Researchers in Wales and Africa are collaborating to create a more sustainable future

#SmallNationBigIdeas: Africa-Wales Research Collaborations Tackling Climate Change

On November the 6th 2022, world leaders will meet in Egypt for the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference – COP27. Dubbed by the organisers at the “Africa COP”, the host delegation hope to raise the profile on the world-stage of all African nations and their contributions towards tackling climate change

Collaboration is one of the four pillars of the vision and mission for COP27. And it’s one of the areas in which Welsh universities excel. An assessment of Welsh research published in 2021 found that more than 50% of Wales’s research output was through an international research collaboration.

In celebration, we have compiled a set of case studies highlighting sustainability and climate focussed research collaborations between Welsh and African universities. The case studies featured a wide range of research tackling issues as varied as developing drought-tolerant crops, capacity for sharing and using climate change information, and flexible solar panel technology.

These stories were sent to COP27 as well as featuring at Wales Climate Week 2022. We even worked on a small postcard that linked to the stories online and which was displayed at COP and several African embassy locations.

Click here to read all the fantastic examples of research collaborations between universities in Africa and Wales that are helping to create a more sustainable future for everybody.

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