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What is the role of science journalism and community development?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Marie Rarieya May 26, 2009.

How Europe is losing Africa

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United States and Kenya
What do you do?
Editor, Researcher
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Fields of interest
science, agriculture, biodiversity, sustainable development, poverty reduction, biotechnology, engineering, policy
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English, Swahili
Please introduce yourself and explain why you want to join this network. Membership may be denied for people who do not answer this question in sufficient detail
I am a Kenyan professor of the practice of international development at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and director of its project of science, technology and globalization. I am a former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and founding Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) in Nairobi. I have previously worked as a science and environment journalist and I currently contribute a weekly column to the Nairobi-based Business Daily. I edit two peer-reviewed journals on innovation and biotechnology, moderate a Yahoo Group on Science and Innovation Policy (GOSIP) and maintain a "Comment is Free" blog with the Guardian newspaper. I belong to various academies involved in promoting science and technology literacy. These include the Royal Society of London, the US National Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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Lecture Explores Science and Economic Growth in Africa

Posted on January 12, 2009 at 4:15 — 1 Comment

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At 12:41 on December 26, 2020, Klaus Ammann said…

Here Philipp Aerni's memory text about our friend Calestous Juma

Aerni Philipp (20171220) In Memory of Calestous Juma Philippe Aerni Zurich, Switzerland 2 pp AND

At 12:35 on December 26, 2020, Klaus Ammann said…

Still mourning about the early death of my dearest friend Calestous Juma, he would have done so much good things for Africa with his unusual and creative activities, Philipp Aerni has written an excellent biography, THANKS.

At 8:59 on November 19, 2011, Sanjoy chaki said…

hi, how are you Sir ? i Went to D R Congo & Uganda last month . i have seen the possibility of these African Countries . But why not develop ?

TV Report & image of D R Congo & Uganal

World poorest Country Congo... Changing people from Sanjoy Chaki on Vimeo.

At 7:20 on January 12, 2009, Chadwin Reno Wafula said…
Halo professor,
Thanks for your message and insights on science and literacy.I look forward to great discussions where we shall stimulate interest and arouse the desire to exchange information on policy,environment e.t.c.
Kind regards,
Chadwin Reno Wafula.
At 17:36 on September 2, 2008, Joydeep Gupta said…
I subscribe to your innovation newsletter and find it quite useful. Nice to see you here
At 13:41 on April 21, 2008, Zakia Haddouch said…
Hi Calestous!

Thank you for adding me to the list of your friends!

Viva Africa!
At 3:34 on April 12, 2008, Calestous Juma said…
It appears that the demand for change is not limited to academia:
At 6:10 on April 9, 2008, Basma Abdelgafar said…
"How is it going?" you ask. I sometimes wonder in life how someone can think they are doing so much and yet feel as if they are achieving so little! I am still in Qatar teaching a graduate course in policy theory and analysis, managing the Faculty's international affairs, trying to maintain some notions of a research agenda, getting involved in humanitarian research, hosting several international guests this month, and wondering where all this is going :o)

The great thing is that there is so much that one can do here. The downside is the local sponsorship law means that you are not really at liberty of changing your employer to do something more suitable or interesting. It is such a pity really. I was just discussing this issue with a friend the other day. I noted that this legal restriction is a loss to the economy overall because for the highly professional the option is really the rest of the world. If you wish to move you can but that will likely be overseas if the system here will not accommodate your desired career path. There is talk of change but I am not sure of the nature of such reform.

I am also longing to visit Africa and perhaps return to my interests in development. But for now that will remain a dream as I figure out where exactly I am going to be next September.

I hope that you are well and I am so pleased as usual that you have dropped me a line!

All my best,

At 12:23 on March 22, 2008, Gillian Pepper said…
In brief, Newton's Apple is now officially a registered Charity, and will shortly be launching it's second health report, 'Delivering Innovative Cancer Diagnostics and Treatments to Patients.' NA will also be hosting an 'explaining policy' workshop the British Association 2008 Science Communication Conference. I'll try to keep you up-to-date as we go along.
All the best,
At 15:40 on March 21, 2008, Gillian Pepper said…
Hi Calestous, I have just joined the network. I am currently working for Newton's Apple think tank, and am pleased to see that one of our founding members has already embraced the Research and Media Network.
Regards, Gillian


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