Advancing Open Science in Africa – three organizations

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NAIROBI – The Association of African Universities (AAU), the Public Science Library (PLOS) and the Communication Training Center (TCC Africa) announced today that they will collaborate to raise awareness and provide training on open science practices and open access publishing in Africa.

“We look forward to collaborating with PLOS and TCC Africa to improve knowledge of open science and increase levels of adoption and practice in member institutions,” said Prof. Oyewole, Secretary General of the Association of African Universities. . “This partnership will also allow us to identify challenges to open science adoption while simultaneously supporting effective implementation. This partnership is further evidence of the AAU’s commitment to building the capacity of its members to integrate internationally acceptable research and data management practices into their operations.

“We are already working closely with PLOS and are delighted to team up with AAU,” said Joy Owango, Executive Director of the Communication Training Center. “The three organizations will play a key role in communicating and educating about open science practices.”

“This partnership extends our work with TCC Africa and fits perfectly with our mission to work locally, within communities, while listening and learning, so that we can understand and reflect local needs and values ​​in when it comes to Open Science policies and practices,” said Roheena Anand, Executive Director of Global Publishing Development, PLOS. “Our work with the AAU and TCC Africa will not only benefit African researchers and institutions , but will also help inform activities on a global scale.”

The objectives of this collaboration will be achieved primarily through regional capacity building workshops held across the continent. The launch of the initiative, on April 26, 2022, will be virtual and invites Presidents, Vice-Chancellors, Rectors, Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Directors of Research and Libraries of African universities to inform them of the intention of this collaboration. . .

The initiative will be supported by the participation of representatives from UNESCO, who will speak about the global recommendation on open science, and the International Science Council.

The three organizations are strongly invested in an open future and want to work with stakeholders in the scholarly communication ecosystem in Africa to promote and increase the adoption of open access and open science more broadly.

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About the Association of African Universities

Founded in Rabat, Morocco November 12, 1967, the Association of African Universities (AAU) is an NGO based in Accra, Ghana. The mission is “to improve the quality and relevance of higher education in Africa and enhance its contribution to Africa’s development”. While serving as the “voice of higher education” on the continent. With over 400 member institutions across Africa, the AAU provides a forum for cooperation and exchange of information on higher education and research policies, creating spaces for research, reflection, consultation, discussion, cooperation and collaboration on issues relating to higher education.

The AAU has the unique ability to bring together higher education institutional leaders and policy makers from all parts of the continent and on key issues related to higher education and development in Africa. The AAU provides leadership in identifying emerging issues and support in discussing them and facilitating appropriate follow-up action by its members, partners and other stakeholders. Learn more about the AAU here.

About the Public Library of Science

PLOS is an open-access, nonprofit publisher that enables researchers to accelerate advances in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. Since our inception in 2001, PLOS journals have helped break down the boundaries of research communication to provide more opportunity, choice, and context for researchers and readers. For more information, visit http://www.plos.org.

About the Africa Communication Training Center

the Communication Training Center (TCC Africa) is the first training center based in Africa to teach effective communication skills to scientists. TCC Africa is a premium Trust, established as a not-for-profit entity in 2006 and registered in Kenya. TCC Africa provides capacity support to improve the output and visibility of researchers through training in learned and scientific communication.

The mission of TCC Africa is to contribute to increasing the visibility, locally and internationally, of African science and its impact on the lives of Africans, by improving skills in technical communication in all its forms, in universities and other relevant forums, in Africa.

Our goal is to train. Support. empower. researchers through their ability to improve their search results and visibility.

CONTACTS

For the AAU:

Abednego Corletey

Association of African Universities

House of African Universities, Trinity Avenue,

East Legon, Accra PO Box AN 5744, North Accra, Ghana

Email: [email protected]; [email protected]

For PLO:

David Knutson

Senior Communications Manager, PLOS, USA

+1-651-260-8288

[email protected]

For TCC Africa:

Public Relations Team

Communication Training Center

(Through the link with the School of Biological Sciences)

Gecaga Institute Building,

Chiromo Campus, University of Nairobi

E-MAIL: [email protected], [email protected]


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