned webinar series


The deadline of this application is October 30 2020. The candidate should participate Webinar 1: December 2020; Webinar 2: March 2021; Webinar 3: June 2021 and who can physical meeting from 12th to 19th July 2021, Kampala, Uganda


Motivation and interest in landscape ecology

Brief CV (Maximum 2 pages)


The summer school series are fully funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, which will cover costs for travel, accommodation, VISA and meals physical meeting in Kampala in July 2021