Beyond Good Intentions – The RFI at SFSA 2017 – Pretoria, South Africa

On December 8, 2017, a session on the RFI was held at Science Forum South Africa, at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria. The session included panelists from Sefako Makgatho Health Science University (SMU) – Beverley Summers, Research Councils UK (RCUK) – Stuart Taberner, the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS) – Sheila Mburu, Basel University – Edwin Constable, and the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) – Carel IJsselmuiden. The session was moderated by Linda Nordling (Research Africa).

Panelists for the session on the RFI at SFSA. From left: Ed Constable, Carel IJsselmuiden, Sheila Mburu, Stuart Taberner, Beverley Summers.

Panelists for the session on the RFI at SFSA. From left: Ed Constable, Carel IJsselmuiden, Sheila Mburu, Stuart Taberner, Beverley Summers.

The RFI was introduced and its application for various institutions was discussed in presentations by the various panelists. Following this, the floor was opened for questions from the audience.  The idea of the RFI was well received and a great deal of interest was shown in the initiative.