This session aims to discuss public engagement in science in African Portuguese speaker countries and how to increase the collaboration with South American countries, in special Brazil. Collaborations and international cooperations have been conducted with the aim, among others, to promote the empowerment and advancement in scientific development. Launched in 2006, the South AmericaAfrica Cooperation (ASA) forum is one of them, and is aimed at strengthening cooperation between South America and Africa in several areas, including education and science, technology and innovation fields. However, much effort should be still put in this direction: there is value and importance of South-South cooperation in sharing among developing countries the experiences gained and lessons learned in different areas of development. This is particularly truth in science communication, a field that needs to be strengthened in some of the Portuguese speaking African country or even created. Science communication initiatives and polices plays an important role in the promotion and access to scientific knowledge by the population, but it is necessary to create truly public and democratic spaces for science, where everyone can not only learn about scientific advances, but also discuss and participate in political decisions field of S&T. Among the questions to be raised in this session are: How economic advancement and strategies adopted have been contributing to the appropriation of science by the population? How Portuguese speaking African countries with the greatest difficulties of resources and investments has been facing the challenges to their professional training? How to engage the public on science and technology discussion, in order to empower them to contribute to the development of Africa? How to increase the collaborations among the developing world, which face similar challenges? How to increase the collaboration between Brazil and Portuguese speaking African countries? This session proposes to debate and reflect on policies and initiatives adopted, opportunities and challenges in training and conducting public engagement initiatives in African Portuguese speaking. Successful strategies, aspects that should be considered and evaluated in science communicators training, policies issues which must yet to be widely discussed, as well as the role and the importance of actions and international cooperation for the strengthening and advancement of science communication field will be discussed.

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Public Communication of Science and Technology

 

Public engagement in science
Opportunities, issues and challenges in African portuguese speaker countries

Rosicler Neves   Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Brazil

Luiz Eduardo Fonseca   Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Brazil

Adalberto Furtado Mendonça Varela   Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Cape Verde

João Emídio Jacinto Cossa   Ministry of Science and Technology, Mozambique

Maximino Costa   Foreign correspondent, São Tome and Principe

This session aims to discuss public engagement in science in African Portuguese speaker countries and how to increase the collaboration with South American countries, in special Brazil. Collaborations and international cooperations have been conducted with the aim, among others, to promote the empowerment and advancement in scientific development. Launched in 2006, the South AmericaAfrica Cooperation (ASA) forum is one of them, and is aimed at strengthening cooperation between South America and Africa in several areas, including education and science, technology and innovation fields. However, much effort should be still put in this direction: there is value and importance of South-South cooperation in sharing among developing countries the experiences gained and lessons learned in different areas of development. This is particularly truth in science communication, a field that needs to be strengthened in some of the Portuguese speaking African country or even created. Science communication initiatives and polices plays an important role in the promotion and access to scientific knowledge by the population, but it is necessary to create truly public and democratic spaces for science, where everyone can not only learn about scientific advances, but also discuss and participate in political decisions field of S&T. Among the questions to be raised in this session are: How economic advancement and strategies adopted have been contributing to the appropriation of science by the population? How Portuguese speaking African countries with the greatest difficulties of resources and investments has been facing the challenges to their professional training? How to engage the public on science and technology discussion, in order to empower them to contribute to the development of Africa? How to increase the collaborations among the developing world, which face similar challenges? How to increase the collaboration between Brazil and Portuguese speaking African countries? This session proposes to debate and reflect on policies and initiatives adopted, opportunities and challenges in training and conducting public engagement initiatives in African Portuguese speaking. Successful strategies, aspects that should be considered and evaluated in science communicators training, policies issues which must yet to be widely discussed, as well as the role and the importance of actions and international cooperation for the strengthening and advancement of science communication field will be discussed.

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