Prof. Imbuga (right) accompanied by DVC (AA), Prof. Odhiambo (third left) poses for a photograph with hosts at the Research Institute for Bioresources, Okayama University’s Kurashiki Campus, Japan.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, last week participated in this year’s edition of the annual Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum held in Kyoto, Japan, from 2-5th October, 2010.
The STS since 2004 holds an annual meeting aimed at creating a global human network based on trust and providing a framework for open discussions regarding the further progress of science and technology for the benefit of humankind, while controlling ethical, safety and environmental issues resulting from their application.
The Society says in seeking to ensure further progress in science and technology throughout the 21st century, it is necessary to keep possible risks under control based on shared values, and to establish a common base for promoting science and technology. Therefore, the global annual gathering brings together top leaders from different constituencies: policymakers, business executives, scientists, researchers and media.
Faced with the challenge of feeding the growing population amidst declining crop production, the Kenyan government has touted modern technologies such as genetically modified organisms as a solution to the perennial hunger. But this has been met with resistance from farmer groups and pro-organic activists.
Prof. Imbuga, who was accompanied by Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, also took time to visit some strategic partnering institutions in Japan in an effort to deepen collaboration in key fields of study and research. The visit to Okayama University was aimed at strengthening the existing collaboration with the university in the areas of Engineering, Agriculture and Technology.