Source: Daily Nation
27 January 2009 | EN
Kenyan scientists need to better communicate their findings
Scientists need to communicate better to improve the uptake of advancing technology, says Joseph Othieno, communications manager of the Kenya Veterinary Association.
Most Kenyan scientists, he says, are cocooned in laboratories — churning out findings but neglecting to pass them on to consumers. Kenyan farmers adapting to climate change do so based on authority rulings or circumstance, rather than informed decision-making.
Weak information is the greatest danger, says Othieno — a well-informed public can translate into a strong democracy and a sustainable economy.
Scientists must recognise that their poor communication skills are a problem and should make use of the mass media to inform the public about their discoveries.
Institutions should measure success by counting the number of people who are successfully using research findings, rather than the number of citations such findings have received. Science's value lies in its rate of transfer to the end-user.
Carol Hunja ( United Kingdom )
3 February 2009
Bharat Babu Shrestha, PhD ( Tribhuvan University | Nepal )
18 February 2009
Oliver Kanene ( Malaria Research and Control Communication Partnership | Zambia )
7 May 2009
Shiva Devkota ( Nepal )
23 January 2012
Recenly, I attended IAL7 Symposium, Thailand, where I made presentation on Trade and Traditional Utilizations of Lichens in Nepal Himalayas. My presentation was completely dependent on the local practices and local perception. The large volume of Lichens is being extracted haphazardly from Nepal. The care must be taken on this matter. I was the only one in that symposium, who presented there from the social point of views.
Why I am mentioning these all things here are if confernece, symposium and discussions are for the conservation, and if the conservation is for the people, the scientific communities must accept this fact and start their steps to conserve the resources in broad scale to address the local people livelihood. It is not worthy to invest millions of dollars to study a single lichen (or any other flora and fauna) species with less value. The scientific community must link science and society for the welfare of the community. Yes, we need pure research on the single species too, but that must link with the real conservation aspects.
The findings must be shared among the locals for the conservation, not only in peer reviewed and high factor journals.
For the scientific development, publications are must, but to address the local demand, communication in simpler ways are demanding.
Shiva Devkota, Nepal
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