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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

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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

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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 / Markets / Nutrition / Policies

E-Consultation: The Role Of Biotechnology For Food And Nutrition Security In Africa

The Scinnovent Centre conducted a two-week e-consultation survey between 5th June 2014 and  20th June 2014. The consultation which focused on the role of biotechnology in enhancing food and nutrition security in Africa,  looked into the current state of innovations, policies and markets. We specifically sought to highlight the successes and achievements that have resulted … Continue reading

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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

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Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB), May 2014 Session “Ban on the Importation of Genetically Modified Organisms in Kenya”

The Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) is a platform that brings together stakeholders in biotechnology, to enable interactions between scientists, journalists, the civil society, industrialists, lawmakers and policy makers. OFAB holds monthly lunch meetings that provide an opportunity for key stakeholders to know one another, share knowledge and experiences, and explore new avenues of … Continue reading

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Strengthening University Research and Teaching through Research Chairs

The 3rd Kenya National Science Technology and Innovation week held from 19th to 23rd May, 2014 focused on the theme “Science, Technology and Innovation as a catalyst for Industrial Growth in Kenya.” This was befitting considering that Kenya’s development blueprint – The Kenya Vision 2030 – envisages a phenomenal transformation of Kenya into a newly … Continue reading