Call for abstracts: Kenya’s 2015 National Science Week

Kenya’s National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology have issued a call for abstracts for the fourth National Science Week to be held on 11-15 May 2015 in Nairobi.

The event consists of an exhibition, robotics contest and a conference. The aim of the conference is to share and identify practical, evidence-based solutions to science and technology development in the post-2015 agenda in line with Kenya’s Vision 2030 national strategic development plan.

The conference will bring together academia, researchers, scientists and practitioners working in universities, research organisations, industry, civil society, government and other stakeholders.

The theme of the conference is The role of science and technology in the post-2015 development agenda. The sub-themes are:

  • agriculture and food security
  • energy and climate change
  • environmental and natural resource management
  • water, sanitation and health
  • knowledge management and technology transfer

Visit the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology website for more information on how to submit abstracts.

The deadline for submission is 31 March 2015.

Call for papers: 9th JKUAT scientific, technological and industrialization conference

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has announced its 9th annual scientific, technological and industrialization conference to be held on 13-14 November 2014 at the JUKAT Main Campus in Juja, Nairobi, Kenya.

The theme of the conference is Science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship for sustainable development. 

The objectives of the conference are to:

  1. Provide a forum through which the university will disseminate the ongoing contributions it is making to the society.
  2. Create a forum for constantly improving the university’s approach to development-oriented scientific research, as it strives to remain a leader in this area.
  3. Provide a forum for research peers from local and international institutions to discuss, share and publish vital information.
  4. Provide an opportunity for the industry to interact with researchers and innovators through exhibitions.
  5. Provoke policymakers to appreciate the need for substantial and long-term investments in scientific research, innovation and industrialization.

For more information and to find out how to register, please visit the conference website.

FARA to host continental meeting on agricultural science and innovation for food security in Africa

Beans at Sawla market in Ghana's Northern Region. Photo by Neil Palmer (CIAT).
Beans at Sawla market in Ghana’s Northern Region. Photo by Neil Palmer (CIAT).

On 15-20 July 2013, the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) hosts the sixth Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) in Accra, Ghana. The theme of the event is “Africa feeding Africa through agricultural science and innovation“.

Earlier this month, a group of volunteer social media enthusiasts (including Yours Truly!) from all over the world, who are passionate about using social media to communicate agricultural science for development, came together to form a virtual social reporting team to help spread the word about the key sub-themes of the 6th AASW.

The FARA-AASW social media team will provide both onsite and offsite social media coverage of the goings-on at the 6th AASW conference. So far, we have over 100 members and still more are volunteering to assist!

The conference organizers have created a blog that will be an informal information channel from the AASW social reporters.

Already, a number of blog posts have been posted on agricultural research for development in Africa and some of the ways in which the youth can benefit from actively participating in the agriculture sector. And you can expect lots more news once the event kicks off mid-next month!

But in the meantime, do take a minute or two and check out the FARA-AASW blog.

The case for a science news service for Africa

From the SciDevNet website comes an article that highlights a proposal for an African science news service to increase the coverage of research by African scientists and of relevance to the region.

The proposal is contained in a new report, The Need for an African Science News Service, published by the UK National Commission for UNESCO on 1 June 2012.

Read the SciDevNet article here (08 June 2012)