Lawrence Banks in Kenya for ICGEB Awareness Workshop during National Science Week

Nairobi, Kenya, National Science and Technology Exhibitions week sees a flurry of activity, innovation and the opportunity for students and scientists alike to interact with policymakers.

ICGEB’s Lawrence Banks was in Nairobi to hold an Awareness Workshop, including Grant writing and insight into the activities of the ICGEB that aim to drive innovation and build potential.

In addition, championing Communications and Public Engagement particularly for STEM education, he spoke of the Foldscope, a microscope for low resource settings, developed by a group at Stanford University, that was exhibited to great success at the recent events at #NSW2019 by a team from ICGEB Cape Town (read more).

Hosted by the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation NACOSTI, and by its Director-General and CEO, Dr. Moses Rugutt, ICGEB Appointed Governor and Liaison Officer for Kenya, Dr. Banks met with officials from Kenyatta University, Kenya Medical Research Institute and from the Next Einstein Forum.

He was also delighted to meet with the Executive Secretary of EASTECO, Ms. Gertrude Ngabirano, Prof. Alice Ochanda of UNESCO, Dr. Margaret Karembo, DG of the ISAAA, as well as visit the Mission of the Italian and Irish Embassy, deeply committed to National Science Week.

Dr. Banks also engaged with Dr. Kevit Desai, Kenya’s Permanent Secretary, State Department of Vocational and Technical Education, and with the India High Commissioner to Kenya, Mr. Shri Rahul Chhabra.