Cultivating tomorrow's Biostatisticians: Unveiling pathways to success through Public Engagement with Science
On Friday the second of February 2024, the DELTAS Africa SSACAB II program hosted a dynamic Public Engagement
with Science Biostatistics session at the Wits School Of Public Health Auditorium, alongside a valuable career
guidance initiative. The primary objective of the event was to spotlight biostatistics as a compelling career
path, paving the way for the emergence of future African Biostatistics Research Leaders across MSc, PhD, and
Eighty people attended the event; learners from Rand Girls High School and Parktown Boys' High School, alongside
BHSc students, graciously supported by the Wits School Of Public Health and Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Division dedicated staff members.
Mr. Mlungisi Mpetshwa, the Community and Public Engagement Manager, who organised the PES event expressed
profound gratitude to the Principal Biostatisticians who delivered insightful and inspiring presentations. The
speakers, including Prof. Tobias Chirwa, (Head of School of Public Health, Prof. Eustasius Musenge (Senior
Lecturer, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division and Co-Director of DELTAS Africa SSACAB II programme), Dr.
Ezeh Juliet Okechinyere Achilonu, (Senior Lecturer, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division) and Prof. Latifat
Ibisomi (Head of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division), addressed crucial topics such as the history of the
DELTAS Africa SSACAB II program, the practical applications of biostatistics in public health, essential
competencies for biostatisticians/data scientists, and the diverse applications of biostatistics across various
healthcare domains. Their contributions provided invaluable insights for aspiring biostatisticians.
A lively question-and-answer format infused the PES event with energy, as students eagerly participated to earn
DELTAS Africa SSACAB II branded incentives. The palpable enthusiasm among students underscored the engaging
nature of the event.
Through a blend of informative discussions and interactive engagement, the Public Engagement with Science event
epitomizes the DELTAS Africa SSACAB program's dedication to nurturing academic inquisitiveness and fostering
professional growth through the lens of biostatistics. As evidenced by the accompanying images, this event
serves as a testament to the significant partnerships forged between academia and community engagement, laying
the groundwork for impactful collaborations and scholarly endeavours.