This was revealed during a brief meeting of the BBC team representatives and students from the department of Journalism and Communication who have offered to volunteer with the team throughout the event.
During the one-hour meeting in the common room at the Makerere university main building, the team representatives led by Ruth Milway revealed that the event will start on Sunday March 24, 2013 at 2:00pm in the freedom square. This will go on until Thursday March 28, 2013 when the event will officially come to an end.
Science Africa event will showcase some of the most significant international scientific research and show how African scientists have contributed to the global science agenda. The event includes scientists from around the world and Africa. Special guests include Tejinder Virdee of CERN, one of the world’s leading physicists. Virdee who was born in Kenya led the search for the Higgs Boson particle. Others include Professor Justin Jonas from the department of physics & electronics, Rhodes University, South Africa who is working on the square Kilometer Array, Africa’s largest space project.
“The site will be open to the general audience, but it is anticipated that the majority of people attending will be from the University”, said Ruth Milway. Admission of the audience is free of charge and will be managed on a first come first served basis.
Volunteering students who were advised against drinking on site when on duty, smoking in any public area when wearing a branded t-shirt or site pass and swearing in public areas, will be divided into two shifts and expected to work close with the BBC team in managing audiences, monitoring crowds, supporting programme teams, working in the Information Point meeting and greeting guests and any other general office duties as may be required. The public has been encouraged to attend in large numbers.