Zambia Science Conference 2017


The Researchers’ Symposium was jointly organised by the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) of the Republic of Zambia, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG) of the Federal Republic of Germany, the National Commission on Science and Technology (NCST) of Malawi and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa.

The Symposium was held from 23rd to 24th November, 2017, at Avani Victoria Falls Resort in Livingstone.

The theme of the 2017 Researchers’ Symposium was Animal and Livestock Sciences, with specific focus on four thematic areas as follows:

  1. Livestock improvement,
  2. Animal nutrition,
  3. Trans-boundary animal and disease control, and
  4. Animal health

The aim of the Researchers’ Symposium was to create a platform for researchers to interact with their peers from other countries and catalyse networks for potential international collaborative research in afore mentioned areas of livestock and animal sciences.

The programme of the symposium was structured in such a way as to make it possible for researchers to meet and discuss the common but differentiated issues in livestock and animal sciences. It was scheduled in three main components as follows:

  1. Presentations of Research Interests by Participants
  2. Facilitated match-making exercise to support international research cooperation, and
  3. Presentations of Funding Modalities by Science Granting Council

The symposium opened with welcome remarks by the Executive Secretary of NSTC Zambia, Dr. Alfred J. Sumani, the Director General of NCST Malawi, Mr. Anthony Muyepa and the Head of International Affairs Division of DFG Germany, Dr. Jorg Schneider.

In their remarks, they encouraged researchers to take advantage of the symposium to exchange knowledge and build partnerships.


The symposium was attended by over 50 participants who included researchers in the fields of livestock and animal sciences from the four organizing countries (Germany, Malawi, South Africa and Zambia) as well from other African countries such as Botswana, Kenya, Namibia and Mozambique. There were representatives from the Research Councils of the United Kingdoms (RCUK), the Southern Africa Innovation Support (SAIS), NSTC, NCST, DFG, NRF, Ministry of Higher Education of Zambia, and some Councillors of the NSTC Board.



Key Outcomes

The facilitated match-making exercise, which took the form of round table discussions among researchers with common research interests, resulted in formation of potential international research cooperation groupings. Round table discussions in four thematic areas deliberated on future research directions and identified research areas/topics for potential collaborative research. The identified research areas/topics were matched with potential collaborators/researchers/partners. In addition to discussing ongoing research work, the symposium also encouraged new ways of thinking about how issues concerning livestock and animal health could be addressed from an academic, practical and policy making perspective.

Besides inspiring academic research, the symposium had an important outcome of bringing together researchers in livestock and animal sciences, who are usually spread around the country, the region and internationally, to focus on a common goal. This promoted interaction among researchers and provided them a valuable opportunity to share experiences and make acquaintances.


Signing of the MoU between NSTC Zambia and DFG Germany

The signing Ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG) was one of the key outcomes of this event. This MoU extends the cooperation regarding Science, Technology and Innovation between the Republic of Zambia and the Federal Republic of Germany.



The Presentations for the Researcher’s Symposium can be downloaded below:

Livestock Improvement:

Breeding and Genetic Improvement of Livestock

  1. Breeding Innovations – Dr. Timothy Gondwe (Lilongwe University, Malawi) [Click]

  2. Genomics in the Characterization and Evaluation of Livestock Genetic Resources (Dr. Farai Muchadeyi, Agricultural Research Council, South Africa) [Click]

  3. The Role of Animal Breeding and Genetic Technologies in improving Livestock Productivity in South Africa (Prof. Khathutshelo Nephawe, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa)[Click]

  4. Breeding Schemes for the Improvement of Livestock Populations – what do they need? (Prof. Jorn Bennewitz, University of Hohenheim, Germany) [Click]

Enhancement of Non-conventional Livestock Production

  1. Non-conventional Farming: Livestock & Protein Production for Food Security (Prof. Voster Muchenje& Yonela Z. Njisane, University of Fort Hare, South Africa) [Click]

  2. Use of Natural Phyto-sterols for Sex Reversal and Improved Aquaculture Productivity (Dr. Pharaoh C. Sianangama, University of Zambia) [Click]

Animal Nutrition:

Feedstuffs and feeding

  1. Untapped Feed Resources a gateway to improved Livestock Nutrition (Dr. Fanny C. Chigwa, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, Malawi) [Click]

  2. Animal Nutrition and Rangeland Management in the Tropics (Prof. Dr. Uta Dickhofer, University of Hohenheim, Germany) [Click]

  3. Exploitation of Local Plants as Animal Feed Resources in Zambia (Dr. Joseph Simbaya, University of Zambia) [Click]

  4. Feedstuffs and Feeding of Livestock and Zoo Animals (Dr. Khanyisile Mbatha, University of South Africa) [Click]

Transboundary Animal and Disease Control:

Trans-boundary Animal and Disease Control

  1. Trans-boundary Animal Disease (TADs) – Control Good Emergency Management Practice (Dr. Martin Ng’oma, Ministry of Agriculture, Malawi) [Click]

  2. Epidemiological Investigation of Contagious Bovine Pleuraneumonia along Tanzania – Zambia border (Dr. Ricky Namakobo, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Zambia) [Click]

Veterinary Epidemiology

  1. Assessment of the Impact of Anthropological and Environmental Factors on the Management of Livestock Diseases in Muchinga and Western Provinces of Zambia (Prof. John Bwalya Muma, D. C. Sitali, C. Mumba, M. Munyeme University of Zambia) [Click]

  2. Land-use type influences Rodent-hosts and Ectoparasites (Dr. Sonja Matthee, Stellenbosch University, South Africa) [Click]

  3. State-of-the-art Diagnostics of Transboundary Diseases and Zoonoses (Dr. Martin Beer, Friedrich-Loffler-Institut, Germany) [Click]

Rapid Diagnostic Techniques for Early Disease Detection

  1. Bovine Theileriosis: The Journey to Effective Control (Dr. Kgomotso Sibeko-Matjila, University of Pretoria, South Africa) [Click]

  2. Antibiotic Consumption and Antibiotic Resistance in the Human-Animal-Environment Interface: Lessons to Learn and Project Needs
    in Africa and Europe (Prof. Lothar Kreienbrock, & Nicole Werner, Institute for for biometry, Epidemiology and Information Processing, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany) [Click]

Animal Disease Vaccine production and Use

  1. Vaccine production and research (Dr. Latoya Seoke, Botswana Vaccine Institute, Botswana) [Click]

Animal Health:

Enhancement of Animal Welfare and Health

  1. Application of System Dynamics and Participatory Spatial Group Model Building in Animal Health: A case study of East Coast Fever Interventions in Lundazi and Monze Districts of Zambia (Dr. Chisoni Mumba, Eystein Skjerve, J.B. Muma, Karl. M. Rich University of Zambia) [Click]

  2. Antiparasiticide Resistance as a major challenge for Livestock Health and Productivity (Prof. Dr. Georg von Samson Himmelstjerna, Institute for Parasitology and Tropical Veterinary Medicine, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany) [Click]

  3. Zoonoses Research with African Collaborators (Dr. Martin H. Groschup, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Germany) [Click]

Enhancement of Veterinary Public health

  1. Occurrence and characterisation of Big Seven Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) serotypes from healthy cattle in South Africa (Dr. Musafiri Karama, University of Pretoria, South Africa) [Click]

  2. 2. A study of antibiotic residues from selected meat processors in Zambia (Dr. Genarld Monga, Central Veterinary Research Institute, Zambia) [Click]

Besides the presentations by researchers, there were presentations on funding modalities as follows:

  1. DFG-Funding modalities – Agricultural Science, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine in Germany (Dr. Patricia Schmitz-Möller, DFG, Germany) [Click]

  2. NRF Funding Opportunities (Ms. Puleng Tshitlho, NRF, South Africa) [Click]

  3. UK Research for Sustainable Development – The Global Challenges Research Fund (Prof. Stuart Taberner, Research Councils UK) [Click]

  4. Southern Africa Innovation Support programme phase 2 2017-2021 (Ms. Sharon Emvula, SAIS, Namibia) [Click]

  5. Ubuntu, collaboration and African Research: A Bibliometric Analysis (Ms. Tracey October, Clarivate Analytics, South Africa) [Click]