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Workshop 2: Highlight of science communication and engagement

Moderated by: Joy Owango (Training Centre for Communication, University of Nairobi, Kenya) 

Participants will be taken through an  introduction  and  trends  in  science communication. Metrics  used  in  measuring output  from  research paper to  various science communication outputs. Practical  sessions on  how turn  opinion editorials and  introducing  the participants to science  editors  they can work with  to present  and publish their  opinion editorials(eligible for only  PhD researchers)

Facilitators biography:

Joy  Owango is an experienced   award winning Founding Director with a demonstrated history of working in the professional training and  coaching industry.  Her strengths  come in creating and  building collaborations  using the triple  helix  in industry, academia and government . She has created  such collaborations   with  the set up of the Training Centre in Communication (private/ Non-Governmental Organization), with, the University of Nairobi. Through working with Clarivate Analytics ,  a private  research intelligence   providing company, she successfully created  foundational   national access to  partnerships in six countries , namely Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Mauritius,Ghana, Senegal and Burkina Faso. For this to happen she  created   Government   discussions and collaborations so that research and academic communities in the respective countries may access the research intelligence for evidence based research decisions and policy.For this  to be effective she equally forged partnerships with stakeholders and government regulators in the respective countries to act as influencers  to the creation of the national partnerships. Her  Government Relations initiative opportunities  are valued at  USD 1,300,000. She has excellent donor relations and   from 2010  to date has  raised  upto USD 900,000 in grants from various donors  and foundations for  research capacity and support. Dr Catherine Sang (Environmental Scientist, Development Corridors Partnership, University of Nairobi, Kenya)  Dr Catherine Sang is an Environmental Scientist with an experience of over 10 years in teaching, research and consultancy in water resources planning and management, hydrological modelling, applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing in Environmental Planning and Management, and Environmental Impact Assessment. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the Development Corridors Partnership (DCP) project and is based at the Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation (ICCA), University of Nairobi. She is a lecturer at the Department of Environmental Planning and Management at University of Eldoret, Kenya. She holds a PhD in Environmental Information Systems from University of Eldoret, Kenya. Her doctoral research involved the assessment of the impacts of watershed dynamics on river flows. Her research interests focus on the impacts of land use changes, socio-economic dynamics and climate change on water resources.  Her ultimate goal is to come up with the best practices in water resources management that are inclusive, sustainable and resilient to economic development, climate change and other risks. She has published a number of papers in peer- reviewed journals. She is an EIA expert and a Member of Environment Institute of Kenya.