In a bid to promote more research and validate academic publications in the University, AFRICA-ai-JAPAN organized poster presentations for post-graduate researchers funded under the project.
During this year’s competitions held on Friday, May 23, 2022, a total of 27 researchers drawn from various thematic areas of research took part in oral presentations of their posters and demonstrated their research knack by exhibiting in-depth knowledge of their projects through analysis and evaluation of information as well as visually appealing presentations.
Fatma Omar, who was one of the researchers said, her research profiling of lethal yellowing disease paradigm affecting coconut at coast region of Kenya will go a long way in adding to the knowledge base of the disease which has barely been researched on.
Hailing from the coastal region, Fatma added that her research will also help solve a common problem which has plighted the coastal region for a long time.
“Researchers should be driven by research that is geared towards building stronger links with local society and solving local problems,” said Fatma.
Another researcher, Patrick Wamalwa, revealed that his area of research will be a welcome boost to small scale farmers who are slowly emerging from the traditional ways of farming.
While making his presentation titled optimization of design parameters and performance of a portable common beans thresher, Patrick also unveiled a portable bean thresher that has the capacity to thresh two bags of beans using one liter of petrol in one hour.
He said that the innovation was inspired by the need to move from “the tedious, energy consuming and ineffective” manual bean threshing methods having come from a farming community.
On his part, Prof. Hiroshi Koaze, who is the Project’s Lead, pledged to continue complimenting the University’s bid to be a leading research institution by providing various research platforms for researchers.
The judges of the poster presentations were drawn from the various sub-task forces under the AFRICA-ai-JAPAN project namely: The Innovation Centre for Bio-resources, Innovation and Prototyping Integrated Centre, The Innovation Centre for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and The Innovation Centre for Computing and Technological Solutions.
The twenty-seven (27) participants will each be awarded a certificate of participation and the best three will be given a token of appreciation in a ceremony presided over by the Vice Chancellor.