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Call for Nominations for TWAS-ROSSA Regional Young Scientists’ Prize- Agriculture and Food Security: Closing on 17 November 2017

November 13, 2017 @ 8:00 am - November 17, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) seeks to honour an outstanding young scientist who has made significant contributions to research, development and capacity building to improve sustainability of food and agricultural systems, food security and poverty reduction in the developing world.  TWAS-ROSSA invites you to nominate suitable candidates for the prize by 17 November 2017. The prize is awarded in fulfilment of the TWAS objective of recognising, supporting and promoting scientific capacity and excellence in the developing world.


The 2017 TWAS-ROSSA Regional Young Scientists’ Prize is aligned to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal #2: end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. It is also linked with the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA) 2024 priority area 1, which is eradication of hunger and achieving food security.


The Award

The award comprises an award certificate with a citation on the winner’s scientific achievement, as well as a cash prize of 2000 US Dollars. The winner will be announced at the Science Forum South Africa 2017 and will be awarded formally by TWAS-ROSSA at a suitable event thereafter.



  • Nominees must be nationals of countries in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Nominees must be 40 years or below.
  • Nominees must have made significant contributions to research, development and capacity building to improve sustainability of food and agricultural systems, food security and poverty reduction.
  • Nominees must be scientists who have been working and living in a developing country for at least ten years.



  • Nominations are invited from TWAS and African Academy of Sciences (AAS) fellows, fellows/members of national academies and young academies in the region, research institutions, research councils and universities in the region.
  • The nomination of women and scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLC’s) is highly encouraged.
  • Late and self-nominations will not be considered.
  • Nominations accompanied by the Nomination Form and all the relevant documents must be submitted to by 1 7 November 2017.


Kind regards


Mr Kholani Mbhiza

Liaison Officer

International Liaison programme

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)


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November 13, 2017 @ 8:00 am
November 17, 2017 @ 5:00 pm