The Planet Earth Institute #ScienceAfrica Unconference – “Generation Science: Empowering Africa’s Future Scientific Leaders”



Kensington Town Hall,
Hornton Street,
W8 7NX


14/09/2016 - 9:00 am


14/09/2016 - 5:30 pm

A team from the Satellite Applications Catapult will be hosting a workshop at the Planet Earth Institute’s #Science Africa Unconference, “Generation Science: empowering Africa’s future scientific leaders”.  The event brings together over 200 delegates from business, academia, policy and civil society for an exciting day of expert panel discussions, interactive working groups and participant-led workshops.

In the context of Africa’s well documented ‘youth bulge’, the Planet Earth Institute be challenging delegates to help explore and find new ways to create high-quality, industry relevant STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and training for young Africans. Attendees will also explore how to equip the continent’s next generation of business, political and academic leaders with the hard and soft skills required to drive much needed socio-economic transformation and anticipate the needs of industries of the future.

“We want to help stop more young Africans slipping into insecure labour and underemployment. We envisage a generation empowered by an understanding and appreciation of science and technology, with African challenges and opportunities addressed by African-led solutions. Africa’s ‘Generation Science’”, says Nick Staite, Head of Operations at the Planet Earth Institute.

The Catapult is hosting a workshop  which will explore the opportunities for satellite technology to help tackle urban development challenges and discuss how the growing technical and entrepreneurial skills set required to develop new space-based services could be embedded in Africa’s ‘Generation Science’. Our workshop, ‘How could satellite technology support Africa’s fast-growing cities?’ will run from 11:30 – 13:00.

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