The annual meeting of the ARS AfricaE project took place from the 4th until the 6th of December at the University of Venda in Limpopo, South Africa. This was also the final concluding meeting of the ARS AfricaE project, with the main programme of the first day comprising final reports and project wrap-up from the South African and German project partners. Following the scientific presentations, we focused on planning a follow-up project based on the achievements of ARS AfricaE and novel ideas and collaborations.
We were especially pleased to welcome several students and staff from the University of Venda to attend the meeting. As an important outcome, new collaborations and training opportunities were discussed.
This year’s meeting also included a visit to the Vuwani Science Resource Centre, where we were shown the impressive scientific programme of the centre by Sampie Mathebe.
A demonstration at the eddy covariance tower of the Vuwani site was also part of the programme.
Finally, ARS AfricaE was also represented at the Science Forum South Africa on the 7th-8th December at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Convention Centre in Pretoria. The forum creates a platform of exchange between science and society, and offered a lot of interesting ideas and collaboration opportunities for the follow-up project of ARS AfricaE.