The “Maximising Impact of Agricultural Research In Africa: A Workshop on Research Communication” set to take place October 21st and 22nd in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is being organised by IFPRI, WBI, GDN and ICT-KM.

To start the interactions amongst the participants, A DGroup has been set up.

The DGroup has already been used to:

  • upload documents, links and other resources
  • enter events in and around the workshop into the calendar
  • update profiles of the people in the group
  • send messages to the group

While useful and necessary information has started to circulate amongst the group via the DGroup, it has also seen a flurry of messages where people have introduced themselves.

Sue Canney-Davison, facilitator of the event, has also begun to post some interesting questions about everyone’s work and experiences on research communication and their expectations for the workshop… with more to follow in the days before the workshop.

  • The first question posed was: Let us know who you are”
  • This was followed by: “To whom do you normally communicate research, or would like to communciate research?”

Further questions circulating in the group include:

  • Can you share a little about the research communication work you are currently involved in?”
  • “What tools or medium are you working with and who are you communicating to using these?”

The responses are coming in-with everyone getting to know each other and starting to share their work and ideas:

For example: Brigitte Nyambo, Head Technology Transfer Unit, ICIPE- shared with everyone

My name is Brigitte Nyambo, A BSc agriculture graduate from the University of Dar es Salaam Tanzania, MSc Applied Entomology and PhD Imperial College University of London; An IPM Specialist, has been pushing the R4D wheel barrow since 1994. Currently I head the technology Transfer Unit at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) based in Nairobi-Kenya. Webpage:

I communicate with and to scientists at international, regional and national levels, farmers, extension workers (regional and national), policy makers (international, regional and national), journalists (international, regional and national), students and development agencies

The response to the DGroup as a mechanism for communicating and sharing for this workshop has also been positive:

Jean Paul Ntezimana from Rwanda wrote:” Dear All, I am happy to find this communication tool between our group. Thank you to join and share ideas, hope to meet you next week.

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