Walter Sisulu University hosts 4th Annual International Joint Research Conference


WALTER Sisulu University will host a groundbreaking 2011 International Joint Research Conference at the East London International Convention Centre starting on Wednesday 17 until Friday, 19 August 2011.  The Conference is in partnership with the 8th Society for Free Radical Research, 31st African Health Sciences Congress and the 4th International Conference of the Promotion of Traditional Medicines.

The Conference will have over 300 oral and poster presentations reflecting research efforts covering the following themes: Nutrition, Traditional Medicine; HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Neglected Diseases; Biotechnology and Innovation for the development of Africa; Empowering People: Developing Human Capacities through Education in Africa; Africa‘s Economic Challenges; Public Awareness and Public Engagement; Intellectual Property ; Role of International Partners; Potential of Africa‘s Diaspora; Life sciences for environmental management; Physio-chemical sciences for technology development and innovation; Engineering applications to local imperatives and Applied technologies in food, fashion and arts.

The Research papers will be presented by academics and researchers from the USA, Kenya, Japan, Nigeria, Sudan, Botswana, Cameroon, Mali, Ghana, and Mauritius among other international countries.  There will be a number of prominent guest speakers that will also feature during the sessions: they include Dr G Pillay, Vice-President and Managing Director RISA, National Research Foundation (NRF) Pretoria; Professor Okezie Aruoma, Professor of pharmaceutical and biomedical Sciences at Touro College of Pharmacy, New York; Dr Andrew Githeko, Head, Climate and Human Health Research Unit, Centre for Global Health Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute as well as Dr E Bbodossou, President and Director General of PROMETRA and President of METRAF Company, Dakar, Senegal.

“Together with partners, WSU is committed to enhancing research related productivity, in all its ramifications, and to firmly harness such initiatives to enrich the teaching and learning and community engagement pedagogies. Research must be viewed within the context of the two other pillars of our cardinal mandates - teaching and learning and community engagement, in order to create an impervious platform for innovation, sustainable livelihood and eradication of poverty. Poverty is a cankerworm and our aspirations to address issues around rural development, urban renewal and other multimum-in-parvo of empowerment initiatives are in harmony with our notion as a developmental University,” said Professor Larry Obi, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs and Research, WSU.

According to Professor George Ekosse, Director: Research Development at Walter Sisulu University: this gathering is an annual platform for showcasing some of the best research findings during the year. “It is about bringing our best solutions to local problems; addressing the millennium development goals, advancing the country and the continent to global knowledge leadership role,” he explained.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Malusi Balintulo added that: “The generation of new knowledge and the sharing thereof is one of the most powerful contributions a university can make to the society it serves and I am proud to say that at Walter Sisulu University we have made research a top priority”.

There will also be a Conference gala dinner at the ICC at 7pm on Wednesday night.


Some of the Papers to look out for:

·         Interactive effects of biographical factors on learners‘ substance and drug related violence within the school community > Sonn RA and Tamba Tamba PA


·         Perceptions of the youth on ritual male circumcision and initiation - its secrecy and effects on HIV/Aids in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa > Gogela M


·         Unpreparedness of school educators from disadvantaged state schools to respond and adapt to the Outcomes Based Education > Bwowe P and Nomazwe M


·         Indigenous leafy vegetables (ILVS) for nutritional and health values: the role of schools in advancing indigenous knowledge (IK) for food security > Goduka N, Bello H, and Notsi L


·         Indigenous Knowledge Systems In Medicinal Plants For Sustainable Economic Development: The Case Of The Basarwa And Bakgalagadi Of Botswana > Boaduo NA and Babitseng SM


·         Governance at the King Sabatha Dalindyebo Municipality: A case study on the environmental and waste management > Ncombo YW


·         Women‘s Participation in the Innovation Process in Kenya > Nyanga R, Oduwo RO, and Odhiambo O


·         The growing strength of human experience in HIV/AIDS discourse and activism: A reflection on the possible future direction on HIV/AIDS practices > Shahzad B and Kunene L


·         Traditional healers supporting the communities to meet the health and nutritional needs of children affected by HIV/AIDS in the Kenya rurals > Njama MN


·         Gear and RDP in South Africa: Post Apartheid Public Policy > Gumede N


·         Illegal drug use among female learners in the Mthatha District of Education: A self-report survey > Zenzile EM


·         Elections, Race and ethnicity: Voters‘ party preference in South African elections > Anyangwe C


·         Challenges in the Control of HIV/AIDS among Muslims: The Case of Kenya > Adaw, SA and Kombe, Y


·         Protection of traditional knowledge for a sustainable development in Africa > Gbodossou E