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Public Lecture Series

Public Lecture Series on Environment and Development
With assistance from the IDRC, the Academy organized a series of public lectures on the theme Environment and Development. The Lectures were based on on-going or completed researches on Topical issues and were aimed at enhancing public awareness in the areas of Environment and Development.

The public lectures had the objective of highlighting levels of achievement and endeavour in scientific research in environment, its management and related issues. They also encouraged exchange of ideas between researchers, policy makers and the general public on environmental issues and their effect on society and identifying gaps in environmental management as a basis for future research.

The following topics were covered in the public lecture series:

  • Desertification and Sustainable Development
  • Water Resources and Water Pollution
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Biodiversity and their conservation
  • Environmental Impact of Mining
  • Disposal of hazardous chemicals and the environment
  • Management of Kenyan cities in the 21st century
  • Health under changing climate
  • Cost benefit analysis of environmental education
  • Environmental impacts on socio-economic conditions in Kenya
  • Population pressure and environmental degradation
  • Natural disasters preparedness, environmental degradation and sustainable development.


Public Lecture Series 16th - 18th August 2004
Theme - Science, Technology and Innovation Policy for Kenya: Building Capacity for Implementation.

Principal Speaker - Prof. Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International and Globalization Project, Kennedy school of Government, Harvard University.

These series of public lectures were meant to serve as a mechanism for sensitizing and enhancing awareness to the academicians and students on matters related to Science, Technology and Innovation.

The indicative themes in the public lectures included the following:

  • Technology and Economic growth: Theoretical and Practical issues.
  • Science Technology and Innovation: Strategic options for Kenya
  • Biotechnology and Innovation: Strategic options for Kenya
  • Biotechnology and Globalization: Implications for Developing Countries

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