• 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 delivers its Flagship Science Communication Capacity-building Programme – Africa Scientifique: Leadership, Knowledge & Skills for Science Communication – to the second cohort of African researchers at the AIMS South Africa, on the 25-27 August 2021.

Growing Africa’s Capacity for Science Communication Impact

2021 Inclusive Science Communication Symposium (ISC 2021)

African Gong participated in the 2021 Inclusive Science Communication Symposium (ISC 2021), contributing to the Panel Session on ‘Towards an Inclusive History of Science Communication’ on the 14th October, 2021.

Session Abstract

Towards an Inclusive History of Science Communication – Acknowledging, embracing and celebrating a global history of science communication.
There is growing awareness about the role of science communication in diversifying and decolonising science. But what about the need for diversifying and decolonising our understanding of science communication itself?
The practice, research and teaching of science communication today continues to be dominated by Eurocentric, Anglophone and heteronormative paradigms. There is an urgent need for decolonising our understanding of science communication by acknowledging, embracing and celebrating the wide diversity of knowledge sharing approaches employed by people across time, cultures and continents.
Our session will serve as a primer for understanding and moving towards an inclusive history of science communication. It will provide an introduction to historically diverse ways of exchanging knowledge, discuss the pivotal role of visual storytelling in the history of science, and highlight the importance of engaging with a more global history of science communication to address present-day issues.
Attendees will also have an opportunity to share their favourite science communication examples from their local cultures, contexts and countries!
Link to ISC 2021 website: www.2021iscs.vfairs.com

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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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