The second leg of the global lecture series in honour of late academic, Professor Calestous Juma has commenced this week with the aim of showcasing best practices in the transformation of agriculture and fisheries sectors through the integration of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).
This time, the online lecture series, which is a tribute to Prof. Jumas, an internationally recognized authority in the application of STI to sustainable development especially in developing countries, would hold on Monday and Tuesday. Specifically, the series will reflect on the lessons learnt in the global pilot programme of the STI for Sustainable Development Goals roadmaps in Africa.
The inaugural lecture of the series hosted by the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) founded by Late Prof. Juma in 1988 was held on August 12, with a focus on re-igniting Africa’s industrialisation through innovation.
The seminar, according to ACTS, will present the findings of a case study on STI pathways on fishing in Lake Victoria basin. There will also be presentations of case studies on STI for SDG roadmaps.
Also to feature are discussions on the role of STI in steering agri-food system transformation and innovation in marine fisheries and its potential for economic empowerment
ACTS Executive Director, Peter Ogada was told Kenya’s The Standard that the series will keep Prof Juma’s dream alive by creating a platform for discussions around knowledge and innovation for development.
“Prof Juma promoted this agenda through advanced science, technology, and innovation policies especially in biotechnology, provision of high-level science, technology and conservation of biological diversity,” Prof Ogada told The Standard.
According to the Executive Director of Calestous Juma Legacy Foundation, Angela Christiana, the seminars are meant to create awareness on the importance and application of STI for development.
The seminar series to be held once every three months dovetailing to ACTS-CJLF conference to be held in 2022 will focus on late Prof Juma’s previous work and will.
Prof. Juma died on December 15, 2017, at the age of 64. He was a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School in the US and director of the Science, Technology, and Globalisation Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
His initiatives promoted this agenda through advanced STI policy research, especially biotechnology; provision of high-level science and technology advice; and promotion of the conservation of biological diversity.
ACTS has become a leading Intergovernmental STI policy Think Tank with a prime mandate to strengthen the capacity of African countries and institutions to harness STI for sustainable development.