Fake News! Why the voices of science must rise

June 15, 2017 | Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Read Time

The fake news era has made it absolutely critical for academics, researchers and scientists to escape the ivory tower and engage with audiences outside traditional peer-to-peer communities. The ubiquity of the Internet, social media and other digital developments have greatly facilitated access to information across the continent, providing much-needed information and data for African citizens…. Read More

10 fascinating facts about public health in Africa

June 8, 2017 | Estimated reading time: 3 minutes Read Time

Africa faces the world’s most dramatic healthcare crisis: although the continent bears one quarter of the global disease burden, it has just 2% of the world’s doctors. What’s more, the continent faces many complex challenges, from tackling life-threatening infectious diseases to confronting the rise of non-communicable diseases. However, there are a great number of opportunities… Read More

Five African science and technology pioneers to watch

May 25, 2017 | Estimated reading time: 3 minutes Read Time

Thursday 25th May marks Africa Day, which officially commemorates the formation of the Organisation for African Unity in 1963, now the African Union. However, Africa Day is also an opportunity to celebrate the best and brightest of Africa, and especially the science and technology pioneers working to create real impact on the continent. In no… Read More

The Future of Renewable Energy in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities

May 15, 2017 | Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Read Time

Over two-thirds of Africa’s vast population, an estimated 600 million people, currently have no access to energy. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the average electricity grid access rate is a mere 20%. Furthermore, just seven of the continent’s countries have electricity rates that exceed 50%. Access to electricity is critical for development; it is vital in powering… Read More

#BigIdeasforAfrica Competition

May 12, 2017 | Estimated reading time: 1 minute Read Time

The PEI #ScienceAfrica UnConference is back and this year it’s bigger and better than ever. The theme for 2017 is ‘Big Ideas for Africa: Celebrating the Continents Science and Technology Pioneers’ – we’ll be shining a light on a diverse range of individuals, research groups, academic institutions and commercial organisations driving great science, technology and… Read More