Makerere Fest To Set Precedence For Africa In Global Science

doctor geneva;”>The five day long festival, sildenafil airing live from the University’s Freedom square will showcase some of the most significant international scientific research and explore how African scientists have contributed to the global science agenda.

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Scientists from around the world and Africa who jetted in to partake in the science fair include; Peter Piot, Director of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and former UN AIDS chief, Tejinder Virdee, of CERN one of the world’s leading physicists. Kenyan born Virdee led the search for the Higgs Boson particle Professor Justin Jonas, Dept. Physics & Electronics.

Others include Rhodes University. Jonas is working on the square Kilometre Array, Africa’s largest space project Dr. Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu, Ghanaian born senior robotics engineer from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California among others.

“I’m excited that the BBC is leading this conversation about science on the continent through the Festival of Science in Uganda. Our growing audiences in Africa are passionate about innovation, technology and learning.” Said Vera Kwakofi the world service’s Afirca News Editor.


He added that the festival will provide a unique opportunity to showcase new innovations and their potential applications in everyday life.

“The BBC is proud and delighted that some of Africa’s leading scientists who work on globally defining projects such as the CERN and the NASA Mars Rover projects will join us to share their experiences and help to inspire a new generation of African scientists,” he said

People willing to take part in the broadcasts have been advised join the BBC World Service’s flagship program broadcasting daily live where they will be discussing the changing nature of scientific endeavor and exploring how African science can contribute to the global agenda. As well as questioning if Africa could become a new hub of global science.

“For us Africa is increasingly a key partner in the world of science and this festival is a chance to show that connection and build on it,” Said Steve Titherington, Senior Commissioning Editor, BBC World Service.

Some of the most anticipated live programs through which the fest will be aired out will include Allan Kasujja’s Newsday, Focus On Africa, presented by Audrey Brown, BBC World Have Your Say, as well as a special hour long Science programme recorded with a live audience with scientists from Africa and abroad in discussion.

The event will be brought to end on Thursday 28 where the monthly BBC World Service Africa Debate will be recorded with a live audience asking the question: “Can Africa set the science agenda?”

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