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Science and Innovation Research Symposium | ASRIC/Lancaster University

The establishment of the African Union Scientific Research and Innovation Council (ASRIC) in 2018 marked a new chapter in realization and operationalization of the African Dream – the Africa Agenda 2063. This brought high expectations and trust in Africa’s scientific human capital to confront Africa’s needs and challenges, including the response to the Agenda 2063 aspirations. ASRIC is mandated to promote scientific research and innovation and to address the challenges of socio-economic development across the African continent.

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The  theme of the research symposium is: Galvanizing the African Diaspora UK Research Community for Scientific Innovation and Sustainability in Africa.


Date: 27th of April 2023.

Venue: Biology Lecture Theatre, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, United Kingdom.

Time: 9.00 AM to 4.00 PM United Kingdom

Keynotes: The Keynote Addresses will be delivered by:

Dr. Ahmed Hamdy, the Executive Director of the African Union Science Technical and Research Commission (AU-STRC) and Executive Director of ASRIC Secretariat.

Dr Joanna Newman MBE FRSA, Chief Executive and Secretary General, The Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Symposium objectives:  

  • To increase the strategic engagement of the African Diaspora communities and to use their expertise, skills and resources to enhance the science, technology and innovation profile and capacity of the African continent.
  • To provide a holistic umbrella where the current, varied and sometimes unstructured African Diaspora STI programmes are coordinated, supported and enhanced for increased and sustainable impact.
  • To provide a soft landing and strategic platform that encourages the contribution, participation and investment from African researchers in the Diaspora towards continental agenda and economic growth driven by STI activities.
  • To provide a basis for the celebration and showcase of the exploits and successes of African researchers in the Diaspora and to use it for promoting peer learning, knowledge transfer and capacity building in the African continent.
  • To engage with African reseachers in the Diaspora under special programmes with strategic objectives of increasing their sense of belonging, combating disenfranchisement and disconnection from the African continent, and enhancing the brain gain potential of this population.
  • To provide a foundation to work with African researchers in the Diaspora to increase the strategic collaborations with international institutions and organisations for the benefit of the African continent.

Expected outcomes

  • Devise and develop a participatory strategy for the African researcher Diaspora
  • Increase participation and commitment of African researchers in the Diaspora towards Africa's development
  • Align African researchers in the Diaspora with Africa’s abundant research and development opportunities
  • Increase the level of awareness of the Diaspora to ASRIC and its activities.


Guest Presentations

We seek guest presentations on strategies, experiences, opportunities and insights for collaboration with ASRIC from UK based African Researchers. If you are interested, please submit a short 200-word overview of your paper.

If you are an academic researcher, currently working in or interested in Africa’s research landscape even if you are not African, please feel free to register for the symposium.

Poster Presentations

If you are an African PhD Student or Post-Doctoral Student undertaking an STI research work of great relevance to Africa and the ASRIC mandate, please feel free to submit an abstract to present a Poster at the Symposium.

Important Notes to All

All abstract (whether for Guest or Poster Presentations) must have been submitted by the 20th of March 2023 to be eligible for shortlist and confirmation. All confirmed presenters will be informed by the 31st of March 2023.

Please make your own plans for travels and accommodation if you wish to participate in this symposium. The symposium will provide teas, coffees and and a lunch meal for all participants.

Participant target of 200 is planned for and so ensure to register early and book your place before it is closed.

For information and clarifications, email the Chair of the ASRIC Diaspora UK Chapter, Dr Akanimo Odon - 

For help and advice on logistics and accommodation, send email to Chisom Ejileugha – 


To register for the ASRIC/Lancaster Symposium, click here.

Registration is free.



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