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Entries are invited from graduate and postgraduate students in the fields of  engineering, communication, economics and data modelling for the Marine Plastics Innovation Challenge. 

This is an innovation challenged organized by UN Environment and Think Beyond Plastic targeting university students with the aim of getting fresh innovative ideas  to fight plastic in oceans.

Entries should be in one or more of the following categories:

  1. Engineering and Design: including innovations in materials, manufacturing processes, packaging design and related fields that result in a measurable reduction in marine plastic.
  2. Communication: including multimedia products, mobile apps, and innovative storytelling that raise awareness and inspire public action against marine plastics.
  3. Economics: including innovative methodologies to assess the economic impact of plastic pollution and/or develop new financial and business models to address market failures.
  4. Prediction and Recovery: including the development of analytical tools (algorithms, models, hotspot identification) to better capture and monitor data about plastic pollution and propose solutions

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Australia Awards, a flagship of the Australian development cooperation program offers long- and short-term study and professional development opportunities to citizens from developing countries around the globe

In Africa, the Australian Government offers scholarships and fellowships under Australia Awards for African professionals to undertake long-term studies leading to a postgraduate degree and short-term training leading to the acquisition of new skills and knowledge.

Current opportunities include:

  • Australian Awards Scholarships, to undertake higher degree studies in Australia at Masters level. (Eligibility for Kenyans) Age limit: 50 years at date of application

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Applications are invited for the Association of African Universities (AAU) Small Grants for Theses and Dissertations.

The Small Grants Programme aims to support timely completion of postgraduate research.

Research topics should fall within any of the following broad themes:

  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Conflict, Peace and Security
  • Environment and Climate
  • Health
  • Higher Education

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Participants and Organizers at the Workshop

The Living Lab of the University of Nairobi ( organised in conjunction with and supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung (, a regional workshop titled "Engaging Urban Actors in East Africa". The workshop held at the Innovation Village in Kampala, Uganda from 16th - 18th August 2017, had participants from Burundi, Germany, Kenya Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.  Led by Prof. Madara Ogot of the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and Dr. Amolle Ambole of the School of the Art and Design,  participants explored ways to design sustainable urbanization programmes for the East African region using a design thinking approach, with a focus on promoting cross-sector collaboration between the public, private and social sector; bridging academia/science and practice; and promoting participation for sustainable urban development.

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In Vitro Fertilisation has helped people in Africa and around the world to have families. Shutterstock

Dr. J. Wanyoike-Gichuhi, University of Nairobi

(story courtesy: The Conversation Africa)

Infertility is a global health challenge with distressing psychological and social consequences. Women in Africa pay a heavy social price including stigma and depression, for not having children. Sadly, infertility in Africa is mostly blamed on the woman.

Infertility is defined as the failure to conceive after one year or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse. Globally it affects about 70 million to 80 million couples. In Africa, about 50 to 60% of all the reproductive health clinic visits are related to infertility. In Kenya, estimates show that infertility could be between 2 and 20%.

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