Science Communication Hub Nigeria founder wins inaugural Kroto award for public engagement in Brighton, UK
17 December 2019
Dr. Mahmoud Bukar Maina, the founder of Science Communication Hub Nigeria, has emerged winner of the inaugural Kroto award for public engagement, last week, at the University of Sussex`s Life Sciences Research Symposium, in Brighton, UK.
The Kroto award for public engagement is named after Sir Harry Kroto FRS – a former University of Sussex Professor who won the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry together with Robert Curl and Richard Smalley for the discovery of the C60 molecule – for his work in public engagement and efforts in encouraging scientists to take part in science communication and science outreach during his lifetime.
Maina was one of 9 finalists shortlisted for the 2019 Kroto awards. He recently launched the African Science Literacy Network (ASLN) in Nigeria a partnership between scientists and journalists aimed at boosting science communication and science journalism on the continent.
“Dr Mahmoud Bukar Maina was recognised for his dedication to promoting public understanding, trust and support for science in Africa, demonstrated through initiatives such as Science Communication Hub Nigeria, TReND in Africa outreach and the African Science Literacy Network,” said a public statement on the University of Sussex`s website.
Speaking at the symposium, Maina said: “I am extremely honored to be awarded the Kroto Award. This award is particularly very dear to my heart because I was partly inspired to start my African Science Project in 2011/12 when I first came to Sussex. I am very grateful for this recognition, coming from a place I consider home for many years.”
"Many challenges limit science and scientists to prosper in Africa. My work, together with a group of fantastic individuals, helps to address these challenges via public engagement and workshops to enthuse and engage the public and inspire the next generation of African scientists,” adds Maina.
"I sincerely thank my family, mentors, colleagues and most importantly, [our] funding bodies, who made it possible to make a difference in Africa, in my own little way. This award would certainly reinforce my commitment to this important work, which I hope will make a big difference someday,” Maina said.