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NEMRA INAUGURAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Date: 26th-27th March 2024

Venue: Makerere University Kampala at the College of Business and Management Sciences

Theme: Develop Research for Policy Formulation and Community Development

Preamble: The Network for Education and Multidisciplinary Research Africa is an inter-institutional network of academics, researchers, and practitioners working towards strengthening and deepening multidisciplinary research for and about Africa. Although based in Uganda, the network has membership from across Africa and beyond. The mission of the network is “To demystify the issues around doing academic research, develop insights across a wide array of disciplines, share ideas and develop networks in the process of providing solutions to societal problems through research”. This is executed under 3 strategic actions i.e., (1) Training & mentorship (2) Conducting research projects and dissemination of research products (3) Mobilisation and advocacy for networking and collaboration.

For the last 5 years, the network has been heavily involved in research capacity building initiatives including research skills training and a mentorship programme for PhD students & early career researchers. NEMRA has also been involved in various mobilisation and advocacy initiatives to encourage inter-university networking around research and involvement of stakeholders beyond academia such as government agencies and the private sector.

This year, 2024, NEMRA is holding its inaugural annual academic conference in line with strategic action number 2. The theme of the conference is “Develop Research for policy formulation and community development”. NEMRA believes in research for societal transformation and therefore intends to provide this space for researchers to show case how their work is influencing policy and community development.

Why NEMRA conference?

For the last 5 years, NEMRA has provided a platform for inter-university research-related collaboration, networking and mutual support among academic researchers, postgraduate students and practitioners. We believe that in the last five years with a lot of research capacity building, more research has been done. This is time for postgraduate research students, early career researches, senior academics and practitioners to present, share, and discuss their latest research findings, innovations, and ideas within a specific academic or professional field as NEMRA with the focus on strengthening and deepening multidisciplinary research in Africa The conference will offer opportunities for networking and collaboration where researchers will connect with peers, experts, and potential collaborators. This will foster the exchange of ideas and the formation of new partnerships and policy dialogues.

Registration and participation.

The conference will be held in hybrid mode with opportunities for in-person and virtual participation. Participants are invited to participate in various ways including paper and/or poster presentation, listening in, Charing sessions, etc.

Participants are invited to register for participation by filling in this form.

https://forms.gle/KmKkYQ19JJGWNxpb8

For paper and poster submissions, abstracts of not more than 300 words and 3 to 7 key words are expected in the following format:

  • Title of paper (Upper case)
  • Font size: Times New Roman 12
  • Line spacing 1.5
  • Contributing Authors’ Affiliation
  • Corresponding Authors e-mail and telephone number

Keynote Speaker: Day 1. Professor William Bazeyo

After an illustrious 28-year career, Professor William Bazeyo, a Professor of Occupational Medicine, retired from Makerere University where he had served as lecturer, Dean School of Public Health’s and finally Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance & Administration. He is a key pillar in various public health and community engagement projects including The HEALTH Alliance and the chief of party of ResilientAfrica Network (RAN). Professor Bazeyo also serves as a mentor/advisor on resources mobilisation for research.

Keynote Speaker: Day 2. Professor David Kabaasa

Professor David Kabasa is a member of the Commission. He is an Academician, a Researcher, and a Veterinarian. He is the Head of the Agrochemicals Commission in Uganda. He served as the Principal of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity at Makerere University and Chair of the International Network on Animal and Biomedical Sciences for Africa till 2021. He has published over 150 publications. He holds a Doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine from Gottingen University, Germany.

Mode of payment

DFCU Bank beneficiary swift code: DFCUUKA

Account name: NEMRA

Account number: 01363617667859

Mobile money: 0754890118 (VINCENT SSEKITOLEKO)

The key dates are:

Deadline for abstracts submission: 11th February 2024

Notification for acceptance of abstracts: 15th February 2024

Submission of full papers: 5th March 2024

Conference Day 1: Tuesday 26th March 2024

Conference Day 2: Wednesday 27th March 2024

You are welcome to register for your participation for this opportunity to disseminate research, network and build knowledge and action for Africa.

Register here:

https://forms.gle/KmKkYQ19JJGWNxpb8

For further inquiries please contact the conference organisers below:

  1. Dr Apophia Agiresaasi, Email: agiresaasi@gmail.com (Conference Chair)
  2. Dr Gad Ruzaaza Ndaruhutse Emails: gruzaaza@must.ac.ug , gadruzaaza@yahoo.co.uk

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