Training and Sensitization Program(TS)
The TS program is designed to train members in different aspects of STI policy research, policy making and policy practice. The aim is to build necessary skills and technical capacity for kick-starting and sustaining a culture of autonomous innovation in the continent. Training programs cover subjects such as STI policy research methodologies, STI policy formulation and policy implementation, Communicating S&T to Parliamentarians, STI Journalism & writing for the fourth estate, science writing, writing policy briefs, STI art (drama, cartoons, and other forms of art), audio-vision, telling science stories in local languages, etc. The training stakeholders range from primary school children to Members of Parliament and top decision makers in Africa.
ATPS/UNESCO Training of policy Makers on STI Policy Formulation
ATPS in patrnership with UNESCo has developed an STI training manual that aims at providing a hands-on self training on basic principles of STI policy formulation. The manual provides an overview of the concepts of science, technology and innovation (STI). It also focuses on the definitions of STI, its aims and objectives, distinctions between science, technology and innovation; and how these relate to basic research and development (R&D); implications for STI policy making and policy implementation – from R&D policy to STI policy, from S&T policy to STI; and why STI policy is the necessary catalyst for economic development of nations. The training manual is currently in its final stages of completion.
Regional consultation meeting on the development of the Global Climate Change Adaptation Network in Africa
ATPS has collaborated with UNEP to facilitate the setting up of the UN Global Climate Change Adaptation Network, Africa chapter. Following consultative meetings globally, the Africa chapter of the GAN was formed in April 2009 under the guidance of the Interim Steering Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Kevin Urama, ATPS Executive Director.
Africa Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN)
In his capacity as Co-Chair of the GAN Steering Committee, the ATPS Executive Director, Dr. Kevin Urama was invited by UNEP to present the GAN to the Africa Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) on the May 27, 2009. This side event provided a platform for ATPS’ advocacy on responding to climate change through STI in Africa.
SET-DEV project workshops:
Focus Group Workshop
A Focus Group workshop was convened from 4 – 5 February 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya to discuss the Kenya Manifesto on Science, Ethics and Socialization of Science. The main objective of the workshop was to draft a document that incorporates the situation of scientific and technological research, the levels of socialization, the ethical issues arising from research in the local context, and strategies for enabling a process of sustainable socialization. Also discussed was the philosophy, structure and content of the draft manifesto from a perspective rooted within the African history, societal needs and policy orientations, while at the same time laying the basis for a dialogue similar for the European and Indian experiences.
SET-DEV Manifesto Workshop
The preliminary SET-DEV Manifesto drafting workshop was held on May 20, 2009. The purpose of the workshop was to brainstorm on the results of the project so far with partners from India, Kenyan and Europe and to create a broader interest in and support of the manifesto process. Participants were urged to incorporate the theoretical and methodological approaches as well as the best practices gathered.
SETDEV Steering Committee Meeting and Launch of the Manifesto Development process:
The ATPS hosted the second SET-DEV Steering Committee meeting on 20 – 21 May 2009. The meeting which was attended by 22 delegates from 7 countries, peer reviewed the progress of the SETDEV project in Belgium, India, Italy, Kenya, the Netherlands, Nigeria and United Kingdom. Mr. Jean-François Dechamp, the EC Desk Officer in charge of the SETDEV project was among the workshop participants. The meeting was held with the purpose of sharing and having dialogue on the results of the project so far, with partners from Belgium, India, Italy, Kenya, the Netherlands, Nigeria and United Kingdom and to create a broader interest in and support of the Manifesto process.
SET-DEV Capacity Building Workshop
As part of the manifesto drafting process under Work Package 4 of the SET-DEV program, the ATPS hosted a 4 day workshop in Mombasa, Kenya covering (i) Science in Society; (ii) Science mediation and Practice; (iii) Science Communication and Evaluation; and (iv) Innovation & Governance. A dynamic mix of 50 participants drawn from the learning and research institutes; government/public institutes; private sector; international bodies, civil society as well representatives from SET-DEV project partners from Kenya, Nigeria, Italy, France, and Germany attended the workshop. Read More
SET-DEV Project WP4 activities
As part of the ongoing activities under the SET-DEV Project (Work Package 4), two Postdoctoral researchers Dr. Ragna Zeiss and Mr. Lucio Pisacane from collaborating institutions in the Netherlands and Italy respectively, supported ATPS in conducting Case studies on current practices within civil society and research organisations. The objectives of this work package were:
- Carrying out of a review on the practices relevant to the activity of the institutes;
- Drafting of an operational handbook containing the results of the orientation to solve the problems addressed and improve the practices reviewed;
- Implementation of a process of internal dissemination of the handbook, in order to obtain possible suggestions for modification;
- Implementation of an initiative for the presentation and external dissemination of the handbook.
Together with ATPS Research Officer, Ms Wairimu Mwangi, the researchers conducted field visits to develop case studies which analyze best practices, challenges and constraints faced by Kenyan Science and Technology Research Institutions. The aim of these case studies is to inform the African Manifesto for Science and Technology being developed under the programme. The team administered surveys and carried out in-depth interviews with researchers, heads of research bodies and public administrators from the National Council on Science and Technology (NCST), Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) and Egerton University in Kenya. The information collected from these participatory studies will go towards developing a handbook containing operational standards and protocols to improve the capacity of Kenyan research institutions, civil society Organisations, business associations and public administration in the socialization of Science, Technology and Research. Dr. Ragna Zeiss is assistant professor in Science and Technology Studies at the University of Maastricht and Mr. Lucio Pisacane works with Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR-IRPPS). Read More
Scientific Revival Day for Africa (SRDA)
In 2009, ATPS supported five chapters including Ghana, Lesotho, Nigeria, Senegal and Uganda to host the SRDA in their countries. Selection of chapters to receive support followed a call for Expressions of Interest (EoI) and subsequent proposals received from the chapters. All the recipient chapters commemorated the African scientific revival days in their own countries. Brief reports on activities held in Uganda, Ghana and Lesotho are highlighted below. Read More
Global Adaptation Network (GAN) Meeting
Under the Climate Sense Program, ATPS held a meeting with UNEP to discuss the launch of the Global Adaptation Network. The overall objective of the GAN is to help build climate resilience of vulnerable human systems, ecosystems and economies through the mobilization of knowledge and technologies to support adaptation policy-setting, planning and practices. Read More
IEEE AFRICON Conference
ATPS partnered with the Kenya Chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to co-host the 9th IEEE AFRICON in Nairobi, Kenya from 23 - 25 September 2009. ATPS supported the event under the Y I CAN program specific activity - Youth Innovation Challenge Awards within the specific areas of climate change adaptation. The ATPS support included the provision of a Prize Award to the best student innovator in ICTs and/or Alternative Energy for rural development.
International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management (the Resource Panel), June 2 – 4, 2009 Paris, France and November 8-11, 2009, Beijing China
ATPS Executive Director appointed as member of the UNEP Resource Panel for Sustainable Natural Resources Management, 2009 – 2011. Dr. Urama will Chair the Sustainable Water Management Working Group of the Panel. Read More