Over 100 biotechnology and biomedical practitioners and students drawn from Kenya Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Japan and South Africa have converged at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology for the 3rd Africa International Biotechnology and Biomedical Conference (AIBBC), September 14, 2017.
The two-day conference themed ‘Sustainable Development in Africa through multidisciplinary research and innovation’ aims at providing a platform for multidisciplinary interactions, networking and scientific exchanges in the increasingly important areas of biomedicine and biotechnology.
In a speech read by Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance), Prof. Bernard Otoki, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga extolled the organisers of AIBBC, saying the forum had expanded to become one of the most significant international fora for local and international scientists to discuss their research and build the capacity of young scientists through training and mentorship.
Through enhanced collaboration and networking, Prof. Imbuga said the conference was key in building the capacity of the students present and eventually lead to the growth of science and technology for sustainable development.
She also acknowledged that there had been an increase in the use and application of biotechnology in major industrial areas, such as healthcare, agriculture and environment.
“Biotechnology is a very promising field as far as application goes, ranging from improving the diagnosis and treatment of hereditary diseases to the development of safer drugs and environment friendly herbicides and pesticides,” said Prof. Imbuga
The General Chair of AIBBC, Prof. Collins Ouma, said the goal of the conference was to discuss and seek solutions to health, food and environmental issues that are unique to Africa through multi-faceted research and innovations from both academic and industrial perspectives.
“We hope that the discussions that will occur during the conference will inspire sustainable collaboration, ultimately helping solve the myriads of agricultural, health and environmental challenges facing us as a continent,” Prof. Ouma said.
The conference organised by the guidance of Prof. Ouma, Dr. Kennedy Okeyo of Kyoto University, Dr. Eddy Odari and Dr. Steven Ger Nyanjom both of JKUAT has attracted a total of forty speakers such as Prof. Kevin Marsh of Oxford University, Prof. Ola Soderberg of Uppsala University, Prof. Walter Jaoko of UoN, Prof. Paul Robinson of Purdue University, Prof. Bernhards Ogutu of Strathmore University, Prof. Takanori Shibata of Waseda University, Prof. Mary Abukutsa of JKUAT and Prof. Hidetoshi Kotera of Kyoto University among others.