In a recent editorial piece published by Research, Linda Nordling explains why the planned “decade of science and technology” in Africa didn’t happen. However, situation has changed.
In 2010, African science ministers agreed to push 2011 to 2020 as a “decade of science and technology” on the continent. They wanted that all African countries commit to increase science education and science funding.
At the end of 2019, in a editorial piece published in open access, Linda Nordling, the editor of Research Africa, states that this didn’t happen, partly because of political and social turmoil, partly for financial difficulties.
However, she concludes, the new generation of scientists that emerged during these past 10 years is more vocal toward their governments regarding the means they should give them to develop their fields.
At IYBSSD 2022, we think that this situation is a very good reason why basic sciences should be promoted at every level, all over the world (and especially in Africa).
Read Linda’s Nordling paper in full.