By Henry Owino
-19 May 2017- Kenya’s Sixth National Science Week showcasing achievements and breakthroughs in science, technology and innovation begins from 22 to 26 May, 2017 at Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi.
It has already attracted up to 50 private and public sector exhibitors from local and international institutions, scientific and research organizations, universities, high schools, Technical and Vocational Training Institutions (TVET) will show-case their robots. The 2017 winners of the National Innovation Award Competition will be announced by the end of the weeklong science fair with the theme Research, Science, Technology and Innovation to Address Climate Change.
According to Dr Moses Ruggut, Director General, National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NASCOSTI), the presentations and exhibitions are focusing on five other sub-themes: Climate change and health; Indigenous knowledge and food security; Social sciences and sustainable co-existence; draught and flood preparedness; Climate change and Energy.
Dr Ruggut said this year’s exhibition is unique and marks a milestone of forcing new synergies from the Ministry of Education through the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NASCOSTI) in partnership with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives and the Ministry of Information Communication and Technology.
“If you want to know why the recent drought experienced in the country may just recur again affecting the water levels in the dams and whether the globe isn’t just warming but is overheating, then wonder no more…… all these questions and others will be answered at 6th National, Science Week 2017,” Dr Ruggut said.
Dr Ruggut added that some of the presentations at the Conference Sessions will look at the role of Indigenous Knowledge in enhancing food security amongst communities; seaweed farming; entrepreneurship and climate change in Kenya; the water crisis facing some major cities; flood preparedness; and green energy adoption and production.
“The expected output of the 6th National Science Week is the complete documentation of research findings and innovations which are key in the implementation of Kenya’s Vision 2030, other policy brief, and the keeping or listing of an inventory of innovations,” Dr Ruggut told those attending a press briefing in Nairobi.
Activities will also include presentations by leading scholars, academicians, policy makers, scientists, entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers and TVET experts while beneficiaries of research grants from the research endowment funds will also present their research or project findings.
Dr Jemimah Onsare, CEO, National Research Fund (NRF) encouraged Kenyans to attend the forum. NRF promotes human capital and institutions’ capacity in science, research and innovations and could sponsor some research activities.
“Exhibition conference is the right place to identify individuals and institutions for funding. Let Science Community turn in large numbers not only to showcase their achievements but also to learn, exchange ideas and find new innovations in the market,” Dr Onsare said. Research is the tool for addressing food insecurity among other calamities facing the country, she added.