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State-of-physics report to strengthen African development

from SciDev.Net

African physicists are to receive regular reports mapping their accomplishments as well as the challenges they face in education and research, with the aim of addressing them and better harnessing the subject to achieve practical development goals. Professor Paul Woafo, vice-president of the African Physical Society (AfPS) will lead the report's development. The report will address the paucity of physics teachers for learners, as well as meager funds for research and development. But it will also endeavor to map the landscape in terms of basic science and applied research. Some, like Woafo, believe the aggregate portfolio should bend more to applied research in order to elicit greater funding from governments. In advance of the report the African Physical Society and its sister-society the African Astronomical Society will be launching in early 2013 a platform to highlight the research publications of their members as well as shared social networking tools for their members. more

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