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CoNAS & Partners Win Grant to Support Research on Ugandan Native Plant Species

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The College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS), Makerere University together with her partners: Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) UK, Tooro Botanical Gardens (TBG), Entebbe Botanical Garden (EBG) and Grass Roots International won a two-year Darwin Initiative grant (Project Reference: DARNV005) worth £199,995 to execute a project titled; “Understanding Ugandan native plant species’ role in innovative sustainable landscapes”.

The role of Makerere University in the project will mainly be to identify and select promising wild food plants for value addition by conducting nutritional analyses.

Dr. Godwin Anywar from the Department of Plant Sciences, Microbiology and Biotechnology at CoNAS is the Co-investigator & Project Leader for Makerere University.

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Call for Applications: Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme, Staff Mobility 2022-2023

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Call for Applications: Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme, Staff Mobility 2022-2023.

AFRICAN WATER RESOURCES MOBILITY NETWORK (AWaRMN)

BUILDING TRANSDICIPLINARY CAPACITY FOR SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCES
MANAGEMENT IN AFRICA

Applications are invited from suitably qualified staff members for exchange programmes (academic and admin) within AWaRMN, in any of the Higher Education Institutions in the partnership namely: Makerere University, Rhodes University, South Africa, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria, and University of Kinshasa, Congo.

Eligibility

To be eligible for support from AWaRMN, applicants must:

  1. Be a national of an African Union member state and resident in Africa at the time of application
  2. A staff of one of the partner institutions
  3. Must be prepared to move from home country to another country where AWaRMN has a partner institution. This also applies to foreign applicants who resides in a country with AWaRMN institution. For such applicants, you must then consider applying to a third country. For example, you are a Ugandan, but reside in South Africa or have studied in South Africa, you can not apply to Rhodes University in South Africa or Makerere in Uganda. Scholarships are attached to mobility. Scholarships are attached to mobility and therefore you cannot apply to an institution in the country where you are a citizen or where you reside.
  4. Submit a work plan of your activities for the intended mobility

The deadline for submission of applications is 30th December 2022.

Apply through this link: https://www.ru.ac.za/intra-africa-awarmn/applynow/

For details, contact;
Prof. George William Nyakairu, Department of Chemistry, CoNAS, Makerere University, Email: gwnyakairu@cns.mak.ac.ug

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Call for Applications: Mathematics PhD Scholarship

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Dr. Nabawanda Olivia celebrates after graduating with a PhD in Mathematics at 31 years of age during the First Session of Makerere University's 72nd Graduation Ceremony on 23rd May 2022, Freedom Square.

The Eastern Africa Universities Mathematics Programme invites applications for one scholarship for PhD studies in Mathematics at Makerere University. The PhD training is expected to commence in September 2022 and will be supported every year, for a period of not
more than four years on full-time basis. Continuation of funding shall be guided by the annual progress report of the candidate. Applicants who are already admitted at Makerere University and still in their first year of PhD studies will also be considered.

Eligibility

  1. The applicant must be holding at least a Masters degree in Mathematics or its equivalent.
  2. Be a Ugandan citizen, aged not more than 35 years at the time of the closing date of receiving the applications.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to think creatively and work independently and also be able to work in a team of researchers.

Application procedure

  1. Electronic submission of the application with supporting documents should be sent to hod.math@mak.ac.ug
  2. Application submission deadline is Monday, 15th August 2022 and interviews (where applicable) will be conducted at an appropriate date.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

For further information, contact:

The Head,
Department of Mathematics,
Makerere University,
Email: hod.math@mak.ac.ug,
Tel: +256-414-540692

Details on requirements at:
https://cns.mak.ac.ug/blog/call-applications-mathematics-phd-scholarship

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DRIAR Project Field Training School – 11th-22nd July 2022

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The Deputy Principal, CoNAS, Prof. Juma Kasozi (5th L), Dean School of Physical Sciences, Prof. Michael Owor (4th L), Head Department of Geology and Petroleum Studies, Dr. Arthur Batte (R), PI DRIAR Project, Dr. Sarah Stamps (C) with officials and participants at the opening ceremony on 11th July 2022, Department of Plant Science, Microbiology and Biotechnology Building, College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS), Makerere University.

Dry-Rifting in the Albertine-Rhino Graben (DRIAR) Project

Makerere University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Virginia Polytechnique Institute and State University, the leading institution of the consortia of universities participating in the Dry-Rifting in the Albertine-Rhino Graben (DRIAR Project), to conduct geophysical, geochemical and geological studies of the Albertine-Rhino Graben in Uganda.

Dr. Sarah Stamps, Principal Investigator presents an overview of the DRIAR Project.
Dr. Sarah Stamps, Principal Investigator presents an overview of the DRIAR Project.

As part of the activities, the DRIAR Project in conjunction with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development – Uganda is conducting a two-week field training school for staff and students from the Department of Geology and Petroleum Studies and the Department of Physics at Makerere University. The training taking place at Botany-Zoology Lecture Theatre, College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS) was officially opened by the Acting Principal, Prof. Juma Kasozi today, 11th July 2022.

Part of the audience attending the DRIAR Project training.
Part of the audience attending the DRIAR Project training.

It will cover modules including; GNSS Geodesy, Magnetotellurics, Active Seismology, and Passive Seismology.  Fieldwork will be conducted in; seismology, structural geology, geochemistry, and magnetics. Trainers include: Dr. Sarah Stamps, Associate Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech, also Principal Investigator, DRIAR Project; Dr. Fola Kolawole, Assistant Professor at Columbia University; Prof. Rob Evans, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; and Prof. Suzan van der Lee, Northwestern University, USA.  

The Deputy Principal, CoNAS, Prof. Juma Kasozi officially opened the training on behalf of the Principal.
The Deputy Principal, CoNAS, Prof. Juma Kasozi officially opened the training on behalf of the Principal.

About the Dry-Rifting in the Albertine-Rhino Graben (DRIAR) Project

The DRIAR project funded by the United States National Science Foundation is international collaborative group aimed at addressing geological questions surrounding magma-poor continental rifting in the Albertine-Rhino grabens. The three-year project (December 2020 to November 2024) consists of leading geoscientists from multiple disciplines across the United States and around the world. The project goal is to apply geophysical, geological, geochemical, and geodynamic techniques to investigate the Northern Western Branch of the East African Rift System in Uganda.  

The Dean School of Physical Sciences, Prof. Michael Owor addressing participants.
The Dean School of Physical Sciences, Prof. Michael Owor addressing participants.

Under the project, a wide range of geophysical, geological, and geochemical observations will be collected, and numerical modeling of the region will be performed to advance understanding of how the magma-poor rifts form and evolve.  The project team seeks to unravel the physics leading to the new breakage of the earth’s crust in the region, in addition to better understanding of continental rifting. Additionally, the project seeks to improve data on estimates of carbon dioxide transfer into the atmosphere that occurs during continental rifting, advancing rifting models used for exploring natural resources, and creating new insights into seismic hazards associated with active faulting. The project will involve analysis of Global Navigation Satellite System data collected in Uganda. The scientific results of this project will be communicated, in part, through short educational videos geared towards public audiences.

The Head Department of Geology and Petroleum Studies at CoNAS, Dr Arthur Batte welcoming participants at the opening ceremony.
The Head Department of Geology and Petroleum Studies at CoNAS, Dr Arthur Batte welcoming participants at the opening ceremony.

The Project supports three Ugandan PhD students based at universities in the United States namely: Ms. Asenath Kwagalakwe, Virginia Tech; Mr Hillary Mwongyera, University of Kansas; Mr. Albert Kabanda Northwestern University.

Details on the project at: https://vtx.vt.edu/articles/2021/12/science-eastern_africa_fift_sarah_stamps_lab.html

Some of the participants at the opening ceremony.
Some of the participants at the opening ceremony.

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