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IOP meets with Kenyan delegation about Africa-UK Physics Partnership

8 June 2022

The IOP met this week with a delegation from the Kenyan government, High Commission and vice-chancellors of science and technology universities in Kenya, to talk about the Africa-UK Physics Partnership bid for funding.


From discussions that we started three years ago with the UK government, it was a pleasure to greet earlier this week a delegation from the Kenyan government, High Commission and vice-chancellors of science and technology universities in Kenya to talk about the Africa-UK Physics Partnership's £20 million multi year bid for funding.

The Institute of Physics has led on developing the bid into the UK government, using our research and international expertise and working in collaboration with many partners in the UK. These include the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Royal Academy of Engineering, and partners in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Rwanda and Uganda. We are grateful to the Kenyan delegation for their support in taking key messages back to their government and universities. 
 
The bid focuses on the vital importance of physics research in weather, climate change and sustainable energy and will strengthen the work of early career researchers by building capacity, including through networks and collaborations, and promoting equitable partnerships and gender inclusivity.    
 
We hope that funds can be released for project proposals in 2023.

Kenyan delegation with IOP staff