Focus on Science for Africa – ICGEB is at the BIOAfrica Convention in Durban (26-28 August 2019), also running workshops on Biosafety and Biosimilars. The ICGEB Directors from Trieste, Delhi and Cape Town are there, with the Ministers of Science and Technology of South Africa and the Minister of Health of Ethiopia, to highlight the opportunities that ICGEB provides for African Science.
#AfricaBio comes hard on the heels of South Africa National Science Week (29 July – 3 August), an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST). ICGEB Cape Town has taken part in the countrywide celebration of science conducting science-based activities, including introducing Foldscope at the event – the paper microscope championing curiosity and excitement of scientific exploration – and hosting School Outreach Day (with Ubuntu Football Team members)!
As we prepare to take part in the South Africa-Italy Summit in Johannesburg (29-30 October) for high business engagement, ICGEB Cape Town will also be hosting the ICGEB Workshop “Epigenetics of infectious and non-communicable diseases” from 16 – 19 September.
The ICGEB sponsored event “DrosAfrica Workshop on Drosophila melanogaster in African biomedical research”, will also take place in Ibadan, Nigeria, 17-19 September 2019.
In May 2008, the Secretary-General of the United Nations officially established the Seat of ICGEB Cape Town. The inauguration of the Component marked South Africa as the first country in Africa, and the third in the world, to host a laboratory of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology and was attended by Mr. Thabo Mbeki, President of the Republic of South Africa at that time and Mr. Fabio Mussi, Italian Minister for University and Research, marking the beginning of an STI partnership which has made an outstanding contribution to advancing global sustainable development.