Mandi Smallhorne, president of the African Federation of Science Journalists and the South African Science Journalists Association, proposed a session on “Decolonising Science” at the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists held on October 26-30 in the US city of San Francisco. Her starting point was that journalists are not really aware of the fact that science reporting is often done from the perspective of the global North.
“I wanted to provoke some questions about how we see science and how science interacts with people who science is done for, and the people who are the subject of science,” she said. As an example, she refers to the many clinical trials that take place in the global South on people who do not necessarily understand what they are for.
“We need to ask questions about the impact of science in society across the world,” said Smallhorne.