World Federation of Science Journalists

Uganda Conference for Science Communication 2008

Theme: Talking the Science We All Live

The Uganda Science Journalists Association (USJA) in collaboration with the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) is organizing “the Uganda Conference for Science Communication 2008” to be held at Imperial Royale Hotel – Kampala from November 23rd to 26th, 2008.

The conference will bring together over 500 journalists, scientists, researchers, science communicators and other stakeholders from Africa and other parts of the world. The concept note is here downloadable http://www.scienceuganda.org/1ST ANNOUNCEMENT.doc.


Call for Conference Papers

The conference programme here downloadable is a guide to the topics of relevance to the conference http://www.scienceuganda.org/programme.doc Interested parties should send abstracts not exceeding 500 words to scienceu@scienceuganda.org based on the terms of reference here downloadable http://www.scienceuganda.org/termsofreference.doc


Conference application forms

The forms can be downloaded http://www.scienceuganda.org/applicationform2.doc and duly filled forms should be sent to scienceu@scienceuganda.org. You can also quickly apply online by filling in the application form provided on the website and clicking “SUBMIT”. Deadline for registration of international delegates has bee extended to October 31, 2008 and payment modalities are detailed on the registration form. Please note that the conference fee entitles you to conference attendance, conference kit, lunch, tea and other refreshments during the sessions. 
Contact Information: The conference secretariat is at Science Foundation for Livelihoods and Development (SCIFODE), Plot 27, Nakasero Road, 1st Floor Uganda National Farmers’ Federation House. P.O.Box 36587 Kampala, Tel: 256392833315, email: scienceu@scienceuganda.org


Accommodation

The conference secretariat will advise participants on hotel accommodation in Kampala. Please feel free to use the contact details above. 


Support your staff

Scientists, information/communication officers, researchers and librarians are all key beneficiaries of this conference. We encourage organizations to support a wide range of their staff to this conference.


Exhibition

The conference offers science and research organizations or companies an opportunity to exhibit their information and relevant products to the media and the public. The exhibition fee is only USD 312 per 2 metres. Please contact the secretariat for details. 


Special categories

Our special categories include Students, Primary and Secondary School teachers, and People With Disabilities. If you belong to any of these, please contact the secretariat for a special arrangement


Sponsor a journalist

You can support a journalist who has potential in covering your area of research or science. You can do this through the USJA, or by nominating and pledging to cover the participation costs of a journalist known to you. Your nomination will be vetted by the organizing committee before an application is accepted. Please contact the USJA chairperson William Odinga Balikuddembe wbodinga@scienceuganda.org 


Field Excursions

There will be field excursions on the last day of the conference. Participants will have an opportunity to visit some research centres in Uganda as well as tourism sites that are within a radius of 80 kilometers from Kampala. Capacity to manage large groups is limited and therefore participation in field excursions will be allocated on a “first come first serve basis”. Visit our website www.scienceuganda.org regularly to make a reservation for your participation. 

Important note:
• The organizers of the conference reserve the right to accept or reject your application. In case the latter happens, an explanation will be given.