Innogen · News · November 16, 2009

Innogen Researcher invited to speak in Parliament seminar

Dr Julius Mugwagwa was invited to speak at a seminar in the Houses of Parliament on 3rd November 2009.

Julius joined Prof. Moses Bockarie, Director of the Centre for Neglected Tropical Diseases, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Dr Chandrika Nath, Science adviser, UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), David Dickson, Director of, Alex O'Donaghue, Royal African Society/All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and Prof Mark Rweyemamu, Director Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDS) for the seminar which explored the following issues:

  • The role of parliament: in particular its role in scrutiny and the importance of this as part of a system of 'checks and balances' on the power of the executive.

  • The importance of science to African parliaments: what do we mean by 'science policy'? why do MPs need to know about science? what topics are of relevance?

  • Capacity gaps: what are the weaknesses in capacity to handle science and technology in African parliaments?

  • Challenges and opportunities for engagement with parliaments: how can researchers (including both those working in country; those in the diaspora; and other international researchers) engage with policy makers in general and parliaments in particular?

  • Capacity building activities: what is being done to strengthen the capacity of parliaments?

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