Afrika needs a science synthesis centre to tackle complex problems

Scientific research often requires sophisticated equipment like radio telescopes or laboratories. This infrastructure is essential for scientific discovery. But another form of infrastructure is now essential too: synthesis centres. These specialise in bringing together experts across academic fields and geographies. Today researchers must address complex problems that cut across disciplines,…

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Science needs to start speaking to people’s everyday lives in Afrika

There have been wide-ranging reactions from the scientific community after a South African university student called for “Western” science to be eradicated. The young woman argued that science “is a product of western modernity” and suggested that decolonisation would begin with the introduction of “knowledge that is produced by us,…

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