Change the way you think about science. Spend an hour with Jackie Kado, dynamic Executive Director of the Nairobi-based Network of African Science Academies, a consortium of merit-based science academies in Africa. NASAC aspires to make the “voice of science” heard by policy and decision makers within Africa and worldwide. Take part in this combined lecture/discussion to better understand scientific practices and scientific challenges — including trust — in different parts of the world.
Learn how Africa-based scientists achieve their aims in the face of limited resources, pressing needs regarding health, energy and environment, and external interventions distant from on-the-ground needs. Hear about NASAC best practices for setting scientific priorities in under-resourced settings and gaining a voice in global debates and initiatives. Find out how scientists, citizens and policy-makers balance the call for solutions-based science with the costly requirements of research and new knowledge production. Discuss how lessons learned in Africa can be applied to other areas of the world committed to science in the public interest. Become familiar with NASAC guidelines for ethical partnerships regarding conduct of inquiry, result-sharing, and distribution of benefits. Gain insight on st