Past Events

SELECTED KEY WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS ORGANIZED BY MESHA 

  • August 15-17, 2018, Nairobi, Kenya in partnership with Centre for Science and Environment, India: Media
    Workshop on the Challenge of Sanitation in Africa (40 participants from all over Africa and India)
  • June 29, 2018: Busia, Kenya: Sixth Kenya Media Science Café to expose journalists based in Busia to the
    HIV prevention research in Kenya. Also in attendance were scientists from KEMRI CDC, Kisumu and advocates
    on HIV research and prevention based in Busia. We also delved deep into Dapiverine Ring; Long Acting PrEP
    and HIV Vaccine (30 participants)
  • May 30-31, 2018, Zanzibar: Climate Change in Africa: Impacts, Challenges and Opportunities for
    marine ecology for African science journalists. (30 participants)
  • May 15, 2018: Nairobi, Kenya: Fifth Kenya Media Science Café on The search for an HIV vaccine:
    The science and social aspects for journalists, scientists and advocates on HIV research and prevention
    based in Nairobi in conjuction with IAVI and WACI-Health (36 participants)
  • May 4, 2018: Mombasa, Kenya: Fourth Kenya Media Science Café on Implementation of PrEP for
    prevention in the Coast region for journalists, scientists and advocates on HIV research and prevention
    based in Nairobi (20 participants)
  • May 3, 2018: Nairobi, Kenya: Workshop on the Minimata Convention on Mercury Phase Down for
    journalists based in Kenya in conjuction with the Centre for Environment Justice and Development (CEJAD).
    (20 participants)
  • February 21, 2018: Nairobi, Kenya: Third Kenya Media Science Café on HIV Pediatric Research: What
    you need to know about developing improved formulations for HIV infected children for journalists,
    scientists and advocates on HIV research and prevention based in Nairobi (25 participants)
  • January 23, 2018: Nairobi, Kenya: Second Kenya Media Science Café on HIV Self Testing for journalists,
    scientists and advocates on HIV research and prevention based in Nairobi (25 participants)
  • March 26-28, Kisumu, Kenya: Journalism Training on HIV Biomedical Prevention: Training of journalists
    based in the Lake Region of Kenya on how to report competently on HIV prevention. (30 participants)
  • December 5-7: Nairobi, Kenya: Kick off meeting for the Kenya Science Media Cafes and the inaugural
    science media cafe: Introducing the concept of monthly science cafes in Kenya and holding the first
    science media café to MESHA members, science journalists at large, HIV advocates, scientists and
    partners in the space of HIV and AIDS research in the region. (30 participants).
  • February 1 to June 30, 2017: Testing, administering and follow up for a new web based platform which
    aims to connect local journalists to researchers, including the wider science journalism community, fast
    and on demand.
  • November 20 to 21, 2016: Nairobi, Kenya: Capacity building workshop for journalists reporting on
    communicable and non-communicable diseases (45 participants)
  • October 23 to 28, 2016: Nairobi, Kenya: Capacity building workshop for journalists reporting on
    infectious diseases in conjunction with the World Health Organisation and the World Conference of
    Science Journalists. (33 participants)
  • March 15, 2016: Accra, Ghana: Second India – Africa Dialogue and Media Briefing on Water and
    Sanitation Dialogue Meeting – Airport West Hotel, Accra, Ghana in conjunction with India based Centre
    for Science and Environment (27 participants)
  • December 10-11, 2015: Nairobi, Kenya: Capacity building workshop for journalists reporting on
    emergencies in conjunction with the World Health Organisation and the World Conference of Science
    Journalists (25 participants)
  • November 22-24, 2015: Nairobi Kenya: Second Kenya Science Journalists Congress 2015, Kenya
    Medical Research Institute, Nairobi in conjunction with over ten partners (100 participants)
  • October 15-16, 2015: Laico Regency Hotel, Nairobi: Capacity Building Workshop on Multilateral
    Environmental Agreements (MEAs) for African Journalists in conjunction with Environmental Compliance
    Institute (45 participants)
  • February 27, 2015: Eastland Hotel, Nairobi: First India – Africa Dialogue and Media Briefing on Air
    Quality and Mobility 2015, Eastland Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya in conjunction with India based Centre for
    Science and Environment (40 participants)
  • October 12-15, 2014: Eastland Hotel, Nairobi: The second African Conference of Science Journalists
    2014, Eastland Hotel, Nairobi in conjunction with over ten partners (150 participants)
  • August 15 to 16, 2013: KEMRI, Nairobi: First Kenya Science Journalists Congress 2013, Kenya Medical
    Research Institute, Nairobi in conjunction with over ten partners (150 participants)
  • August 20-23, 2012: First African Science Journalists Conference 2012, Nakuru, Bontana Hotel, in
    conjunction with Internews in Kenya and USAID (200 participants)

Except from the 2nd AFRICA SCIENCE JOURNALISTS CONFERENCE, 2012 Chairpersons invitation.

Welcome to Africa Science Journalists Conference, 2012!

On behalf of the Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (MESHA), the Internews in Kenya and my colleagues in the Conference Organising Committee, I welcome you to a town that started as a railway station on Kenyan-Uganda railway at the turn of the century. The name ‘Nakuru’ is derived from Nakurro, the Maasai word meaning a ‘dusty place’. Known for its flamingos and once dubbed “the cleanest town in East-Africa”, the town is located in an environmentally sensitive area. It is sandwiched between Lake Nakuru National Park to the south and the Menengai crater and its associated volcanic landscapes. Further to the North East of the town is the Bahati Escarpment forming the western fridge of the Aberdares Escarpment.

And the venue could not have been better – the Bontana Hotel –  an ultra-modern tourist class hotel situated in one of Kenya’s fastest growing commercial towns, Nakuru.

Being in the heartland of the country’s bread-basket, Bontana Hotel is surrounded by some of the most scenic tourist attractions in the spectacular Rift Valley. The ultra-modern tourist hotel is indeed Nakuru’s newest sensation.

Set on a Serene location and within a walking distance from the town’s central business district Bontana Hotel is a haven for travellers either on business or on stop over to or from western Kenya, Uganda and beyond.

The conference aims to chart a way forward for reporting science in Africa. Events at the conference will centre on the need for effective networking information exchange between scientists, science institutions and journalists.

This continental event comes at a time when Africa continues to grapple with a myriad of developmental challenges despite significant advances in science and technology. An interesting question to ask is perhaps whether the communication component is at par in its basic task of communicating new information and also countering scepticism and superstition around science and technology. Countries world over are trying to answer this question too. Scientific knowledge is ever increasing by the day. How do we ensure that ordinary citizens keep up with the ever increasing complexity and be able to make informed decisions?

The conference will seek to tackle this problem with the help of the diverse number of participants who shall be attending. The culmination of it will be an African Declaration on Effective Science Communication seeking a binding commitment from African journalists, communicators and researchers to improving science writing in the continent.

The choice of speakers has been a rigorous process. Plenary speakers will compose of most accomplished and influential in science and science communication.

I want to thank all those involved in organizing the conference: The local Conference Organising Committee in Kenya and the sponsors for their generous support. The programme committee has done a wonderful job assembling the exciting list of speakers and the programme.

We look forward to an interactive, exciting, informative and memorable conference.

Violet Otindo, MESHA Chairperson