The end result of the work of a researcher is to enrich the life of the people in the society but more often than not the people are left in the dark about some of these breakthroughs in science due to a communication gap that exists along the communication chain blocking the information from trickling down to the final beneficiary.
It is in an attempt to bridge this knowledge gap between the researcher and the people for whom the research work was commissioned that the United Nations University (UNU) has organized a two-day Science Reporting Workshop for stakeholders involved in the communication process of science research work.
The workshop which targeted three main groups, including Journalists, Researchers and Communication staff, from across Ghana and neighboring African countries, had over hundred people fully participating over the two days.
The aim is to get all the stakeholders such as people working in research, government and media on a common platform to learn from each other by sharing good practices in science reporting, science communication, among others.
The workshop which forms part of a series of science reporting courses delivered worldwide by UNU and the first of its kind in Africa, is titled, “Reach and Turn”, and refers to reaching out, turning heads, and shifting mindsets.
The workshop which was held in Accra on April 26 and 27, 2017 was inspired by a request from the Head of Education at the African Union Commission, Dr. Beatrice Njenga at a ‘DEIP’ innovation workshop in Nairobi on October 2014.
It emerged from the workshop that there is the need to foster a fruitful collaboration and a lasting partnership between the researcher and communication officer and between the communication officer and the journalist.
For this to materialize, it has been suggested that communication officers be attached to research works right from start to finish in order to better relate to the work for it to be broken down for the consumption of the ordinary person.
Source: Clement Akoloh||ghananewsonline.com.gh