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.
We launched the Facebook Live, TCC Africa monthly research capacity webinars , which, brought together partners in funding, higher education and research capacity . The series of webinars had over 4,000 registered participants from 5 continents, with over 20,000 cumulative views, with pre booked sessions for 2021.
We launched the TCC Africa Online community, a mentorship programme which has over 200 researchers from 15 countries . We are proud to note that two our mentees won the Global Science Breakthroughs by Falling Walls, in Berlin. We hosted Falling Walls Lab , Nairobi , which, led to 20 shortlisted researchers and innovators who took part in the competition.
We increased our training portfolio by adding a unit on Grants Writing For Science Journalists , which, led to over 50 participants from 20 African countries. The highlight of the year was winning two awards one on Higher Education Communication and another on research capacity on best practice on Peer Review for African researchers .
We would not have made it this far without the various strategic partners whom we worked with closely in building research capacity in #OpenScience , #OpenAccess , #ScholarlyCommunication and #ScienceCommunication for researchers, institutes and governments in Africa.
These partnerships helped turn the challenges we faced in 2020 into opportunities. We wish you all Happy Holidays and an amazing 2021.