Hello Africa! You must have already heard about this, but allow me to re-introduce you to a very exciting forth-coming event organized by the TBA family- the maiden TAAG student conference in the land of Africa.
My name is Badru Mugerwa, a Ugandan conservationist and forest ecologist. I am privileged to be among the thousands who have received TBA’s generous and prestigious training in biology and conservation. I am currently serving as the secretary for the Local Organizing Committee for the TAAG’s maiden student’s conference, Nairobi, 2013.
The idea of forming TBA Africa Alumni Group (TAAG) was conceived in 2011 when a number of TBA alumni met at a workshop in Amani, Tanzania. During this workshop, organized by TBA, the alumni shared a dream of organizing a conference to bring TBA African alumni together, and possibly formalize the formation of an umbrella alumni group that will unite all the TBA African alumni. TBA Africa Alumni Group (TAAG) is an association of African biologists and conservationists who are alumni of the Tropical Biology Association (TBA). The focus of the group is to facilitate a forum for the members to have a real impact on conservation of biodiversity in their own countries and in Africa at large.
As a follow up to the Amani meeting, these alumni have been holding informal discussions within their different networks. The conceived ideas gradually took shape thereby resulting into setting up of an interim committee to plan and organize the first TAAG conference. The conference will serve as the forum whereby TAAG will be officially launched as an umbrella group of TBA Africa Alumni network and its pioneer executive elected.
TAAG therefore cordially invites you to a three-day African Student’s International Conference to be hosted by the National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya from 2nd – 4th July 2013. The Theme of the conference is “Biodiversity in Africa – present state, challenges and prospects for its conservation”. This conference is uniquely designed and organized by vibrant TBA African alumni with the aim of building the capacity of the next generation of biologists and conservationists. The various conference activities shall be organized in such a way that they fit into your career interests.
The conference will be an opportunity for over 150 like-minded young African ecologists and conservationists to share their research findings and make valuable contacts across countries. The conference approach will entail plenary sessions for oral as well as poster presentations, group discussions, and an educational field visit. Based on country case studies, the forum is intended to facilitate discussions aimed at providing solutions to current issues facing conservation of the threatened African biodiversity. Three plenary speakers will share practical conservation experiences from African countries in relation to each of the day’s conference theme.
I call upon Africa, all TBA alumni and everyone working in biodiversity related fields in Africa and internationally to join us achieve the DREAM.
TBA alumnus Kibale 2010