Lectures in Nairobi, Kenya, 2020

Lectures and discussions in Nairobi University
On 11th March 2020, two lectures-discussions sessions were organized in Nairobi, Kenya, for scientists / science engagers from Portugal and Argentina.
This time, discussions and lectures were organised in collaboration with Under the Microscope (founded by Stephanie Okeyo), Kenyatta University, Falling Walls Engage and Lecturers without borders.
Julian Ferreras, a microbiologist from Argentina, and Ana Faustino, a social neuroscientist from Portugal, gave lectures at the Kenyatta University. In their talk, Julian and Ana spoke about their career path, their scientific work in microbiology and social neuroscience, respectively, and the science engagement initiatives they are involved with – Posadas Science Cafe and Open Science Hub Portugal. We thank our Partners, Falling Walls Foundation, Under the Microscope and personally Stephanie Okeyo for their hard and enthusiastic work to make this happen. The materials of the lectures will be uploaded soon to the website.

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We carefully followed instructions from the governments of the countries from where the scientists were traveling to and from, so that we were aligned with the coronavirus outbreak policies.

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Lecturers biographies

Scientist / Scientist Engager Ana Faustino
Ana Faustino was born in Portugal, where she is currently a Project Manager at the Open Science Hub Portugal (OSHub-PT), the portuguese Manager of the EC-H2020 Open Science Hub Network and the Coordinator of the Open Schooling Strategy at OSHub-PT since 2018. Before, Ana co-coordinated the Soapbox Science Berlin platform for gender equality in science, took part in several science communication and education initiatives (at: Native Scientist; IGC – Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência scientific institute; CR – Champalimaud Research scientific institute) and was a collaborator of the Charité NeuroScience Newsletter. Ana holds a degree in Biology and a Masters in Ecology from the University of Coimbra (Coimbra, PT), and a PhD in Behavioural Biology (IGC & CR & ISPA – Instituto Universitário; Lisbon, PT). Ana authors several scientific publications in the field of behavioural neuroscience, as a result of the work she developed during her PhD and postdoc (Charité & Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany), and is currently writing a book about social behaviour and neuroscience.
Links: Plataforma de Ciência Aberta

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Scientist / Scientist Engager from Julian Ferreras
Julián Ferreras was born in Argentina, where he currently is the Director of the Institute of Subtropical Biology (IBS) in the city of Posadas, Misiones. He got a bachelor degree in Genetics from the National University of Misiones (Argentina) and a PhD in Molecular Biology from the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain). He completed his training as a postdoc at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, at the Microbiology and Immunology Department. In 2011, he became a Scientist at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council from Argentina (CONICET), that is the main agency that fosters science and technology in the country, and is a Professor at the National University of Misiones. Besides his scientific interests in Genetics and Microbiology, he is also involved in Science Communication. In 2013, he created the Posadas Science Cafe that became an important landmark for community engagement in the city and in the region. Moreover, he was a 2019 Falling Walls Engage finalist.
Link: https://www.conicet.gov.ar/

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