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The Root Of The Science Podcast

The podcast airs biweekly on Mondays and is hosted by Anne Chisa, also known as Anne with an E. The show revolves around interviews with individuals involved in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) from across the globe, all united by the hashtag #AfricansInSTEM. The guests have the opportunity to share their personal stories, highlighting the "ROOT" of their science and engaging in profound conversations beyond the scientific realm. The goal is to create a premier global platform for Africans in STEM, highlighting their invaluable contributions and showcasing and humanizing their experiences. Through these conversations, we challenge stereotypes about the appearance of scientists, promote the richness of diversity within STEM fields, educate the world, and most importantly, inspire the generations to be motivated to get into science. *Disclaimer: The views expressed by the guests in the podcast episodes do not reflect my own*

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EP 135: Aulan Lucrece Zahoundo, Quantum Computing and Quantum Machine Learning
Listen to the first episode of #AfricanWomenInAI Series with Aulan Lucrece Zahoundo, the Quantum AI expert from Benin.  She gives us an exclusive look into her groundbreaking PhD work with the AIMS Institute at the University of Ghana  Within the dynamic field where quantum computing meets machine learning, Aulan's story is one that breaks barriers and challenges the norm. LinkedIn: Aulan Lucrece ZahoundoSupport the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
27:03 3/18/24
EP 134: Tabitha Wangechi, Championing for a Harassment-Free Cyber Experience for Women
In this episode, we are happy to have Tabitha Wangechi, a Digital Security Advocate from Kenya. She sheds light on the dark side of the internet where women are often targets to doxing, revenge pornography, and the barrage of digital harassment women face. Listen to this and more on the solutions available for digital harassment.LinkedIn: Tabitha Wangechi.Twitter: @T_WangechiSupport the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
34:29 2/26/24
EP 133: Asonele Kotu, Tackling Period Poverty and Empowering African Girls
Prepare to be moved by Asonele Kotu' s work is rewriting the narrative for young girls in Africa. Asonele Kotu from South Africa is the founder of Femconnect and  a Social Impact Entrepreneur. She talks about period poverty, the transformative education Femconnect provides on menstruation and family planning and tackling the deep-rooted stigmas surrounding sex education in Africa.LinkedIn: Asonele KotuSupport the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
29:52 2/11/24
EP 132: Johnmark Ochieng, A Storyteller's Guide to the Galaxy
Our guest today is Johnmark Ochieng, a journalist and science communicator from Kenya. As a corporate communications officer at the Kenya Space Agency, he channels storytelling into his work, creating bridges between complex space science and the enchanting stories of the night sky. Join us on this intriguing conversation on how he made his way here.LinkedIn: Johnmark OchiengSupport the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
23:44 1/28/24
EP 131: Olaitan Owoyemi, Shaping the Future of Healthcare in Africa
As we officially launch season 5 of the Root of the Science Podcast, we engage in a very interesting conversation with Olaitan Owoyemi from Nigeria. Oloitan is an expert in medical diagnostics and science communication. In this episode, he talks about some cutting-edge medical technologies and his transformative projects that are redefining the health industry across Africa.LinkedIn: Olaitan OwoyemiTwitter: @OlaitanLiiLiiInstagram: olaoluwaotan_olaitanSupport the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
24:23 1/14/24
EP 130: Prof Tavneet Suri, Food Security and Climate Resilience using Microbial Fertilizers
What is the potential of microbial fertilizers in enhancing food security and mitigating climate change effects in sub-Saharan Africa? Prof. Tavneet Suri, a Kenyan professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, brings to discussed the concept of microbial fertilizers from production, application and potential challenges. Could they potentially revolutionise traditional agricultural practices?The conversation revolves around the recent COP28 summit, the announcement of the AIM for Scale program and its impact on food systems innovation, resilience,  reduction of emissions and potential solutions for farmers in Africa. You won't want to miss it!LinkedIn: Tavneet SuriTwitter: @SuriTavneetSupport the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
24:55 12/17/23
EP 129: Enock Chikava, Strategies for a Climate Resilient Future in Agriculture
Imagine a future where global agricultural challenges are successfully conquered, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Enoch Chikava, Interim Director of Agriculture Development at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, joins us on this episode to share the foundation's strategies and partnerships designed to accelerate agricultural development and climate resilience. Enock is an expert in agricultural development from Zimbabwe. He explains the advancements being made, including the cultivation of adaptable crops such as millet and cassava, scaling up these innovations to benefit smallholder farmers and more.LinkedIn : Enock ChikavaTwitter : @EnockChikavaFacebook: Enock ChikavaSupport the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
23:31 12/4/23
EP 128: Ruth Makena Mugaa, Journey with Gigantomastia and Founding Gigantomastia Foundation
What if you had to live with a rare, life-altering medical condition? Ruth Makena Mugaa, an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and founder of the Gigantomastia Foundation, faced gigantomastia and founded an organization to connect people to treatment of the rare condition. Join us as Ruth shares her personal journey and more about gigantomastia.Facebook: Ruth Makena Mugaa, Gigantomastia FoundationTwitter: Gigantomastia FoundationSupport the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
19:45 11/20/23
EP 127: Innocent Deckocks, Women, Youth, and the Pursuit of Climate Justice
Ever wondered about the transformative role women and youth can play in combating climate change? Listen to this compelling conversation with Innocent Deckocks from Kenya, founder of Eco-Sanctify Consultants Limited and research associate at ECAS Institute. We delve deep into climate governance and justice, youth and women participation in climate change and their essential part in shaping important decisions.Twitter: @InnoDeckocksLinkedIn: Innocent O. Deckocks OmilFacebook: Innocent DeckocksSupport the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
29:56 11/6/23
Recap of the #STEMSolutionsAfrica Series
Hold your breath as we bring down the curtain on our monumental #STEMSolutionsAfrica series, a part of the Africa No Filter Gates Foundation Storify Cohort 2023. We have had the privilege to amplify the voices of African STEM experts laboring tirelessly to drive transformative change. Prepare yourself to revisit our past episodes with Professor Tafadzwanashe Mabhaudhi, who shared with us innovative strategies on sustainable agriculture amid climate change, Zameer Brey on how AI is advancing equality in Africa, Dr. Maurine Musie on the intersection of traditional knowledge and modern maternal healthcare and finally Enya Seguin, the expert behind the portable AI ultrasound that is  reshaping the landscape of maternal health. This is not just a recap, it's a tribute to the relentless efforts of these innovators and a nod to the future of STEM in Africa.  Listen for more! Support the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
11:07 10/22/23
EP 126: Baby Checker, AI Solution for Maternal Health with Enya Seguin
This is the fourth and final episode in the #STEMSolutionsAfrica series. We're thrilled to have Enya Seguin, the unit manager of the Baby Checker, a portable AI ultrasound technology that is already changing lives.Find out more about how this technology is being utilized in underserved communities in Africa, how it detects pregnancy risks, the future of Baby Checker and Enya as a speaker in the upcoming  Global Grand Challenge Awards in Senegal.LinkedIn: Enya SeguinSupport the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
28:08 10/8/23
EP 125:Stephanie Okeyo, Science Communicator and Engager
The guest today is Stephanie Okeyo, a microbiologist turned science communicator. Stephanie is originally from Kenya and currently living in Austria. Get ready to listen to the compelling journey of Stephanie in science communication, establishing Under the Microscope organization and her current quest of raising funds for her masters degree.LinkedIn: Stephanie OkeyoTwitter: @ajwangokeyo Support the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
31:32 9/17/23
Trailer of #STEMsolutionsStories
Wondering how STEM solutions can make a difference in Africa? Tune into STEM Solutions Stories as we have discussions with African innovators who are shaping their world. Let's embark on an inspiring journey with STEM Solutions Stories, where impactful tales of change await.Support the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
03:58 9/12/23
EP 124:The Intersection of Traditional Knowledge and Modern Maternal Healthcare in Africa with Dr. Maurine Musie
Today, we engage in a conversation with Dr. Maurine Musie, the youngest PHD holder at the University of Pretoria Nursing Department, South Africa. Her groundbreaking work as an advanced midwife specialist and lecturer at the University of Pretoria, opens up a fresh dialogue on the confluence of traditional medical wisdom and modern healthcare practices. Twitter: @MaurineMusieLinkedIn: Dr Maurine Musie, PHDFacebook: Maurine Princess MusieSupport the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
33:13 9/3/23
EP 123: Marlene Ato, Medical Psychologist & a Reproductive Health Advocate
The guest today is Marlene Ato from Kenya. A beacon in the field of medical psychology, Marlene takes us through the fascinating world of tele-counselling ,her passion for reproductive health advocacy  and more. Twitter: @marlene_atoInstagram: @marlene_atoLinkedIn: marlene atoSupport the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
31:21 8/20/23
EP 122: Advancing Equality through AI and Cutting-Edge Technologies with Zameer Brey
This is the second episode produced under the #STEMSolutionsAfrica series. The guest today is Zameer Brey,  the Interim Deputy Director for Technology Diffusion at the Gates Foundation. He gives us a rare glimpse into the backstage of technological revolutions and how AI is breaking barriers to access vital resources in developing nations and marginalized communities.Twitter: @ZameerBreyLinkedIn: Zameer BreyFacebook: Zameer BreySupport the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
40:48 8/6/23
EP 121: Nobukhosi Ndlovu, Pharmacist Intern & Founder Legitmental Blog
My guest today is Nobukhosi Ndlovu originally from Zimbabwe and currently based in South Africa. She is a Pharmacist Intern and the founder of Legitmental Blog. She talks about her work, her experience during her unemployment period, the birth of Legitmental blog and more.Twitter: @nobue_khosiInstagram: @snapyescapesLinkedIn: nobhukhosi-ndlovuSupport the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
27:36 7/23/23
EP 120: Solutions for Sustainable Agriculture Amid The Climate Change Crisis with Prof. Tafadzwanashe Mabhaudhi
This is the first episode produced under the #STEMSolutionsAfrica. The guest today is Prof. Tafadzwanashe Mabhaudhi, an Associate Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Director for the Centre for Transformative Agriculture and Food Systems. He explains the work he does in various projects , the application of the Systems Thinking Model in agriculture and more.Twitter: @TafMabhaudhiFacebook: Tafadzwanashe MabhaudhiLinkedIn: Tafadzwanashe MabhaudhiSupport the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
30:58 7/9/23
EP 119: Dr Brunette Katsandegwaza - Experimental Infectious Disease Researcher
My guest today is  Dr Brunette Katsandegwaza,  originally from Zimbabwe and now based in Belgium. She’s an experimental infectious disease researcher at the  University of Liege. in this episode, she shares about her research on helminth infections and respiratory viruses, the root of her science, the perks of being in academia, and more!Twitter: Paida@brunettekay, Facebook: Brunette Katsandegwaza NhawuLinkenIn: Brunette Katsandegwaza Support the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
53:01 5/16/23
EP 118 : Amukelani Maluleke - PhD Student in Botany & Zoology
My guest is Amukelani Maluleke from South Africa. He is a PhD student in Botany and Zoology at Stellenbosch University,  South Africa. In this episode, we chat about his love for photography and how it marries into his beautifully with his research work. He tells us about this work which is done on ecosystem-scale carbon dioxide, water and energy exchange. Listen to hear about this work, his ROOT of his science and more!@AmuCaptured (Twitter)@amukelani_maluleke (Instagram)Support the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
22:23 5/1/23
EP 117: Dr Alice Mbewe- Translational Scientist & Founder of Fill My Cup
My guest today is Dr Alice Mbewe from Malawi. Dr Alice is a translational science champion from Malawi, who's bridging the gap between discovery science and impactful healthcare. Tune in as she shares her science roots, academic journey & her faith-based side project called 'Fill my Cup' on Instagram. Alice T Mbewe: Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin Fillmycup_official:  instagram Fill My Cup: LinkedInSupport the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
35:40 4/17/23
EP 116:Gwana Jusline Akoh - Computer Engineering Student
Hello everyone! I'm excited to announce that this episode is proudly brought to you by Resound Desire and APVA.Today, I'm thrilled to introduce my guest, Gwana Juslin Akah from Cameroon. Gwana is a third-year computer engineering student, and we'll be chatting about her passions and side hustles. We'll also discuss the roots of her interest in science, her future aspirations, and a project she developed called a Smart Security Lighting System. It helps to raise an alarm when there's an intruder at night in people's homes. So tune in!Support the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
27:55 3/13/23
EP 115: Dr Justina Onumah- Senior Research Scientist
My guest today is Dr Justina Onumah from Ghana. She is a Senior research scientist with expertise in the field of economics of innovation and development.  Currently working at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana. Justina is passionate about the science-policy interface.  She is a former Next Einstein Forum ambassador, mother, wife & mentor. In this episode, she talks about the root of her science, her passion for #STEM advocacy, and her current research interests. Tune in!Support the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
53:43 2/26/23
EP 114: Talita Turvey - Msc Student in Medicinal Plant Science
My guest today is Talita Turvey born and bred in South Africa. Talita describes herself as a scientist/musician/and full-time worker. In this episode, she talks about all these facets of her life such as her music career, the root of her science story and the research she is currently working on for her plant science MSc degree that focuses on melanoma (a type of skin cancer) and whether two isolated compounds from a plant could be a potential drug candidate for this melanoma. She tells us more about this work, juggling life, work and school tune in for this and more!Listen to Talita's song hereInstagram: talita_turveyLinkedIn: Talita TurveySupport the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
52:10 2/14/23
EP 113: Nkosi Sithole- Master Student in Environment and Sustainable Education
My guest is Nkosi Sithole born and bred in South Africa in KwaZulu-Natal. As the first recording of the year we chatted about new year's resolutions, the importance of education as a key to many doors and her parents being prime examples. Due to her passion for education, Nkosi started an NPO called ReEnvisage. Currently, she’s You are an MSc student in environment and sustainable education. The research focuses on upscaling Community-Based Water Quality Management (CBWQM) in South Africa through social learning. She tells us more about this research and its importance. Tune in to hear about this and more!Instagram:nkosingithandile_sithole; LinkedIn: Nkosingithandile Sithole Support the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
48:56 1/30/23
EP 112: Moloko Moshokoa an MSc Student in Chemical Technology
Moloko Moshokoa an MSc Student in Chemical Technology from South Africa is my guest today. She shares about her current research that aims to improve the bioproduction of a platform chemical called succinic acid touching on the importance. She also talks about the ROOT of her science, her role as a mom and wife and the highs including the lows in her academic journey. Tune in for this and MOREMoloko Mosh (Facebook), Lokomosh (Instagram)  Moloko Moshokoa (LinkedIn)Support the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
50:03 1/16/23
EP 111: Season 3 Finale: Science For All Students of Malawi Liverpool Welcome Program
This week, as the third season comes to a close, I will be conducting interviews with four undergraduate students from the Science for All Program of the Malawi Liverpool Welcome Program. They will discuss their paths into their respective stem fields, the courses they are currently enrolled in, and their aspirations for the future.The program's co-lead, Dr. Marah Grace Chibwana, will give us an introduction on science for all and go over the program's aims, objectives, and it’s importance as well as discussing her role of project coordinator.Support the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
68:54 12/11/22
EP 110: Puseletso Manyaka-Lesofe- Medical Biological Scientist
Puseletso Manyaka-Lesofe, a medical biological scientist from South Africa, is my guest today. She discusses how her mother and her teachers had a significant influence on her decision to pursue a career in science. We learn more about her subsequent academic career. Puseletso discusses the difficulties of juggling a family, a job, and education as well as how she overcame them. She discusses the clinical research projects she is working on currently as a medical biologist, emphasizing the significance of the daily clinical research she conducts. Find out more by tuning in.LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/puseletso-manyaka-lesofe-bsc-bsc-hons-up-26b152106/Support the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
39:43 12/4/22
EP 109:Thando Mazomba- MSc Graduate of Physical Oceanography, All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassador, Marine Manager & Co-founder and Co-director of The Beach Co-op
My guest today is Thando Mazomba, an MSc Graduate of physical Oceanography, All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassadors, Marine Manager and co-founder and Co-director of The Beach Co-op.In this episode we hear about her academic journey in the marine and environmental space. She then discusses the importance of transformation and representation in the marine space which influenced her involvement in the All-Atlantic Ocean Youth  Ambassador for South Africa. Thando also chats about the work she does as the co-founder and Co-director of the The Beach Co-op and she discuss the "human centered" work and the importance to the community. Listen as we hear about this and more.Twitter & Instagram: @thandomazomba Facebook and LinkedIn:  Thando MazombaSupport the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
53:57 11/21/22
EP 108: Black Ecologist Panel Discussion- Collab With British Ecological Society
Today's episode is a collaboration with British Ecological Society .  Listen as Anne Chisa  hosts : Daniel Pauley, Mthokozisi Moyo and Nasiphi Bitani. They spoke of their journeys as black #ecologists & importance of action to impact real change + MORE.Support the showFollow the show on:Twitter: @RootofscipodInstagram: @Rootofscipod YouTube: The Root Of The Science PodcastFacebook: The Root of The Science Podcast LinkedIn: The Root Of The Science PodcastWebsite
50:16 11/7/22

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