Scientific Research Paper Writing Workshop: 18th-22nd November 2013

Location: The Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology, Arusha, Tanzania

Communication of research findings in peer-reviewed journals is the standard by which scientists and their findings are evaluated by the scientific community. Publication ensures that research findings are accessible for use in related studies and are thereby better translated into agricultural improvement. To boost publication in international peer-reviewed journals by African scientists, the Biosciences eastern and central Africa - International Livestock Research Institute Hub (BecA-ILRI Hub), Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and The Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) will hold a workshop on scientific research paper writing at NM-AIST, Arusha, Tanzania on 18th-22nd November, 2013.

The workshop is open to PhD students and early career agricultural researchers with a strong interest in improving their writing skills. Selected participants will benefit from intensive, interactive hands-on training, during which participants will develop their own manuscripts with the goal of submitting to a journal for publication within three to six months of completing the workshop. Participants should bring a project report for conversion to a paper, and/or the figures and tables and any other illustrative material that have been generated from data analysis. In order to fully benefit from this workshop, bringing a manuscript that is in an advanced stage of preparation is discouraged.

The trainers conducting the workshop will be Dr Chris Beadle (Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences) and Dr Peter Willadsen (Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO Livestock Industries) with support from the BecA-ILRI Hub.

The workshop is funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) through a partnership between CSIRO and the BecA-ILRI Hub; and by the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs through Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

Applicant requirements

•    African scientist with PhD or MSc in any agricultural discipline;
•    Fluent in English (written and spoken);
•    Currently conducting agricultural biosciences research with an African national agricultural research program or university in one of the BecA countries: Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda;
•    A project report for conversion to a paper, and/or the figures and tables and any other illustrative material that have been generated from data analysis;
•    Completed online application form submitted by 20th September 2013;
•    There are several fully funded places at this workshop. However, applicants who can fund their participation have an added advantage. The cost of the workshop is $1500, excluding flights.
Women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applications received after the 20th September 2013 deadline and incomplete applications will not be considered. Successful applicants will be notified by 7th October 2013. Please note that only successful applicants will be notified.

Thank you in advance for considering this opportunity. We look forward to hearing from you.

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