BRINGING TOGETHER SCIENCE ENGAGEMENT COMMUNITIES

After a successful launch in March 2020, where we explored the Science Engagement landscape in Kenya, the Falling Walls Engage Hub Kenya continues to bring together Science Engagement communities from around the world in partnership with Mawazo Institute in Nairobi. Kari Mugo, communications consultant at Mawazo Institute is the Manager of the Engage Hub Kenya.

 

AFRICA’S RESEARCHERS ON THE FOREFRONT OF CLIMATE CHANGE & ADAPTATION

The Falling Walls Engage Hub Kenya’s second event took place on 22 March 2022. The Quiz Night ‘It’s Getting Hot in Here was designed to explore how human behaviour is impacting human and marine health, livelihoods and ecosystems on the Western Indian Ocean (see pictures below).

The event was hosted as part of the Mawazo Institute’s Climate Week public engagement activities. Through a mix of in-person/hybrid events and virtual events, Climate Week shared local research, ideas, and approaches to planetary health that can strengthen community networks and instigate urgent action on climate issues for individuals and institutions in Eastern Africa, and beyond.

As a country at the forefront of African research into climate change, Kenya is an ideal location to explore the impacts of human behaviour on the region; and the potential challenges and opportunities arising. Kenya and South Africa are the only African countries among the top 10 countries  in the world in terms of hosting institutions receiving funding for climate-related research on Africa (IPCC Report: Africa Chapter, 2022). Climate change adaptation is also legislated into Kenya’s development strategy through the Climate Change Act of 2016 which requires the Government to develop action plans to guide the mainstreaming of climate change into sector functions. The Act is the first climate change-dedicated legislation in Africa. As of this writing, only one other country in Africa – Benin – has a climate change framework law like this.

Hub participants took part in a quiz night with marine scientist Dr. Fiona Moejes and media personalities, Wanjira Longauer and Georgie Ndirangu. The format for the Quiz Night is inspired by SciCo’s Celebrity Science; a broadcast show aimed at distributing scientific knowledge into the wider public in a creative and inspiring manner so as to contribute to scientific literacy.

PLANETARY HEALTH IN EASTERN AFRICA

The webinar entitled “Eastern Africa Challenges & Opportunities to Planetary Health” was organised as part of Mawazo’s Climate Week. Melvine Otieno, founder of the Planetary Health Eastern Africa Hub (PHEAH), introduced the concept of planetary health, its relevance for the Eastern African region and the work of PHEAH – from education and community engagement to research and advocacy.

Re-watch the online webinar here.

 

HUB KENYA 2021

On 25 May 2021, the Engage Hub Kenya hosted the online webinar entitled “African in the Ivory” as part of the public engagement programme Nairobi Ideas Exchange. On the occasion of Africa Day, African scientists, innovators and storytellers discussed the issue of equity and the sciences.

The event brought together Dr. Fiona Moejes (Mawazo Institute), Anna Chisa (Root of the Science Podcast & Falling Walls Engage Finalist 2021), Dr. Esther NGumbi (University of Illinois) and Judy Ngina (Mawazo Learning Exchange Fellow).

Re-watch the online webinar here.

CONTACT

If you have any questions or would like to connect with the Falling Walls Engage Hub Kenya, send us an email at engage@falling-walls.com.

Kari Mugo

MAWAZO INSTITUTE

Kari Mugo is the Hub Manager of the Falling Walls Engage Hub Kenya, and the Public Engagement Lead at Mawazo Institute, a non-profit research institute in Nairobi (Kenya) that supports the next generation of female scholars and thought leaders in Africa through research funding and professional training. At Mawazo, Kari supports the development of Mawazo’s public engagement program, designed to expose policy makers and the public to important research and innovative ideas by African scientists and thinkers.

Mawazo’s vision is for a world in which the voices and ideas of early-career African women shape the future of the continent and the world.

Events with Kari Mugo

Mon | Nov 08, 2021 | 05.00 PM - 05.50 PM Berlin Time

Falling Walls Circle – Round Table: Shaping the future of Science Engagement

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