IUIU CHEMISTS URGED TO FORM ASSOCIATION IN ORDER TO STRENGTHEN REPRESETATION FOR SCIENTISTS

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MoSTI) has encouraged Islamic University in Uganda Chemists and students who have interest in the field of chemistry to form an association that will link them to the National Chemical Society to strengthen the representation of scientists at national and global level.

 

This call was made by a team from the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation during a recent meeting with the IUIU Vice Rector in charge of Finance and Administration and Chemistry Lecturers. The meeting held at the Main Campus Mbale aimed at discussing ways of strengthening the Uganda National Chemical Society.

 

The Director Science Technology and Innovation Regulation and Biosafety, Mr. Ksigwa James, who was represented by Mr. Dhamuzungu Peter, emphasized that participating in the national and regional chemistry competitions provides an opportunity to network with other chemists, sharing research findings, and knowledge.


“establishing a strong and vibrant national chemical society will provide representation for scientists in the discipline of chemistry at national and international interval” the Director emphasized.


He further added that the society shall enable both academics and other chemists to increase socialization and turn productivity through development of professional networks.


According to Mr. Dhamuzungu, the network introduces an opportunity for students to showcase their innovations, an issue that can market them.


“There are so many science competitions at both regional, national and international level that students can use to showcase their innovations and share skills with other scientists which provides an opportunity for funding” Dhamzungu reported.

 

According to Bugembe John Mark, the Science Officer Chemical Science, Uganda national chemical society helps students and staff and other chemists to appreciate chemistry, Provide and share skills, develop capacity to organize grand multi-disciplinary activities such as conference, trainings, recruit students and staff into the society, to operate globally and attracting funding both locally and internationally.

 

The IUIU Vice Rector Finance and Administration, Prof. Abdul Kaziba Mpaata, while addressing the delegation from the Ministry expressed gratitude for the move the Ministry has taken in championing the need for research and innovation in the field of chemistry which many academicians tend to give less emphasis on in the country.

 

He approved of IUIU’s willingness to embrace such programme and implored the ministry to always endeavor to make follow ups on such initiatives for their success.