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Mak Among Top Ten Winners of 2018 Opentrons + iGEM Team Challenge



The Makerere University iGEM Team emerged among the top 10 winners of Opentrons OT-2 Robot in the just concluded iGEM Team global Challenge. The OT-2 is a robotic innovation that can automate hundreds of life science protocols and workflows and has high-precision electronic pipettes that can execute liquid transfers as quickly and accurately as robots ten times the price. According to the Opentrons website, the OT-2 costs between US$3,500 and US$5,500.

The Mak team who will be engineering PET plastic degradation pathways in E. coli to solve the waste accumulation problem in developing urban centers will represent Uganda and East Africa in the forthcoming global iGEM ( science competition in the U.S, aimed at promoting Synthetic biology research.

Mr. Otim Geoffrey, Instructor iGEM Makerere Team and Coordinator Synbio Uganda SB.7 Synthetic Biology and Biosecurity Fellow 2017, Singapore.

Mr. Otim Geoffrey, Instructor, iGEM Makerere Team acknowledged the support from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) in promoting this unique science competition to the next level in Africa. The Instructor made the application on behalf of his iGEM Team and Makerere University.

"We are super excited and proud for this first achievement. We therefore call for more support from the University as our team will be traveling to U.S in October for the grand iGEM competition/Jamboree. Our team is the first to participate and represent Makerere University, Uganda and East Africa in this global science competition."

Mr. Otim additionally shared that Twist Bioscience ( covered the cost of the Mak iGEM Team's registration for the competition to the tune of over UGX20million.

The OT-2 Robot won by Makerere University at the iGEM Team Challenge Image:Opentrons

The selection was based on:

   – Demonstrated technical capability
   – Commitment to Reproducibility
   – Open-source integrations with other hardware and software
   – Impact-full projects that make the world a healthier, happier, more ecologically sustainable place
   – Plans to add protocols to the Opentrons Protocol Library <> for the entire scientific community to use.

We congratulate the team and wish it good luck

Please follow the link below for more information.

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals



Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting: 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise



One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.


(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission



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Uganda’s policymakers implored to address forest loss, plastic & water pollution



Left to Right: Prof. Gunnar Köhlin, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Amb. Maria Håkansson, Commissioner Julius Mafumbo and Prof. Edward Bbaale posing for a group photo before the opening ceremony on 22nd September 2022: Photo by EfD-Mak Centre.

The Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe on Thursday 22nd September, 2022 participated in the opening of the EfD Annual meeting hosted by Makerere University at Speke Resort Munyonyo where he appealed to government to implement the ban on kaveera and address other environmental issues.

The opening ceremony moderated by the EfD Global Hub Manager Gunnar Köhlin and was graced by Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment represented by the Commissioner for Water, Mr. Julius Mafumbo and the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Maria Håkansson.

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