AuthorAID team and partners meet for project meeting in Tanzania
The annual meeting of INASP’s AuthorAID project will take place from 12-15 December 2016 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The meeting will be attended by AuthorAID project team members, associates and African partners that are embedding AuthorAID research-writing training into their institutions. The meeting will be hosted by the Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute (TAFIRI).
“It is the first time we are bringing our partners from Ghana and Tanzania together for a partners’ meeting; we are really looking forward to discussing their experiences so far of embedding our courses into their institutions and brainstorming plans for the future,” says Jennifer Chapin, Programme Manager for Research and Communication at INASP.
“On the first two days of the meeting, we will welcome embedding partners, Tanzania Muhumbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Open University of Tanzania (OUT), St. John’s University of Tanzania (SJUT), University of Dodoma (UDOM) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in addition to representatives from TAFIRI’s other campuses,” adds Jennifer.
The first session of the project meeting will provide an update on INASP and AuthorAID activities. This will be followed by poster presentations from partners about their embedding work and group work that will explore key learning and opportunities for collaboration between the institutions.
The meeting will also discuss findings from a recent report that INASP conducted into the sustainability of the activities within the Strengthening Research and Knowledge Systems (SRKS) programme. The report explored the extent to which the AuthorAID activities had managed to support the embedding of the research writing courses in the institutions, and the factors influencing the sustainability of this work. The partners will discuss some of the lessons learned and challenges they face in ensuring they can run the courses in the longer term.
The last session will focus on discussions about the AuthorAID website, updating the participants on recent improvements to the site and opening the floor for discussion about how the website could better meet the needs of partners.
The second day will focus on online learning in the morning, with an overview of the survey results of the recent AuthorAID open online course, and presentations from partners about their experiences of running their own online courses. Participants will discuss the challenges and opportunities of embedding online learning within their institutions.
The next sessions will focus on developing writing clubs and mentoring programmes to supplement research writing training. In the afternoon INASP’s recently published Gender Mainstreaming in Higher Education Toolkit will be introduced, followed by discussions on the opportunities and/or barriers to introducing the toolkit in higher education institutions. The final sessions of the second day will cover discussions on the future of AuthorAID for embedding institutions and strengthening communications work.
The final two days of the meeting will be spent with the AuthorAID project team and associates, discussing plans for the next year.
To see some of the discussions from the meeting, follow #AuthorAID2016 on Twitter.
AuthorAID is a free international research community based at INASP and supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). AuthorAID helps researchers in developing countries to publish and otherwise communicate their work. It also serves as a wider global forum to discuss and disseminate research.