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Interview with Open AIR’s Desmond Oriakhogba

Desmond is a lawyer, and lecturer in law at the University of Benin, Nigeria. He recently completed his PhD research (awaiting examination) in the Department of Commercial Law, University of Cape Town, South Africa (UCT), where he explored the interface between copyright and competition law in relation to the regulation of collecting societies in Nigeria … Continue reading Interview with Open AIR’s Desmond Oriakhogba


IP Implications for Food Security in Africa

Cross-posted from U of S Plant Phenotyping and Imaging Research Centre By Uchenna Ugwu  Can you tell me a bit about yourself? I am a PhD student at the University of Ottawa. I received my Masters in Public International Law in England at the University of Leicester. I currently focus on international intellectual property law … Continue reading IP Implications for Food Security in Africa


DIY Biology in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges for Open Science

Authored by: Vipal Jain and Jeremy de Beer Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Biology, also known as biohacking, puts innovation into the hands of the citizens and provides an opportunity for developing countries, particularly African countries, to tap into science and technology. The DIY biology movement is transforming the future of science and technology – it promotes more … Continue reading DIY Biology in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges for Open Science


Historic Gathering of Africa’s Open Science Hardware (OSH) Innovators – the AfricaOSH Summit, Kumasi, Ghana

By Chris Armstrong  Open AIR was privileged to be a supporting partner of the inaugural AfricaOSH Summit, held 13-15 April 2018 at the Kumasi Hive innovation hub in Ghana’s second city – and home of the Ashanti people – Kumasi. The global open science hardware (OSH) movement has built significant momentum in recent years, notably … Continue reading Historic Gathering of Africa’s Open Science Hardware (OSH) Innovators – the AfricaOSH Summit, Kumasi, Ghana


Open AIR NERGs successfully defend PhD theses

This fall, two Open AIR New and Emerging Researchers Uchenna Ugwu and Sileshi Hirko successfully defended their PhD theses at the University of Ottawa. Food Security and IP in West Africa Uchenna Ugwu’s thesis on leveraging the multilateral patent regime to advance food security, states that social access, as well as economic and physical access, … Continue reading Open AIR NERGs successfully defend PhD theses


Meet Open AIR’s New and Emerging Researchers Group (NERG)

Under the masterful guidance of our North African hub leader, Nagla Rizk, six NERGs are currently engaged in research spanning North Africa. Our AUC hub is the lead on research into economics, innovation, and metrics (among other topics). Nagla has been with Open AIR since its evolution from the ACA2K (Africa Copyright Access to Knowledge) group in 2011 and is now looking in depth into the issue of how to measure innovation in a manner that accurately reflects what is happening on the ground in most, if not all, of the African continent.


Open AIR NERG Attends WIPO-WTO Colloquium

Just last month, I had the opportunity to participate in the 13th WIPO-WTO Colloquium for Teachers of Intellectual Property held at World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland from 13 to 24 June, 2016. I am beyond thankful for this scholarship and enjoyed an intense two week programme, covering eighteen substantive topics touching on all areas of intellectual property (IP) law. There were thirty-nine experts from WIPO, WTO, WHO, UNFCCC, UPOV, NGOs ,and industry who took part in the Colloquium as speakers and I was among twenty-six participants selected from approximately 160 applicants from developing countries around the world.