8TH EGERTON UNIVERSITY INTERNATINAL CONFERENCE
Egerton University held its 8th Annual International Conference and Exhibition on the 26th-28th March, 2014. The Theme of the Conference was “Innovative Research and Technology for Global Development”. The purpose of the conference was to share and disseminate research and innovation outputs with potential benefits to humanity as widely as possible. During the Conference, 200 scientific papers were presented under the following four sub themes:
a) Agriculture, Climate Change and Food Security
b) Environment, Natural Resources and Health
c) Governance, Culture and Socio-Economics
d) Education, Science and Technology.
The Conference attracted 355 participants who included scientists, innovators and students from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Nigeria, Algeria, South Africa, India and Germany. In parallel to paper presentations, there were also exhibitions and an industry session that focused on energy innovations.
The chief guest for the conference was Prof Ekwamu Adipalla, the Executive Secretary of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) situated in Kampala, Uganda. In his official opening remarks he addressed the historical perspectives of Research and Development in Africa, the existing potential for agricultural research and development in the continent and the capacity building initiatives by RUFORUM.
Within the four sub-themes of the conference, six keynote addresses were presented. Two eminent ICRISAT scientists, Dr Ganga Rao and Dr Trushar Shah made presentations on innovative pathways in agricultural development and innovations in research data management. Prof. Mutuku Mwanthi of the University of Nairobi, School of Public Health, made a presentation on the “One Health Concept” in East Africa and beyond in which he urged for an integrated approach to disease control and mitigation. One of the keynote address focused on Socio-political Implications of Devolution systems in Kenya which was delivered by Prof. Edward Kisiangani of Kenyatta University. His address centred on the operational advantages of the devolved systems and the various challenges that devolution could bring in the Kenyan context. The sixth keynote address was given by Prof. Jamidu Katima from the University of Dares Salaam, College of Engineering which discussed energy Innovations and implications for global development. He advised on harnessing renewable energy from bio-sources for national and regional development.