The Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovations Hon. Elioda Tumwesigye, has commended the tremendous role played by media in bridging the communication gap between researchers/ scientists and the society. He gave his speech in his attendance of the 2019 media convention organised by the Department of Journalism and Communication at Makerere University on the 25th April 2019.
The event was dubbed under the theme: Communicating Science in the Social Media Age: Sharing technical Information from Researchers to the Media and it was graced by journalists from prominent media houses like the New Vision, Daily Monitor, NTV among others,researchers, communication specialists and students .
According to Tumwesigye, the media is key to creating the link between science and society. He adds that science not communicated is science lost. Publishing findings in journals is good but the information therein never reaches the public. By reporting about scientific developments, the media contribute to public understanding and engagement with science and technology.
Dr Tumwesigye revealed to listeners that the President of Uganda through the Presidential Initiative on science and technology has committed 30 billion shillings for research to specifically Makerere university in the next financial year 2018/2019. with this funding Makerere university will advance in research which will transform lives, he added. He called upon every Ugandan especially Makererians to be appreciative to the government in power especially for their role in promoting science and technology in the institute.
He urges scientists, researchers and students to make use of social media to communicate science and discoveries and in so doing the public will be informed about what is going on and also be informed about scientific research findings and in so doing clear misconceptions build around science.
later that day, the minister together with the director of script project, ScieDev. Net and the head of department journalism and communication, Dr William Tayebwa awarded certificates to 30 out of the 90 students who successfully did and completed a two weeks short online course in science for communication.
In the same spirit, Daily Monitor awarded Ms. Lyn Tukei who graduated in February 2019 with the highest CGPA of 4.29 with the Tebere-Mudin Award for the overall best performing student of Journalism and Communication in academic year 2017/2018. Ms. Betty Musasizi won the Cranimer Mugerwa Award for the best performing student in photojournalism of academic year 2017/2018. The award is sponsored by New Vision in honor of their treasured fallen photojournalist Cranimer Mugerwa
Among other speakers of the day were the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs ,Dr Umar Kakumba who represented the vice chancellor of Makerere University, the Head of Department Journalism and Communication, Dr William Tayebwa,
The Executive Director, Institute of Strategic and Development Communication Nasarawa State University in Nigeria Prof. Emmanuel S. Dandaura and
Dr Abraham Kipropmulwo a Senior Lecturer, Department of Communication Studies at Moi University, Kenya .
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