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STA Monthly Talks

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Our founder, Prosper O. Anuforoh began Science Talks Africa during the COVID-19 Pandemic to provide citizens an opportunity to engage with African scientists and experts.

 

We hold monthly interviews with African Scientists, Science Communicators and Science Entrepreneurs to learn more about the efforts being made in Africa.

We have expanded the talks to include all science actors, including science scholars, educators and founders of science initiatives on the continent. 

If you would like to give a talk with us, feel free to reach us via sciencetalksafrica@gmail.com 

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Past Talks

Impacts of the Pandemic on Cyber Security

Together with Umar Saleh Gwani, we break down Cyber Security threats and how they have changed with the Covid-19 pandemic A surge in Phisphing, Data Theft, Cyberterrorism and, most recently, sites offering huge cash outs to unsuspecting users in exchange for privileges with security ramifications.

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Every modern technological society needs to constantly invest in science and technology to stay afloat.

 

Science and Technology serve as a metric for the struggle of a society to not only survive but also innovate with the times through Research and Development (R&D)

We spoke with Oluwasegun Babatunde, a  polymath with a wealth of experience in the area of R&D, on "The Place of Research and Development in Africa"

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 Maureen C. Onyeziri is a microbiology Ph.D. Candidate at Indiana University Bloomington and is currently a Crop Genome Engineering Intern at Corteva Agriscience. For her Ph.D. work, she studies Agrobacterium tumefaciens attachment, specifically how this bacterium synthesizes the unipolar polysaccharide (UPP) adhesive that facilitates surface attachment.

 

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23 March, 1997, an advert on Buffalo News called for volunteers to donate blood for the Human Genome project. Samples were to be collected from donors whose identity was to remain anonymous. The fact that these samples were collected in the US and the bulk of the genome DNA (up to 70%) was drawn from a single individual has raised both pragmatic and ideological questions around the epistemic basis of the Human Genome Project. On the pragmatic side, researches have shown that the resulting genome database from the project fails as reference genome as it excludes around 300 million DNA of African people. This holds a lot of implications for Africans, especially in the area of disease diagnosis and drug design. On the other hand, the ideological questions border around what kind of  humanity the project aims to establish, if it is based on the exclusion of the most diverse race on the planet. Our guest, Dr. Abdulrazak Ibrahim argues that such an exclusion amounts to systemic racism.

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We spoke with Akinmodun Bode

about what Robotics and AI might mean for most countries in Africa that experts argue are yet to have properly transitioned from the first and second industrial revolutions.

Cyberspace marked a whole new epoch in the march of our civilizations and continues to help us rethink the way we see the world and ourselves. Every day, we interact with —and as — digital effigies of ourselves and others: from Facebook to Twitter and Instagram. We are no longer bound by physical space. We can be poles apart and still play together. And so, every day, we commit ourselves to other peoples' thought processes laid out in logic, syntax and Algorithms. Hence, as I type out this message on my word processor, the words may be mine. But what is not mine is the complex transduction from natural language to bunches of 0s and 1s. It is how we use this digital meta-language to reshape Cyberspace that we discussed with Samuel Ugbechie.

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