This Tuesday 26th July 2016, the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management (CoEB) held a meeting in the Board Room of the Ministry of Education (MINEDUC). The purpose of this quarterly meeting was to give updates about upcoming activities and achievements during this past quarter and to solicit input for the next series of training and needs from CoEB nodes.
In her welcoming remarks, the Director General of Science, Technology and Research at the MINEDUC, Dr. Marie-Christine Gasingirwa encouraged participants to get involved in scientific research especially women and she was happy to see that the number of women in the meeting was considerable. In addition, she invited participants to an Outreach Workshop this coming August.
Prof. Beth A. Kaplin, the Acting Director at CoEB and the Vice dean of the School of Sciences at the UR- College of Science and Technology, highlighted an upcoming workshop for the CoEB on species occurrence modeling using Maxent open source software in collaboration with the Regional Network for Conservation Educators in the Albertine Rift (RNCEAR). She also talked about upcoming workshops funded by UNESCO, on biodiversity and taxonomy (insects) and Earth Sciences and biodiversity training for secondary schoolteachers. She also described a symposium organized by the Regional Network for Conservation Educators in Albertine Rift (RNCEAR) at the 3rd African Congress for Conservation Biology (2016) in Morocco in early September where some CoEB nodes will also participate. Finally, she talked about forming the CoEB Advisory Board from the Steering Committee and getting the legal status of the Centre, updates about staff hiring progress, the Kwita Izina booth being organized by the CoEB, and the CoEB visits to nodes and partners.
The presentation by Prof. Kaplin was followed by an open discussion with inputs from nodes and partners. In the closing remarks Prof. Kaplin pointed her appreciation to the suggestions and questions of participants.