San Knowledge and Innovation, Kimberley, South Africa

From 19 – 20 March 2014 a workshop, “San Knowledge and Innovation”, involving a highly marginalised community (the SAN) has taken place in Kimberley, South Africa, in order to provide the ProGReSS network with direct information from an end-user organisation and to complement WP4 outreach activity.

The event was co-sponsored by the South African Department for Science & Technology (DST). Detailed workshop minutes in English and Afrikaans with pictures will be made available soon. The main topics at the workshop were mechanisms to ensure ethical acceptability of research through a research contract (given the lack of ethics committee oversight); the use of databases to protect traditional knowledge from unethical use and a case study of engagement between indigenous peoples and product developers in the development of a natural remedy.

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ProGReSS partners and others at WP4 workshop in Kimberley