News Archive

June 2007

When Africa's heads of state met in January for the 8th African Union Summit, science, technology and sustainable development were the main topics of discussion. There is also increasing interest among developed countries to support scientific and technological capacity building in low-income countries, especially in Africa. The challenge lies in turning this heartfelt interest into sustainable initiatives and real progress. Every African nation must educate and support a new generation of problem-solving scientists.

January 2007

Implementation of the Millennium Science Initiative (MSI) Program, since its inception seven years ago, has been successful and exemplary.

January 2007

For the poorest developing countries, 'outsourcing' the development and assessment of technology and innovation has been economically catastrophic. Policies designed to alleviate poverty and to create wealth have also suffered as a result. Fortunately, developing countries are now changing course and seeking to build their own scientific and technological capabilities. Drawing on their own growing expertise, an increasing number of 'scientifically proficient' developing countries are forging scientific links with developed countries that represent true collaborations among equal parties.

January 2007

The Chilean MSI has selected five new Nuclei for 2007 and renewed three existing Nuclei in the latest round of competition. The selections were advised by a Program Committee of international scientists. Results were announced in Santiago today by Minister of Planning and Cooperation Clarissa Hardy, chair of the Chilean MSI Board. Of special note is that three accomplished Chilean investigators returned home from the United States to work in these Nuclei. List of Nuclei here.

September 2006

African scientists are set to benefit from a fledgling program aimed at promoting north-south research collaboration through year-long visits to centers of scientific excellence in developing nations by scientists from the U.S. and other developed countries. The Global Science Corps (GSC) was inspired by a visit to a research institute in Mali by Nobel laureate Dr. Harold Varmus, who was impressed with the quality and originality of work being carried out by one of the world's poorest nations.