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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

    The training has also broadened my knowledge on data analytical tools and how important quality of data is crucial. It has made it easier for me to continue learning the appropriate tools e.g. R, which is a very powerful tool of analysis. Additional software I encountered that will improve my publication quality include Mendely, plagiarism software, Ginger and grammarly, Harzings’s tool among others.

    What did you like most about the training?

    The facilitators were very informative having a wide knowledge base and they had interactive methods of training that kept most participants alert and involved. Focusing on the learning itself, the presentations and materials availed were very crucial in gaining hands on skills as well as acquiring variety of academic knowledge.

    Outline 3 things that you will take with you/have learnt in this session

    Conceptualization of research

    Literature review and its relevance

    Good presentation and writing skills

    R-data analysis skills

    How do you hope to change your practice as a result of this training? I have leant the importance of publication and will therefore ensure that any data I generated will be of quality and published since I have been guided through the process of producing quality research right from proposal development to generation a quality of publication.

    Please share other comments on the training session?

    The training was extremely informative and very helpful in the whole session, and for that I applaud the organizers for delivering a good training.

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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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  • 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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