Over the past 3 months, I have been based in East Africa, in Kenya as part of my PhD program under the PIPS scheme (Professional Internships for PhD Students). It was here that I was given the opportunity to work on projects related to science communication, science media production and international capacity building. For the … Continue reading The End of my PhD Internship in Kenya – A Reflective Look Back
The final few days of the AfriPlantSci summer school 2019 at Pwani University, Kilifi, Kenya were upon us. The final sessions revolved around insect-mediated disease led by Saskia Hogenhout, assisted by Roland Wouters and James Canham. After learning a little about the theory behind the science, participants went out in to the university botanical garden … Continue reading AfriPlantSci19 Draws To A Close
The second week of AfriPlantSci 2019 at Pwani University, Kilifi, Kenya was upon us. It was another jam-packed week filled with a wide range of workshops, lectures, laboratory practical sessions and group events. This week started with multiple workshops on scientist soft skills as well as a gender in research session from AWARD (African Women … Continue reading AfriPlantSci19 Week 2
We had arrived in Kilifi on the eastern coastline of Kenya. Our accommodation was a little more unorthodox that most. We were to be staying on a boathouse! The boathouse was located by the Kilifi boatyard on the water and required dinghy service to get to and from. On board were 3 bedrooms, a kitchen … Continue reading AfriPlantSci Summer School 2019 at Pwani University, Kilifi, Kenya
This week was the big editing week and the final push. It was our final week here in Nairobi and there was still a lot to do. We needed to full edit the raw footage into two professional final pilot episodes, we still had a final few things to shoot and we needed to finish … Continue reading Crunch Time
Another week was upon as and to start off, we thought more about the branding behind the channel we would be using to upload our online training video series. Initially a few ideas were floating around. We thought hard about a suitable name, but it was tough. Either the names were somewhat lacklustre, were too … Continue reading A Fresh Start
This week was another big filming week. We had worked a lot with Mwihaki last week on a predatory conferences video. This week we would be working with Bernice filming a bioinformatic BLAST video. We were recording presenter-to-camera inside shots in front of a green-screen, and outside on-location multi-camera shots. We were so fortunate to … Continue reading For the Love of Chapatis
Its another week for Hans and me, in Nairobi, Kenya as part of our PIPS PhD internship. To start off the week, there was a big emphasis on creating some professional-looking animations for our pilot videos. Slowly we were starting to get the hang of Synfig for 2D animations and Blender for 3D animations. The … Continue reading Animation, Grilled Meat & Mad Max
For Hans and I, it was time for another week of the PIPS internship out in Nairobi, Kenya. What will this week have in store for us? We first started, following our weekly Monday morning meeting, with a bit of creative brainstorming. As part of our internship, we are creating a series of online training … Continue reading From China, The Long Way Around.
Its another week of the internship. Monday, as always starts with our group meeting. We get a chance to hear what everyone else has been working on, we also get to share our own progress and it’s also a space where issues can be raised. Fuelled by overly-milky, overly-sugary tea and oddly sugarless donut balls, … Continue reading Sugary Tea, Techno Jazz and Ngong.