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Science at the US-Africa Leaders Summit, Washington, DC, 12-15 December 2022

ISC and partners will organise a series of side events focussing on the contribution of science to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and its outcomes taking place in Washington on 12-15 December 2022. The US-Africa Summit is intended to demonstrate the United States enduring commitment to Africa and underscore the importance of U.S.-Africa relations and increased cooperation on shared global priorities. White House Announcement

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The Summit will build on shared values to better foster new economic engagement; reinforce the U.S.-Africa commitment to democracy and human rights; mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and future pandemics; work collaboratively to strengthen regional and global health; promote food security; advance peace and security; respond to the climate crisis, and amplify diaspora ties.

ISC will organise a series of events designed to highlight the role and contribution of science to the US-Africa relationship under the heading of Science at the US-Africa Leaders Summit 2022. ISC organised a similar series of meetings during the last US-African Leaders Summit, which took place in 2014. The objectives of the meetings will be to highlight the importance of science in Africa, to foster greater collaboration between African nations and the US, and to increase investment in science for Global Health, Digital Transition, Space, Biological Diversity, Education and Skills, among other areas and to support an enabling policy and regulatory environment for science collaboration to flourish between Africa and the US.
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Charles Takalana

African Astronomical Society (AfAS)
Head of Secretariat (AfAS) & Co-Chair: IAU-GA2024 National Organising Committee
Cape Town, South Africa
Charles Mpho Takalana completed his PhD in physics, focusing on Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in December 2020. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Charles currently works at the African Astronomical Society (AfAS) as the Head of Secretariat. He supports the AfAS Executive Committee, Committees, and Working Group, manages the AfAS secretariat, and coordinates all AfAS projects to ensure that they achieve their objectives within the timelines and funding provided. He currently serves as a Co-chair of the National Organising Committee (NOC) of the IAU General Assembly, taking place in Cape Town in August 2024. Before his current employment at AfAS, he was an Astronomy Policy Researcher at the South African Radio Astronomy observatory based at the South African Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). Charles’ work at the DSI involved supporting the implementation of the South African Multi-wavelength Astronomy strategy and the development of a vibrant astronomy community with the technical capacity to ensure the implementation of various astronomy projects. Before joining the DSI, Charles was a Consultant Analyst at CorpActive, providing professional management consulting analytics services. Charles is also involved in various outreach projects and is passionate about sharing astronomy with young people.