The Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL), its West African counterpart WASCAL and the Mittweida University will from now collaborate on a number of areas of interest. On Friday, 24 June 2022, SASSCAL, WASCAL and the Mittweida University, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), that will see the three parties work together on research, capacity building, and resource mobilization.

WASCAL Executive Director, Dr. Moumini Savadogo (left), SASSCAL Executive Director Dr. Jane Olwoch (center) and Vice-Rector Prof. Volker Tolkmitt, Mittweida University of Applied Sciences, sign the Memorandum of Understanding in Germany as officials look on

SASSCAL Executive Director, Dr. Jane Olwoch, WASCAL Executive Director, Dr. Moumini Savadogo and the Vice-Rector Prof. Tolkmitt of Mittweida University, signed the agreement, whose duration is unlimited unless terminated by the parties in writing.

In general, the MoU stipulates that the two science service centers and the university will promote staff and student exchange, support the publication and promotion of joint research projects; promote cooperation with other international scientific institutions, universities and donors; and also conduct meetings for them to be on par as far as developments within the institutions are concerned.

Since the three institutions will also work together on research related matters, the agreement covers facilitation of researcher exchange visits, collaboration on joint scientific calls, organization of workshops, seminars, and conferences on climate change, artificial intelligence, machine learning and also marine and blue economies.

On resource mobilization, the three parties will coordinate actions needed to mobilize funds to implement programmes and project activities as well as collaborate in facilitating mobilization of long- term funds.

SASSCAL Executive Director Dr. Jane Olwoch, Vice-Rector Prof. Volker Tolkmitt of University of Mittweida, WASCAL Executive Director, Dr. Moumini Savadogo and officials from the three institutions pictured after the signing ceremony in Germany

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