“References, attitudes, and even just ways of talking about science are different in different places.”
The Conversation Africa’s Natasha Joseph asked researchers working in fields as varied as physics, technology law, palaeontology and biomathematics to share their lessons and experiences as women in STEM – and what those who want to follow in their footsteps should expect.
“As a computer scientist, I am passionate about transforming Nairobi into a smart city. Transportation is a sector that is well suited to predictive tools such as those developed in my research, and can yield significant benefits by reducing traffic congestion in the city and empowering Nairobi residents to make better travel choices.”
“The Government of Kenya, through its ‘Big Four’ agenda , is keen on providing universal health coverage by 2022 to guarantee quality and affordable health care for all. While such an initiative goes a long way in redistributing health resources, Kenya is struggling to cope with the burden of traditional communicable diseases, which continue to account for a sizeable share of health spending.”
My research on storytelling through experimental animation explores the use of animation techniques and emerging technologies as a medium for relaying works of African oral literature (“orature”).
Three Mawazo Ph.D. Scholars participated in the inaugural training module of the Open Africa Power (OAP) programme last month. OAP is a collaboration between the Enel Foundation and academic institutions in Africa and Italy, and aims to build the next generation of African leaders who are equipped to drive a clean energy future in their countries.
“Further, UNHCR cautions that the number of displaced people has continued to soar and it is estimated that globally, one in every 113 persons is now either a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum.”
“Antimicrobial resistance refers to the ability of microorganisms to develop resistance to antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic, and antifungal medications. This emergence of antimicrobial resistant genes in microorganisms is becoming a major global public and animal health issue."
“The Ebola virus, a member of the filovirus family, is an example of a zoonotic virus that made global headlines recently during a deadly outbreak in West Africa, resulting in over 11,000 deaths."
“Funders want to see that you've come up with reasonable cost estimates. Documenting them clearly helps to establish the credibility of your estimates.”
"Science is an incredible tool for education, empowerment, and understanding the world around us. Unfortunately, individual access to science can be limited by factors, such as gender, race, and geographic location."
We're thrilled to introduce our first cohort of Mawazo PhD Scholars! We received 170 applications for the 10 spots in this programme, demonstrating the high levels of demand for research funding and training amongst Kenyan PhD students.
Good news: we've just expanded the eligibility criteria and extended the deadline for our 2018 PhD Scholars programme! Women doing a PhD in any discipline at a Kenyan university are encouraged to apply. Visit the programme page for more information, and don't hesitate to be in touch with any questions.
We would like to make Mawazo's site useful to a wide range of researchers, whether or not they get the opportunity to participate in one of our programmes or events. Here are some of the resources that we've collected. Do get in touch if you know of anything to add!
Accessing ungated articles. The prevalence of paywalls in academic publishing makes it difficult for many researchers in low income countries to read the latest journal articles in their field. We've listed several options for accessing ungated articles.
Writing support. Most academics would agree that writing concise, insightful descriptions of their research is one of the most challenging parts of their work. Fortunately, there are a number of resources to help researchers improve their English-language writing skills.
Research methods. A number of sites offer free online training in the basic principles of social science research. We've listed several good options, as well as other tools for staying organised and productive as you carry out your research. We're also looking for online resources for research in STEM fields -- recommendations would be appreciated.
Research funding. Start your funding search with this list of some major international funding organisations in the social sciences and STEM.
Scholarships. There's a wide range of scholarships available for students who would like to pursue graduate study in Africa and abroad. We've assembled a list of sites which are frequently updated with useful scholarship opportunities.