Future Africa explores the power of podcasts 

 On 30 May, Future Africa in collaboration with FABI held a podcasting workshop facilitated by Anina Mumm of Sciencelink. Podcasts are an effective means of science communication, offering information to listeners on many audio platforms.

Bernard Slippers opened the workshop by highlighting the importance of science communication channels, such as podcasting, for researchers and society. Participants were encouraged to consider the aim, target audience and appropriate platform for their envisioned podcasts during the workshop. Working groups were guided to prepare and present short podcasts at the end of the insightful workshop.

The Future Africa team along with ASLP 2015 fellow Eshchar Mizrachi brainstormed the objectives for podcast series that will be recorded to promote Future Africa. New and emerging projects under Future Africa will have the opportunity to develop independent podcasts. In particular, the team focused on creating a podcast plan for the Africa Science Leadership Programme. A five-segment layout was decided upon to capture the stories of current ASLP fellows to engage and attract similar researchers to the programme. 

Participants also joined from FABI, the Department of Physics, The Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being and the Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Microbiology. A number of these participants are also fellows of the Africa Science Leadership Programme (ASLP) and the Tuks Young Research Leader Programme (TYRLP).  

Visit these platforms for a range of science related podcasts:

Big Picture Science

Radiolab

The Naked Scientists

Science Friday

Undiscovered