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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.


  • 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…)

  • 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…)

  • 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.


  • 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
  • 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…)

  • 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.


  • 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. It’s a network of young science student members come from the following  African countries Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Rwanda, Zambia with an increasing membership.

    TCC Africa: How did Science Squad Africa come about and what does it do?

    Science Squad Africa came about due to the need to fill the gaps of the teachers and young people by engaging them outside the classroom during the covid – 19 lockdown period. We did not want young science students to stay idle at home thus we came up with several activities they could participate in virtually. We currently have 98 members from across Africa and engage in science discussions through platforms such as Whatsapp and Zoom.

    We have several activities aligned for them to execute but our main one is an online science quiz called Science Battle of Brains. This online quiz takes place every weekend where two registered members are selected to encounter each other head to head to answer questions set from topics from core science subjects of Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Mathematics. This encounter happens over zoom video conferencing application with other members joining to serve as the audience. After 4 rounds the contestant that gets the highest number of questions right and with the highest number of points is declared winner and awarded.

    TCC Africa: In essence through hosting virtual quizzes you are making high school students interested in STEM related subjects and science and that is how you are engaging them by creating this virtual quiz?

    Yes. But also to help schools and teachers since there was loss of interest especially during the lockdown. We had many students registering for membership from home mostly from Sub Saharan Africa and I am happy to say we now have Egypt, as the first North African country.

    TCC Africa: What is your postgraduate  background and what made you feel the need to create a science engagement program?

    I studied Biochemistry in University but dropped out and diverted to administrative duties where I currently work as at a tech company.

    This made me realize how underutilized studying science in Africa is so I wanted to encourage people to embrace science not only in learning but also for economic development. We cannot convert science into economic gain if we do not have people who genuinely want to study science or are discouraged to. That’s how I decided to start up an organization that will encourage young people to see science in a different way.


    TCC Africa: What made you apply to be part of the Falling Walls Engage Program?

    I was interested in similar programs to push our organizations activities into the limelight and came across the Falling Walls post on Facebook. I checked through the website and discovered the Science Engagement Program among the list of programs and decided to give it a shot. I was also looking for possible sponsorship but instead ended up being shortlisted as the national representative of Falling Walls Nigeria. I am very happy to have been acknowledged by Falling Walls as more people have developed an interest in what we do.

    TCC Africa: How did you learn about TCC Africa and the Science communication training?

    Science Squad Africa has three focus areas; science education, research and policy and even though our main focus area for now is science education, we intend to expand into research and policy areas.

    I came across TCC Africa on Facebook and discovered your communication and policy courses. We intend on being advocates for science in Nigeria and Africa at large. We want to collaborate with researchers and the government bringing this two parties together in how they can both monetize research to benefit  society.

    TCC Africa: The focus of the training was for how researchers can learn to communicate and talk about the activities and take advantages of media houses. People need to see who you are and what you are doing before moving to policy. Did what you learn prove helpful?

    It was what I needed at that point in time. I decided to test it and see what it entails so that in the near future, I can introduce my colleagues and see how we can partner and train more people. I want to empower my team members and I feel like I’ve gotten the channel to do so.

    Congratulations for being the representative of Falling Walls engage in Nigeria and also winning the Falling Walls  Science  Breakthrough  on Science Engagement  . It is good to know that you are actively involved in supporting students in appreciating science in preparation for STEM.

  • 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
  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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:

  • 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 and apply.
    This event is only eligible to Kenyans.
    Deadline for the application is 15 September.

  • 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
    🔶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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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


  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 


  • Where do I Publish My Manuscripts? 30 August 2019

    One week  to the  Scientific Communication and  Publishing course  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 .

  • 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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