THE first African Regional Scientific Conference was held in the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, during October 17–28, and was convened by the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research as a result of a recommendation made at the Commonwealth Scientific Conference held in London in 1946. The object of the African Conference was to consider ways and means of securing a greater measure of co-operation between the different territories in Africa south of the Sahara in problems involving research of a long-term nature. There were 107 delegates, representing the various African territories concerned and the Metropolitan Governments with direct interests in this part of Africa, present at the Conference. There were also observers from the World Health Organisation, Food and Agriculture Organisation, United States National Research Council, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, and the Overseas Food Corporation.
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COOKE, H. African Regional Scientific Conference. Nature 164, 901–904 (1949). https://doi.org/10.1038/164901a0