TEK Mechanical Harvester (MCH), the innovative mechanical cassava harvester developed at the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering of the College of Engineering of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has rece
The Technology Consultancy Centre (TCC) of the College of Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, has introduced its first biomass improved cookstove to students of Kumasi Secondary Technical.
At the DRUSSA Benchmarking Conference in Mauritius delegates voted for the best "Demonstrator Research Project" poster. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) won the prize for the best presented poster...
Moringa oleifera leaves have not received the needed research-based attention in Ghana despite its well-known nutritional properties.
Imagine the excitement and relief on a mother’s face after joyfully escaping labor pains and having a successful delivery, the breath-taking welcome cry of a newborn baby.
Ritah Namisango, Senior Public Relations Officer at Makerere University shares her experience at the RUC2015 Conference.
The Faculty of Medicine at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) was established in October 1989. It is the largest Faculty in the university and currently has 23 departments and 1200 students.
Public universities’ responsibility to contribute to social and economic development nationally and regionally in Sub-Saharan Africa
Engaging with print, electronic and digital public and technical media is an important part of university Research Uptake
Defining Communication as “Ways and means of disseminating research findings to a target audience, using appropriate media and language, to initiate usage for the benefit of the end user”
The government has affirmed its commitment to use research findings to help in the formulation of policies to transform Ghana's economy from import dependency to an export-led economy.
The INASP-led VakaYiko project aims to increase the capacity of policy makers to respond to research uptake needs.
To be a rural woman in a country where the majority of the population are battling poverty on a daily basis, and where gender-based discrimination is a norm, particularly in rural areas, is tough beyond imagination.
DRUSSA has been working with academic institutions and government departments in Ghana and Uganda in order to link the supply and demand side of Research Uptake.
A round-table discussion featured the viewpoints of Federal ministries and agencies, the services and manufacturing industries, higher education bodies and WARIMA member universities.
Dr Sara Grobbelaar explores why synthesizing models of policy change may be an important step towards developing a robust theory of policy change in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Stakeholder Engagement can play a critical role in ensuring that research is taken up in practice.
A System of Crop Intensification developed by the University of Ibadan’s Department of Agronomy in collaboration with Ajibode Organic Farmers in Nigeria has made a significant impact.
Not all research has the potential for use in policy or practice, but much of it does.
The Research Uptake team at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has spent the last two years laying the groundwork for a comprehensive Research Uptake strategy.
At the recent SARIMA Conference in Gaberone, Botswana Prof Shaun Pather, Head of Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the DVC: Research, Technology Innovation and Partnerships at CPUT provided some insight into progress made in terms of deepening and
At Kenyatta University Research Uptake Management capacity is being put in place to get research into use in the full range of research activities – from participative community research to technology transfer to public engagement.</st
DRUSSA Universities are currently developing their institutional research uptake strategies and these strategies outline their own “pathways to impact”. You will be able to read more in the coming months about these research uptake strategi
Diana Coates rounds up this blog series of Research Uptake snapshots, as presented at INORMS2014 by SSA Universities participating in the DRUSSA programme.
A group of leaders and champions from DRUSSA Universities in Sub-Saharan Africa recently gathered to collectively draft a guidelines document on ‘How to write a University Research Uptake Strategy’
His research focuses on translational research related to microbial-cell interactions and immunity to microbial diseases, with a particular interest on how human oncogenic viruses and mycotoxins cause cancers.
The other week we came across this infographic posted by the Oxford Internet Institute, showing the geography of academic knowledge.
In a recent study of The Impact of the Social Sciences a team of researchers that I lead tried to establish what made some academics well cited and well-regarded academically, and what also made them influential in spheres of life outside academia.
Young people’s perception of scientists and their ability to envision a successful scientific future depends on their access to diverse representations of scientists.
CRFR have been working in partnership with key voluntary sector organisations from the children and families sector since our inception in 2001.
The DRUSSA project held the second of three Research Uptake benchmarking events in Cape Town in mid-March 2014. Diana Coates shares the DRUSSA Universities key insights.
Science communication planning may seem like a piece of cake – that is until you get stuck in and try to develop a “real-world” communication strategy for a “real-world” research project.
The Trade and Technology (TRATECH) Fair has officially opened on the theme: “Green Solutions through Innovation-driven Development.”
The DRUSSA benchmarking and leadership event in March will mark the half-way point for the DRUSSA project. So it is a good time to consider what has been achieved, and to announce the priorities for the next two-and-a-half years.
Some months ago, Dr Nelius Boshoff paid a visit to the University of Zimbabwe and interviewed Prof Sheunesu Mpepereki, the Chairman of the Research Board, about a project on science funding councils in African countries.
PLATFORM2013 – a print and digital publication from the DRUSSA Universities in Sub-Saharan Africa [SSA] – was collaboratively produced by the DRUSSA Universities and DRUSSA Work Programme 4, all based in Sub-Saharan Africa.
A twenty-four (24) member implementation team of the Development Research Uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa (DRUSSA) in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has attended a workshop.
PLATFORM2013, a print and digital publication, comes from the DRUSSA universities in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Themes covered in the 20 articles featured include food security, water quality and accessibility, empowerment of women and youth,...
African universities have long recognised the value of broadcasting on their own radio stations. From relatively humble beginnings as informal, largely student-run community-based stations that sprung up in the early 1980s,...
During a consulting project to develop an innovation strategy framework for one of the top research universities in South Africa, I was asked to review strategies and mechanisms used by UK universities...
The work DRUSSA does with its 24 partner universities is groundbreaking. It focuses on building capacity for Research Uptake (RU) and its management (RUM) in two ways, firstly by finding ways to support capacity at organisational level...
Universities and higher learning institutions play an important role in shaping communities’ development. Their activities can lead to raised wages and productivity, allowing individual countries to make impressive strides in accelerating...
The famous adage asks us: If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Perhaps we can adapt that question to fit a Higher Education context: If good research is generated...
What exactly is research uptake? A lot has been said and written about the concept, much of it by academics, and still it confounds people, even those whose everyday work is tied up with it.