During the workshop participants were encouraged to discuss potential projects with people from across disciplines. These projects were “pitched” to the rest of the participants who were able to interrogate them and choose projects to work on during “hack sessions”. At the end of the meeting final projects were presented and representatives from ISC and OAD chose the best project which will be awarded some seed funding to start implementation.
The winning project was a proposed multi-disciplinary honours level course on “Science for Development”, aimed at engaging science students in an understanding of the bigger picture of development, familiarity with development concepts and practices, and an ability to translate their science skills into a broader sustainable development context. The course would be presented at Honours level, at the University of the Western Cape, and the project is led by Assoc. Prof. Carolina Odman of the Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy, based at that university.
She has put together a concept note which you can find at this link, and has extended an invitation to anyone interested in collaborating on this project to get in touch with her (contact details on the concept note).