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Opportunity: Post-doctoral Research in Physically- Informed Probabilistic Modelling of Air Pollution



Two (2) Post-doctoral Research Fellows in Physically- Informed Probabilistic Modelling of Air Pollution, Department of Computer Science, School of Computing & Informatics Technology

An exciting opportunity for Post-doctoral Research Fellows is available at AirQo, a social impact project based in the Artificial Intelligence lab and the Department of Computer Science, College of Computing and Information Sciences, Makerere University. AirQo has a growing network of low cost air quality monitors and uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to collect, analyse, predict, raise awareness and inform policy decisions.

This fellowship is under a collaborative project between Makerere University and the University of Sheffield and will develop and deploy machine learning methodology to analyse air pollution data from Kampala, in order to determine the source of the pollution and to aid the design of mitigating interventions. In particular, you role will include but not limited to: (1) developing sensor anomaly detection and multi-fidelity probabilistic sensor calibration models (2) modelling and quantification of the effect of the weather on the model (3) developing spatio-temporal models and infer pollution sources.

To apply please submit a current CV/Resume and a covering letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements of the person specification to Engineer Bainomugisha at by February 12th 2020. Please include your name in the title of any attached documents. Interviews are scheduled to take place the following week. 

This project is funded by the EPSRC Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and

For more information about AirQo visit: or direct questions to  

We very much look forward to receiving your application.


Position: Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Number of positions: Two (2)

Terms of Employment: Postdoctoral fellowship

Annual Stipend: ~$16,400 – $18,800 USD per annum

Contract: Initially, 1 year with potential for extension for another year.

Expected start date: Immediately

Duty station: Makerere University, Uganda with occasional travel to The University of Sheffield, UK.



  • PhD in Computer Sciences, Mathematics, or Statistics or Machine learning

  • Effective communication skills and a desire to be part of an international multi-party collaboration, and be willing to travel to Sheffield (approximately one trip per year).

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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education



Professor Pancras John Mukasa Ssebuwufu (L) receives a plaque and citation from RUFORUM Board Member and Vice Chancellor Ndejje University-Professor Eriabu Lugujjo (Right) on 6th May 2021 at the RUFORUM Secretariat, Plot 155 Garden Hill, Makerere University Main Campus,

When Professor John Ssebuwufu ambled up to receive a certificate of recognition for his ‘exceptional’ contribution to higher education from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) at Makerere University (MU), he was thinking of many things, such as rewarding staff, that he could have done differently to impact university education more.

But he did what he could have done, under the circumstances.

He presided over MU (in 1993) when student enrolment was 5,000 and left in 2004 when the population was surging to more than 15,000.

He emphasised the use of information communication technologies in almost all the institutions he had been involved in and sent many academic staff on exchanges to boost research and innovation. Now, more African universities engage in ground-breaking research.

So, he proceeded to accept his recognition and make his acceptance speech, which was mostly about gratitude.

Ssebuwufu, 74, who is currently the chancellor at Kyambogo University and the vice-chancellor of the University of Kisubi, is credited for his exemplary leadership and pragmatic methods that have shaped higher education in Uganda and Africa as a whole.

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022



Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022. Photo credit: AfDB

The Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program is a capacity building project by the AfDB and Japan which was initiated in 2017 with the aim of providing two-year scholarship awards to highly achieving African graduate students to enable them to undergo post-graduate studies (i.e. a two-year Master’s degree program) in selected priority development areas on the continent and Japan. The overarching goal the AfDB and the Government of Japan seek to attain is to enhance skills and human resources development in Africa in under the Bank’s High 5s agenda (i.e. “Feed Africa”, “Light up Africa”, “Industrialize Africa”, “Integrate Africa” and “Improve the quality of life of the people of Africa”) and key Japanese development assistance initiatives. JADS core areas of study focus include energy, agriculture, health, environmental sustainability, and engineering. The program also seeks to promote inter-university collaboration and university-industry partnerships between Japan and Africa. Upon completion of their studies, the JADS scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills in the public and private sectors, and contribute to national and continental socio-economic development.

About the JADS program

The JADS Program is open to applicants from AfDB member countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a graduate degree program in energy development and related discipline.  The program does not provide scholarships to any other graduate degree program.

The scholarship program provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.

Upon completion of their studies, the beneficiary scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills, and contribute to the promotion of sustainable development of their countries.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

The program is open to those who have gained admission to an approved Masters degree course at a Japanese partner university. Candidates should be 35 years old or younger; in good health; with a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the energy area or related area; and have a superior academic record. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to return to their home country to contribute to its economic and social development.

Application Procedures

  1. Applicant requests for information and application forms and procedures from the chosen JADS partner university. For any inquiries, please contact JADS@AFDB.ORG
  2. Applicant completes required documents and sends them to the university.
  3. University evaluates and selects applicants.
  4. University sends selected candidates to the AfDB.
  5. AfDB reviews submissions from universities, prepares and approves the final list.
  6. AfDB contacts selected awardees, and informs the universities.

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WHS Regional Meeting Africa 2021: Finance Chairperson’s Update



Prof. Tonny J. Oyana, Finance Chairperson, World Health Summit Regional Meeting Africa, June 2021.

SOPs: Our plan is to have 200 sets of people in different spacious rooms…

Prof. Tonny j. oyana, finance chairperson whs regional meeting africa

We are sincerely grateful to our sponsors…

Over 15 core sponsors…

Sessions: 60% Virtual, 40% Onsite…

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