IDUB no. 039 AMU “Invited Lecture Series in…”

IDUB no. 039 AMU “Invited Lecture Series in…” action no. 1 „Support for the internationalisation of AMU-visits of outstanding foreign researchers within the framework of AMUExcellence Visiting Post-doctoral Researchers and AMUExcellence Visiting Professors programmes”

Lectures series title:

Challenges of Achieving Sustainable Development Goals From the African Perspectives

Keywords: Environment, Climate change, Sustainability monitoring, Artificial intelligence, Africa.

Organisers: prof. UAM dr hab. Alina Zajadacz

Prof.John Muthama

TITLE OF THE LECTURE: Relationship between COVID-19 pandemic, weather and environmental parameters in six Africa countries

Prof. John Muthama is an applied meteorologist and has over 25 years experience of teaching at university level. He has supervised over twenty postgraduate students. He has published, with his reserach collaborators, over 60 scientific articles and book chapters, in addition to policy briefs. He has contributed to the understanding of the environmental risk management as regards air quality, climate, climate change, Air pollution and policy. His current research interest is in Sustainability metrics, monitoring and modelling; Methodologies for the sustainability of the Urban environment; integration of sustainability in Environmental Assessments; Air quality; Climate Change and Attribution; Climate Governance; rehabilitation and regeneration of degraded environments; sustainability of Honey Supply chain; energy efficiency; Leadership modelling- readiness and maturity modelling. His email and university link are jmuthama@uonbi.ac.ke; https://profiles.uonbi.ac.ke/jmuthama.

Keywords: Environment, climate change, Sustainability monitoring, Artifical intelligence, Africa.

Term 31/05/2022
Time 17:00-18:30 (Warsaw time)

Lecture application form:
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DrJudith Mbau

TITLE OF THE LECTURE: Human-wildlife conflicts: causes, management options and their challenges in Kenya

Dr Judith Mbau is currently a lecturer and researcher at the University of Nairobi, Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) since 2013. She holds PhD in Dryland Resource Management, an MSc in Biology of Conservation and a BSc in Zoology and Botany from the University of Nairobi. She has over 12 years’ experience in Mammal Ecology and biodiversity conservation. Current areas of research interest include Human-Wildlife Conflict Management, Mammal ecology, biodiversity conservation and participatory approaches (Citizen Science, PGIS) for Natural resource management. She is currently championing Bee farming and its innovation ecosystem for sustainable development in Africa. Founded and mounted a specialized bee farming short course at the university of Nairobi targeting investors, and practitioners. She undertakes community trainings on integrated natural resource management. She has previously worked at the National Museums of Kenya for 7 years in the Mammalogy Department, undertaking taxonomic and conservation studies for mammals. She is Member of; Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), Society for Conservation GIS, among others. She has also trained in the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation for the Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP) and Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) standard as an auditor.  Awarded teacher of the year award 2016 in College of Agriculture and veterinary sciences, University of Nairobi. She has authored and co-authored publications published in peer reviewed journals, book, and book chapters and conference proceedings. https://profiles.uonbi.ac.ke/jmbau

Keywords: Human-Wildlife Conflicts, Management options, Biodiversity Conservation, community participation, Kenya

Term 10/05/2022
Time 17:00-18:30 (Warsaw time)

DrStephen M. Mureithi (SM)

TITLE OF THE LECTURE: Achieving the SDGs in East African drylands: Pathways and challenges towards a social-ecological transformation of landscapes, livestock and livelihoods (Drylands Transform)

Stephen M. Mureithi (SM) is a Senior Lecturer and a Researcher at the University of Nairobi’s Dept of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology, Univ of Nairobi. He is a leading Kenyan scientist in Rangeland Ecology and Management and has extensive knowledge of the East African rangelands and the pastoralist and agro-pastoralist systems. His passion is restoring degraded grazing lands together with the pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities, and by so doing improving thier livestock-based livelihoods, habitat for the wildlife, and carbon sequestration at local level. Currently, Stephen is participating in the implementation of a number of projects in the East African drylands focused on improving the productivity of degraded rangelands through control of invasive woody species, Acacia reficiens by the community in northern Kenya, and co-developing sustainable rangeland restoration and management options with local communities in knowledge sharing hubs (‘Livestock Cafés’) in Kenya and Uganda’s Karamonja Cluster. His email and University links are stemureithi@uonbi.ac.ke ; https://profiles.uonbi.ac.ke/stemureithi.

Keywords: @DrylandsTransf1, East Africa, rangeland restoration, pastoralism

Term 21/04/2022
Time 12:00-13:30