LOIS WORKSHOP, VAXJO SWEDEN 23rd - 25th NOVEMBER 2003
LOIS stands for Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) in Scandinavia, chapter of the European project LOFAR for Radio studies of the Solar Terrestrial Relationships. This was a scientific meeting attended by participants from Russia, Norway, Denmark, Kenya, Germany, Greece and Sweden. All the participants presented their work as related to LOFAR/LOIS Project.
The Kenya National Academy of Sciences was represented by the Chairman, Prof. Joseph O. Malo who presented two papers as follows:
- Proposal for the establishment of an International Institute for Space Sciences and Electronics (INISSE) in developing countries and the construction of a Giant Equatorial Radio Telescope (GERT) as an International Collaborative Effort.
- KIRO -The Kenya International Radio Observatory, a multipurpose Radio facility at the Geomagnetic Equator for Space Physics, Astrophysics, Environment and Communication Research.
The main objective behind the Chairman making these presentations was to transform KNAS from Purely administering Science and Technology Projects to become functional and operational in terms of running various Research Institutes manned by the Academy's Fellows/Members as is happening in other countries.
KIRO is a national facility and is indeed a good candidate for implementation by KNAS. Being in the Geomagnetic Equator, KIRO will complement the results obtained by LOFAR/LOIS in the northern hemisphere in the studies of Astrophysics and Cosmology and indeed environment including communication.
THIRD WORLD NETWORK OF SCIENCE ORGANIZATION (TWNSO)
The 7th General Assembly, 8th General Conference And 13th General Meeting of The Third World Academy Of Sciences (TWAS) 19th-23rd Oct 2002, New Dheli, India and Asian Regional (IAP) Seminar on Generation of Experimental Material and Modules for Science Education 24-25th Oct 2002, New Dheli, India, organized by the Indian National Academy of Sciences.
KNAS was represented at the meetings by the Chairman, Prof. Joseph O. Malo who also presented a paper on "Trends and Challenges of Science Education in Kenya."
INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS NETWORK OF ACADEMIES AND SCHOLARLY SOCIETIES
Biennial Meeting Centro Steffano, Franscini, Monte Verita, Ascona, Switzerland May 21-23 2003. KNAS was invited to participate at the above meeting by Carol Conillon, Executive Director of the Network.
Regional groups deliberated on maters and issues of interest to the region including:
- Science in the services of Human Rights and International Law
- Supporting and defending the Rights of Scientists to freedom of Expression.
The Chairman, KNAS presented a talk entitled "Science/Technology and Human Rights"
THIRD IGPB CONGRESS AND THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIRS MEETING 19th - 24th JUN 2003, BANFF, CANADA.
KNAS was invited to attend this congress and meeting by Prof. Joao Morais, Deputy Director Social Sciences of IGPB.
The objective of the Third IGPB Congress was to develop the scientific agenda and implementation approaches for the next decade of earth system research within IGPB
The congress was a devoted meeting of all the core project scientific steering committees along with colleagues from the Earth System Science Partnership and other programs and agencies, as well as IGPB National Committees, much emphasis was placed on integration across traditional boundaries and disciplines. The approach was to build on concepts such as GAIM questions, which can be adapted and applied to a variety of environments.
Output from the congress will contribute to the IGPB II implementation strategy and a revamped approach to the role of National Committees in IGPB. About 300 people were invited to the congress consisting of National Committee Chairs, Members of Project SSCs, Transition Teams of Developing IGPB Projects and Members of key partner organizations.
U.S NATIONAL ACADEMIES-AFRICAN ACADEMIES OF SCIENCE VISITORS PROGRAM APRIL 1st - 11th 2003
This visit to the United States National Academies in Washington D.C was organized as a follow-up activity to a US national Academies sponsored workshop in Trieste in 2001. The visit was part of the ongoing Inter-Academy panel programme on capacity building for Academies in Africa led by the Third World Academy of Sciences.
The following Academies from Africa were represented at the visit:
- African Academy of Sciences
- Kenya National Academy of Sciences
- Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences
- Cameroon Academy of Sciences
- Uganda national Academy of Sciences
- Senegal Academy of Sciences
- Nigerian Academy of sciences
The goal of the visit was to promote mutual exchange of ideas among staff of academies of sciences and for visitors to gain familiarity with multiple functions of the US National Academies. Participants interacted closely with study directors and other research council staff with a view of gaining familiarity with the study process which include developing and securing funding for studies, conducting committee meetings, subjecting reports to external peer review and disseminating reports.
National Workshop on Culture and Development and Education for the 21st Century.
The Kenya National Academy of Sciences jointly with the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO hosted a two-day workshop to analyze and discuss two independent U.N. Commission Reports between 24th and 25th February 1997 in Nairobi.
The first commission was chaired by Javier Perez de Cueller, former U.N Secretary General. The Commission explored the interactions between Culture and Development and came up with proposals to help the international community deal with them better. "Our Creative Diversity" was the collective response.
The second commission which was chaired by Mr. Jacques Delors, former president of the European Commission and former Minister of Economy and Finance (France), was asked to study and reflect on the challenges facing education in the coming years and to formulate suggestions and recommendations for policy makers. "Learning: The Treasure within" was the collective Commission Report.
The National Workshop on Culture and Development and Education for the 21st Century had the following objectives:
- To introduce the Commission Reports to a varied group of experts and opinion leaders in Kenya.
- To give analytical review of the Commission Reports to the press for general public information.
- To initiate discussions on Culture and Development and Education Reform within the Kenyan Society directed at improving understanding and development.
- To give UNESCO a report outlining views of Kenyan experts on it's Commission Reports.
Using the Commission Reports two leading Kenyan scholars presented papers each reviewing the role of culture in development and education reforms in Kenya. The papers discussed issues raised in the UNESCO Reports and the relevance to our diverse cultures and education reforms. Discussants each critically analyzed the lead papers and two chapters of the Reports. This was followed by Plenary Sessions and Group Discussions which produced useful recommendations sent to UNESCO.
African GAIM Modeling Workshop
The National Committee of the Global Analysis, Interpretation and Modeling (GAIM) Task Force of the IGBP, in conjunction with the Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training (START), held a workshop in Mombasa, Kenya, from 3rd -12th March 1997 for the purpose of developing and integrating the capacity of the African global change modeling community.
GAIM emphasizes activities designed to expand upon the development, testing and analysis of integrative data sets and models of the biogeochemical aspects of the earth system. The African-GAIM Modeling Workshop concentrated upon:
- Analyzing key models and data with particular relevance to Africa.
- Interpreting the capacity of these models to describe system processes within the region and validation with field data.
- Building the international modeling and data infrastructures needed to support fully the IPCC process.
- Expanding the capability within Africa to use models focused upon key topics within the overall theme of global change.
- Developing model applications to problems associated with land use changes and sustainability of African agricultural and other land use.
Participants were drawn from about 20 countries from Africa. Europe and U.S.A The aim of the workshop was to acquaint scientists with understanding a global change models. The theme of the workshop revolved around land use and ecological issues, hydrological cycles and how to do modeling using computers.
A workshop was held on a Land-Ocean Coastal Zone Interactions (LOICZ) Related Partners in Marine Science Programme of the Eastern Africa Region in Mombasa from 10th-14th March. 1997.
The LOICZ project is one of eleven core elements of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP). LOICZ addresses that portion of the Earth system where land, ocean and atmosphere meet and interact. It is a research and programme coordination, promotion and development organization. The LOICZ "Domain" extends from that portion of the land where materials (e.g. sediments, nutrients) are primarily supplied to the edge of the continental shelf.
The workshop had the following objectives:
- To draft a 5-year Marine Science Plan for Eastern Africa region. This plan contributes to the Coastal Zone Module of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and the implementation of LOICZ activities in Africa. The plan has to be built on existing research programmes such as the Large Marine Ecosystem of the Somali Current in the region.
- To embed its research programme in Partners in Marine Science Programme in which Capacity Building in the region is linked to the execution of this science plan.
Output: A five-year work plan with a ten-year outlook.
Sponsors: The Netherlands Geosciences Foundation, GOA. The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, IOC of UNESCO.
The Swedish International Development Agency, SIDAJSAREC The IGBP/START. Participants:
There were 24 participants from the Eastern Africa Region and Europe.
ICSU AFRICA REGIONAL MEETING IN HARARE, ZIMBABWE 9TH - 12TH OCTOER 2004.
This was an Interim Regional Committee meeting that discussed the modalities that will govern the ICSU Regional office for Africa and its role on the African continent.
ELEVENTH SESSION OF THE INTERNATIONAL BIOETHICS COMMITTEE OF UNESCO 23RD-24TH AUGUST 2004.
At this meeting, it was agreed that National Academies are only organizations with sober minds to look into issues of Bioethics e.g. cloning abortion and euthanasia.
SCIENCE EDUCATION PROGRAMME FOR AFRICA - DAKAR SENEGAL 9TH-11TH MARCH 2005
The Senegal Academy of Sciences and Technology are the lead Academy for IAP Science Education program. The meeting was attended by all NASAC focal points and other fellow Academies from Chile, U.S.A, France, Sweden and TWAS. The main objective of the meeting was to elaborate a regional programme for teaching of science in Africa.
BIENNIAL NETWORK OF ACADEMIES AND INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS NETWORK OF ACADEMIES AND SCHOLARLY SOCIETIES, LONDON, U.K - 18TH-20TH MAY 2005.
The workshop discussed issues related to the Freedom of Scientific Research in relation to Embryonic Stem Cells that includes Therapeutic Cloning or Nuclear Transfer.
LAUNCH OF ICSU REGIONAL OFFICE FOR AFRICA PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 2004.
In 2002, the International Council for Science ICSU General Assembly decided to establish four regional offices for developing countries to be located in Africa. The Arab Region, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. The regional offices are supposed to support the work if ICSU and Scientific Unions, National bodies and joint initiatives as well as its partners such as UNESCO and TWAS.
A regional consultative meeting was held in South Africa on the issue and out of the three who had bided i.e. South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe, South Africa won the bid.
SCENARIOS FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT (RTD) COOPERATION/SCOPE 2015- 20TH TO 21ST JUNE 2005, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM.
In SCOPE 2015, EC aims to cover four regions - CIS, Latin America, Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa by using 17 country correspondents. The five countries covered by the object in the sub-Saharan Africa are:
The aim of the project is to develop a series of contrasting 10-year scenarios that will highlight key opportunities and challenges for future RTD cooperation with European Union.
INTER-ACADEMY PANEL PLANNING MEETING FOR THE ACCESS TO SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION/DIGITAL DIVIDE 18TH NOVEMBER 2004 - PARIS.
The major issues that arose from this meeting included:
- Access to information without case
- Legal aspects regarding government policy and state secrecy
- Intellectual property
- Ranking of basis information
- Emerging issues e.g. Infrastructure, Widening of the Digital Divide and Funding of the initiative.
NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (PARKS) DEVELOPMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRIAL GROWTH 30TH JUNE 2004.
The main objective of the workshop was to establish the right foundation for the development of science and technology (PARKS) for sustainable relationships between Universities, Research Institutions and Industries in the implementation and commercialization of research and development and incubation results as well as launching new knowledge based enterprises. The workshop was co-sponsored by KNAS, the African Technology Policy Studies (ATPS) and Africa Project Development Facility.
NATIONAL SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION POLICY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP 17TH-18TH FEBRUARY 2004.
The overall objective of the workshop was to draw a comprehensive National Science and Technology Policy for the guidance of the promotion and management of science and technology in Kenya. The workshop was hosted by KNAS with sponsorship from UNESCO through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF AFRICAN SCIENCE ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE (ASADI) 6th - 10th NOVEMBER 2005.
The US National Academy of Sciences has chosen the Kenya National Academy of Sciences to host the 1st Annual International Conference of the African Science Academy Development Initiative. The main theme of the conference is "Improving Public Policy to achieve the Millennium Development Goals in Africa: by harnessing science and technology capacity".
The goal of the conference is to bring together African Scientists and Policy maker to deliberate on the role of Science Academies in contributing to government policies on matters related to human health and other associated development issues.
AFRICAN NETWORK ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE RESEARCH AND CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP 22ND-24TH SEPTEMBER 2005.
The purpose of the workshop is to gauge the interests and preferences of the African Scientific and Policy Communities as to the nature of a regional networking organization that could best serve the needs of the two communities in support of global change science and capacity development in Africa.
The workshop is organized by the Kenya National Academy of Sciences, the NEPAD Secretariat, the Pan-African START Secretariat and the University of Nairobi.
NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY CAPACITY IN THE FRAMEWORK OF MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS 6TH-7TH OCTOBER 2005.
This workshop is organized to belatedly commemorate the African Scientific Revival Day in Africa June 30th annually which was initiated by the African Union (AU) formally the Organization of African Unity. This was in support of enhancing science and technology capacity and popularization of science and technology.
The main objective of the workshop will be to popularize science and technology and sensitize stakeholders on the role of science and technology in achieving the Millennium Development Goals and to inform policy makers about the essence of capacity building in science and technology for wealth creation and sustainable development.
THE IAP WORKSHOP ON EVALUATION OF INQUIRY BASED SCIENCE EDUCATION PROGRAM 21st. - 23rd. SEPTEMBER 2005 STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
The Inter Academy Panel (IAP) is an organization constituted by the National Academies of Sciences of all regions of the World. The IAP has identified science education as a major priority in its action and is promoting the involvement of its member academies in national and regional program that introduce the inquiry-based methodology of science education. Experience tells us that this methodology greatly increases the appreciation of science and scientific learning in the children exposed to it. However, there is a great need to conduct objective evaluation of the impact of this kind of science education on concepts, skills and attitudes of the students.
For this reason, the IAP Program of Science Education has decided to organize an International Workshop that could help to generate an international effort to achieve an adequate evaluation of on going and new programs.
The Workshop has the following objectives:
- To gather the experience from different countries and existing international programs or the issues and problems inherent to the evaluation of Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) projects.
- To discuss and agree on the essential components and requirements of protocols designed to evaluate IBSE projects.
- To agree on follow up activities that would pursue specific evaluation topics and identify possible sites for the experimental evaluation of IBSE projects.