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Virtual Symposium


In coordination with the launch of the NIH Common Fund’s Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa) program, NIH hosted an online-only, Virtual Symposium Platform in Summer 2020 that was free, open to anyone interested, and interactive. 

The goals of the Platform were to:

  1. Publicize the NIH funding opportunities and communicate key priorities of the DS-I Africa program.
  2. Engage participants in robust scientific sessions that examine the state of data science across Africa.
  3. Encourage networking across disciplines, sectors, and geographies.

Online Events and Networking Tools

The DS-I Africa Virtual Symposium Platform was a collection of networking tools and online events. The Virtual Symposium Platform was open from July through November 2020 with several online events and networking tools available to participants during that time frame. Recording of past events are archived and available on this website:

Click on the image below to view the DS-I Africa Virtual Symposium Platform timeline. A schedule of events with links to archived videos is also available on the DS-I Africa Virtual Symposium Platform Schedule page.

Additional Information

Please note that the Virtual Symposium Platform replaced the previously announced Symposium in Kampala, Uganda in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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This page last reviewed on March 26, 2024