• Africa Scientifique: Leadership, Knowledge & Skills for Science Communication

    “Public engagement activities enhance the use and the discovery of science by other people. Public engagement is the light which we have to use to bring science to other people. Public engagement is a key step to disseminate our research. Public engagement is like an open door between scientists and society. Public engagement is a kind of communication about our scientific competence.” ~ Africa Scientifique Participant – 2020

  • Africa Scientifique: Leadership, Knowledge & Skills for Science Communication

    “Being a woman is hard, we still have males who think women are supposed to do certain things. Growing up I always believed that women are not supposed to stand and give a talk in front of men.” ~ Africa Scientifique Participant – 2020

Welcome to African Gong

The Pan-African Network for the Popularization of Science & Technology and Science Communication

African Gong is a Pan-African Network for the Popularization of Science & Technology, and Science Communication in Africa. It is developed with the strategic support of the UNESCO Africa Region. It aims to create a strategic platform from which Africa can contribute to global structures and institutional capacities for the advancement of science communication, science and society studies and the public learning and understanding of science (PLUS). It also contributes a uniquely relevant and inclusive African-centred paradigm and community of practice to the global development agenda and addresses the critical need for transformation in the science communication and the PLUS sector. African Gong also facilitates and enables the strategic positioning of science and its applications at the heart of the African sustainable development framework.

In choosing the traditional African Gong instrument for our name and symbol, we commit ourselves to the principles of its use in African societies, as an instrument to call folks together for debate, discussions and interactive engagement, on a communal basis, for the betterment of all. Thus, in developing African Gong, we envision a network that is multi-disciplinary, inclusive, interactive and multi-level in its membership, constituencies and partnerships, for the purpose of the exchange of information, regional and continental co-operation, including the African Diaspora.

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African Gong in partnership with AIMS South Africa delivered the Introductory Workshop for the 2022 African Scientifique Programme for AIMS-South Africa Master’s students and researchers, on the 25th February 2022.

Growing Africa’s Capacity for Science Communication Impact

JCOM Issue 04, 2022. Special Issue: Responsible science communication across the globe – June 2022

Overview Article on Special Issue: ‘Inclusion, reflection and co-creation: responsible science communication across the globe’

Link to the Overview Article

Dr. Rasekoala Contributed an article to the Commentary Section of the Special Issue on behalf of African Gong.

Title of Commentary: ‘Responsible science communication in Africa: rethinking drivers of policy, Afrocentricity and public engagement’

Abstract of Commentary:

The EU-funded RETHINK Project has demonstrated the critical need for transformational pathways in how science communicators navigate the increasingly challenging landscape of the field, in an era of growing public distrust, the expansion of online ‘mis-information’ digital platforms, and the resulting disconnection between science communicators and the general public. This Commentary seeks to locate, contextualise, and interrogate the good practice outcomes and recommendations of the RETHINK Project within the African regional scenario, and within the contexts, challenges and opportunities that exist therein. To achieve this, the author argues, African science communicators must actively pursue a radical and explicitly transformational agenda of intellectual Afrocentricity, the decolonisation of their practices and programmes, and address the multiple gaps inherent across the policy, practice, research, resources, and capacity-building divides on the continent. The prospects for the delivery of this agenda are further elaborated in a transformative and re-defined — ‘SMART’ Framework for Science Communication & Public Engagement in Africa.

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We welcome the support, contributions, and solidarity of all those who share our vision and mission, and request that you join us as we engage in this daunting challenge to empower Africans through scientific knowledge so that they are better able to make informed choices and decisions that will improve the quality of their lives.

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