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.
At the end of the day participants agreed that:
– #Sciencecommunication needs to be innovative for engagement to take place
-Attitudes are changing as there is a demand for information from researchers and innovators #researchvisibility
-There are media partners ready to work with scientists to
disseminate their research.
-Science communication no longer competes with politics for page space in the major media houses.
-Scientists and innovators have to be in control of the #sciencecommunication narrative.
Falling Walls Engage is part of the Falling Walls Foundation in Germany. Falling Walls Engage is setting up international exchange hubs in various locations around the world and the first one was held in Nairobi, Kenya.
The aim of the hubs is to connect local scientific communities with international science engagement initiatives and the global Falling Walls network. Participants take part in international peer-group workshops and can learn from best-practice examples.
About Falling Walls Foundation
Falling Walls is a unique global hub connecting science, business and society. We shape the future of humanity by impact-oriented ideas and discoveries, driven by our shared dedication for creating breakthroughs across borders and disciplines. For more on Falling Walls Foundation please go here https://falling-walls.com/
About TCC Africa
The Training Centre in Communication(TCC Africa), is the first African-based training centre 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. For more on TCC Africa please go here www.tcc-africa.org .