Science Initiative Group

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The Science Initiative Group (SIG) is an international team of scientific leaders and supporters dedicated to fostering science in developing countries.[1] SIG was formed to facilitate the Millennium Science Initiative (MSI).[2]

As of 2013, SIG's major project is the Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE).[3] RISE prepares PhD and MSc-level scientists and engineers in sub-Saharan Africa through university-based research and training networks in selected disciplines. Its primary emphases are on training new faculty to teach in African universities and on upgrading the qualifications of current faculty.[4][5] Currently, 5 RISE networks are supported:

AMSEN, the African Materials Science and Engineering Network[6] involving: University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; University of Nairobi, Kenya; University of Namibia; Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria; University of Botswana

RISE-AFNNET, the African Natural Products Network[7] involving: Makerere University, Uganda; University of Nairobi, Kenya; Sokoine University, Tanzania

SABINA, the Southern African Biochemistry and Informatics Network[8] involving: University of Malawi; University of Namibia; University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; University of Pretoria, South Africa; University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research), South Africa; Tea Research Foundation of Central Africa, Malawi

SSAWRN, the sub-Saharan Africa Water Resources Network[9] including: Rhodes University, South Africa; Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique; University of Botswana; Makerere University, Uganda

WIO-RISE, the Western Indian Ocean Regional Initiative[10] including: Institute of Marine Sciences,[11] University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; School of Marine & Coastal Sciences,[12] Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique; Oceanography Department,[13] University of Cape Town, South Africa

SIG is governed by a six member board consisting of three scientists from developing countries, two leading US scientists and an entrepreneur.[14] SIG is administered by a small staff based at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.[15] Its executive director is Arlen Hastings,[16] who co-founded SIG in 1998 with board members Griffiths, Hexner, Kim, Palis and Rao.

SIG's work is supported by grants from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York.

SIG Board Members[edit]

Emeritus SIG Board Members[edit]


  1. ^ "Science Initiative Group | SIG". Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  2. ^ "Millennium Science Initiative | SIG". 2005-06-27. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  3. ^ "RISE: Regional Initiative in Science and Education | SIG". Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "AAS". African Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  6. ^ "AMSEN: African Materials Science and Engineering Network | SIG". doi:10.1016/j.scient.2012.06.001. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  7. ^ "RISE-AFNNET: African Natural Products Network | SIG". Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  8. ^ "SABINA: Southern African Biochemistry and Informatics for Natural Products Network | SIG". Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  9. ^ "SSAWRN: Sub-Saharan Africa Water Resources Network | SIG". doi:10.2989/16085914.2012.670613. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  10. ^ "WIO-RISE: Western Indian Ocean Regional Initiative | SIG". Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  11. ^ IMS Director. "institute of marine sciences IMS, taasisi ya sayansi za bahari". University of Dar es Salaam. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  12. ^ "UEM - Escola Superior de Ciencias Costeiras e Marinhas". Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  13. ^ "The UCT Department of Oceanography". Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  14. ^ "SIG Board | SIG". Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  15. ^ "Special Programs & Outreach | Institute for Advanced Study". Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  16. ^ "Staff | SIG". Retrieved 2013-11-30. 

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