The program on ‘Leading a new paradigm for African Science’ starts on 16 March with a week-long workshop. The fellows will dive deeply into topics such as collective leadership, strategic thinking, interpersonal and general science communication, as well as how this relates to research that impact the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the AU 2063 agrenda. Leaders in academia and research, science communication, and leadership theory and practice will join the fellows for interactive sessions. The workshop will be followed by a year of application and mentorship, with a follow-up workshop planned for March 2019.

The 2018 ASLP fellows will meet with the 2017 cohort of fellows on 20 March, when the 2017 fellows start their second workshop.

In reflecting on last years program, one of the 2017 fellows said: “This programme will certainly have an impact on my career, on how I see leaders, how I will manage my research team, and how I approach challenges in the near future. This is surely a programme that will have impact on the development of Science on the continent!,”

 “African science is brimming with potential, but is currently underdeveloped. The ASLP programme recognizes the need for quality and collective leadership skills amongst the next generation of scientists who are steering the development and expansion of this system,” added Professor Bernard Slippers, project leader from the University of Pretoria and past co-chair of the Global Young Academy.

The Africa Science Leadership Programme is part of the Future Africa initiative by the University of Pretoria in partnership with the Global Young Academy, and is funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation. It involves many collaborations, including with the Leopold Leadership Program at Stanford University and the specialist facilitation company KnowInnovation. The programme now includes 84 fellows from 61 institutions from 18 countries across Africa.