Schedule

The DS-I Africa Virtual Symposium Platform is a collection of networking tools and online events, which will be open from July through November 2020 with several online events and networking tools available to participants during that time frame. The Platform is free and open to anyone interested. Some online events and networking tools require registration.

Overview

Key Date Program
July 2020

Registration
Register for the DS-I Africa Virtual Forum for access to all the interactive components of the platform
 

Keynote Videos
Watch inspiring videos from leaders in health and data science

August 10, 2020 DS-I Africa Program Launch
Learn more about DS-I Africa funding opportunities and participate in live Q&A
August 11-12, 2020
August 17-19, 2020 
Cross-cutting Topics
Participate in panel discussions with experts on cross-cutting topics of importance to the initiative
August 13, 2020 Partnership and Innovation Marketplace
A virtual marketplace where participants can meet and interact with other participants in virtual breakout rooms.
August 20-21, 2020 FOA Office Hours
Open Q&A related to one of the four DS-I Africa funding opportunity announcements
September – October 2020 State of Data Science Series
A series of interactive discussions featuring deeper dives into a few relevant scientific topics on a weekly basis

Interactive Panel Discussions

NIH will host a series of online-only, interactive panel discussions beginning in August 2020 featuring information on the funding opportunity announcements, cross-cutting topics of importance to the initiative, and relevant scientific issues. 

DS-I Africa Program Launch

EDT - Eastern Daylight Time (New York, NY)
EAT - East Africa Time (Nairobi, Kenya)

Key Date Program

Mon Aug 10 
7:40- 9am EDT |
2:40- 4pm EAT     

                              

Video Screening

Optional screening of pre-recorded videos which will also be posted on the symposium website and Virtual Forum in advance. You may join at this time or view the videos at your convenience prior to the event.

Opening Keynote: The NIH Vision for Harnessing Data Science and Innovation for Health in Africa
Francis Collins, Director, NIH

Funding Opportunity Announcement Presentations

Overview - Laura Povlich, Program Officer, Fogarty International Center (FIC), NIH

Research Hubs - Brad Newsome, Program Officer, FIC, NIH

Research Training Program- Laura Povlich, Program Officer, Fogarty International Center (FIC), NIH

Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Research - Jay Churchill, Health Scientist Administrator, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), NIH

Open Data Science Platform & Coordinating Center - Tiffani Lash, Program Director of Division of Health Informatics Technologies (Informatics) at National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), NIH &
Ishwar Chandramouliswaran, Program Director of Office of Data Science and Emerging Technologies at National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIH

Mon Aug 10
9-11 am EDT |  4-6 pm EAT                    

Funding Opportunities Q&A Interactive Panel

During this session, participants will participate in an interactive Q&A panel featuring DS-I Africa program officers.

Panelists:

Laura Povlich, Program Officer, Fogarty International Center (FIC), NIH

Brad Newsome, Program Officer, FIC, NIH

Jay Churchill, Health Scientist Administrator, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), NIH

Tiffani Lash, Program Director of Division of Health Informatics Technologies (Informatics) at National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), NIH

Ishwar Chandramouliswaran, Program Director of Office of Data Science and Emerging Technologies at National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIH

Interactive Breakout Clinics

During this session, participants will choose to participate in one of the following breakout clinics sessions:

Success Stories: Case studies of successful grantees
Hear advice from researchers who have successfully applied for and received NIH funding.
Rajesh Vedanthan, Associate Professor, New York University Langone
Shivani Patel, Assistant Professor, Emory University
 
Live demo of application process
Watch a live demo of the electronic application process through the Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST) system.
Laurie Roman, Customer Service Manager for eSubmissions, ASSIST & CRIMS
electronic Research Administration, Office of Extramural Research, NIH
 
Grant management advice
Learn about the role of grant management specialist at NIH and hear advice regarding the policy and budget aspects of NIH applications.
Satabdi Raychowdhury, Grant Management Officer, Fogarty International Center, NIH
Mollie Shea, Grant Management Officer, Fogarty International Center, NIH
 
Top Tips from Peer Reviewers
Hear advice from researchers who have served as reviewers on peer review panels.
Venkat Narayan, Professor, Emory University
 
Making the Most of the Symposium
Learn about how to navigate and optimize your participation in the Symposium platform.
Maggie Dugan, Knowinnovation

Cross-Cutting Topics

WEEK 1

Key Date Program

Tues Aug 11
7:30 am EDT |
2:30 pm EAT                               

Video Screening
Optional screening of pre-recorded videos which will also be posted on the symposium website and Virtual Forum in advance. You may join at this time or view the videos at your convenience prior to the event.

Keynote Videos

Tues Aug 11
9-11 am EDT | 4-6 pm EAT                

KEYNOTE PANEL
Data Science Partnerships: Going Beyond Academia for Health Impact

Moderator:

Patricia Brennan, Director, National Library of Medicine, NIH

Panelists:

Brian Gitta, CEO and Co-Founder, Matibabu and Think IT

Catherine Kyobutungi, Executive Director, African Population and Health Research Center

Julie Makani, Associate Professor in the Department of Haematology and Blood Transfusion, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences

Beatrice Murage, Senior Scientist, Philips

David Moinina Sengeh, Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education and Chief Innovation Officer; Government of Sierra Leone 

Aisha Walcott-Bryant, Research Manager at IBM Research Africa

Wed Aug 12
7:30 am EDT | 2:20 pm EAT

Video Screening
Optional screening of pre-recorded videos which will also be posted on the symposium website and Virtual Forum in advance. You may join at this time or view the videos at your convenience prior to the event.

Wed Aug 12
9-11 am EDT | 4-6 pm EAT

Harnessing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Data Science for Health

Introduction: 
Bruce Tromberg, Director, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, NIH (by video)

Moderator: 
Roger Glass, Director, Fogarty International Center, NIH

Panelists
Gregory Gamula, Dean of Engineering, University of Malawi, The Polytechnic

Andrea (Andi) Gobin, Director of Invention Education & Lecturer, Rice 360 Institute for Global Health, Rice University

Robert Karanja, CEO, Villgro Kenya

Fadhili Chacha Marwa, CEO, Enzi Health

Theresa Mkandawire, Associate Professor, University of Malawi, The Polytechnic

Elioda Tumwesigye, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Government of Uganda

Thurs Aug 13
8-11 am EDT | 3-6 pm EAT

Partnership and Innovation Marketplace 
A virtual marketplace where participants can meet and interact with other participants in virtual breakout rooms – additional details are coming soon

 

WEEK 2

Key Date Program

Mon Aug 17
7:30 am EDT |
2:30 pm EAT                               

Video Screening
Optional screening of pre-recorded videos which will also be posted on the symposium website and Virtual Forum in advance. You may join at this time or view the videos at your convenience prior to the event.

Mon Aug 17
9-11 am EDT | 4-6 pm EAT                

Training the Next Generation of Leaders in Data Science and Health Innovation 

Moderator:

Martin Were, Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University; Founding Director, Institute of Biomedical Informatics, Moi University, Kenya

Panelists:

Mahadia Tunga, Co-founder and Director of Capacity Development, Tanzania dLab

Ignace Kabano, Head of Training, African Center of Excellence in Data Science, University of Rwanda

Amel Ghoulia, Institut Pasteur de Tunis; H3ABioNet

Jeremie Zoueu, National Polytechnic Institute, Côte d’Ivoire; African Spectral Imaging Network (AFSIN)

Tues Aug 18
7:30 am EDT | 2:30 pm EAT

Video Screening
Optional screening of pre-recorded videos which will also be posted on the symposium website and Virtual Forum in advance. You may join at this time or view the videos at your convenience prior to the event.

Tues Aug 18
9-11 am EDT | 4-6 pm EAT

Ethical, Legal, & Social Implications (ELSI) of Data Science Research: What it isn’t, Why You Should Care, & the Importance of Integrating an ELSI Framework into Research

Introduction:

Joshua Gordon, Director, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH

Moderator:

Pamela Andanda, Professor of Law, University of Witwatersrand

Panelists:

Clement Adebamowo, Professor, University of Maryland Medical School

Josephine Agyeman-Duah, Doctoral Researcher, University of Oxford

Rosemary Musesengwa, Senior Researcher, University of Oxford

Wed Aug 19
7:30 am EDT | 3:30 pm EAT

Video Screening
Optional screening of pre-recorded videos which will also be posted on the symposium website and Virtual Forum in advance. You may join at this time or view the videos at your convenience prior to the event.
 
Wed Aug 19
9-11 am EDT | 4-6 pm EAT

Data Ecosystems and Gateways to Foster Research Community Networks Across Africa  

Moderator:

Katherine Lawrence, Research Area Specialist Lead and Research Investigator, University of Michigan 

Panelists: 

Nicola Mulder, Professor and head of the Computational Biology, University of Cape Town; PI of H3ABioNet

Benedict Paten, Associate Professor, Biomolecular Engineering, UCSC

Geoffrey Siwo, Research Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame

Russ Taylor, Professor of Astronomy, University of Cape Town

Susan Veldsman, Director, Scholarly Publishing Unit, Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
 

Thurs Aug 20
8-9 am EDT |
3-4 pm EAT


FOA Office Hours: Research Hubs
Open Q&A related to one of the four DS-I Africa funding opportunity announcements

Thurs Aug 20
9-10 am EDT | 4-5 pm EAT

FOA Office Hours: Research Training Program
Open Q&A related to one of the four DS-I Africa funding opportunity announcements
 
Fri Aug 21
8-9 am EDT |
3-4 pm EAT

FOA Office Hours: Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Research
Open Q&A related to one of the four DS-I Africa funding opportunity announcements
 
Fri Aug 21
9-10 am EDT | 4-5 pm EAT

FOA Office Hours: Open Data Science Platform and Coordinating Center
Open Q&A related to one of the four DS-I Africa funding opportunity announcements
 

State of Data Science Series

The DS-I Africa State of Data Science Series is a collection of online, interactive panel discussions that will take place on a weekly basis in September and October 2020. These panels will feature deeper dives into a few relevant scientific topics.

Tentative Schedule:

Date Session Title
Tues Sep 15 Biomedical Imaging: Acquisition and Analysis
Wed Sep 23 Leveraging Data Science Approaches to Address Environmental Health Challenges in Africa
Wed Sep 30 Biomedical Informatics and Data Sciences in Africa
Wed Oct 7 Maternal and Child Health
Tues Oct 13 Infectious Diseases
Wed Oct 14 COVID-19
Wed Oct 21 Innovations in Health Metrics Sciences: Measuring, Mapping, and Monitoring Morbidity and Mortality at the Regional, National, and Local Levels in Africa

 

This page last reviewed on August 10, 2020