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CSRS's academic start

Private funding of public research at the center of the CSRS's solemn 2021 start of the academic year

Published on Friday 5 March 2021 | AIP

Songon- The Swiss Center for Scientific Research (CSRS) in Côte d'Ivoire made its solemn re-entry with a semi-presential panel led by experts who exchanged views on the theme "Collaboration between public research and the private sector: assets and opportunities for transformational research in sub-Saharan Africa".
According to the CSRS managing Director, Prof. Inza Koné, this solemn re-entry is an opportunity to boost research partnerships and collaborations between the CSRS and national and international institutions. He specified that the results of the exchanges during this activity will feed into the reflections within the CSRS research groups on the direction to be given to the relevant research questions to be developed during the year.
"Resources are becoming increasingly scarce and competition is increasingly tough. And for the research centres to touch the real realities of society, partnership with the private sector is increasingly necessary," explained Prof. Koné on Thursday, March 4, 2021.
The panel was moderated by three personalities. These include the coordinator of the Competitive Fund for Sustainable Agricultural Innovation, Herman Brouzro, the head of the Research and Development Programme for Affordable Nutrition of Nestlé, Dr. Céline Worth and the chairman of the Joint Committee of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research - private sector of Côte d'Ivoire, Theodore Hoegah.
Long before the panel, an introductory lecture was given by video-conference by the President of the Swiss Academies of Sciences, Prof. Marcel Tanner, on the theme "Why Switzerland owes the outstanding performance of its scientific research to collaboration with the private sector".

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