Conference Themes

Theme 1: Urban and Industrial development


-Geochemistry for sustainable development: poverty alleviation, ecosystem services.

-Soil and water contamination and air pollution. 

-Mining and legacy issues to inform future policy.

-Climate change and Environmental Degradation: Land-use planning, hazard assessment and mitigation.

Theme 2: Agriculture


-Impact of Agricultural development on the environment efficient delivery of macro-/micronutrients to crops.

-Urban agriculture and Food Safety.

-Soil and water geochemistry influence on plant, animal and human health. 

-Multiple stressors and biodiversity conservation.

-Geochemistry dynamics in aquatic ecosystems.

Theme 3: Health


-Epidemiology and endemic diseases associated with pollution and deficiency of essential nutrients.

-Biomarkers for monitoring exposure to pollutants or health status.

-Science to policy - social impact, economics, ethics and policies.

-Population Health and Sanitation.

-Planetary health .

-Wildlife and livestock health: exposure to pollutants and poor nutrition.

Theme 4: Technology


-Spatial tools, predictive models, remote sensing and communications.

-Isotope Tracers and Elemental Speciation.

-Technology fit-for-purpose e.g. sensors, live data collation, tools for collation/delivery of data.

-Laboratory method development for environmental and health studies.

-Statistics – sampling strategies, data interpretation tools for communicating science to policymakers and the general public.

Conference Programme

More detail will follow as invited speakers and keynotes are confirmed. Schedules for each theme will be adjusted to demand. A provisional programme includes:

7th July 2020

Opening address from a guest speaker – TBC

Morning: Urban and Industrial development theme Oral Presentations

Afternoon: Agricultural Theme Oral Presentations

Evening: Cocktail reception and Poster Presentation session

8th July 2020

Morning: Health theme Oral Presentations

Afternoon: Technologies theme Oral Presentations

Evening: Cocktail reception and Poster Presentation session

9th July 2020

Morning: Multidisciplinary Oral Presentations

Afternoon: Multidisciplinary Oral Presentations

Evening: Conference Meal

10th July 2020

Training day – Hosting of training sessions at the University of Eldoret with several key classes for a maximum of 20 attendees in each:

Morning: Introduction to QGIS, How to improve presentation skills

Afternoon: Quality Assurance for laboratories, how to write/review a paper, Fundraising for research.

11th July 2020

Field trip excursion – A visit to the breath-taking tea plantations of Nandi hills and to an abandoned Rosterman Goldmines that has been converted into artisanal mining activities by villagers (depending on road conditions). We will pass through the famous Tropical Rain Forest of Kakamega – bird watchers paradise.

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