© 2019 Centre for Science & Technology Innovations

We link scientific innovation to the benefit of every day people: climate adaptation, biochemistry, biotechnology

VALUE: 

CSTI's work is an on-going project that started in 1998 with initial funding from UNESCO of US$25,000.  Since then we have received over US $300,000 in funding from various donors. Starting in 2017 we are launching fee-for-service offerings to cover the cost of daily operations.  Donor funds will be used to cover the costs of feasibility studies and early stage R&D.

Our aim is to develop a new science, technology and innovation for Kenya in a manner that is accessible and applicable to the non-scientific community.


POLICY FORMULATION: The objective of CSTI projects is to collect data and information from the stakeholders in Kenya and in the international literature with a view to assessing the Kenya Government's policy on science, technology and innovation.

INDUSTRIALIZATION: CSTI serves as a facilitator and convenor on science and technology helix projects that shape Kenya's industrial DNA and ecosystem towards sustainable growth (zero pollution, zero waste, zero conflict, zero toxins, zero harm)

INTEGRATION: effective industrial innovation and policy development necessitates collaboration between community, industry, government and academia.  Such collaborations are typically referred to as helix collaborations because there is a core focus (industrialization) which combines various entities that are critical to the complex formation that grows (example, you cannot have water without 1 Hydrogen and 2 Oxygen); similarly, you cannot have industrialization without 1 company and 2 partners - community and government).  The tasks performed will vary (biomaterials, green chemistry, ICT for development, permaculture, genomics, community health, food security, renewable energy).  The helix partners use a matrix formation to allocate the necessary expertise towards successful outcomes on specific tasks.


CSTI operates with the collaboration of: 

  • The Kenya National Academy of Sciences (KNAS)

  • The National Council for Science and Technology (NCST)

  • Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI)

  • Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI)

  • University of Nairobi Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation (ICCA)

  • Global Ectropy (San Diego, CA - USA)

CSTI is registered as a non-profit trust in Kenya.  

Our Service Offerings are as follows:

General Facilitation Day Rate 72,000Ksh/Day /Staff member (minimum charge is half day)

  • Networking and  communication with Kenyan Science & Technology experts

  • General overview, sensitization and awareness training

  • General technology transfer advice

Speaker Fees (hourly rate):

Domestic (in Kenya) Rates

  • Junior Speaker (20yr-30yrs experience) 4,032Ksh per hour + travel, 3 star + accommodation, and meals

  • Senior speaker (over 30yrs experience) 6,720Ksh per hour + travel, 3 star + accommodation, and meals

Africa Rates

  • Junior Speaker (20yr-30yrs experience) 90,000Ksh per day + travel, 3 star + accommodation, and meals

  • Senior speaker (over 30yrs experience) 120,000Ksh per day + travel, 3 star + accommodation, and meals

International Rates

  • Junior Speaker (20yr-30yrs experience) 200,000Ksh per day + travel, 3 star + accommodation, and meals

  • Senior speaker (over 30yrs experience) 400,000Ksh per day + travel, 3 star + accommodation, and meals

R&D Collaboration:

  • Elemental Level (1,500Ksh/person/hour) - lead researchers have at least 5yrs of subject matter expertise

  • Monomer Level (3,000Ksh/person/hour) - lead researchers have at least 10yrs of subject matter expertise

  • Polymer Level (6,000Ksh/person/hour) - lead researchers have at least 20yrs of subject matter expertise

  • Macromolecule Level (150,000Ksh/person/hour) - lead researchers have 30yrs+ of subject matter expertise

enhancing scientific learning through micro-chemistry kits

PRODUCTS FOR SALE: The Microchemistry Kit

(pricing can be found here)

It is now accepted that human activity, in particular the use of chemicals which contribute to Green House Gases (GHGs) and toxicity, is a danger to both human and planetary health.

Communities may see visible damage (dead bees, abnormally high cancer rates, climate change, etc) but they cannot effectively take action without an understanding of the chemical interactions that are causing the problems. 

  • The Micro-learning and teaching materials was introduced to Kenyan schools by offering teacher training workshops and donation of the micro-science kits to schools.

  • The project was designed to meet the high demand for sciences by utilizing more intensely and more rationally the limited available resources to improve science education in Kenya.

  • Micro-science offers reduced costs to schools and parents, does not require built laboratories, running water or electricity to conduct laboratory practicals. It is friendly to the environment and gives the students the opportunity to have hands-on learning experience.

Benefits of the Microchemistry Approach:

  • Chemicals are used sparingly

  • Time saving measures

  • Reasonably affordable

  • Students able to make observations

  • Kits are very handy and portable

  • Everybody can have an experience with the kits

  • Kits are similar to toys therefore demystifying the notion that sciences are difficult

  • Abilty to repeat practicals especially when errors are made

  • Concept of science is the same and the only difference is that reagents are used in small quantities

  • Eliminates demonstration by teacher as students watch (students are active learners not passive observers)

  • Encourages practical session to go on even in classrooms and this removes the idea of rotating classes in the lab