The third edition of the RECIRCULATE Knowledge Exchange & Engagement Workshop came to a close today. The final day featured a panel session on tips for successful grant writing with contributions from Professor Edward Lungu (Dean of Science at Botswana International University of Science and Technology), Dr Cynthia Forson (Deputy Provost, Lancaster University Ghana), Martin Gilmore (Head of Partnerships and Business Engagement for Physical Sciences, Lancaster University), Dr Akan Odon (Envirofly) and Dr Andy Pickard (Manager, Centre for Global Eco-innovation, Lancaster University). Following this most of the delegates worked on submitting proposals for residencies in Lancaster in July 2020.
Proceedings were brought to a close this evening in Gaborone, Botswana with fifty delegates from eight African countries and the UK KE team being presented with certificates from Professor Edward Lungu, Dean of Science at Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST). Finally, Brigadier DK Mokgwathi of Botswana Defence Force thanking the workshop delivery team and presentation of gifts.
Some quotes from participants:
“If you are not inspired by the programme then nothing will inspire you”
Ontiretse Bagwasi, BIUST, Botswana
“For every developing country to rise to current future global economic challenges, a knowledge-based economy must be placed at the crest of its national strategic thought”
Brigadier DK Mokgwathi, Botswana Defence Force
“Knowledge gained for knowledge’s sake is good, but knowledge gained for transformation is better“
Dr Alice Lungu, Copperbelt University, Zambia
“We can no longer operate as individuals, we need to collaborate and engage each other through multidisciplinary research“
Patrick Mapulanga, University of Malawi
“RECIRCULATE has made me appreciate the value of building partnerships with a multidisciplinary ‘lens’. Research partnerships linking communities, industry (business) and academia are the way to go for impactful research”
Tusiime Felly Mugizi, Africa Innovations Institute, Uganda
“Best workshop ever attended! Very engaging, well facilitated and knowledgeable“
Zita Daka, Copperbelt University, Zambia