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THE MATERIAL WORLD
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Thursday 16:30-17:00
Quentin Cooper reports on developments across the sciences. Each week scientists describe their work, conveying the excitement they feel for their research projects.
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Thursday 7 July 2005
The SALT observatory, South Africa
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African Science Special

To coincide with this week's G8 conference, Material World dedicates an entire programme to the state of science in Africa.

In 2003, the African Union's plan of action stated that 1% of GDP should be spent on science research. But so far, the only country to achieve this goal is South Africa.

What kind of science is carried out inside Africa and what role can it play in eradicating poverty?

Can science and technology provide solutions to the continent's problems, or is it an unaffordable luxury?

Joining Quentin Cooper to answer these questions will be:
  • Prof Calestous Juma - Co-ordinator of the UN Millennium Project Task Force on Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Dr John Mugabe - Science Advisor to the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
  • Prof Judi Wakhungu - Executive Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Prof Geoff Oldham - Chairman of SciDevNet, the UK's Science and Development Network
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