Harrison Weda

  • Advancing Open Science in Africa – three organizations collaborate to increase education and awareness with African Higher Education institutional Leadership. 20 July 2022

    Dar-Es-Salaam,Tanzania– University of Dar-Es-Salaam, Association of  African  Universities (AAU), Public Library of Science (PLOS) and Training Centre in Communication (TCC  Africa)  jointly held the first in a series of blended Open Science workshops, supporting Presidents, Rectors, Vice-Chancellors, Deputy Vice Chancellors, Directors of Research and Directors of Library Services in African Universities in Creating and Implementing Open Access and Open Science policies and mandates in their respective institutions.  (more…)

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  • Viktoria Ventures and TCC Africa partner to support early career researchers in their innovation cycle 29 June 2022

    Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) announced a collaboration with the consulting and fund management firm, ViKtoria Ventures in supporting early career researchers in their innovation cycle by providing access to their digital impact investment platform, making them investable and connecting them to impact-driven capital. 

     

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  • TCC Africa Begins Scholarly Communication Training in French 10 June 2022
    In a bid to increase its reach and support in Francophone Africa, Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) has started facilitating training sessions in French. The French language covers 31 countries of Africa which makes it the home of the majority of French speakers in the world.

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  • Kenya Innovation Agency and Training Centre in Communication partner to support Researchers in investor readiness in the commercialization of their innovations. 06 May 2022

    Nairobi, Kenya. Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa)   and the Kenya Innovation Agency (KENIA) today announced they will collaborate in addressing capacity support in training and creating investor readiness for researchers in the commercialization of their innovations. (more…)

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  • Advancing Open Science in Africa – Three Organizations Collaborate to Implement Open Science Principles in Seven Partner States 05 May 2022

    The East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO), the Public Library of Science (PLOS), and the Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) today announced that they will collaborate in the implementation of Open Science and Open Access principles for EAC Partner States, which include Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.
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  • Using Digital Object Identifiers to increase discoverability of African journal articles 12 April 2022
    Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) and African Journals Online (AJOL) joined forces to co-host a series of webinars on the topic, “Using Digital Object identifiers to Increase Discoverability of African Journal Articles”. The webinar series were held over three dates, 1st February, 1st March and 5th April 2022 and were targeted at African researchers, Publishers, Authors and Journal Editors who seek access to contextually-relevant quality research publications from Africa. 
     
    The webinars had 750 registered participants from over 20 countries: Nigeria, Kenya, Tunisia, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, South Africa, Somalia, Uganda, Bangladesh, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Tanzania, Germany, Ethiopia, Algeria, Mauritius, Mali, The Gambia, United States, Morocco, Cameroon, Botswana and Saudi Arabia. The webinars were broadcast live via Facebook and the presentations stored on TCC Africa’s PubPub catalogue for digital record keeping and assigned DOI’s. 
     
    The webinars featured a panel of experts from the scholarly communication and publishing space including, Susan Murray– Executive Director at African Journals OnLine (AJOL), Kate Snow- Content & Communications Manager at African Journals OnLine (AJOL), Kylie Van Zyl – Journal Assessment Office at African Journals OnLine (AJOL) and moderated by Joy Owango – Executive Director at Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa). 
     
    The objectives of the series was to allow the target audience to understand:
    i)          What exactly are DOI’s and why are they important?
    ii)         How can they be used by various academic stakeholders, journals and researchers?
    iii)        How can AJOL partners get DOI’s for their content?
     
     
    About Training Centre In Communication 
    The Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) is the first African-based training center to teach effective communication skills to scientists. TCC Africa is an award winning  Trust, established as a non-profit entity in 2006 and is registered in Kenya.  TCC Africa provides  capacity support in improving researchers  output and visibility through training in  scholarly and science communication
     
    TCC Africa’s mission is to contribute to the increase in profile, locally, and internationally, of African science, and its impact on the life of Africans, by improving skills in technical communication in all forms, at academia and other relevant forums, in Africa.

    Our objective is to train. support. empower. researchers  through capacity in improving their research output and visibility.

    About African Journals OnLine (AJOL)
     
    is the world’s largest and preeminent platform of African-published scholarly journals. AJOL is a Non-Profit Organisation that (since 1998) works to increase global & continental online access, awareness, quality & use of African-published, peer-reviewed research. Millions of monthly downloads by site users from nearly every country in the world are an indication of the need and widespread use of the AJOL initiative. More than half of the repeat users are from Africa.
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  • A Researcher’s Guide to Understanding Metadata Integration in Increasing Discoverability of African Research 06 April 2022
    CrossrefAfricArxiv and the Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) today announced that they will collaborate to increase awareness in supporting discoverability in Africa through metadata and integrations between repositories and indexing platforms.
    This collaboration will include talks from Crossref staff alongside speakers from  The African Library and Information Associations (AfLia), AfricArXiv, TCC Africa and African Journals OnLine (AJOL) in a three part webinar series.

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  • Advancing Open Science in Africa – three organizations collaborate to increase awareness and education 29 March 2022

    NAIROBI — The Association for African Universities (AAU), the Public Library of Science (PLOS), and the Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) today announced that they will collaborate to increase awareness and provide training around Open Science practices and Open Access publishing in Africa. 
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  • TCC Africa Co-Founding Director Publishes Book on Scientific Writing 19 March 2022

    We are is excited to announce that our Founding Director Prof. Gabor Lovei has published a book on the elements of #academicwriting. Please download it here https://openbookpublishers.com/product/1272 for free. (more…)

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  • Open Peer Reviewers in Africa: Nominations are now open to recruit future peer-review trainers across the continent 14 March 2022

    AfricArXiv, Eider Africa, eLife, PREreview, and TCC Africa have collaborated to develop a peer-review training workshop, Open Peer Reviewers in Africa, tailored to the region-specific context of African researchers. They co-created tools and strategies for scholarly literature evaluation, and are now ready to pilot the new workshop series with researchers who would be interested in sharing their knowledge by training others, and helping co-develop the resources further.
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  • My TCC Experience: TCC Africa Co – Founding Director Prof. Gabor Lovei 02 February 2022

    From a terrestrial ecologist to supporting scientists in their research lifecycle through scientific communication

    Prof  Gabor Lovei is a terrestrial  ecologist with interests in invasion biology, environmental biosafety, agrocology, conservation biology, biodiversity, and ornithology. Over the past 35 years he has studied  invertebrate and vertebrate ecology in Europe, East Africa, New Zealand, and China, and has published 160+ peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, essays, and reports.  He is also interested in scientific communication and is the author of Writing and Publishing Scientific Papers: A Primer for the Non-English Speaker. (more…)

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  • My TCC-Africa Experience – Ms. Dorine Odongo 18 January 2022

    From an agricultural researcher to the Head of Communications at the AWARD programme

    Ms Dorine Odongo is the Head of Communications at African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and a former 2012 TCC Africa  trainee. Dorine’s interests are in leveraging the power of evidence to drive social change and inclusive growth. A development communications leader with more than 14 years of experience, she started her career as an agricultural researcher designing and implementing research projects investigating farmers’ adoption of technologies. (more…)

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  • To what degree did African researchers adopt Open Access in 2021? 06 January 2022
    Happy New Year! 
    African researchers produced over 155, 607 publications and 52.5% of the output was #OpenAccess A #thread #openscience . Data courtesy of
     Go here  to find out.
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  • A Year Focused on African Research Discoverability and Partnerships 21 December 2021
    2021 has been an  exciting year for  TCC Africa and  these are some of the highlights of our activities. We have officially supported  over  10,000  researchers and  in a bid  to continue  supporting  the discoverability and  visibility of  African researchers , we got into a strategic partnership with  AfricArxiv , Africa’s only preprint repository and we have an ongoing  exciting collaboration with PLOS with the objective of co-creating pathways  to Open Research that work for  African researchers  and stakeholders within the   scholarly community ecosystem .

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  • A New Peer Review Programme Created With the Aim of Supporting Early Career African Researchers 07 December 2021
    eLife and PREreview are working with AfricArXiv, Eider Africa and the Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) on a new peer-review training programme for early to mid-career researchers in Africa. The course aims to raise awareness around preprints and foster the participation of African researchers in peer review, especially the open review of preprints.

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  • An African Platform for African Research 18 November 2021
    Interview with TCC Africa’s  Director , Joy Owango on our partnership  with AfricArxiv, Africa’s open access publishing platform  – listen in! https://velocityofcontentpodcast.com/an-african-platform-for-african-research/ .
     

    “What is the plan for AfricArXiv? Increasing the visibility of African research,” says Joy Owango, founding director of TCC Africa, who also serves on the AfricArXiv board of directors. “We do not believe in reinventing the wheel. There are already existing repositories, and what we’ve done is that we’ve partnered with them, and through those repositories, we’ve created a gateway in which African research can be visible – can be much more visible.
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  • Kenyan Innovator Makes It To The Global Top 10 In Falling Walls Competition 01 November 2021

    We are excited to announce that Mr. Mutembei Kariuki, TCC Africa’s contestant at Falling Walls Nairobi 2020 will be in the #BerlinScienceWeek in Germany  from 1-10 November 2021.  Mr. Mutembei Kariuki’s Innovation on Breaking the Walls of  Artificial Intelligence was chosen among the Global Top 10 in the Emerging Talents Category in  Falling Walls Competition in the #BerlinScienceWeek in 2020, which,  had  600 submissions from 111 countries. Due to the  Covid-19 pandemic  he could not go to Germany  and  was invited this year take part in the conference

    In 2020 TCC Africa hosted  Falling Walls Lab, Nairobi, where  Mr. Mutembei was 1st Runners Up .

    Go to this video and watch  the presentation of  his  award winning innovation

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  • New Dawn for African Researchers as TCC Africa and AfricArXiv Announce Formal Collaboration 22 October 2021

    The Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa), based at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and the pan-African Open Access portal AfricArXiv herewith announce our formal collaboration agreement with the objective of creating a long-term strategic and sustainable approach to building and managing an international scholarly community that will enrich the visibility of African research.

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  • My TCC Experience – Joyce Wangari Ngugi 04 October 2021
    Generation educationists and personal loss defined my passion for mental health awareness and women scholars’ excellence – Joyce Wangari Ngugi

    Wangari J. Ngugi is a Consultant Psychologist and Research Mentor. She is the Lead Research Mentor at Eider Africa, with a Certificate in Research Mentorship, where she is involved in the Design Team curating Research Mentorship programs including, among others, Study Smart and Monthly Cocktail for the mental health of researchers. She is a Research Steward under AuthorAID in the UK, where she co-facilitates the AuthorAID Social Sciences Journal Club group. She is a Candidate of Doctor of Psychology, PsyD, Clinical Psychology, a practitioner-scholar program, where she is researching Deaf mental health in Kenya. (more…)

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  • A Round Table Discussion on African Perspectives on Peer Review 23 September 2021

    TCC AfricaAfricArXiv, Eider Africa, and PREreview hosted  a 90-minute long roundtable discussion, bringing African perspectives to the global conversation around this years’ Peer Review Weeks theme, “Identity in Peer Review”. Together with a multidisciplinary panel of African editors, reviewers and early-career researchers, they explored the shifting identities of researchers in the African continent, from the dominant perspective that sees them as consumers of knowledge produced in other contexts to researchers who are actively engaged in scholarly peer review.  The objective of the round table  was create a safe space for reflection around issues of scholarly knowledge decolonization, bias in peer review, and open transformative peer review practices.

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  • MY TCC Experience – Dr Alice Ojwang 15 September 2021

    How my postgraduate assignment led to the creation of the first Dietetics centre in Kenya

    Dr. Alice Achieng’ Ojwang is a nutritionist and dietician, and a lecturer at the Technical University of Kenya. She completed her PhD at the NorthWest University and Master’s Program in Nutrition and Dietetics at the Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She founded the first dietetics center in Kenya, Xenihealth Nutrition and Weight Loss Management Clinic. Dietetics  is the branch of knowledge concerned with the diet and its effects on health, especially with the practical application of a scientific understanding of nutrition Dr. Ojwang’ is  TCC Africa’s 2008  trainee. (more…)

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  • TCC Africa joins #NISOPlus2022 Planning Committee 01 September 2021
    We are excited to announce that our  Executive Director Ms. Joy Owango has joined  the National Information  Standards  Organization  Conference(#NISOPlus2022) planning   committee. The  National Information  Standards  Organization, which, organizes #NISOPlus2022  is  a not-for-profit membership organization that identifies, develops, maintains, and publishes technical standards to manage information.

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  • Best Practices and Innovative Approaches to #PeerReview in Africa 23 August 2021

    Originated and established in a western context over decades, research assessment and quality assurance are commonly achieved through a practice called “peer review”. Typically, one to three scholars of a research discipline similar to the one described in a manuscript submitted to a journal for publication assess research rigor based on their personal experience and informed by the standards established in their research field.

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  • MY TCC Experience – Dr. Edwin Walong 09 August 2021

    Pathology is complex and effective communication has helped me pivot my research career.

    Dr. Edwin Oloo Walong is a Lecturer at the Anatomic Pathology Unit, Department of Human Pathology, School of Medicine, at the University of Nairobi. In addition to teaching and instruction, he provides clinical service as a pathologist in Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi and serves as the lead trainer at Minimally Invasive Tissue Sampling (MITS) Centre. He is a recurring trainee at the Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) having first attended the training  on  Scholarly Communication in 2010 and then 2020 for training on Science communication and communicating to non-scientists. (more…)

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  • My TCC Experience – Dr. Bongani Alphouse Nkala 30 July 2021

    How the TCC Africa training made me a mentor for South African early career researchers.

    Bongani Alphouse Nkala has a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Human Physiology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and serves as the Internship Manager and Senior lecturer at Eduvos, formerly known as Pearson Institute of Higher Education, Midrand campus. Dr. Nkala is TCC Africa’s 2013 trainee. (more…)

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  • My TCC Experience – Dr. Steve Wandiga 14 July 2021

    A research career is a journey and you have to be adaptable as possible

    Dr. Steve Wandiga, PhD, is a TCC Africa 2013 trainee and is an Assistant Principal Research Scientist at the Kenya Medical Research Institute, based at the Center for Global Health Research in Kisumu. He has been working with KEMRI since 2004 to date. He is also the Managing Editor of the East Africa Science Journal ,one of the two journals for the East African Health Research Commission, which, is part of the East African Community. (more…)

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  • My TCC Experience – Dr. Annette Obukosia Busula 14 June 2021

    How a Science  Communication training and  taking part in Falling Walls Lab Nairobi, helped me win grants.

     

    Dr. Annette Obukosia Busula is a medical entomologist with specialization in malaria vector control. She holds a PhD in Medical entomology from Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands and has had over 10 years of research experience from the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya. She is currently a lecturer of Biological and Agricultural Sciences at Kaimosi Friends University College in Western Kenya. She is also a TCC Africa 2020 trainee and Falling Walls Lab Top 10 National Winner. (more…)

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  • My TCC Experience – Dr. Saliou Niassy 28 May 2021

    In the footsteps of my father, the entomologist.

    Saliou Niassy is a Senegalese national, holder of a BSc and MSc in Natural Sciences, a Postgraduate degree in Zoology. He is a DAAD-ARPPIS PhD Alumni, in a joint programme between ICIPE and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and  a former 2008 TCC Africa trainee.
    Saliou was AfroMont’s Coordinator a Research Network on Global Change in African Mountains. He also worked as Research Scientist, Head of the Technology Transfer Unit at ICIPE, with a keen interest in Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in Africa. Author of several scientific articles. He is also the current Secretary of the African Association of Insect Scientists AAIS .

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  • PLOS and TCC Africa partnering to support African researchers 24 May 2021

    The Open Access publisher PLOS, and the Training Centre in Communication, based at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, (known as TCC Africa) announced a partnership to ensure that the interests and values of African research communities are represented in PLOS publications, policies, and services. The two organizations will work together to study and co-create pathways to Open Research that work for African researchers and stakeholders within the scholarly community ecosystem, while preserving the core tenets of Open Research.

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  • TCC Africa,CRKN and OA2020 Partner to Provide Peer to Peer Learning on Open Access Agreements 14 May 2021

    Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa), the Canadian  Research Knowledge  Network (CRKN) and the Open Access 2020 Initiative (OA2020) have come together to host a series of peer-to-peer learning workshops on Open Access Agreements.

     

    Recipients of this peer to peer learning will be African library consortia with the objective of knowledge sharing from similar consortia from the Global North. The peer-to-peer learning approach is essential as consortia can learn from each other and seek ways on how they can make better choices when it comes to investing in open access. So far the confirmed consortia are from Kenya, Malawi and Ghana with interests from more countries.

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  • 900 Early Career Researchers from Sub Sahara Africa to be mentored in their research lifecycle 06 May 2021
    TCC Africa and Eider Africa have got into a formal partnership to support early career researchers through mentorship in their research lifecycle.
    One of the major challenges self-sponsored early career researchers face is understanding their lifecycle from research proposal to publishing. Limited to lack of support in this process, contributes to the dropout rate in postgraduate studies. With this in mind both TCC Africa and Eider Africa will fill a gap by providing peer to peer support for early career researchers.

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  • TCC Africa Joins International Science Council Steering Group on Scientific Publishing project 23 April 2021
    TCC Africa Joins International Science Council Steering Group on Scientific Publishing project
    The recently appointed Group will guide the next set of project activities to define tractable priorities for reform and action in scientific publishing.

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  • Best Practices and Innovative Approaches to Peer Review 08 April 2021
    Invitation to a FREE workshop by  Eider AfricaTraining Centre in Communication (TCC Africa)AfricArxiv and PREreview
    Target audience: Postgraduates, Early Career Researchers, Mid–Senior level

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  • TCC Africa Collaborates with National Research Fund Kenya, in Building Capacity for Early Career Researchers 29 March 2021
    Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa), in collaboration with the National Research  Fund, Kenya (NRF)supported  70 researchers  from 6 research and academic  institutes in building their  research capacity on how they could improve their research output and  visibility through open science.  The workshop was  hosted by  Maasai Mara University   . Participants noted that understanding the process of academic publishing and  open science  was  essential in making them more competitive , particularly when it came  to resource mobilization.

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  • TCC Africa commits to Open Access by signing the OA2020 Expression of Interest 18 March 2021
     Training  Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) has signed an  Expression of  Interest (EoI) to adopt the principles of Open Access 2020 (OA2020). This is an international effort to make all scholarly publications freely and immediately available to everyone by replacing the current costly subscription-based approach with transparent, sustainable funding models.

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  • My TCC Experience – Mr. Kenneth Monjero (Dr. Fun) 11 March 2021

    Dr. Fun, a scientist who became a science communicator.

    Kenneth Monjero is a biotechnologist working with Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO Biotech). He is also the Founder of Fun & Education Global Network and Pioneer and Director of KALRO Science Centre Kenya and a former postgraduate in Crop Science  from the University of Nairobi. He is well known globally by students as Dr. Fun  as he comes up with ingenious ways for making children between 5 -18 years appreciate the beauty and importance of science (more…)

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  • Democratizing Higher Education in Zambia Through Open Access Data 05 March 2021
    🔶What is Ministry of Higher Education’s (https://www.mohe.gov.zm/) Role in Supporting the #Zambia Academic Community Through Provision of #OpenAccess Data
    Join us to see the efforts they have made by registering here 👉 https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kB2w1DbPTHqSMn2r2kGuEg
     
    This is a National Science Technology Council (NSTC)https://nstc.org.zm/ initiative . The NSTC is one of the African Science Granting Councils (https://sgciafrica.org/en-za/about-sgci)
     
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  • Training Centre in Communication and East Africa Centre For Vaccines and Immunization Get Into Strategic Partnership 25 February 2021
    Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) and East Africa Centre For Vaccines and Immunization(ECAVI), got into a strategic partnership, where  TCC Africa  would  support  ECAVI researchers in the  East African  region on improving their research output and increasing their visibility through capacity building.
    Dr. Ombeva Malande the ECAVI Director  noted that  this  partnership will support  ECAVI researchers in  increasing their  research visibility.

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  • University of Nairobi Renews MoU With TCC Africa 12 February 2021
    We are truly excited about our renewed 5 year partnership with the University of Nairobi.
    Since  2006, TCC  Africa   has worked closely with the  University of Nairobi in  building research capacity in  open science , scholarly and  science  communication  through training governments, institutes  and  researchers in  Africa.

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  • MY TCC Experience – Dr. Chioma Blaise Chikere 09 February 2021

    Dr Chioma Blaise Chikere is  TCC Africa’s  2021 trainee and an  Award winning  researcher in Environmental Microbiology and Bioremediation of petroleum hydrocarbons-polluted environments. Her research is based in the techy  Niger Delta  region in  Nigeria (more…)

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  • My TCC Experience – Prof. Sheila Okoth 08 February 2021

    Prof. Sheila Okoth is a professor at the University of Nairobi and a former  TCC Africa 2011 trainee. She holds PhD and MSc. Degrees in Mycology from the University of Nairobi. She has specialist laboratory training in plant biotechnology and biosafety, mycotoxin analysis and molecular techniques at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, University of Hertfordshire, UK, the Institute of Sciences of Food Production (ISPA-CNR), Italy, and the International Agricultural Centre, Netherlands. (more…)

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  • MY TCC EXPERIENCE – Dr. Catherine Lukhoba 04 February 2021

    Dr. Catherine Lukhoba is a senior lecturer at the University of Nairobi and most recently appointed as Director at the School of Biological Sciences and the first woman to hold this position at the College of Biological and Physical Sciences
    TCC Africa : Tell me about your research career.
    I got into research when I joined the University of Nairobi to pursue my Masters degree in Botany. I had worked for less than one year but thought I should join an M.Sc. program since I had enjoyed my undergraduate course.
    My postgraduate project was on a group of plants called the Mint family . I came to realize that there were many others that didn’t smell as nice but were still in the same family since they had similar characteristics, I looked at the plants that were used medicinally in Kenya and I had about 30 different species of members of that family. (more…)

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  • Enhancing African Research Visibility Through Use of Repositories 25 January 2021
    #Webinar Invitation

    Enhancing #African #Research Visibility Through Use of Repositories
     
    📌12PM EAT via Facebook Live, 📅 3 February 2021.

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  • MY TCC Experience- Prof Francis Mulaa 18 January 2021
     Prof Francis Mulaa is an award-winning scientist and associate professor from the University of Nairobi, and a member of the African Union High Panel on Pan African University Academic Senior Staff Recruitment.
    My research career has taken different routes since the start to where I am now. Most researchers start out as an assistant under a supervisor who may retire from the lab while the researcher opts to continue pursuing the given research instead of venturing out, however, that was not my case”.– Prof Francis Mulaa
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  • MY TCC Experience – Dr Meshack Ambani Mulongo 11 January 2021

    Meshack Ambani Mulongo just completed his PhD in Education Administration at Karatina University, Kenya.

    His research interest is in mitigation of examination malpractices in universities in Kenya.

    TCC Africa: How many papers were you able to produce out of your thesis after the training?

    I have published three (3) papers from my PhD thesis and two (2) from my Master’s thesis since I had not published them before. By the end of this year, I intend to publish four (4) each from my Master’s and PhD. I have sent in some manuscripts and now waiting for responses from the journals. (more…)

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  • Message From TCC Africa Family 21 December 2020

    If 2020 has taught us anything, is TCC  Africa’s  capacity to adapt. We looked at the challenges that we went through this year and  turned  them into opportunities. Part of our strategy had  been   to  transition online and the  Covid19 pandemic  fast tracked  the process and  all our activities  went live and  online in March.

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  • My TCC Experience-Edwin Obaje From Nigeria 14 December 2020

    Edwin Obaje , TCC  Africa   2020  trainee is a Biochemistry Graduate from Bowen University, located at Iwo, Osun State, Nigeria.

    He is also the founder and executive director of Science Squad Africa, a science education network for young people, specifically senior science students across Africa. Science squad explores the science engagement landscape by providing yearlong opportunities for children and youth to learn and explore areas of science and technology using the latest techniques. (more…)

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  • TCC Africa & AfricArXiv win at ASAPbio sprint 04 December 2020
    Under the title Encouraging Preprint Curation and Review, ASAPbio has held a design sprint to increase exposure for new and existing ideas for encouraging preprint curation and review. The event was held in collaboration with Wellcome, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, DORA, EMBO Press, PLOS, and eLife.
     
    TCC Africa in collaboration with AfricArXiv submitted a joint proposal on Building capacity for preprint peer review and curation in Africa.

    We are excited to share that we won two categories in this week’s ASAPbio sprint:

    1. Increasing representation
    2. People’s Choice
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  • COAR, TCC Africa and AfricArXiv sign partnership agreement 19 November 2020
    We are pleased to announce that the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and TCC Africa in collaboration with AfricArXiv have signed a partnership agreement focused on strengthening capacity and infrastructure for Open Science in Africa

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  • TCC Africa Supports NACADA Journal in Preparation for Indexing and Abstracting
    Journal Publishing and Practicing Standards
    The  Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa ) is  currently supporting the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA)’s   African  Journal of  Alcohol and  Drug Abuse (AJADA), in meeting the  Journal  Publishing and  Practicing  Standards (JPPS), so  that it may indexed  in  bibliographic and  citation  database services. The  capacity building, which, started in  November, involved  training the  journal  and leadership team on what is required of them to improve the  quality of  their journal.

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  • Kenyan Innovator Makes It To The Global Top 10 In Falling Walls Competition 04 November 2020
    We are truly excited to inform you that out of 600 submissions from 111 countries , Mr. Mutembei Kariuki’s Innovation on Breaking the Walls of  Artificial Intelligence  was chosen among the Global Top 10 in the Emerging Talents Category in  Falling Walls Competition in the #BerlinScienceWeek.
    TCC Africa hosted  Falling Walls Lab , Nairobi, where  Mr. Mutembei was 1st  Runners Up .
    It has truly been a journey, and we are honored to have worked with him. Go to this video and watch  his  award winning innovation

     

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  • My TCC Experience – Iddrisu Bariham from Ghana 26 October 2020

    “My Belief in PanAfricanism got me to Kenya and a Scholarship for my PhD”

    Iddrisu Barihim is a doctoral finalist at Kenyatta University with a PhD in Social Studies education. His research focus is on the preparedness of secondary schools in their application of online learning in teaching and learning of social studies in the northern region of Ghana.

    “I decided to come to Kenya instead of pursuing my education in Ghana because I’m a Pan Africanist who believes we need to network.” He says and adds, “ I believe that we can do it with a strong collaboration among ourselves, and I needed to learn from a different perspective ,culture and context in a new environment and I don’t regret it.”  “I actually learned a lot!” “ My capacity has been built so much in Kenya.”

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  • Meet Falling Walls Lab Nairobi Winners 28 September 2020

    3 winners were shortlisted in the just concluded Falling Walls Lab, Nairobi Competition. The overall winner was  James Kimani  from  Mother Goose  Kenya . He is Breaking the Wall Of Giving Back Dignity to Breastfeeding . The  first runners up is  Mutembei Kariuki, from Fastagger . He is Breaking the  Wall of Artificial Intelligence in Africa  . The second runners up was Ms. Daisy Isiaho , who is Breaking the Wall of Digital Healthcare in Africa .Mr. Kimani and  Mr.Kariuki will represent Kenya in the Berlin Science Week on 4 November as  they compete against over 100 researchers  and innovators  from various  parts of the world, for the Falling Walls Lab 2020 title.

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  • Falling Walls Lab Comes to Nairobi 23 September 2020

    Meet the #Labsters !
    #FallingWallsLab#Nairobi
    Who will represent #Kenya in the Falling Walls Conference in #Germany
    Join us on 25  September at 10 am , live via    https://www.facebook.com/tccafrica/ as these amazing researchers pitch their ideas.
    #ResearchVisibility

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  • TCC Africa & AfricArxiv Host First Peer Review Week in East Africa 21 September 2020

    TCC Africa  & AfricArxiv  Host  First Peer  Review  Week 2020 East Africa
    As a contribution to Peer Review Week 2020, TCC Africa and AfricArXiv  organised a webinar to take a deep dive into new technological developments towards Rapid and Open Peer Review. More than 300 publications (preprints and journal articles) are available online describing COVID-19 Research in and about Africa  .What are the procedures to assess these studies for accuracy and coherence so that journalists, policy makers and interested individuals can learn from them and  combat the virus?
    Questions that addressed during the webinar included:

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  • Pitch your innovative idea in 3 minutes, showcasing a breakthrough that creates a positive impact on science and society. 31 August 2020

    Falling Walls in partnership with NACOSTI and TCC Africa are hosting Falling Walls Lab, Nairobi, which, will be done via Facebook Live on 25 September at 10:00AM EAT.
    Falling Walls Lab is an international forum for the next generation of early career innovators, trailblazers, creators and visionaries. Its aim is to promote exceptional ideas and connect promising scientists and entrepreneurs from all fields on a global level. Participants, also known as Labsters, are given the opportunity to present their research, business model, or initiative of peers, a high –calibre jury from academia and business, and the general public –in just 3 minutes
    Nominations are accepted in any of the ten categories:
    (1) Life Sciences,
    (2) Physical Sciences,
    (3) Engineering and Technology,
    (4) Social Sciences and the Humanities,
    (5) Science in the Arts,
    (6) Digital Education,
    (7) Science and Innovation Management
    (8) Emerging Talents
    (9) Science Start-ups
    (10) Science Engagement
    Please go to this link https://falling-walls.com/lab/apply/nairobi-online-lab/ and apply.
    This event is only eligible to Kenyans.
    Deadline for the application is 15 September.

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  • Research Capacity Support Systems for PhD Scholars in Africa 04 August 2020

    We had  over 800  registered participants from 17 countries, who took part in this webinar. In case you missed it  find out the highlights below by  watching the recording via this link https://africarxiv.pubpub.org/pub/elv44o96/release/2
    🔶What research capacity support systems exist for PhD Scholars in #Africa?
    🔶Where can they get the latest funding information for their research?
    🔶What networks are available to identify supervisors & collaborators?
    🔶What support is available to improve their scholarly and science communication?

    We thank AuthorAID at INASP and Doing a PhD in Africa for  sharing their insights in supporting early career  researchers in Africa.

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  • Multidisciplinary researcher with a flair for science communication. 25 June 2020

    Former 2020 TCC Africa Trainee, Dr.  Zephania Birech is a physicist from the School of Physical Sciences at the University of Nairobi, who was at first curious on how to work at a multidisciplinary research level, then later took the plunge and started collaborating with health scientists in his research projects. The result is that, he came up with innovations that have created innovative rapid  prediction  techniques of metabolic diseases such as diabetes and obesity.

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  • Over 900 Researchers Take Part in Webinar Series on Producing High Impact Journals 31 May 2020

    Illustration: By Auke Herrema

    Over 900  registered participants from 23 countries took part in our concluded  live streamed webinar series on What it Takes to Produce High Impact Journals.  The first webinar was cohosted by the Commission of  University Education, Kenya  focusing on  Journal Accreditation and what it takes for a University to Produce  High Impact Journals  and  the second one was in partnership with African Journals Online on  Producing High Impact African Journals.

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  • Open Research in Africa: Creating a Streamlined Research Ecosystem in Universities 15 May 2020

    86 participants from 14 countries took part in the just concluded online research capacity workshop on Creating a Streamlined Research Ecosystem in Universities. The researchers who took part in the workshop came from Sierra Leone, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Algeria, India, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Germany, Liberia, and Somalia. The objective of the workshop was to explore  the importance of increasing researchers’ visibility through effective research management.

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  • “Eye-opener” online teaching webinar transforms teaching in 13 African countries 16 April 2020

    Over 90 educators from 13 African countries got a big helping hand in their transition to online teaching this past Thursday, 2 April 2020. The Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa ), based in Nairobi, Kenya, and Knowledge E (KnE),based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, teamed up to provide a free webinar: Transitioning to Online Teaching in Higher Education: What to Avoid & HOW to Avoid It. The webinar was designed to help higher education professors rapidly adjust to the new remote-learning environment demanded by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Knowledge E and the Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) signed a Memorandum of Understanding 04 April 2020

    We are pleased to announce that, with a mutual interest in collaboration, the Training Centre in Communication and Knowledge E have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote joint educational and research initiatives that support academia, with the objective to enhance capacities, competencies and competitiveness in Higher Education.

    Knowledge E and the Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) signed a Memorandum of Understanding

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  • We Are Now Training Online! 26 March 2020

    Training Centre in Communication  has started  offering courses online. Ms. Joy Owango, the Executive Director commented that “ This was part of our strategy for 2019/2020, which, we  submitted to the Invest2Impact  Award and  won.” “Despite this we are  excited  about these developments and we look forward to supporting more researchers and academics  on  how we   can improve their research output and  visibility, in line with our objective on Train.  Support. Empower  the research and academic community.” For more  about Training Centre in Communication please go here  https://www.tcc-africa.org/about/

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  • TCC Partners with Falling Walls Foundation to Host the Inaugural Science Engagement Workshop 18 March 2020

    On 9th  March  2020, TCC  Africa partnered  with the   Falling Walls  Foundation to  host the first round of   Science   Communication  and Engagement activities under  the ‘Falling Walls  Engage’ programme. The workshop we co-hosted  brought together  scientists, innovators, science communicators and  science  media partners from  Kenya, Ghana,  Portugal, United States, Germany and Greece.

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  • Gender gap narrows in research and innovation but inequality persists, report shows 08 March 2020

    Elsevier’s latest global analysis reveals progress toward gender parity, but women still trail men in number of publications and citations

    #iwd2020
    https://www.elsevier.com/connect/gender-report

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  • Former TCC Trainee Ms Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy Of Mihari Network, Madagascar Wins the Whitley Award 2019 24 February 2020

    In 2016 Ms. Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy Of MIHARI Network, Madagascar, took part in a Science Communication training in Tanzania we organized in partnership with the Tanzania Fisheries  Research Institute. 3 years later she won the prestigious Whitley Award. This is a nature conservation charity offering funding, profile and training to grassroots conservation leaders across the Global South. She went to London and  received the award from Anne, Princess Royal

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  • TCC Trainee Dr. Esther Kioko Wins 2019 Marsh Award for Ecologists 05 February 2020

    Celebrating 2019 Training Centre in Communication trainee Dr Esther Kioko, a Senior research scientist and the head of the Zoology Department at National Museums of Kenya. Dr Kioko won the 2019 Marsh Award for Ecologists in Africa. This award is provided by the Marsh Christian Trust and administered by the British Ecological Society. She was awarded for an outstanding current research record, largely completed in Africa, which is having a significant impact on the development of the science of ecology or its application.

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  • TCC Trainee Yusuf Abdullahi Ahmed Wins the Humboldt Alumni Award 2019 28 January 2020

    Dr  Yusuf Abdullahi Ahmed , was  in the first cohort of TCC trainees  we  supported in December 2006. By then he was an early career researcher  and  was working on his PhD and  we are  excited  that he won the Humboldt Alumni Award in 2019

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  • Training Centre in Communication Wins Invest2Impact Award 2019 23 December 2019

    Our Director Ms Joy Owango receives the certificate of award at the Invest2Impact Africa ceremony, held in #Kigal#Rwanda

    Out of 800 companies in 5 countries, Training Centre in Communication  was recognised for its business sustainable approach in supporting #researchers,  research institutes and governments ,in improving their research output & visibility through training. #MyTccexperience#TCCat10#Thepowerof100
    Train.Support.Empower.

    https://www.mdpi.com/2304-6775/7/2/34
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  • Training Centre in Communication Wins Invest2Impact Award 2019 10 December 2019

    Our Director Ms Joy Owango receives the certificate of award at the Invest2Impact Africa ceremony, held in #Kigal#Rwanda

    Out of 800 companies in 5 countries, Training Centre in Communication  was recognised for its business sustainable approach in supporting #researchers,  research institutes and governments ,in improving their research output & visibility through training. #MyTccexperience#TCCat10#Thepowerof100
    Train.Support.Empower.

    https://www.mdpi.com/2304-6775/7/2/34
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  • From Data Analysis to Communicating Science 15 November 2019

    7 years ago  Samuel Ng’ang’a, came for  our training in  Scientific Communication and Publishing and  came back this  year for research capacity  support on how to communicate to non- scientists 

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  • From a TCC trainee to an award winning scientist 31 October 2019

    We are celebrating, Godwin Anywar our 2017 TCC trainee and  DAAD Fellow from Uganda. He recently won the Young Investigator Fellowship for the 19th International Congress of the International Society of Ethnopharmacology.

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  • Q&A with DAAD Fellow Patrick Nitegeka : My TCC Training Experience 03 October 2019

    What is your field of research?
    I am  taking part in a postgraduate course in   Research and Public policy.

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  • Q&A with DAAD Fellow Joanne Adero : My TCC Training Experience 23 September 2019

    What field of research are you involved in? 

    Molecular Biology with specialization in Plant Virology.

    How effective was the course in achieving your learning objectives?

    This course has excellently empowered me with soft skills that will enable me navigation the frontiers of knowledge to get literature that I will use in my research.It has enhanced my writing skills that will greatly improve the quality of my research proposal, research thesis and publications that will result from and beyond my PhD studies. Presentation skills that will be used to present my research proposal, defend my final research thesis and any communication I will make. (more…)

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  • Why I Needed to be Mentored by the TCC-AFRICA Team in Data Analysis 02 September 2019

    ‘I wish to be mentored in improving my skills in   Data Analysis   and I am willing to come for  every training in the  TCC calendar so I may be  mentored by your trainers.’ Four ago months, we   got a message in our inbox on a  request  from Kevin  Oduor Onyango. 

    As he was conducting his research, he came across our activities  and  noted  how we  would be able to support him in improving  how to analyse  and present data.  Kevin is a  former student  from Technical University of Mombasa, where  he studied Bachelor of Commerce (Finance Option) and simultaneous   took a professional Certified Public Accountant  course  and reached level 5.  Kevin, lives  about 450 kilometers from  Nairobi, where the TCC  Office is located. 

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  • Where do I Publish My Manuscripts? 30 August 2019

    One week  to the  Scientific Communication and  Publishing course https://www.tcc-africa.org/courses/  that  we  concluded   last month, we got a frantic message  from one of our trainees. “ I want to know where I can publish  my manuscripts!” I am so worried about  #predatorypublishing and  I do not know where to start,” he lamented.

     


    Meet, Meshack Mulongo an early career  researcher in Education Administration from Karatina University, whose  research focus is on the Mitigation of  Examination Malpractices in Universities in Kenya.  He  drove  150kms  to  come and  attend our course and  further understand how he could protect himself  from predatory publishers  as he went through his  Journal Selection Process.
    TCC: How effective was the course in achieving your learning objectives?
    Meshack : The course was very effective and timely in my research work, that it has equipped me to be an effective researcher and plan to share what I have learnt.
    TCC: What did you like most about the training?
    Meshack : The diversity of presenters who are knowledgeable of their respective fields and also the communication and concern of the entire TCC team.
    TCC: Outline 3 things that you will take with you/have learnt in this session
     Meshack:The hands on approach  in supporting us was valuable  and  it was done in such a way that we can further  train others. I loved  the units on data analysis and  I was able to identify  about 5 high impact  journals where I could publish my manuscripts .

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  • MY TCC Experience- Dr. Ombeva Malande 19 August 2019
    Celebrating former 2012 Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) trainee. Dr. Ombeva Malande is an award winning Vaccinologist & Paediatric Infectious Diseases Sub-specialist. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Vaccinology. He is a certified fellow of the College of Paediatricians of South Africa (infectious diseases subspecialty).

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  • A Better Understanding in the Academic Writing Process 05 August 2019

    My name is Halkano Molu Guracha  a Kenyan researcher in the Malaria Programme  at the Institute of Primate Research.  The training offered by the Training Centre in Communication was relevant and very helpful and the expectations I had before the training were met and exceeded. I was captivated by the  Introduction Materials Results Acknowledgements and Discussion (IMRaD)structure  in producing academic manuscripts . This  was new to me, and I intend to use  this knowledge in changing the quality of my  future  scientific papers.
    The  workshop is very informative and eye-opening and the delivery and breakdown of hard concepts was superb and the approach was very sound and tailor-made to the dynamics we face in research as  early career  scientists .
    In line with the new knowledge I have acquired, I intend to approach my abstract  and  academic  paper differently and pay close attention to the manuscript guidelines outlined and utilize the IMRaD structure process’s to produce a paper that is meaningful.
    I would recommend the Scientific Writing workshop to my colleagues without any objection as it was indeed of high quality and very relevant. 

     

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  • MY TCC EXPERIENCE- Dr Minnie Kibore 01 August 2019
    Celebrating a former  Training Centre in Communication (TCC Africa) 2008 Trainee, Dr Minnie Kibore a Pediatric and Public Health Specialist.
    She was one of the Technical Leads in setting up the first human milk bank in East Africa.
    The launch of the first human milk bank in East and Central Africa was the culmination of 3 years of collaborative efforts of the Ministry of Health, PATH, Nairobi County and Pumwani Maternity Hospital and other partners with funding from UKaid. Now vulnerable infants particularly preterm and low birth weight neonates who have no access to their mother’s milk for the short or long term due to delayed lactation, maternal illness, death or abandonment can access safe, quality human milk.
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  • Denish Otieno: My Experience on Scientific Communication and Publishing Course by TCC 07 December 2018

    The Scientific Communication and Publishing training was timely especially in its application to the spheres am involved in on a daily basis.

    The sessions that resonated the most with my work were on oral communication. Having a background of media studies and an interest in science I must admit that communication delivery from the biological and nature scientific fields to the social sciences fields is really curtailed and thus due to this miscommunication, the society lacks a holistic and effective approach to a problem. The skills I acquired would assist me in bridging this gap.

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  • Free 10 Year Anniversary Training on Scientific Writing and Publishing 05 December 2018

    My name is Hope Mworia and am a postgraduate student pursuing a Masters degree In Agriculture and Applied Economics at the University of Nairobi, College of Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences.. I have enjoyed today’s workshop on Scientific Writing. It was informative and eye opening. There were a lot of things I got a clear understanding on as well.

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  • Joelia Nasaka: My Experience During the Scientific Communication and Publishing Training in Kampala Uganda 26 November 2018

    My name isJoelia Nasaka I am in the agricultural field of research looking at nutrition of game birds. The training was effective and timely because I am at the stage of writing and publishing. At this stage, I am very interested in using e-resources and writing quality manuscripts that I must submit to high impact journals. The course facilitators did not disappoint as they delivered just what I needed. I liked the fact that the course was more practical than theoretical. We did everything in the workshop room and we practiced on our manuscripts and we even evaluated ourselves. (more…)

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  • Walter Ojok: My Experience during TCC training on Research output dissemination Kampala Uganda held in October 2018. 08 October 2018

    My name is Walter Ojok and my research is centered in Physical Chemistry where I am involved in Natural Sciences-modelling sorption studies. The one week training organized by DAAD and TCC was very relevant in shaping my study so as to develop a complete proposal with clear and achievable objectives.The skills that I acquired through the training will enable me as well as other scholars develop fundable proposals, better my academic writing, gain better grasp of accessing e-resources which will catapult us into the level of world renowned scientists.

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