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SUB-SAHARAN AFRICAN NETWORK OF INTERNATIONAL BIOMETRIC SOCIETY by maclaren1

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									         The Sub-Saharan Africa Network (SUSAN) of the
                 International Biometric Society
                               wishes to announce its

                        11TH Scientific Conference, 2009

                                     to be held at

        Kabarak University, Nakuru-Kenya; 23th -28th August 2009


Theme: Biometry and Diversity: Linking to Climate Change,
Agriculture, Health, Forestry and Policy.


Background:

The International Biometric Society-Group Kenya (IBS-GKe) is extremely pleased to
announce and host its 11th Biannual SUSAN conference from 23th to 28th August 2009
at Kabarak University in Nakuru, head quarter of Rift valley province. SUSAN is a
network of national biometric groups of the Sub-Saharan Africa countries who are
members of the International Biometrics Society. The network promotes the
advancement of life sciences through development, application and dissemination of
effective mathematical and statistical methods to its members and collaborating partners.
Over the recent past, there has been drastic improvement of biometrical skills and
techniques in applied research for development in the region, especially in agriculture,
health sciences and environment. This has been shared in a number of scientific
conferences and research fraternity through presentation of high quality papers, pre-
conference courses and research notes. Currently, there is a challenge on mitigation of
Climate Change, Environmental Impact Assessment and Policy. To what extent are
biometricians prepared to respond to these challenges along with other
scientists? What are the linkages of climate change to agriculture,
forestry and health? What are the latest methodological developments
available in responding to these researchable issues in Africa and
across the world? The forthcoming conference therefore seeks to answer some of
these critical issues under the following sub-themes:
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   1. Mitigation of climate change (carbon sequestration, economic modelling of
       climate change, impact on emerging and re-emerging diseases)
   2. Statistical genetics (microarrays, genome data, analysis of genetic data etc)
   3. Medical and health research (clinical and intervention trials, pharmaceutical
       applications, longitudinal and correlated data, mental health, health economics,
       infectious disease modelling etc)
   4. Agricultural research methods (applied biometry, plant breeding, soils, plant
       diseases, seeds, etc)
   5. Ecological modelling (forestry, fisheries and wildlife and other ecosystems)
   6. Functional and data analysis (time series, spatial-temporal and clustered data,
       methods in GIS mapping, etc)
The programme includes pre-conference courses that will be conducted by highly
qualified scientists on the following areas.


1. Mixed models with SAS/Genstat by G. Milliken, Kansas State University
2. Advanced linear mixed models with Genstat by R. Payne, VSN International
3. Infectious Diseases Modelling by Z. Shkedy, Hasselt University, Belgium; H.
Mwambi, University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa; K.Zuma, HSRC, South Africa
Registration fee for the short courses is USD 50.


Among expected dignitaries expected to grace the occasion is His Excellency former
President of the Republic of Kenya, Daniel Arap Moi, Chancellor, Kabarak University
and the Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology.


SUSAN is also pleased to have in expected attendance both the immediate past and
current IBS Presidents respectively Professor Thomas Louis (Johns Hopkins University,
USA) and Professor Andrew Mead (Warwick University, UK) who will give key invited
talks to address some of the challenges posed in the above theme and sub-themes. We are
also pleased to note that within the network key invited talks will be delivered by:
Prof. Nassiuma Dankit, Vice-Chancellor Egerton University
Prof. Odhiambo John-Vice Chancellor, Strathmore University
Prof. Sagary Nokoe, Vice-Chancellor, University of Development studies, Ghana.




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                             Tentative Programme Structure
                     Date                                             Activity
Friday 21 – Saturday 22 August                     Arrival, Registration of participants
Sunday 23 – Monday 24 August                       Short Courses (All SUSAN supported
                                                   participants to attend)
Tuesday 25th August                                Official opening, invited and contributed
                                                   papers
Wednesday 26th August                              Invited and contributed papers
Thursday 27th August                               Excursions to lakes Bogoria/Baringo, Rift
                                                   Valley, Kenya
Friday 28th August                                 Contributed papers (Up to, noon)
                                                   Wrap-Up, SUSAN business, 2pm




   Call for Abstracts and Papers
   Prepare your abstracts and papers in reference to the stated Sub-Themes above.
   Abstracts
   Should be in pdf and not more than 350 words. The title of the study/paper should not
   be more than 15 words. Should contain introduction, materials and methods, results,
   conclusions and recommendations; Key words
   Full Papers for Conference Proceedings
   Accepted    papers       should   contain   the    abstract,    introduction,   methodology,
   results/applications, conclusions and recommendation as its key sections. It should be
   in pdf format not more than 20 pages including tables and figures (1.5/double
   spaced). The contents should be relevant to the conference themes and scientifically
   sound.
   Posters
   Papers accepted as posters will be provided instructions.

   Important Dates
   Deadline for Abstracts: 30 th March 2009.
   Deadline for full papers: 30 th June 2009.
   Registration deadline: 30 th May 2009.

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Sponsorship: Participants are expected to seek their own source of funding to attend.
Limited support may be available to SUSAN members on a competitive and merit basis.

Conference Registration Fees
The conference registration fee is USD 200 which includes use of all conference
facilities, teas, lunches, conference materials and trips.


Registration
Please register by providing the following information and send to contact person below:
Name:____________________________________________________
Gender:___________________________________________________
Organization______________________________________________
Title (Prof/Dr/Mr/Mrs/Ms)_______________________
Postal Adress__________________________postal code_______________
Tel_______________________ Fax____________________ Email_____________
IBS Group____________________________
Will present Paper(Yes/No)_______________


Contact Persons to registration, abstracts and papers should
be sent to:
Vincent Onguso Oeba: Email: voeba@yahoo.co.uk; voeba@kefri.org
+254-720-475053; +254-733-244911.
                                              OR
Mwangi Ali John: Email: mwangiali@yahoo.com
+254-720-873013; +254-733-608961


We owe a great debt of thanks to our LOC chair Vincent Onguso Oeba and his team
including John Ali Mwangi, Elias Obudho, Simon Wephukhulu among others.


Henry G Mwambi
SUSAN Vice Co-ordinator
Email: mwambih@ukzn.ac.za


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