What is your current role? Tell us a bit about your research

Dr. Morufu Olalekan Raimi (MNES, REHO, LEHO, FAIWMES) is a lecturer at Federal University Otuoke, Bayelsa State, Nigeria, specializing in Environmental Management and Toxicology. He is actively engaged in academia, research, and environmental management, serving as Country Coordinator for the Global Research Institute and Training Centre and South-South Zonal Team Lead for the Civil Alliance for Climate Protection and Education (CACPE). Additionally, he is a Fellow and State Representative of the Africa Institute of Waste Management and Environmental Studies in Bayelsa State. Dr. Raimi’s global affiliations include memberships with SSP, ACSE, and SETAC. He also works as a research consultant at the Bayelsa State Primary Health Care Board and advises on groundwater resources for the UNECE Expert Group on Resources Management. Dr. Raimi is committed to mentorship, serving as a mentor for SSP USA and a National Science Foundation Mentor at Howard University. His previous roles include Director of Advocacy, Communication, and Social Mobilization, and Technical Advisor to the Executive Secretary at the Bayelsa State Primary Health Care Board.

Why did you choose to participate in the ASAPbio Fellows program?

I choose to participate in the ASAPbio Fellows program to connect with like-minded individuals, contribute to meaningful initiatives, and advocate for a more open, transparent, and inclusive scientific ecosystem.

What are you excited about in science communication?

I am excited about Innovative Communication Platforms: With advancements in technology, there are continually emerging platforms and tools for science communication, such as podcasts, interactive websites, virtual reality experiences, and social media platforms, which make science more accessible and engaging to diverse audiences. Also, Data Visualization: The ability to visually represent complex scientific data in clear and compelling ways has greatly improved. Infographics, animations, and interactive visualizations help convey scientific concepts more effectively and engage audiences across different levels of understanding. Additionally, Community Engagement: Science communication is increasingly embracing community engagement and participatory approaches. This involves collaborating with communities to address their concerns, involving them in the research process, and co-creating knowledge, leading to more impactful and relevant science communication outcomes. Lastly, Diversity and Inclusion: There is a growing recognition of the importance of diversity and inclusion in science communication. Efforts are being made to amplify the voices of underrepresented groups in science, promote equitable access to scientific information, and ensure that diverse perspectives are reflected in science communication efforts.

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Researching, Reading and Studying, Travelling, Swimming, Listening to Music, Meeting People, Tourism, Attending Conferences, Workshops, Seminars, Helping/Rehabilitation, House Painting, and Decorating Works.

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