the biosciences facility

Click here to load reader

Download The Biosciences Facility

Post on 11-Jan-2016




2 download

Embed Size (px)


The Biosciences Facility. Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) being established as part of NEPAD’s network of centres of excellence Ed Rege Director, Biotechnology International Livestock Research Institute. Outline. What is BecA? How will it work? Where are we now?. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • The Biosciences FacilityBiosciences eastern and central Africa(BecA)

    being established as part of NEPADs network of centres of excellence

    Ed RegeDirector, BiotechnologyInternational Livestock Research Institute

  • OutlineWhat is BecA?How will it work?Where are we now?

  • BecA Defined (1)BecA is a new initiative under NEPADs Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP)Being developed under framework of Centres of Excellence for Science and TechnologyAims to employ modern biotechnology to improve agriculture in eastern and central Africa

  • BecA Defined (2)BecA seeks to:strengthen the capacity of scientists in eastern and central Africa to conduct bioscience research Significantly contribute to improved products that can improve livelihoods of farmers in the region

  • BecA Defined (3)Core of BecA will be a joint venture of regional research partners linked to the global research communityExpected features of the research:Regional/national prioritiesindividual research projectsorganized in research consortia bringing together teamsOpportunity for strong links, as necessary, to researchers internationally (e.g. ARIs, CGIAR)

  • BecA Origins (1)For years, ILRI had been involved in capacity building in biosciences relevant for livestock research and developmentDifficulty to meet high and increasing demand to support biosciences needs (R&D, esp. training) of AfricaLimited by its livestock mandate and available research infrastructure

  • BecA Origins (2)ILRI considered that the demand could be met by building on existing capacity to better serve biosciences needs for Eastern AfricaConsultation and the resulting report drew the interest of NEPAD & others

  • BecA Origins (3)Recognition of convergence of ideas and purpose (2002)Decision to pursue the concept - with a focus on BiosciencesNEXT concrete steps: Side event at the CGIAR AGM in Manila in 2002 NEPAD presentationEstablishment of interim Steering committeePresentation of concept at several subsequent meetings => increasing interest in concept

  • BecA Origins (4) Proposal to CIDA for refurbishment of facilities to respond to growing demands and new science opportunitiesNEPADs support for ILRIs grant application to CIDA as a potential hubContinuing broader discussions to obtain wider interest/support for the concept

  • About BecAHow will it work?

  • Objectives (1)Focal point for African scientists to address high priority problemsCreation and strengthening of human capitalPromoting scientific excellence by bringing in national, regional and international scientists in state-of-the-art facilitiesProvision of affordable, accessible facilities

  • Objectives (2)

    Promotion and support of relevant science to solve priority problemsSupport advice/training on biosafety and IP issuesAttract investments in biosciences in and for Africa from public and private sector, African governments, regional and international bodiesA platform for forging partnerships with other such initiatives in and out of Africa

  • Objectives (3)A state of the art shared Biosciences FacilityFocus on:High priority applications in agriculture and related biosciences issuesR & D, including capacity buildingNational and sub-regional priorities

  • About the initiativeStakeholders: NARS; RECs; IARCs; R&D NGOs and similarOperate on cost-sharing/recovery basis to ensure sustainability

  • Core competencies at the hubBioinformatics and broadband accessHigh throughput genotyping and medium throughput sequencingGenomics and proteomicsPlant and microbial transformation techniques and appropriate containment facilitiesGreenhouse with appropriate containmentAnimal handling and containment facilitiesImmunology capacityMolecular diagnostics for DNA and protein-based diagnosticsBiometricsImaging technology

  • Sequencing, genotyping, Real Time PCR, microarrays, proteomicsCentral Core (Glassware, wash, media prep, sterilisation)OHS, Biosafety, Radiation safety etcIP & regulatory issuesInfoCentre (Library)web accessSupport Services at the Hub - examples

  • Training Facilities at the HubTraining laboratoryComputer training laboratory/internetSeminar rooms

  • What might the relationships look like?NEPADRegional universitiesRegional councils of science and technology

  • Governance & ManagementGovernance: Steering committee (supported by a secretariat)Management of the network (coordinated by the secretariat under a Network Director):The hub - ILRIThe nodes institutions in respective countriesOther stakeholders/partnersThe secretariat - led by a Network Director

  • The HubA. ILRIs role in managing the hub:Ensuring availability of the facilitiesEnsuring facilities keep up with technological developmentsStaffing to meet technical support at the hub and management requirements

  • The HubB. ILRIs role in facilitating access to the hub:Queue management to ensure orderly accessDevelopment and management of contractsInduction training to usersFacilitation of project implementation through provision of intellectual support in terms of mentors, coaches, supervisors, partnersB. Ensuring Biosafety and OHSC. Ensuring adherence to host-country agreement with Kenya

  • About BecA

    Where are we now?

  • Current Status (1)A. FacilitiesRefurbishments started early 2007B. Capacity building and projectsCompetitive Grants for Fellowships Competitive Grants for Research Projects Flagship projects for NodesTraditional CGIAR graduate fellowshipsNew funding opportunities being sought

  • Current Status (2)C. StaffingBecANet Director recruited late 2005BecA Platform Manager recruitment at advanced stageBecA Animal Research Support Scientist recruited April 2007BecA Plant Research Support Scientist advertised April 2007

  • Current Status (3)D. Grants for capacity building and projects (Jan 2007 to March 2009) - CAN$1.6m:Workshops & Group training: $200kCompetitive grantsSmall research grants: $330kFellowships: $340kWomen ScientistsSmall research grants: $212kFellowships: $347k Post-conflict countries: $212k

  • Current Status (4)Bulletin Updates on Refurbishments

  • Existing

  • Proposed

  • Phasing of refurbishments

  • Greenhouse Facilities (1)

  • Website:

  • Thank you!

View more