On Friday the 28th of September 2018, MLW hosted students from different schools within Blantyre as part of the annual Africa Science Week (ASW) celebrations organised by the Next Einstein Forum, an organisation that provides platforms across the continent for connecting science and policy.
This year the Africa Science Week ambassador Chikondi Shaba worked with MLW to host the industrial visit, marking an end to the week-long celebration of science. The event, dubbed ‘Africa Science Week Industrial Visit’ started with brief interaction sessions, where the students were oriented on MLW’s vision and career opportunities in research and health.
The students were also addressed by achieved scientists currently working at the institution. The scientists included research intern Marah Chibwana and PhD research student Chikondi Malamba. The two took turns to share their personal stories to inspire the audience. The students in turn, were given a chance to pose questions to the speakers.
The students also had a tour of MLW offices and the laboratories. The students, accompanied by their teachers, were shown how tests in laboratories are conducted and how test samples are preserved.
The Africa Science Week happens annually and has picked up pace and popularity since its launch in Malawi in 2017.