• 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 is contributing to the Ecsite 2021 Annual Conference Programme with the following Sessions on Thursday the 10th June 2021:

Beyond the objects: Decolonising work in Science Communication and Museums – Part 1

Beyond the objects: Decolonising work in Science Communication and Museums – Part 2

Participants will get an honest view of projects focussing on decolonising science communication, at problems, challenges, and paths to the future. In highly interactive discussions, they can ask their own questions and learn from the speakers’ projects, successes, and mistakes. Pledges will give them concrete ways of how to proceed themselves.

Growing Africa’s Capacity for Science Communication Impact

Ecsite 2021 Annual Conference: Reflecting on our Commitments

Four esteemed guests from the Ecsite 2021 Annual Conference discuss how the Ecsite Strategy commitments on Climate & Biodiversity, 21st Century Skills and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, have been discussed and explored during this year’s event.

Spotlight on the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) contribution by Lewis Hou, Director, Science Ceilidh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

My first Ecsite Conference has arguably been the most inclusive conference to date with the flexible online engagement, the sharing of pronouns and visual descriptors and over 15 sessions sharing the breadth of work with diverse communities in the sector linking into Ecsite’s wider Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) commitment.
Whilst this progress should be rightly celebrated, there is still work to ensure this is embedded longer-term and for me, four key themes and provocations emerged for the informal science learning sector.

“Whose story is this?”

“…And if it’s not my story, why don’t I have the humility to engage with the person whose story it is?” asked Elizabeth Rasekoala from African Gong. Science centres and museums have benefitted historically from extracting objects and stories from marginalised groups, and as we increasingly work with these groups, it’s imperative our engagement doesn’t replicate neo-colonial dynamics by instrumentalising these voices. Read More

Link to all the four Reflecting on our Commitments contributions:

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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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