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Virtual workshop for African early career researchers
September 9 - September 10
Date: 9 – 10 September 2020
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Future Earth will support Early Career Researchers (ECRs) from Africa to join
consortium proposals for the Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Action (CRA) on
Transdisciplinary Research for Pathways to Sustainability by organising a virtual
capacity building workshop on 09 – 10 September 2020. The workshop will bring
together approximately 30 ECRs and 5 mid-to-late-career researchers. The event is
organized in collaboration with the Future Earth Office for Southern Africa (FEROSA),
the Program for Early-stage Grants Advancing Sustainability Science (PEGASuS), the
National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF), the African Future Earth
Committee (AFEC), and the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD).
The objective of this training is to support early career researchers from African
countries in 1) gaining a better understanding of the Belmont Forum and its application
processes; 2) networking in order to create eligible consortia; and 3) capacity
mobilization in communication and proposal writing. We aim to mobilize capacities by
improving the participants’ understanding of the functioning of Belmont Forum CRAs,
offering training in storytelling and strategic communication for impactful research, and
by creating networking opportunities among early career researchers as well as with
senior scientists. This will give ECRs the opportunity to present and promote their
research in order to create collaborations with senior researchers, potentially leading to
building a joint consortium.
Rolling out of the workshop
The workshop will be split in two parts.
Day 1: is dedicated exclusively to early career researchers from Africa and aims to
provide them with a deeper understanding of the Belmont Forum and the Pathways
CRA, as well as training in storytelling and strategic communication for impactful
research. Main sessions are: Introduction to the Belmont Forum & How to apply to the
call; Introduction to the Pathways CRA; Training session on storytelling for scientists
and strategic communication; first networking opportunities.
Day 2: is dedicated to networking and deep exchanges between early careers and
senior researchers. Senior scientists from across eligible countries will connect with
ECRs on selected topics relevant to “Transdisciplinary Research for Pathways to
Sustainability”. The main focus of this day will be on breakout groups between the
senior scientists and the early careers to explore potential collaborations. A thorough
selective process prior to the workshop will ensure that the early career researchers
backgrounds match those of the senior scientists