Organised by SciCom on behalf of the Government of South Africa
- Dublin, 11 – 15 July

Who's watching Africa? A scramble for natural resources

Intro

Africa is a continent rich in natural resources such as oil, gold, timber, diamonds, uranium and chrome. It also has the potential to feed itself and to become the bread basket of Europe, amongst others. Research and development coupled with the application of the latest technological advances play a key role in accessing and processing these resources. A sensible exploitation could greatly benefit the peoples of Africa and success stories are to be found. But instead, the scramble for Africa's riches has often led to mismanagement, environmental degradation, and in some instances, to conflict. Neither has the management of Africa's natural resources helped alleviate poverty. A number of important developments are, however, changing the dynamics related to resource management and exploitation in Africa. Chief among these is the determination of a number of African countries to move from a resource-dependent to a knowledge-based economy. Emerging economies such as China and others have also demonstrated a keen interest in partnerships with Africa with recent spectacular and significant investments.

Organised by SciCom on behalf of the Government of South Africa
- Dublin, Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Global science partnerships to address global challenges Africa, America, Asia, Europe: Rising on the same tide?

Session Description

This session is designed to identify best practices and pitfalls encountered by different countries when practicing science without borders. The high-level international speakers will bring unique insights into the science behind science policy-making, implementation and evaluation. Climate change, energy and resource efficiency, health and demographic change, food security and the digital divide, are opportunities for research and innovation, which will help us to create the necessary jobs and wealth to take the developed and developing world out of the current economic crisis, achieving sustainable development and alleviating poverty. Insights will be given into the strong international dimension that is required and concrete measures being taken.

Organised by SciCom
Brussels 29 June, 2012

High-Level Science for Policy Consultation Event

Evidence-based policy versus policy-biased evidence. The challenge of feeding scientific advice into policy-making.

CSA Workshop
Twenty-seven eminent European, African and American-based speakers from fifteen countries gathered in Brussels to offer first-hand advice on best practices
and pitfalls encountered when formulating policy in the emerging area of harm reduction science.

Organised by SciCom
Vancouver, Canada - Saturday, 18 February, 2012, 08h00 – 09h30

Exploding Myths on Reactor Security, Harm Reduction and GMO's

Session Description

This session explodes myths about the seldom seen science behind some of today's most controversial public policy issues. Case-studies will spotlight that crucial interface between science, policy and society vis-à-vis nuclear energy, crop innovations (GMOs), and harm reduction (tobacco). Accepting that societal problems are not necessarily problems with purely scientific solutions, speakers will argue that calculated risks are fundamental to realizing proven benefits. Fukushima or not, why is it so difficult to separate fact from fiction on nuclear reactor safety and waste management solutions? What are the known and unknown implications of innovation in biotechnology and genetic engineering? Is tobacco harm reduction the greatest public health imperative today or is quit or die enough? Their common cause will be to demonstrate that innovative science is ever more prevalent and important.