The 3rd Research Week kicked off on a high note on October 12, 2020 with six conferences starting their proceedings. A total of 13 conferences will run during the weeklong event. Albeit, virtual, this year’s Research Week numbers are quite impressive: 868 global participants from academia, government and industry, 347 presentations and 40+ keynote presentations is quite a mean fete.
“This is the third year that we are hosting the University of Nairobi Research Week, having had the inaugural Research Week in 2018,” notes Prof. Stephen Kiama, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Nairobi. “The initiative to embed the research week into the university calendar of activities was a deliberate and strategic decision to provide researchers with a platform to engage peers and stakeholders about their research, and also get the opportunity to network with likeminded stakeholders in relevant respective fields.”
Research is the backbone of development because it provides solutions to societal problems through the transfer of knowledge and technologies, interactions, and reflection. In the process, research meets the demand for health, food, and transportation fuels among other priorities. Research also helps to reduce the negative environmental impact of development activities, ultimately leading to improved livelihoods.
The University of Nairobi is a research intensive university with a reputation for excellence. UoN has a strong and vibrant research culture demonstrated by the continual growth of its research capacity and portfolio.
“The Research Week is specifically intended to foster discussions on research activities and findings, create a platform for presentation of academic papers and showcase innovation illustrations (posters) and foster and strengthen partnerships with other players in the research enterprise across various sectors,” says Prof. Horace Ochanda, the ag. Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Enterprise.
All the conferences are aligned to national and global development agenda, diverse in discipline with a multi and trans-disciplinary approach. The papers presented in the conferences will be published in the Research Week conference proceedings and other peer reviewed journals.