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The Kenyan Science Café Experience: Challenges and Opportunities


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Presented by Ruth Wanjala and Juliette Mutheu at the Public Engagement Workshop, 2-5 Dec. 2008, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa,

Presented by Ruth Wanjala and Juliette Mutheu at the Public Engagement Workshop, 2-5 Dec. 2008, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa,

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    • 1. The Kenyan Science Café Experience: Challenges and Opportunities Ruth Wanjala and Juliette Mutheu
    • 2.
      • Origin of the KSC
      • Why they begun
      • About the KSC
      • KSC 2008
      • Opportunities
      • Challenges
      • Lessons Learnt
      • 2009 KSC
      • Input from you
      Kenyan Science Café (KSC)
    • 3. Science Café is a science communication model that provides a forum for discussing or debating important and interesting scientific issues in an informal accessible manner. 250 Science Cafés in 40 countries around the world!
    • 4.
      • In 1997 , Marc Sautet started Café Philosophique
      • In 1998 , Duncan Dallas replicated the idea to Café Scientific/Science Café
      • In 2007 , 23 young African science communicators
      • introduced to the Science Café concept, here in South
      • Africa, British Council seminar
      • In 2008 , two young Kenyans set-up the fourth-country
      • Science Café (after South Africa, Ghana, Uganda)
      Origin of the Kenyan Science Cafés
    • 5. Why Kenya why Science Cafés?
      • Meaningful scientific information shelved and was not getting out to the public
      • Kenyans asking questions and not really getting answers
      • Frustration with improper/incorrect media coverage on health and science research
      • Novelty and Informalities of Science Cafés
    • 6. About the KSC…
      • Informal dialogue forums on topical scientific issues in Kenya
      • Held in Coffee houses within Nairobi
      • Weekday Evenings from 6-8 PM
      • Provide an informal platform for scientists and the public to debate and demystify science.
      • Introduction>Questions>Discussion
    • 7. Kenyan Science Cafés 2008
      • First Science Café 17 th April 2008
        • HIV Vaccine (Professor Omu Anzala of Kenya Aids Vaccine Initiative)
      • Second Science Café 11 th September 2008
        • Malaria the research in Kenya and East Africa ( Dr Willis Akwale, Dr Elizabeth Juma and Dr Andrew Nyandigisi of Division of Malaria Control, Ministry of Health, Kenya)
      • Third Science Café 23 rd October 2008
        • Climate Change (Dr. Musonda Mumba, (World Wide Fund (WWF) )
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    • 12. Pictures
    • 13. Opportunities
      • Access to Scientists and the public
      • Building of Database of Scientist from across the board
      • Probability of integrating the media in Science Café
      • Opportunities to work with school children in junior Science Cafes.
      • Funding: Duncan Dallas, Burness Communication, Wellcome Trust* and Nation Media Group*
    • 14. Challenges
      • Juggling jobs and Science Café
        • Planning report writing
        • Follow-up on queries of guests
      • Funds, -if you made Kenyans pay to attend a SciCaf attendance would be low and not
      • Getting the media involved
      • Current Science Café attracting upper middle class.
    • 15. Lessons Learnt from the 2008 KSC
      • The media can be an ally
      • We can partner with scientific organizations to offer budgetary support to host Science Cafes e. g IAVI
      • There is a lot of interest from the Public
      • There is a necessity to control and moderate discussion at the café
      • Have more than one speaker at the café to break monotony
    • 16. Kenyan Science Cafes 2009
      • 2009 Calendar Planning (12 months)
      • Budget
      • Registration of Kenyan Science Café as an organization
      • Formation of an advisory Committee
      • Create a scientists database
      • Run junior science cafes
      • Plan on hosting rural Science Cafes
      • Partnerships
      • Develop a structured evaluation sheet
    • 17. Input from you