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69th Graduation’s Dr. Mugume Receives GBP 100k Grant to Tackle Climate Change

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Dr. Isaac Mugume, an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Geography, Geo-informatics and Climatic Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) has been named one of twenty one African scientists to receive up to £100,000 each to tackle climate change. The groundbreaking research projects from across Africa have been selected to receive funding from a US$2.5M innovative initiative supporting Africa-led climate science research. Dr. Mugume was conferred upon his PhD during the first session of the 69th Graduation Ceremony of Makerere University on 15th January 2019.

The twenty one projects distributed across four African regions in the west, east, central and south, will each receive up to £100,000 for a period of two years through the Climate Research for Development (CR4D) initiative. CR4D is an African-led initiative supported by partnership between The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS), African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).The initiative seeks to strengthen links between climate science research and climate information needs to support development planning in Africa.

According to the announcement released by The AAS on Tuesday, 4th June 2019, the twenty one grantees, over half of whom are women, were selected from a competitive pool of nearly 200 applicants. The grantees are from a range of climate sensitive sectors, such as forestry, health and food security, economics to better prepare Africa’s people to deal with the impacts of climate change. The grantees will be developed into independent researchers and supported with training, networking and mentoring opportunities to facilitate international collaborations.

The Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT), Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi who broke the news to the Makerere University community said, “Congratulations Dr. Mugume. You are a rising star that has brought great pride to Makerere. You can count on DRGT's continued support to enable you transition into a research leader of global stature.”

The Head, Department of Geography, Geo-informatics and Climatic Sciences, Assoc. Prof. Yazidhi Bamutaze noted that despite being at an early stage in his academic career, Dr. Mugume has an impeccable scientific record and a very positive attitude, which many members of the Department can attest to.

“He completed his PhD in time and churned out over 6 papers. I am not surprised that he was selected to receive this prestigious grant. We look forward to huge outputs and outcomes from the grant.” added Assoc. Prof. Bamutaze.

Reacting to the award and congratulatory messages, Dr. Mugume said, “Thank you very much for the favourable report. I'm sincerely grateful to colleagues for mentoring me and above all to God for blessing me with the grant. Indeed it was competitive but by God's grace I made it.”

About Dr. Mugume’s project

The project will focus on the implications of the 1.5-2.0 degree Celsius to Uganda climate, agriculture and water nexus and will investigate the probable influence of this temperature limit on crop production and water needs including the influence on rainfall, humidity, winds and cloudiness over Uganda. This study will contribute to the research profile of the department of Geography, Geo-informatics and Climatic Sciences of Makerere University at the same time mentoring and supporting three graduate students carrying out research in areas of agriculture, hydrology, environment and climate among others.

Please visit The AAS website at the link below for details of other CR4D grantees

https://aesa.ac.ke/programmes/cr4d/cr4d-grantees/

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

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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:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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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.

IMPORTANT:

(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

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH

Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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

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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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