Yesterday, the UK’s Deputy High Commissioner to Kenya, Susie Kitchens, opened a workshop on renewable energy which brought together experts and academics from the Royal Society, UK and East Africa to discuss tackling climate change through the British Science and Innovation Network.
Speaking at the event, Ms Kitchens said: “The UK is a strong believer in the international nature of research and will continue to encourage other countries world over to collaborate on global issues such as tackling climate change and hunger.
“UK-funded research has saved and changed lives of millions of people across the developing world,” she added.
The UK’s Science and innovation footprint in Kenya is considerable and growing, with an array of partnerships between academics and researchers, both at individual and institutional level.
“The UK is home to world-class science and research founded on international collaboration.” – Susie Kitchens
Kenya is the fifth most successful country in the 7th Framework programme (FP7) both in terms of numbers of participations in projects and in terms of total EU contribution between 2007 -2013 and is now participating in Horizon 2020.
The main bilateral Science and Industry programme is the UK/Kenya Newton Fund, launched in July 2016. Activities are focusing on food security, sustainable and renewable energy, health, manufacturing for SMEs, environment and climate change and cross cutting issues to include: capacity building, big data, innovation and entrepreneurship.