scientific conference


The Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) held the 15th UNAS Annual Scientific Conference on the theme Tailoring Human Resources to the National Development Goals, at Makerere University, School of Food Technology, Nutrition & Bio-Engineering Conference Hall, on Friday, November 6, 2015. The conference was graced by representatives of Government from the Ministry of Public Service, Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports, National Curriculum Development Centre, Fellows and Members of Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS), Academicians, Scientists, and Researchers, representatives from the Public and Private Sector, Public and Private Universities, Human Resource Managers & Practitioners in the field of Human Resource and Policy Makers as well as Members of the Media.
Dr. Abel J.J. Rwendeire, Deputy Chairperson of National Planning Authority represented the Chairperson, National Planning Authority as the guest of honour. He noted that the National Planning Authority was committed to supporting initiatives of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences in achieving the National Development Goals.  He told stakeholders at the conference that curricula needed to be clearly designed in tandem with Vision 2040 and noted that the conference on human resources was a good opportunity to meet and discuss issues that affect human resources in the country. National Planning Authority set up a forum that can facilitate studies on human resources needs in the country. He also praised the establishment of linkages between the Private sector and Public institutions to deal with the idea of Tailoring Human Resources to the National Development Goals.
The UNAS President noted that UNAS Annual Scientific Conferences had been held every year for the last 14 years and each year a different theme had been addressed. He noted that the theme “Tailoring Human Resources to the National Development Goals” was very important and needed to be addressed in light of the National Development Goals. The theme of the conference focused on the role of Universities in Human Resources Development and Human Resource Needs for Vision 2040 in Various Sectors. UNAS was established to provide independent, evidence-based advice to government and the society on various issues. It is also well positioned for responding to Uganda’s major needs and challenges through evidence-based science advising.

  1. After the above presentations the following new Fellows were inducted into the Academy.

    1. Induction of new Fellows
      At the 15th Annual Scientific Conference four Fellows were inducted into the Fellowship of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.
       Prof. Johnny Mugisha is a Professor of Agricultural Economics in the Department of Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics, Makerere University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Master of Science in Agricultural Economics and a PhD from Justus-Liebig University Giessen in Germany. Prof. Mugisha is currently the Dean of the School of Agricultural Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Makerere University. Prof. Mugisha was inducted into the Fellowship of Uganda National Academy of Sciences in the Category of Agricultural Sciences.

      Dr. Sally Katherine Stansfield is a globally recognized leader in public health and development strategies. She serves as Deloitte Consulting’s lead health systems strengthening specialist, with a focus on health research, policy, and global governance. In her more than 35 years of professional experience, Dr. Stansfield has advised governments, private institutions, and international agencies and has been a trusted advisor at the highest levels.  Within the World Health Organization, where she served as the Executive Director of the Health Metrics Network, she established and led a global health partnership to strengthen country health information systems in more than 85 countries, mobilizing more than $1 billion in critical new funding. For the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Stansfield served as Associate Director for the Foundation’s Global Health Initiatives..  She has designed and managed programs for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USAID, and Canada’s International Development Research Centre. Dr. Stansfield has received several notable awards, including the Yale Tercentennial Medal, a Public Health Service Commendation and a Fulbright Research Fellowship. Dr. Stansfield holds a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Washington. Dr. Stansfield was inducted into the Fellowship of Uganda National Academy of Sciences in the Category of Health and Medical Sciences.
      Prof. Sylvester Nyakaana is a Professor of Genetics at Makerere University College of Natural Sciences. He has distinguished himself as an outstanding scholar in the fields of Genetics and Biotechnology as attested by awards and discoveries he has obtained and made in his career. He pursued his education at Makerere University, University of Wales and University of Copenhagen. While doing his Masters Degree, He obtained a First class Degree for which he was recognized with a Roger Gilbert Memorial Prize in Genetics. During his PhD studies in Copenhagen, he distinguished himself as the first person ever to successfully clone, isolate and characterize Microsatellite Genetic Markers from the African elephant Genome. His current area of active research revolves around using molecular genetic techniques in Biodiversity conservation and understanding the epidemiology of Neglected Tropical Diseases and the genetics of their vectors. Prof. Nyakaana was inducted into the Fellowship of Uganda National Academy of Sciences in the Category of Biological Sciences.

      Prof. Peter Kakubeire Baguma is a Professor of Psychology in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. He holds a BSc, MSc, PhD in Occupational Psychology. He served as the first elected Director for the Institute of Psychology in 2003 and Head of Department of Organizational and Social Psychology from 2005 -2011; Dean, School of Psychology 2011-2015. Prof. Baguma has received several notable awards including; long service award from Makerere University, the distinguished researchers award from the American Biographical Association, and a distinction from the Uganda Counseling Association for best paper presentation at the 2014 International Counseling Conference. He was inducted into the Fellowship of Uganda National Academy of Sciences in the Category of Humanities (Psychology).


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