Josephine Musango selected for global South science workshop

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Dr Josephine Musango of School of Public Leadership (SPL) has been selected as one of two young scientists from Africa to participate in The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Workshop. TWAS is an international science academy founded in 1983 by a distinguished group of scientists from the South under the leadership of the late Nobel laureate Abdus Salam, and promotes scientific excellence in the South for science-based sustainable development.

The theme for workshop is Innovative Energy Policies for a Sustainable Future, and will take place on 9-13 December 2013 in Trieste, Italy. The workshop is expected to bring together 10 young scientists from five regions, government representatives and other key players to discuss challenges and policies in the energy sector, in relation to sustainable energy policies. It will provide a platform for open discussions between the scientific and policymaking communities with the view to apply scientific knowledge to solve real-life problems in developing countries.

Dr Musango is excited to take part in the discussions and this is what she has to say about the upcoming workshop: ‘Shaped by my Transdisciplinary Doctoral work on Technology Assessment of Renewable Energy Sustainability in South Africa, I have had a long felt desire to continue doing research that will make a difference in policy, business and society. This is exemplified by the approach I have been taking in doing research, that is, the transdisciplinary approach, which is doing Science with Society. Participating in TWAS will thus provide a platform for bridging Science-Policy gap, and seeking how science can inform and support policy development as well as scientific communities conducting policy relevant research’.