In March 2019 the International Veterinary Vaccinology Network (IVVN), a partnership between The Roslin Institute and The Pirbright Institute, launched the African Schools Outreach Programme with the delivery of a two-day training session at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Kenya.
The IVVN, which is Co-Chaired by Pirbright’s Director Dr Bryan Charleston, is an international network of over 950 members that establishes multi-partnered collaborations to bring together the diverse skills needed to accelerate the development of vaccines for devastating diseases of livestock.
Launched under that banner the IVVN African Schools Outreach Programme is a collaborative initiative between the IVVN, University of Edinburgh, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), University of Ibadan, University of Zambia, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), and the African Vaccinology Network (AfVANET). The aim of the programme is to inspire the next generation of women scientists in Africa by providing those working in veterinary vaccinology across Africa with the training and resources to host schools outreach workshops in their own countries.
The trip to Kenya is the first activity conducted as part of the programme and was designed to provide training for the women scientists who will be delivering the programme in schools across Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia and to pilot the outreach activity.
You can find out more about this successful trip by watching the video below or visiting the news article on the IVVN website. You can also follow @IntVetVaccNet on Twitter for more updates on the programme.