GIS Day 2017 (Wednesday 15th November 2017)
Theme: Discovering the World through GIS
KU Rallying: We Map It, Do You?
The week of 13th - 17th November is the International GIS Week and on Wednesday 15th November 2017 the World will come together in celebration of the annual salute to geospatial technology and its power to transform and better lives. This year’s GIS Day theme is “Discovering the World through GIS” and the rallying call for KU is “We Map It, Do You?”. The GIS Day has been celebrated since 1999 when the first event took place. Here at KU we will be holding our 4th GIS Day, the first one having been held in 2014. Each year about 400 students in KU participate in the whole day of GIS Fun, Lectures, Career Talks and Networking with the GIS stakeholders from industry.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has become an integral part of several disciplines and cuts across all areas of modern information society. In the recent past, government agencies, companies and societies have deployed geo-spatial technologies to solve a number of challenges. The challenges range from climate change, market failure, conflicts, to agriculture and infrastructure. The development of spatially oriented databases, web map services, navigation and localization of events using the Global Navigation Satellite Systems has played a significant role in the use of GIS technology across the general public. The development of Geo-information technology is directly related to the need for technical training for faculty members and students across a University.
With the support of ESRI 100 African Universities programme since May 2013 Kenyatta University has had a standard product; the ArcGIS site license that serve the teaching and research needs. As a pioneer of the programme, Kenyatta University has grown to be recognized as a lighthouse of Geo-Spatial knowledge and for that reason ESRI President Jack Dangermond in 2015 awarded the university with a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award
Besides providing training to students and faculty the mobilization of the use of geospatial tools has supported coordinating of learning activities in form of seminars, workshops and conferences. Some of the learning activities that the university has been engaged in since the launch of the Esri site license include;
1. Organizing and holding the annual GIS Day every 3rd Wednesday of November since 2014.
2. Participation in Esri Eastern Africa GIS Education User conferences since 2013
3. Participating in GIS and Remote Sensing conferences in the region organized by AARSE, RCMRD and other organizations
GIS and Remote Sensing play a significant role in enhancing effectiveness in solving environmental, socio-economic and scientific problems. The body of knowledge simplifies and accelerates the process of analysis and decision-making in when it comes to complex and intertwined subjects.
GIS technologies is one of the three most important emerging and evolving fields in modern science, along with nanotechnology and biotechnology. GIS has extended the frontiers of many disciplines and emerged as a discipline in its own right. GIS is the common ground, or 'glue', that underpins data sharing across disciplines, entrenching geography and GIS in research and applications far beyond geography itself. Several projects, businesses, industries, governments and organizations now depend on the integrative and analytical power of new geo-technologies to deal with information that is inherently spatial. This has led to a huge demand for people with sound theoretical insights into the science of handling geographical Information along with the technological expertise of using GI Systems.
Employment opportunities and professional training needs are growing worldwide as geo-technologies become pervasive in the wider economy. The limited number of students who have previously acquired the technical skills in GIS and Remote Sensing at KU have had an additional advantage in the job market. The set of skills offer a cutting-edge advantage when it comes to employability and entrepreneurship of the candidates.
The hope and desire is that her students recognise that their future in the work place will require capacities connected to GIS, narrowed to five needs of the workforce must have:
1. Ability to Model the real world’s complexities – this is a subject of Geodesign
2. Holistic thinking about spatial and temporal connections amongst and between watersheds, human settlement, natural hazards, soils, weather patterns, landforms, and land use, about communities, regions, and the planet.
3. Ability to Turn information into matter and matter into base information - critical thinking about data and information
4. Ability in analysing data from a variety of sources, time periods, scales, and themes to make sense of a problem and begin to address its pertinent issues.
5. Ability to tell a good story & be ready to become “shallow experts” very quickly on many different types of software, platforms, and services
We are looking forward to your presence and participation in this field of the “Science of where”
Prof Simon M Onywere
7th November 2017
The Cultural Council of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in conjunction with the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies,Kenyatta University, announces for half day conference on the theme:The Cultural and Scientific Impact on Extreme and Radicalism
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS, POSTERS AND EXHIBITS
Building Synergy for Enhanced Drug abuse prevention and treatment :
A Multi Disciplinary ,Multisectoral Approach
Psychoactive drugs continue to have significant health, social and economic consequences on individuals, families and communities. Due to this reality, the fight against drug abuse continues in earnest at the global , regional and national level. There is increasing evidence to suggest that for problems of drug abuse to be effectively addressed, there is need for different stakeholders to participate in a synergetic way as well as apply evidence- based practices in prevention and treatment of drug/substance related disorders. Currently the fight against drug abuse seems relegated to a few disciplines mainly, health and allied disciplines, as well as to a few sectors such as health and national drug agencies. There is need for a paradigm shift in order to bring on board more disciplines and sectors of the economy to build synergy towards enhanced prevention and treatment of Substance use disorders(SUDs) .In view of this Kenyatta University in line with its philosophy of responsiveness to societal needs, together with key stakeholders, have organized the first regional multidisciplinary, multisectoral conference on drug demand reduction and supply suppression to be held at Kenyatta University, Kenya.
- To bring together different sectors and disciplines to step up efforts on prevention and treatment of Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) (or to enhance drug demand reduction and supply suppression)
- To disseminate latest cutting edge knowledge on evidenced based practices in prevention and treatment of SUDs)
- To promote a paradigm shift towards community based recovery oriented systems / recovery oriented systems of care (ROSC)
- Role of educational and vocational institutions in drug abuse prevention and treatment
- Evidence based practices in prevention and treatment of Substance Use Disorders (SUDs)
- Role of treatment centers and emerging treatment options/considerations for SUDs
- Role of health care providers (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, counselors ,psychologists,psychiatrists, social workers and allied professions) in SUDs prevention and treatment
- Multi-sectoral approach to issues of SUDs prevention and treatment (different government ministries, employment agencies, social services, healthcare, education ,law enforcement, transport sector, industry, media, civil society, International Organizations, NGOs, CBOs and FBOs etc)
- Role of criminal and juvenile justice systems in SUDs prevention and treatment(Police, Judiciary. Prisons, Probation, Children department ,etc )
- Addressing populations with special clinical needs (children, persons who inject drugs(PWID),persons with disability, elderly, women, etc) in SUDs prevention and treatment
- Managing co-occurring disorders in SUDs treatment
- Community based recovery systems /recovery oriented systems of care(ROSC)
- Policy, legislation, advocacy and networking in SUDs prevention and treatment
- Prevention programs for SUDs -(family, school, community, media, workplace, etc)
- Multidisciplinary approach in SUDs prevention and treatment
- Role of national &county governments and Regional blocks in prevention and treatment of SUDs
The conference committee invites participation and submission of abstracts based on research and scholarly work, program/case experiences, posters and exhibits .
|Abstracts||Sunday 24th September 2017|
|Notification of abstract acceptance||Sunday 1st October|
|Full papers||Sunday 15th October 2017|
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
|Early Bird (to Receive 10% Discount)||Up to Friday 8th September 2017|
|Regular Registration||Up to Monday 9th October 2017|
|Late Registration (pay additional 10%)||Up to Wednesday 8th November 2017|
|CATEGORY||EARLY BIRD||REGULAR REGISTRATION||LATE REGISTARTION|
|East African||KSH 7,200||KSH 8,000||KSH 8,800|
|International||USD135||USD 150||USD 165|
|KSH 3,600||KSH 4000||KSH 4400|
To cover 3x3 meters space, one table and two chairs for 3 days (excludes meals )
Local exhibitors: KSH 20,000
International Exhibitors: USD 400
Registration and exhibition fees are payable to the following account:
KENYA SHILLING ACCOUNT
BANK NAME: NATIONAL BANK OF KENYA
BRANCH: KENYATTA UNIVERSITY BRANCH
A/C NO: 01003059002400
A/C NAME: KENYATTA UNIVERSITY PAYMENTS ACCOUNT
BRANCH CODE: 12044
US DOLLAR ACCOUNT
BANKE NAME: NATIONAL BANK OF KENYA
BRANCH: KENYATTA UNIVERSITY BRANCH
A/C NO: 02020059150800
A/C NAME: KENYATTA UNIVERSITY DOLLAR ACCOUNT
BRANCH CODE: 12044
SWIFT CODE: NBKEKENXXXX
(NB. 1. Ensure bank teller includes the official names of the participant on deposit slip
2. Email the scanned copy of the deposit slip/EFT transfer evidence to the secretariat email below )