Thursday, 10 April 2008

Fellowship Positions Announcement: African Biosafety Network of Expertise

The Africa Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE) is a project of NEPAD Biosciences Initiative, which comprises a cluster of life sciences flagship programmes of the Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action, an African-led plan endorsed by the African Union Heads of State and Government. The objective of ABNE is to provide science-based information and technical support to the regulatory agencies of various countries in Africa. This support will help regulators access the most up-to-date training, data, and resources needed to properly regulate biotechnologies, ensuring countries are able to take full advantage of advances while safeguarding consumers and the environment.

The grant is to support the first phase of a possible long-term project on biosafety. After completion of their training, the fellows may potentially serve as core network members.

Fellowship Positions: For this collaborative network we are seeking scientists or regulatory personnel with interest in developing a professional career in the areas of biosafety. Four fellowship positions are available in the following areas:
· Food Safety (1)
· Environmental Biosafety (1)
· Socioeconomic considerations (1)
· Legal aspects of biosafety (1)

Contact Details: Interested candidates should send a statement of interest (1-2 pages), Curriculum Vitae (CV) and contact details of three referees to the following addresses:
Network Director, West Africa Biosciences Network (WABNet), c/o CORAF/WECARD, BP 48-CP 18523 Dakar, Senegal; preferably via e-mail to:

Closing date for submission of applications: 9th May 2008.

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and Michigan State University announced 25/02 a $1.5 million grant to MSU from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to bolster Africa’s biosafety expertise.