The 2nd International Conference on Science Communication and Development in Africa shall hold in Abuja, Nigeria from 17-19th October 2019 at the National Universities Commission Auditorium, Maitama-Abuja.

The Executive  Director,  Institute  of Strategic  and Development  Communication  (ISDEVCOM),  Professor Emmanuel Dandaura, announced that the conference which is jointly organized  by the Nasarawa State University,  Keffi  and  the  University  of  Makerere,  Kampala,  Uganda  will  bring  together  over  250  key scholars, policymakers, scientists, communication specialist, and legislators across Africa.

Dandaura noted that the theme of the conference “Humanising Science- Optimizing innovation and Communication for   Development in Africa” is critical at this point in time in Africa, as it will enhance necessary change in the continent.

The Conference, which will hold from 17-19th  October in Abuja, is strategic at this point in time, as critical information, which will ensure that the common man benefits from the scientific researches being conducted in Africa. The conference will also provide opportunities for inventors to exhibit their scientific products as well as drive discussions  that could improve policy governing  science, communication  and research in Africa.

The conference opens at 10am on October 17th  with Barrister Mohammed Abdullahi, Minister of State Science  and  Technology  as  chairman.  Emeka  Nwajiuba,  Minster  of  State  Education  shall  declare  the exhibition  open while the special guest of honour H.E. Engr. Abdullahi  A. Sule, Executive  Governor  of Nasarawa  state  shall  declare  the  conference  open.  Other  dignitaries  expected  are  Legislators,  top government officials, media professionals and scholars from many Africa countries.

The conference will also create an opportunity to connect with a global network of science journalists and communication  specialists  who  are  passionate  about  how  the  public  can  benefit  from  science  and innovations.

“As we all know that science plays a major role in human development, because intrinsically, it attempts to provide solution to identified human challenges, and seek to impact society positively” However, in most developed  countries,  there  is a wide  margin  between  available  scientific  findings/  inventions,  and the application of such to improve the day to day lives of the populace.

Communication is central to the process of scientific research, and facilitates the uptake of the findings in such a way as to impact human lives positively.

“It is against the background and more that the Nasarawa State University, Keffi and the University of Makerere, Kampala, Uganda are partnering with many local and international  organisations  to host the conference which is expected to be hosted across African cities in rotation.

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