Faculty of Natural Sciences researchers gear up for an Environmental and Health conference in Ireland in August

File picture – Professor Theo Davies, right, front row, with researchers from MUT and other universities, in the Czech Republic’s Prague

The Research Professor in the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Theo Davies, will once again, lead a team of MUT researchers to an international conference. Professor Davies led the MUT team to conferences in Cameroon and the Czech Republic in 2013 and 2014, respectively. This time Professor Davies is leading the team to Ireland. The team will be attending and making presentations at the Joint Conference ISEH ICEPH & ISEG on “Environment and Health” at the University of Galway, Ireland, during 11-18 August 2024. Although the date seems far, the local organising is already hard at work to ensure that research contributions are well represented.

Dr Xolile Mkhize, Senior Lecturer: Department of Community Extension; and Dr Devan Nadasan, Lecturer: of Nature Conservation, said they were already “mobilising colleagues to make abstract submissions to Professor Davies; Professor Davies said he was evaluating the submissions to see to it that they are at an exceptional level to meet the conference themes.  Although the due date for the submissions is 15 January 2024, several submissions have been made to Professor Davies and thereafter the finalisation process will be underway. Researchers will be able to meet the set standard since they have been provided with all the necessary guidelines.  Professor Davies has reiterated the importance of building up towards a publication after this submission.

Professor Davies also said “you can submit your short abstract in Prof. Davies’ Session: “Recent Advances in Medical Geology Research in Africa: A Decadal View”, by clicking “Organised Session”; or if you find that your topic is better aligned with one of the themes under “General Submissions”, you may choose to submit under “General Topics”.

Dr Mkhize said what they were doing was the second phase of the project, the first phase of the project announced last year wherein researchers were informed of how they could take part in the conference. Dr Nadasan   said that Professor Davies “continues to put MUT on the world map”, and as a team they continue to support such research efforts in the faculty.

The papers that the researchers will present at the conference are expected to be published in the reputable journals to further contribute to MUT’s research outputs.