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PhD Fellowship Advert: FLYgene Project

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We are seeking to appoint a full-time PhD Fellow to undertake research in a new project on Sustainable and efficient insect production for livestock feed through selective breeding (FLYgene). The PhD fellowship will focus on developing an Internet-of-Things (IoT) based platform for large scale identification and phenotyping of the Black Soldier Fly (BSF) in managed breeding sites within Kenya and Uganda. The PhD position will be primarily based at Makerere University (MAK), Uganda, with at least 1 year mandatory stay at Aarhus University (AU), Denmark. The proposed work hypothesizes that it is possible to develop efficient and affordable sensor-based methods, including computer-vision, to identify BSF at family level, and record phenotypes (focusing on traits such as growth rate, protein content and fitness) for selective breeding. Methods and tools combining mechanics, electronics, computer vision systems with illumination at different spectral wavelengths of light, and machine learning for automated recognition will be investigated. Initial experiments will be done at AU in Denmark and validated at MAK. Validated methods will be implemented to generate the phenotypic data at MAK and University of Nairobi (UoN).

The PI is supported with funding from DANIDA. The PI will support the successful PhD Fellow for 3 years. Funds will cover: MAK PhD tuition for 3 years, monthly stipend as per MAK rates, research supplies, conference attendance and other research-related costs such as a visit to collaborators’ laboratories.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Closing date: Friday 15th April 2022 at 23:59 EAT. Expected start date: 1st May 2022, or as soon as possible afterward.

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Iron oxide based nanocomposite bio-adsorbents for water treatment Project

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The Excellence in Africa (EXAF) Centre at EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne) was created in 2020, with the aim of promoting digital technologies and academic excellence throughout the African continent through training, innovation and cutting-edge scientific research.

Since 2020, the EXAF teams, under the leadership of Dr. Jérôme Chenal, have been managing projects in partnership with many African universities across the continent. Amongst these, Makerere University is pleased to have a project entitled Iron oxide based nanocomposite bio-adsorbents for water treatment, as part of the 100 PhDs for Africa programme. The 100 PhDs for Africa programme, under the framework of the joint UM6P/EPFL EXAF initiative, is designed to give an opportunity to science and engineering graduates to pursue a PhD at an African higher education institution. The PhD candidates benefiting from this programme are jointly supervised by a professor of an African institution and a professor from EPFL. The project at Makerere University is implemented by Mr. Joseph Jjagwe as the student under the supervision of Dr. Peter Wilberforce Olupot from Makerere University and Professor Sandro Carrara from EPFL

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Call for Abstracts for Doctoral Convention 2023

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PhD Fellows of Makerere University (PF@mak) invites all PhD and other graduate scholars of Makerere University to the annual doctoral convention slated for 23rd February 2023. The theme for this Convention is “Positioning Research for the attainment of National Development Agenda” Sub-themes are aligned with Uganda’s National Development Plan III.

The goal of this Doctoral Convention is to bring together the PhD Community and other graduate students from this great University to share their research projects and outputs as well as critique concepts and proposals in line with the main theme of positioning research in the attainment of national flagship development interventions e.g Uganda’s Parish Development Model and Vision 2040. This Doctoral Convention offers a platform where graduate students discuss their research concepts, proposals, preliminary research findings, manuscripts and papers. This will be done through oral paper presentations and pitching sessions. In addition, there will be poster exhibitions and discussion of presenters’ works. Awards will be made to the best assessed oral presenters, poster exhibitors and pitching sessions.

PF@Mak is now inviting and accepting abstracts for oral papers and poster presentations. You are invited to submit abstracts not more than five hundred words (500) of your concept note, proposal, manuscripts and/or papers that are relevant to the conference theme and subthemes. Indicate the preferred sub-theme and whether you are submitting a paper for oral or poster presentation.
Sub-themes of this doctoral convention are:

  1. Governance, Economic and Social Change for a prosperous Region.
  2. Natural Resources Management, Climate Smart Development & Food Security
  3. Science, Innovation and Technological Advancement for Bio-safety & Well-being
  4. Health & Health Systems that address Contemporary Global Threats

We look forward to a vibrant PhD Convention that feeds into an enhanced learning environment for PhD studies at Makerere University as We Build For The Future.

The PhD Convention shall be Hybrid in nature with provision for Online Live Streaming.

Abstract Submission Deadline: 23rd December 2022.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
The Doctoral convention leadership invites the submission of original abstracts for Oral and/or Poster presentation*. All abstracts should be submitted via the following email; phd.fellows@mak.ac.ug before the deadline (23rd December 2022). These will be forwarded to the Convention Review Board. All abstracts must be submitted and presented in clear English with grammar and spelling of a quality suitable for publication.

WRITING & SUBMITTING YOUR ABSTRACT
Please follow the guidelines below when writing and submitting your abstract/paper. The abstract should be as informative as possible, standard abbreviations may be used. It should not contain diagrams/tables/images: these may be added when submitting the paper. Before you begin submission, please prepare the following information:

  • Author’s and co-Authors’ details (Full first and family name(s), Email)
  • Affiliation details: Institution / University/ College/School/ and Department.
  • Abstract preferred sub-theme: Please choose from the list of sub-themes

Title: The title should clearly indicate the nature of the investigation. Each word should begin with a capital letter with the exception of transition words (maximum 25 words).
Length: The Abstract body should be no longer than 500 words in total.
Structure: Please ensure your abstract clearly brings out Background; Objectives; Methods;
Results (where applicable) and Conclusion.
Key Words: Outline Four Key Words in your Abstract
Formatting: Use Arial font, size 11.5 with 1.15 spacing.

CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT
You will receive email confirmation that your abstract has been received, indicating the allocated abstract number. Please refer to that abstract number in all further correspondence regarding the abstract.

NOTIFICATION OF DECISION
After submitting your abstract, you will receive an e-mail confirming your successful submission. If you do not receive this confirmation e-mail within 05 days, please contact;
phd.fellows@mak.ac.ug

IMPORTANT TIMELINES
Issuance of Call for Abstracts: 22nd November 2022
Abstract submission deadline (MS Word Documents only): December 23rd, 2022
Acceptance notification: December 30th, 2022
Full presentation submission deadline: January 30th, 2023
Please Note: Only accepted abstracts of fully registered presenters can be included in the final Doctoral Convention program and Book of Abstracts. Registration is required to be completed within 10 days from date of acceptance notification. Registration Fee is modest UGX 30,000 which also doubles as Annual Membership Fee for PF@Mak (for the case of PhD Scholars). Presentation at this Convention will constitute part of the requirements by DRGT on Conference participation

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The Arts defy the imaginary boundaries

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Participants in the African Urbanities Summer Institute 2022 for the Andrew W. Mellon-funded project, “Entanglements, Mobility and Improvisation: Culture and the Arts in Contemporary African Urbanism and its Hinterlands” were treated to an awesome Bwola cultural dance performance, dramatized poetry and an Art Exhibition at the Margaret Trowel School of Industrial and Fine Art (MTSIFA).

Prof. George Kyeyune who welcomed the guests on behalf of the Dean Dr. Amanda Tumusiime and the entire college management informed them that Makerere University which was celebrating one Hundred years started at the location of the present Margaret Trowell of Industrial and Fine Art, that currently hosts the Institute of Heritage Conservation and Restoration.

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