African scientists are punching above their weight

John Butler-Adam, University of Pretoria Over the past five years, Africa’s contributions to the world’s research –- that is, new knowledge –- have varied from a low of 0.7% to the present and highest level of 1.1%. There are many reasons for Africa’s small contribution to world research. One of them, sadly, is that at …

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‘Land of Ideas’ inspires African scientists

By Kaz Janowski If you are unable to listen to this audio, please update your browser or go here to download.  Originally from Zimbabwe, Addmore Shonhai is associate professor of biochemistry at the University of Venda in South Africa. He is a leading figure on the continent in research into heat-shock proteins — the proteins …

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Africa fails its young scientists by not investing in their innovations

Agnes Nanyonjo, Karolinska Institute A Ugandan scientist has developed a rapid diagnostic test that can detect Ebola proteins in less than five minutes at the point of care in the community. This is the first rapid diagnostic test that is able to detect various strains of the Ebola and Marburg viruses. In 2013 and 2014, …

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Africa has a long way to go to get more women into the sciences

John Butler-Adam, University of Pretoria It’s still a man’s world in African science. The marginalisation of women in science is not unique, though, to the continent. It is a pattern around the globe. It has been estimated that, on average, only 30% of science roles throughout the world are held by women. In the 114 …

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