UK-Kenya Food Security Workshop

Posted by lcb14 at Aug 02, 2017 03:35 PM |
Call for participants to workshop on: Strengthening Food Security through Integrated Earth Observations & Ecological Assessments of Ecosystem Services in Kenya, 26-30 November, 2017.

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About the workshop

Under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund, the British Council, together with Universities of Leicester and University of Nairobi, will be holding a workshop on Strengthening Food Security through Integrated Earth Observations & Ecological Assessments of Ecosystem Services in Kenya in Nairobi.

The workshop is being coordinated by Prof Heiko Balzter, University of Leicester (UK) and Dr Faith Karanja, University of Nairobi (Kenya), and will have contributions from other leading researchers.

UK coordinator:
Professor Heiko Balzter, Director, Centre of Landscape & Climate Research, University of Leicester, United Kingdom
Partner Country coordinator: Dr Faith Karanja, Senior Lecturer, University of Nairobi, Kenya
Discipline: Environment, Agriculture and Food Sciences
Dates and venue: 26 - 30 November 2017, Nairobi, Kenya.

Application and deadline

We are now inviting Early Career Researchers from the UK and Kenya to apply to attend this workshop. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Newton Researcher Links programme.

The application form should be sent to:, before the deadline of 1st September, 2017In case of questions, contact Dr John Atibila (Workshop Organiser) on

All applicants will be informed about the outcome of their applications by 15th September 2017. Selected participants will be sent details about travel, accommodation and other information about the conference by 30th September, 2017.


The programme, ‘British Council Researcher Links’ provides opportunities for early career researchers from the UK and internationally to interact, learn from each other and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations.

As part of this programme, we are now recruiting early career researchers to participate in the above workshop.

The British Council, with Universities of Leicester and University of Nairobi will cover the costs related to the participation to the workshop, including: travel (both international and local), accommodation and meals. Costs for the visa will be covered; however participants will be responsible for making all the necessary arrangements. Although this cost will not be covered by the British Council, participants are encouraged to purchase an adequate travel and medical insurance. The British Council accepts no responsibility for any problems which may occur when the participants are in-country.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications must be submitted using the Researcher Links application form.
  • Application must be submitted before the above deadline.
  • Participants must be Early Career Researchers: Early Career Researchers are defined as holding a PhD (or having equivalent research experience and having up to 10 years post-PhD research experience. They are equivalent to the ‘Recognised Researcher’ and sometimes ‘Experienced Researcher’ categories in the EU framework for researchers’ careers.
  • Participants must have a research or academic position (a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship etc) at a recognised research institution either in the UK or in Kenya.
  • We will consider up to six (six) sponsored participants from industry, government of civil society sectors.
  • Please note that participants are expected to attend all sessions of the workshop.
  • If you have questions, you can contact Dr John Atibila (Workshop Organiser) on

Quality Assessment

  • Experience and relevance of the applicant’s research area to the workshop.
  • Motivation and contribution to the aims of the workshop.
  • Description of the long term impact expected through the participation in the workshop.
  • Ability to disseminate workshop’s outcomes.

Selection Procedure

  • Eligibility check
  • Quality assessment

Notification of results

Applicants will be notified by email 2 months prior to the workshop.

Equal Opportunities

Equal opportunities and diversity are at the heart of the British Council’s cultural relations ambitions. While recognising that some research fields are dominated by one particular gender, co-ordinators are encouraged to work towards an equal gender balance, promote diversity. They must not exclude applicants on the basis of ethnicity, gender, religious belief, sexual orientation, or disability. Participants’ selection undertaken by workshop organisers must not contravene this policy. Extra support to enable participation of Early Career Researchers with special needs will be given.


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