The International Council for Science (ICSU) is holding its 29th general assembly in Maputo in October. This will be the first time that the international research and advisory body holds its general assembly in sub-Saharan Africa.

In a preliminary planning meeting held in the Mozambican capital in early July members of the local science community explored ways of tapping the knowledge and experience of members of the African diaspora for the purposes of scientific exchange. To this end Manuel Chenene of the Scientific Research Association of Mozambique said a consulting company had been contracted to create a data base of academics and scientists in the diaspora who are willing to enter into dialogue with their colleagues in Africa.

Founded in 1931 to promote international scientific activity and its application for the benefit of humanity, over the years ISCU has helped address a number of global issues through the creation of interdisciplinary bodies and joint initiatives in partnership with other international, regional and local organisations.

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