The 3rd African Geosciences Students Conference (AGSC) running under the theme: Diversifying Geosciences in Africa, that brings together leading geoscientists to share important skills and modern techniques applicable in the discovery and exploitation of Africa’s rich natural resources for the benefit of the continent, got underway at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Wednesday, June 17.
The three-day conference, an annual event of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), is a convergence of a network of seasoned geoscientists, students, researchers, industrialists as well as professionals working in the range of geosciences from various parts of the world such as Romania, South Africa, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Tanzania. It offers a unique interactive platform to students, young professionals in the area of geosciences and allied sciences, scholars, regional and international industry players such as oil and gas companies and their service providers and investors.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga, in a message delivered on her behalf by the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, hailed all the sponsors who included: Society of Exploration Geophysics, Tullow Oil, Oil and Gas Services, Royal Oilfields Logistics Supplies and Services and National Council of Science Technology and Innovation, for their noble gesture and support.
The Vice Chancellor further said, the conference comes at a time when JKUAT and its partners are re-positioning to play a lead role in the discovery, exploration and exploitation of the country’s natural resources to drive the national development agenda.
“The deliberations that will be reached at the conference will also give a new impetus to the study of geosciences in the region as well as providing long lasting solutions to the challenges facing the range of geosciences and its practice,” Prof. Imbuga added.
The opening session saw participants share knowledge and research findings and experiences on a cross section of topics through conference papers, poster presentations among others. One of the participants, Prof. Victor Mocanu of University of Bucharest made an elucidation on: “The impact of oil price collapse on industry, research and academia. Opportunities for young professionals in newly growing markets.” Many other presenters drawn from various universities are scheduled to make presentations.
The opening ceremony was also addressed by the Principal of College of Pure and Applied Sciences Prof. David Mulati, Chair of Physics Department Dr. John Githiri, Dean School of Physical Sciences Prof. Erick Okong’o, Chairman Department of Mining, Materials and Petroleum Engineering Dr. Bernard Rop, Dr Maurice Korowe (Physics Department) and the Chair of JKUAT SCEG Chapter Elly Mulumba, among others.
JKUAT is the first to host the conference in the East, North and Southern African region, after Nigeria and Ghana played host for the West Africa region in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The conference curtains come down on Friday, June 19 with a trip to Olkaria Geothermal Station.