Young Scientists and Youth Initiatives on Climate Change and Indigenous Knowledge Systems

29th and 30th November 2011
Howard Campus of University of KwaZulu-Natal
DURBAN, South Africa

The Indigenous Knowledge Centre at the North-West University (South Africa) in cooperation with the NRF/DST Chair on African Traditional Medicines (University of KwaZulu-Natal), the National IKS Office (Department of Science and Technology, South Africa), and The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, will be organizing round table discussions and Exhibition during COP 17 UN Conference in Durban (29-30 November 2011) on the Role of Indigenous Knowledge, Young Scientists and Youth  on Climate Change in Durban.

The venue will be at the University  of KwaZulu-Natal (Howard Campus). The focus will be on indigenous knowledge strategies on food security and health in climate change for vulnerable groups. The round table discussions are a continuation of the International Student Conference on Climate Change and IKS (CCIKS2011) which was held in Johannesburg,  South Africa (29-31 August, 2011).

The Objectives of the Round Table Discussions

  • To share with the international community the outcomes
    of the International Student Conference on Climate Change and Indigenous Knowledge
    Systems (IKS) held in Johannesburg (29-31 August 2011), especially the
    strategic framework for the establishment of continental forums on African
    Young Scientists and Youth Initiative on Climate Change  and IKS
  • To create a platform for Young Scientists, Youth and
    Indigenous Knowledge holders from within and outside Africa to share experiences
    and contribute to the programmatic initiatives of COP 17 UN Conference on
    Climate Change;
  • To provide an opportunity for young scientists and youth
    attending COP 17 UN Conference on Climate Change to build networks on promoting
    the role of IKS and youth in climate change.
  • To mainstream indigenous knowledge and climate change
    in the knowledge agenda of development agencies, academic and research institutions
    for sustainable livelihood and development.

Target Audience

  • Youth and Young Scientists interested in the role of Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Climate Change
  • Development Agencies
  • Academic and research institutions
  • Policy makers
  • Indigenous Knowledge holders and practitioners
  • Civic organisations

Venue: Howard Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban),

Program: To be announced

Contact and Registration: (Participation is free of charge)

Please register to secure a place due to limited space. Send the following information:

Full name, position, institution, contacts (phone, email and postal) as well as your areas of interest with the
subject “COP17IKS” to:; and copy to both:;;

Deadline: 25th November 2011 or until all 100 slots filled

Kindly bring along the confirmation email provided by us.

Please note: The organisers can not provide travel funding or other related funding

Organising Committee

Prof. Hassan O. Kaya, Co-ordinator, IKS Centre, North-West University, Mmabatho, South Africa, Tel: +27-18-3892294, email:,

Prof. Nceba Gqaleni, NRF/DST Chair on African Traditional Medicines (University of KwaZulu-Natal,
Durban, South Africa, Tel: +27-847270119, email:,

Ms. Anke Weisheit, Taskforce Leader, establishing the Institute of IKS, Mbarara, University
of Science and Technology, Mbarara, Uganda, Tel: +256-772-888096, email:

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