Faces of Kenyan Science

Faces of Kenyan Science Campaign


Africa Science Week-Kenya ‘Faces of Kenyan Science’ is a nationwide media campaign that will feature exceptional Kenyan researchers, practitioners, innovators, educators, tinkerers and makers of all stripes who showcase the many hidden ways that members of our society engage in science and the deep influence that science has over our daily lives. We’ve invited eligible scientists of any gender to nominate themselves, and encouraged members of the public to submit nominations on behalf of promising candidates.

20 finalists are being competitively selected from the nominees and will be  profiled in a nationwide campaign and as part of Africa Science Week-Kenya taking place between December 3rd and 7th,  2018. Nominations  closed as of November 2nd.

who is a scientist?

For this call, we defined ‘science’ as inclusively as possible,  acknowledging the diverse ways in which science is applied and practiced in our society. To us, science encompasses the broad fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), as well as the Social and Behavioral Sciences (including fields such as sociology, economics, geography, psychology, anthropology and political science).


Selected scientists will have their work and profiles featured in a nationwide media campaign and commemorative e-publication. The media campaign will run across  across ASW-Kenya platforms and those of our partner organizations. In addition, scientists will receive:



To be eligible, scientists should be engaged in compelling and interesting work that expands the boundaries of their field, impacts society, and/or develops new knowledge or solutions. We are looking for  scientists whose work is unique, challenges traditional boundaries of science, and showcases the diversity of Kenya’s contributions to the global scientific enterprise.

Nominees must be:

  • Leaders of vision and passion within their fields or society at large

  • Citizens of Kenya

  • Currently living in Kenya (for at least six months from the date of nomination/submission)

A formal degree in a field of science is not required. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

selection process:

Finalists for the campaign will be judged by a committee of scientists, practitioners, and ASW-Kenya partners. Finalists will be notified by mid - November 2018.

Once selected, ASW-Kenya will develop feature profiles on all 20 scientists, including photography and video content (where possible). Five of the scientists will further be selected to record short 10 -15 minute podcasts highlighting their work and scientific journey.