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Bio scholars take expertise to Africa

Six African research experts in climate change and renewable energy have begun a month-long fellowship scheme in Edinburgh.

The Bioenergy and Climate Change programme, funded by the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission, will provide an intensive period of study for scientists from Ghana and Kenya.

Participants will return to Africa to initiate beneficial programmes related to biodiversity, sustainability, renewables and climate patterns.

African Institutes

The group consists of research scientists from Ghana’s Soil Research Institute, Kenya’s Agricultural and Forestry Research Institutes, and the African Centre for Technology Studies in Nairobi.

Intensive Course

Edinburgh’s leading experts in renewable energy and climate science will take the group on an intensive course focusing on climatic effects, carbon capture and bioenergy.

The group will visit the UK Biochar Research Centre at King’s Buildings and gain knowledge of research and biodiversity in farming at Scotland’s Rural University College (SRUC).

Further afield, the group will gain first-hand experience of Scotland’s world-leading bio management schemes at the Forestry Commission’s Loch Katrine watershed management site, Scottish Water’s Deerdykes anaerobic digestion plant, Whitelee Wind farm, and the David Livingston Centre in Blantyre.

The group will also participate in a climate discussion held in the Scottish Parliament.

The scheme, organised by the University’s School of Engineering, in collaboration with its Edinburgh Global Academy, has now entered its fourth year.

Over the years this programme has developed and inspired a number of senior professionals in Kenya and Ghana. Most of them are now in the forefront of work to ensure that poorer communities are more resilient to variations in climate – both through advances in the way biological resources are used, and also in developing the social organisation that supports those most affected.

Colin PritchardCourse Director

The Bioenergy and climate change programme will run from 8 September to 9 October.

The Commonwealth Professional Fellowship Scheme is funded by the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission.