Durban-based SANTHE Supervisors, Veron Ramsuran, from the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP), University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), and Lenine Liebenberg, from the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), were two of 21 African scientists drawn from across the continent who gathered in Naivasha, Kenya, from 4 to 5 April, to celebrate the start of their 2-year FLAIR research fellowships. FLAIR (Future Leaders – African Independent Research) is a programme of The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and Royal Society, with support from the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). It is designed to help talented early-career researchers, whose science is focused on the needs of the continent, establish independent careers in African institutions and ultimately, their own research groups. Up to 30 FLAIR fellowships will be awarded in 2019.
The 2019 FLAIR funded scientists were selected from a competitive pool of more than 700 applicants. Their research is diverse, ranging from providing renewable energy solutions and addressing climate change, to tackling food security and targeting health and environmental problems that are most acute for people living in African countries.