The Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP), now in its ninth year, is how we got our start designing and facilitating innovative leadership workshops in Africa. In this year-long fellowship program, early-career researchers are given the opportunity to reflect, discuss, design and co-create initiatives to explore the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary leadership that is required for the next generation of African scientists. This program has spawned several local and regional science leadership programs, facilitated by the scientists we’ve trained.
The success of the ASLP let to a similar program, the ASEAN-SLP, bringing the creative, collaborative lens on leadership to young researchers in Southeast Asia. That led to an APEC-SLP. And in 2022, we helped to launch the LAC-SLP, bringing this collaborative skill building workshop to Latin America and the Caribbean.
We’ve supported the Global Young Academy with a number of interactive leadership workshops at global and regional conferences, as well as facilitating workshops about the Syrian refugee crisis and about science policy advice.
We’ve also worked with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to facilitate networking workshops for women in science and technology in the Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Mozambique.
Our program is designed to help early- and mid-career leaders explore and discover how to best to collaborate between and across disciplines, and to bring an inclusive, creative, collaborative, collective leadership approach to young researchers as they reflect on and develop their own leadership style.