Wednesday, September 26th, saw SANTHE and Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) scientists learning all about communicating on social media from Charles Kamau, Communications and Engagement Manager from the Initiative to Develop African Research Leaders (IDeAL) programme based in Kilifi, Kenya. Like SANTHE, IDeAL is one of 11 cutting edge, collaborative research and training scientific programmes administered by the Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS Africa) programme, which is administered by the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), based in Nairobi, Kenya.
The workshop - Social Media for Scientists - was co-hosted by SANTHE and AHRI at AHRI's Durban offices in KwaZulu-Natal South Africa. "Social media is society's favourite platform for sharing and seeking information and it is vial that scientists learn everything they can about this platform that could potentially help break down boundaries between scientists and society," says Kim Waddilove, SANTHE Communciations Officer. "Our first step is to encourage our scientists to use these platforms, and to ensure they are properly supported and recognised for their efforts," she said.