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Written by Tunde Ogunesan Wednesday, 24 August 2011
THE challenge facing African scientists in making their research works appreciated by the outside world has been described as their inability to make their works to communicate to the outside world.
The director of Tropical Biology Association, Dr Rosie Trevelyan, made this assertion at the opening of a four-day training workshop under the Developing Research Capacity among African environmental scientists, organised by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), at the Redemptorist Centre on Ife/Ibadan expressway, Ibadan.
Dr Trevelyan, at the workshop entitled, communicating and disseminating research results, said , “research publications by Africans compared to those of their counterparts around the world, are below standard, and because the United Nations wants Africans to contribute to the scientific pool of knowledge, this project is to help Africans attain that level.”
She added that the workshop was aimed at liberating many of such scientists who might be groaning unheard.
Another facilitator, Dr Kate Lessells, from the Netherlands Institute of Ecology and editor of Journal Animal Ecology, said the workshop would enable the participants to “be able to publish their works for the rest of the world. It will also give them confidence to make their research works available for journals, while making their journal worth being read.”
The executive director NCF,Professor Emmanuel Obot, in an interview with the Nigerian Tribune noted that, “we have Nigerian scientists who are doing well but are unable to publish their works for the world to see. This is not good for them as scientists and the country as a whole. At NCF, we thought we should find out from them (scientists) why this is so and try to help them on how to do it.”