African researchers gathered in Paris for the UNESCO international scientific conference [fr]
Supported by the French Institute of Research for Development – IRD, and the French Embassy in South Africa, six African scientists from South African research centres and universities participated in the UNESCO international conference “Our Common Future under Climate Change” in Paris, from 7 to 10 July 2015.
Supported by the French Institute for Research and Development – IRD, and the French Embassy in South Africa, six African scientists from South African research centres and universities participated in the UNESCO international conference “Our Common Future under Climate Change” in Paris, from 7 to 10 July 2015.
A seventh researcher supported by the French embassy to Tanzania also participated in this largest world forum for the scientific community to come together ahead of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21).
With our French Technical expert on climate change, Dr Agathe Maupin, the seven African researchers attended the entire conference and gathered around a cocktail organised by the IRD Executive Secretariat at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie on the 8th of July.
Khatab Hassan, researcher at the University of KwaZulu-Natal involved in a French-South African collaborative project on soil water studies on carbon dynamics underlined that "this international scientific conference was a wonderful period, meeting and sharing with people from around the world engaging in different ways we look at the climate change was multi-informative. I am sure we can only learn more to improve our understanding and solve an important research issues dealing with the climate change from those kinds of events.
I will always be grateful for the opportunity, that the French Embassy and the IRD gave me by sponsoring my participation to the conference. "
The call for scientific contributions to the conference was launched in January 2015, and was widely disseminated by IRD and the French embassy in Pretoria. More than 20 South African scientific candidates participated and 11 were selected by the Scientific Evaluation Committee of the conference to promote their work and scientific activities on climate change.
Informations complémentaires : http://www.commonfuture-paris2015.org