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,

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  • The Kenyan Science Café Experience: Challenges and Opportunities

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