The 3-day interactive meeting will be composed on five key engagements:

Networking and peer-learning sessions to allow for sharing of experiences amongst the ECRs.

Experiential learning exercises to support fellows in the development of a thematic team-based problem-focused research proposal related to one of four thematic grand challenges (sustainable food systems and nutrition; climate change and ecological biodiversity; public health; social well-being and improved quality of life).

Teams will be guided by a senior mentor through the process of conceptualizing the problem until a proposal is produced on the final day of the meeting. Each group will have an opportunity to present their proposal and the top proposals will be part of a roundtable discussion with external stakeholders including policy makers and potential funders.

Capacity development training sessions to provide skills in grant management, mentorship and student supervision, research communication and policy engagement. Expert consultants in the three skills developmental areas will be engaged to work with the ECRs over the three-day meeting.

Poster exhibit session to support science communication.

Roundtable discussion with policy makers and other relevant stakeholders to support the co-creation of knowledge that can influence policies and decision making.

The detailed AECRM Programme will be available shortly.

For any queries regarding AECRM please contact Dr Farai Kapfudzaruwa on [email protected]

- Author Dr Melody Mentz-Coetzee
Published by Kirsty Nepomuceno

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