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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.

Charles Masembe

Makerere University
Assoc. Prof.

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Charles Masembe is a veterinarian and Associate Professor (Molecular Genetics and Evolution) at Makerere University, with teaching and research experience in molecular population genetics, diagnostics, evolution, and population and evolution of fishes and diseases. Charles’ team is actively involved in developing local research capacity in Uganda capable of using state-of-the art molecular genetics technology in research in animals and wildlife, mosquito behavioral genetics, fish genetics, and the evolutionary interplay of viruses and their hosts. He is a Centre member at the Uganda Virus Research Institute, Adjunct Professor at the University of Tennessee (USA), Guest Professor at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (Austria), and external faculty at the Biosciences eastern and central Africa ILRI Hub (Kenya). Charles is an International Intermediate Wellcome Trust Fellow using Next-Generation Sequencing technologies with emphasis on whole genome sequencing of African swine fever virus at the livestock-wildlife interface ( http://asf.mak.ac.ug ) to decipher the patterns and dynamics of transmission. He is an affiliate member of the MRC-University of Glasgow’s Centre for Virus Research with research funding from the Wellcome Trust and the African Union commission. Charles’ research aims at unravelling pathogen evolution and interactions to improve livelihoods.