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African Livestock research featured at Edinburgh University General Council meeting

Easter Bush livestock researchers highlight range of animal health productivity projects

by Vanessa Meadu

Over 40 research projects focused on African livestock were shared at the recent University of Edinburgh General Council meeting, showcasing a range of animal health and food security initiatives based largely at Easter Bush campus. The exhibit, coordinated by Supporting Evidence Based Interventions (SEBI), was one of several displays demonstrating the range of the University's engagement in Africa.

An interactive map displayed projects from colleagues at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and the Roslin Institute, including the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH), the Epidemiology, Economics and Risk Assessment group (EERA), Supporting Evidence Based Interventions (SEBI) and the Global Academy for Food Security.  

Interactive map of Easter Bush African Livestock Projects
Interactive map of Easter Bush African Livestock Projects

“We hope that the map of African livestock research projects will help the Easter Bush community make new connections, enable better collaboration, and eventually improve research impact,” said SEBI Program Director Andy Peters.

The General Council consists of alumni and senior staff and was established in the 19th century to comment on matters affecting the wellbeing and prosperity of the University.  The theme of the event on 15 June 2019 was "The University of Edinburgh and Africa: Past, Present and Future."

The event allowed SEBI staff to meet and interact with other African initiatives including the Centre for African Studies, TIBA – Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa, the Global Justice Academy and the Mastercard Scholarship programme; as well as learning about several student research projects in sub Saharan Africa

If you are an Edinburgh-based livestock researcher working in Africa and would like your project to be included on the map, please get in touch: sebi@ed.ac.uk.

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