Innovation systems / Institutions / Partnerships / Smallholders

Innovation systems and capability building among smallholders: How do institutional arrangements fit in this nexus?

One of the chapters in a newly published book on innovation systems considers how institutional arrangements influence interactive learning among actors in an innovation system. The chapter is based on a case study of the floriculture industry in Kenya and focuses on how knowledge generation and sharing contributes to learning, innovation and capability building among farmers. Continue reading

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Events / Institutions / Intellectual Property Rights / Partnerships / public-private linkages / Research / Research Uptake

The Scinnovent Centre participates in the Annual science week

The National Science week held annually, is organized and hosted by the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation in Kenya (NACOSTI). This year’s event themed ‘the role of science, technology and innovation in the Post- 2015 development agenda’ was held on 11 to 15 May 2015 at the University of Nairobi. The Director, Scinnovent Centre, delivered a keynote presentation under sub-theme 5 on knowledge management and technology transfer. Continue reading

Events / Institutions / Learning / News / Policies / Training / Universities

The Scinnovent Centre facilitates training on effective communication with policy makers

One of the main objectives of the Scinnovent Centre is on strengthening skills and shaping attitudes. Recognizing that for actors to remain competitive they need to constantly learn new skills and update their knowledge bases, the training and capacity building programmes addresses this objective. These training courses are developed through a three – stage process … Continue reading

Africa / Events / Innovations / Institutions / Partnerships / Policies / public-private linkages / Research Uptake / Universities

What options for enhanced public-private sector linkages and commercialisation of research?

On 15 to 17 October 2014, Dr. Maurice Bolo, the Director Scinnovent Centre was in the Netherlands to participate in an international forum on  ‘Unleashing Science, Technology and Innovation for Food and Nutrition Security’. With emphasis on Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific region, the event which attracted policy makers, senior scientists, innovators, scholars and private … Continue reading

Biotechnology / Events / Institutions / Learning / Youth

Engaging secondary school students in scientific activities

Scientists have for a long time focused on university students mainly because they are the immediate entrants into the professional world. Universities are more often than not one of the most preferred venues for launches, workshops, seminars and talks. Fortunately or unfortunately, this has been the norm in our country. University students have had the … Continue reading

Africa / Biotechnology / Events / Innovations / Institutions / News / Policies / Seminar / Universities

Universities as Key Centres for Biotechnology Research, Development and Innovation in Africa

A panel discussion focusing on biotechnology in Kenya was held during the commemoration of this year’s African Scientific Revival day. ‘Has Biotechnology worked for Kenya?’ – this was the title of the session whose panel consisted of Dr. Francis Nang’ayo, manager regulatory affairs at African Agricultural Technology foundation (AATF-Africa); Dr. Susan Musembi, an animal biotechnologist … Continue reading

Africa / Biotechnology / Events / Innovation / Institutions / Research Uptake / Smallholders / Universities

Celebrating advances of biotechnology for food and nutrition security in Kenya

The Scinnovent Centre, African Biotechnology Stakeholders Forum (ABSF), and The National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) jointly organized an event to commemorate this year’s African Scientific Revival Day. Held on 30th June 2014 at the National Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL), housed at Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), the theme for this year’s event … Continue reading