World Federation of Science Journalists

The Public Understanding of Science in Africa

A workshop to be held at the British Institute of East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya,
22-24 September 2010
Organised by the Centre of African Studies University of Cambridge, UK
(supported by the Leverhulme Trust and Isaac Newton Trust, Cambridge)
with the British Institute of East Africa, Nairobi
and The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine,
Anthropologies of African Biosciences Group

With the spread of mobile and Internet technology, the expansion of medical research sites, the development of genetically modified crops, the growing food crisis, the threat of global warming, and the challenges of particular diseases and health care, the question of how science engages publics is becoming increasingly important in Africa, as elsewhere. The workshop will bring together researchers, academics, journalists, policy makers, and those working in science education to discuss public engagement with science, and the engagement of publics by science in Africa, in scientific controversies, and through various scientific projects – environmental, medical or technological.

Further information can be found here.