Message From TCC Africa Family

21 December 2020 Categories: latest news, News

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.

Executive  Director

Joy Owango

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