JKUAT Scientific Conference Affirmed a Success

A screengrab of the 288 participants of the virtual conference

“A well-organized conference with good themes. Consider more days for the conference with less time per day as opposed to a full day being online.”

“The conference well captured the diverse research from the various disciplines across the different sectors providing us with a wide range of insightful research information.”

“Being the inaugural virtual JKUAT Scientific Conference, it was most impressive. Many thanks to all involved in organizing. There were challenges, and expectedly so, like presenters have challenges with sharing their presentations, little breaks in connectivity, being timed out of breakout rooms while presenting…but all in all, it was awesome.”

These were some of the sentiments of the just concluded 15th JKUAT Scientific, Technological and Industrialisation Conference and Exhibition held virtually, March 25-26, 2021.

During the closing ceremony of the conference, JKUAT Chair of Council, Amb. (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim thanked the keynote presenters, participants and the organizers of the conference for making it a success.

“I am aware that the papers presented in the course of the two days have been of high caliber and rich in information. I am equally glad that the presentations were addressing today’s challenges facing the people in society,” reported Amb. Mahboub.

While urging universities to stage more research conferences, the Chair of Council said more needs to be done on climate change to address the prevailing food insecurity and productivity challenging the African continent.

On her part, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi acknowledged that holding the Scientific Conference annually was no mean feat and thanked the organizing team for staging a successful conference.

“Having the conference this year in the middle of a pandemic, and it being our first virtual international conference is a clear testimony of JKUAT’s commitment to create and disseminate knowledge, a key mandate of the institution,” said Prof. Ngumi.

The conference’s main purpose was to enhance JKUAT’s focus on research, innovation, and entrepreneurship for excellence in higher education in the era of COVID-19.

The Chair of the Organising Committee, Dr. Shadrack Muya said the conference was a success seeing that participants and keynote speakers “have openly shared their ideas on the way forward while expressing concerns where there is need for collaboration or further clarification and elaboration.”

The conference attracted 288 participants from 15 countries namely Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Zanzibar, Cameroon, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Finland, Ethiopia, UK, Mauritania and the USA.

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