African researchers to combat climate change

By Samuel Hinneh [ACCRA] A programme is building the capacity of African researchers to understand climate change impacts and develop evidence-based solutions to help policymakers tackle climate change challenges. The Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) fellowship – an initiative by the African Academy of Sciences and Association of Commonwealth Universities – seeks …

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Online project stirring students’ interest in science

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] An online initiative that connects secondary school students and scientists in Kenya is helping improve the standards of science education. The initiative known as “I am a Scientist, Get me out of here” is part of the Kenya Medical Research Institute-Wellcome Trust Research Programme’s community engagement work. “[The initiative] is a …

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Funding R&D and citizen science in Africa

By Esther Ngumbi To help address Africa’s R&D challenges, increased funding and citizen science are needed, writes Esther Ngumbi. Climate change, HIV/AIDS, recurring droughts, and food insecurity are some of the most pressing issues the African continent has had to deal with in 2016. [1,2,3] These issues pose a significant threat to economic, social and …

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Gliders help unlock secrets of the Agulhas Current

Marjolaine Krug, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research The Agulhas Current flows along the eastern shores of South Africa. It is one of the most powerful currents in the world, with velocities in the current often reaching 4 knots. By comparison, maximum current velocities in the Benguela Jet are about 1 knot. Because of its …

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Boosting STEM education for African girls and women

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] Mentoring girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is, no doubt, viewed as one of the most central pillars for equitable and secure sustainable future of Africa. But experts, governments and several institutions have been grappling with how best this can be executed to achieve the desired goals …

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