African schools outreach to inspire future women scientists

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The International Veterinary Vaccinology Network (IVVN), a partnership between The Roslin Institute and The Pirbright Institute, launched the African Schools Outreach Programme with the delivery of a two-day training session at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Kenya.

The International Veterinary Vaccinology Network, which is Co-Chaired by Pirbright’s Director Dr Bryan Charleston, is an international network of over 950 members that establishes multi-partnered collaborations to bring together the diverse skills needed to accelerate the development of vaccines for devastating diseases of livestock.

Launched under that banner the International Veterinary Vaccinology Network African Schools Outreach Programme is a collaborative initiative between the IVVN, University of Edinburgh, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), University of Ibadan, University of Zambia, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), and the African Vaccinology Network (AfVANET). The aim of the programme is to inspire the next generation of women scientists in Africa by providing those working in veterinary vaccinology across Africa with the training and resources to host schools outreach workshops in their own countries.

The trip to Kenya is the first activity conducted as part of the programme and was designed to provide training for the women scientists who will be delivering the programme in schools across Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia and to pilot the outreach activity.

Source: The Pirbright Institute