Invest in infrastructure to retain Africa’s scientists

By Laura Owings African countries lack the infrastructure and entrepreneurial support needed to retain science graduates, thus impacting scientific independence and contributing to the continent’s so called ‘brain drain’, a conference has heard. The Science in Africa UnConference, held in London last month (20 July) by the Planet Earth Institute, aimed to promote the successes …

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Ghana is boosting Africa’s role in radio astronomy

Bernard Duah Asabere, Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is the world’s largest radio telescope project, which will collect data over one million square kilometres from radio astronomy telescopes on the African and Australian continents. In the long run the two-phased SKA could possibly help scientists answer questions in astrophysics, …

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How South Sudan’s universities have survived civil war

Kuyok Abol Kuyok, University of Juba After almost half a century of conflict, South Sudan attained its independence from Sudan in July 2011. One of the challenges it faces as a new country is a small and troubled higher education system. Sudan’s three oldest public universities – Juba, Bahr el Ghazal and Upper Nile – …

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Gender gap widens in STEM education

By Joel Adriano [BANGKOK] Despite major strides in women’s empowerment and equality over the last half century, there exists a stark gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, says a report. According to the report by the UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) report, only 17 women have won a Nobel …

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