Recognizing Kenyan Scientists

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Kenyan scientists are well known globally for their noble work. They have significantly contributed in many researches seeking solution for various problems in human beings, animals or even in the wildlife. In fact, the Kenya vision 2030 recognizes Science Technology and Innovation (STI) as the enabling and supporting platforms for sustainable national development.

To celebrate the achievements of Kenyan scientists and promote efforts to transform scientific research in the country into entrepreneurship and attract investment, the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology is organizing an annual national science and technology week.

The ministry will recognize the outstanding contribution of scientists during the first Kenya National Science, Technology and Innovation (KESTI) awards to be held during the Annual Science Technology and Innovation week scheduled to take place on May7-10 . It is also expected that the event will encourage the science community, and the public to participate in scientific engagements towards addressing critical national problems. The recognition will also contribute towards raising the profile of science and technology sector and building a scientific culture amongst citizens.

The ministry is therefore calling for applicants to apply for these awards. Applicants are expected to have attained exceptional achievements in scientific research, new scientific discoveries and scientific accomplishments. In addition, the applicability of the scientific work in addressing Kenya’s challenges in line with Kenya Vision 2030 will be considered.

The awards will be classified in two scientific sectors namely Life and Earth Sciences, and Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation. The awards for each of the two sectors will be in the following three categories:

  1. Young Scientist Award  (not older than 35 years by April 30, 2012) worth Ksh500,000
  2. Women Scientist Award worth Ksh1million
  3. The best overall Scientist Award worth Ksh1.5million.

The contest is open to Kenyan citizens only, from both the public and private sectors. For the best overall scientist award, it is targeting men and women whose scientific work is outstanding. Those with patentable innovations are highly encouraged to apply although inventions clearly identified as serving military purposes are not eligible for these awards. If applying for more than one category, applicants will need to fill separate application forms.

The rules and procedure for applicants and application forms are available for download from the Ministry’s website:www.scienceandtechnology.go.ke or the National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) website: www.ncst.go.ke . All applicants should hand their applications to the organizing committee at Utalli House 9th floor. To reach them not later than April 30,  2012.

By ALLAN MUTURI