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UI Lecturer, Others Win West Africa Science Communication Awards


A lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Dr Oludayo Tade, has won the 2021 Science Communication Award presented by Conversation Africa, a research-based communication outfit based in South Africa.

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This year’s award is the Conversation Africa’s 2nd Annual West Africa Science Communication Awards where researchers and partner universities are awarded based on the number of contributions and readership generated by their researches.

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The award covers entries made between November 1, 2020, and October 31, 2021.
Dr Oludayo Tade who had won the inaugural award in 2020 for making the highest contributions on science communications also retained the same position year in 2021.

The most-read article from the University of Ibadan goes to the duo of Feyisitan Ijimakinwa and Janet Ogundairo while Dr Lanre Ikuteyijo and Dr Akin Akinyemi of the Obafemi Awolowo University of Ife were awarded most contribution and most-read piece respectively.

Scholars from the University of Lagos, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, University of Ghana Legon and the University of Capecoast also won awards.

While speaking Regional Editor (West Africa), Conversation Africa, Adejuwon Soyinka stated that the organisation is already in partnership with 73 institutions and embarked on training towards ensuring that research findings are communicated to policy actors and non-academic audiences to impact the society beyond the academic community.

According to him, the news “is a not-for-profit initiative serving universities and the research sector in​ Africa. Our mission is to mainstream the voices of scientists and support science communication activities.

“We do this by working with​ academics​ and researchers, who themselves write and provide fact/evidence/research-based analytical articles on various societal issues and articles​ about​ their research findings as well.

“Our editors then edit and​ publish these short articles of +/- 800 words, to ensure the articles are easily understood by the general public.

Our objective is to make the knowledge produced in the academy accessible, easy to understand and freely available for the public.”


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