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Commonwealth Science Conference 2021

February 23, 2021 - February 24, 2021

Join us at the Commonwealth Science Conference 2021. ARIN Convener Dr.Joanes Atela will be chairing and discussing in a panel on the following two conference sessions scheduled for 23rd, 10.00-11.00 UTC and 24th February 2021 17.00-18.00 UTC

  • Day 1: Developing and strengthening networks of early career researchers (ECRs) to address global development challenges
  • Day 2: Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

About the conference

Co-organised by the Royal Society and the African Academy of Sciences, and funded by the , the Commonwealth Science Conference 2021 will take place virtually from 22-26 February 2021.

The conference will bring together outstanding early career researchers and leading scientists from across the Commonwealth to facilitate joint work on addressing global development challenges, to encourage scientific capacity strengthening in Commonwealth countries; and to influence the Commonwealth policy agenda.

This is the third Commonwealth Science Conference, with previous conferences having taken place in  and in .


Under the overall theme of ‘Science for a resilient future’, the programme will include a wide range of perspectives from scientists from across the Commonwealth on the following sub-themes:

  • Developing resilient energy systems – decarbonising energy consumption, mitigating climate change, and moving towards a circular economy
  • Nurturing resilient ecosystems – maintaining and strengthening biodiversity, sustainable stewardship of the oceans, and adapting to a changing climate
  • Building resilient societal systems – adapting to a changing climate, moving towards a circular economy, and addressing the health impacts of covid-19

Please send any enquiries to

Day 1: Developing and strengthening networks of early career researchers (ECRs) to address global development challenges session.

Session Chair

Dr. Chai Lay Ching – Chair, Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia


Dr. Lucy Stewart, Co-Chair, Royal Society Te Apārangi ECR Forum


Dr. Karly Kehoe, President – College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, Royal Society of Canada


Dr. Joanes Atela, Convener, Africa Research & Impact Network, Kenya


Dr. Stuart Minchin, Director General, Pacific Community

Day 2: Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Session

Session Chair

Dr Joanes Atela, Convener- Africa Research and Impact Network, Kenya


Dr Felix Kalaba, Associate Professor of Environment and Development, Copperbelt University, Zambia


Dr Chandni Singh, Researcher, Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), India


Dr Graham McDowell, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow / Project Leader, Canadian Mountain Assessment, University of Zurich / University of Calgary, Canada


Dr Rose-Ann Smith, Lecturer, University of the West Indies, Jamaica


February 23, 2021
February 24, 2021
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