Seminar Series 2014-15

Thursday 30th April 2015

'Scifest Africa'- South Africa's National Science Festival

Speaker: Dr Stephen Ashworth, Head of Natural Sciences at the University of East Anglia, UK, and Member of the Advisory Committee of Scifest Africa.

This presentation will introduce the festival, give a short review of its history and context, before moving on to consider how it can be sustained into the future.

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Thursday 5th March 2015

Bush, Bench and Bedside: Nutrition Research in Rural Gambia

Speaker: Professor Andrew Prentice, Head of the MRC International Nutrition Research Group at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and MRC Keneba, MRC Unit, The Gambia

The seminar will describe some of the outstanding diet-disease challenges in a global health context and use short vignettes on epigenetics and the iron-hepcidin-infection axis to show how we are trying to harness state-of-the-art methodologies to build a much stronger evidence base on which to design next-generation interventions.

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Tuesday 10th February 2015

Capacity Building in Chemistry in Africa

Speaker: Dr Steven Lancaster, Founder and Managing Director of the Foundation for Analytical Science & Technology in Africa

There is a pressing need for advanced analytical instrumentation in African universities. Foundation for Analytical Science & Technology in Africa (FASTA) is a charitable company that was established in 2005 in response to a request to provide instrumentation to the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology (JKUAT) in Nairobi, Kenya. FASTA was founded by Steve Lancaster of Domino Printing Sciences and Barrie Nixon of Mass Spec Technologies Ltd. The objectives of the organisation are to support scientific education, analytical research and the preservation of the environment in Africa via capacity-building and technology transfer.

This presentation will describe how these aims are achieved and sustained. It will discuss the fundraising activities, installation, maintenance and training in analytical instrumentation in the Chemistry Department at JKUAT . It will also describe how this equipment is facilitating postgraduate research and analysis of a wide range of samples including environmentally important samples. A case study on the use of analytical chemistry for the preservation of African vultures will be presented.

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Sunday 14th December 2014

The African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS): Next Einstein Initiative

Speaker: Irene Tamajong (Director, AIMS Next Einstein Initiative, UK)

Mathematical science is foundational to modern technology and its diverse applications. Africa urgently needs its own capacity in mathematical science capable of facilitating its development. AIMS -NEI provides a unique platform to spread mathematical sciences skills through building partnerships internationally, high quality teaching, research and outreach activities which all serve to address Africa’s developmental issues.

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Friday 14th November 2014

Climate Ethics and Justice for Africa in the Post-2020 Climate Regime

Speaker: Dr Chuks Okereke, University of Reading, UK

As the negotiation of the post-2020 climate agreement gets into the critical state, a clear analysis is needed on what constitutes climate justice for Africa and the institutions and policies required at both national and global level to deliver climate justice for Africa.

This paper argues that the post 2020 climate agreement is developing in way that will lead to further marginalization of, and climate injustice for Africa.

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