NISIR Labour Day Celebration 2021
NISIR on 1st May 2021 participated in the Labour Day celebrations in-house due to the covid 19 restrictions and as per the Ministry of Labour guidelines.
The theme of this year's "Labour day was industrialization through productivity descent work and sustainable economic development amid Covid 19", the Executive Director, Dr Henry Kambafwile' highlighted on the theme to be in line with the mandate for NISIR, stating that it resonates well with NISIR's mandate to contribute to national development through industrial research and development, therefore NISIR should spearhead the Industrial Scientific Research amid covid 19
The Board of the National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research (NISIR) wishes to inform its sister institutions, partners and the general public of the appointment of Dr. Henry Kambafwile as its new Director / Chief Executive Officer effective 3rdMarch, 2021.
Dr. Kambafwile comes to this new appointment with over13 years of experience in the Research and Development (R&D) arena having served in various capacities inthe Republic of South Africa and the region.
Dr. Kambafwile’s postgraduate studies were at University of Cape Town, South Africa where he obtained PhD in 2012, in Medicinal Chemistry, MSc in 2008 in Chemistry. He obtained BSc in 2000 in Biology & Chemistry from the University of Zambia after Grade 12 at Mpelembe Secondary School.
Dr. Kambafwilejoins NISIR with a wealth of experience inPolicy Planning for Science, Technology and Innovations (ST&I), Strategic Planning & Implementation for growth and advancement in R&D as well as project, programme and operations managementin industry, private and public sector,including consulting. Dr. Kambafwile also worked for Zambia Revenue Authority from 2001to 2005before starting postgraduate training andcareer in R&D in 2006.
The Board wishes to congratulate Dr. Kambafwile on his appointment and also wishes him every success, God’s guidance and vision as he assumes this new role of directing the affairs and mandate of NISIR to greater heights within the National Science, Technology & Innovation landscape and beyond.
Director / Chief Executive Officer
TRAINING ON RESEARCH PROPOSAL WRITING FOR GRANT FUNDING
NSTC hosted a Grant writing training for researchers . The training aimed at sharpening skills of researchers with the view of attracting funds for their research proposals. The training was being facilitated by Prof Imasiku Nyambe Coordinator of the University of Zambia (UNZA) Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Centre, a Centre that he established for academic studies (postgraduate diploma, Masters and PhDs in IWRM).
Our two scientists, Thandiwe Phiri Chabi and Chisha Chongo Mzyece were among the training that took place at Protea, Bonanza in December 2020, they scooped the second prize in a proposal writing exercise during the training, the two scientists presented a proposal on Building capacity in Zambia for monitoring COVID-19 infection rates using Waste water Based Epidemiology. Congratulations and keep the NISIR flag high.
Thandiwe Phiri Chabi and Chisha Chongo Mzyece at Protea, Bonanza
ZAMBIA LAUNCHES NUCLEAR POLICY
Zambia on Friday 18th December 2020 launched a nuclear policy meant to provide guidance to the country's national nuclear program. The National Nuclear Policy was meant to put the southern African nation on a path to exploit nuclear technology. Minister of Higher Education Brian Mushimba said during the launch that the policy will guide the country in the implementation of nuclear programs that protects human life and the environment.
The Zambian minister said the launch was an indication that the country was on a path to exploit nuclear technology as it will ensure utilization of science and technology. According to him, there was evidence indicating that countries that have embraced nuclear science have witnessed technological advancements in various sectors.
The uptake of nuclear technology will contribute to advancements in the health, agriculture, mining and energy sectors, he added that the policy was, among other
things, expected to strengthen the legal, institutional, and operational framework of nuclear science and technology in the country.
TRAINING ON SAMPLE COLLECTION AND PRE-TREATMENT
A training on “enhancing capacity to assess environmental radioactivity in Africa” through IAEA training on sample collection and pre-treatment in Kenya is Mr. Phillimon Shaba working under the Energy Development Research Center (EDRC, NISIR)
“Zambia is a landlocked country with many freshwater rivers and lakes. However, the country’s economy relies heavily on mining and both old and new mines are a potential steady source of radioactive waste,” said Phillimon Shaba from the National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research in Zambia. “If not managed properly, this contamination can have a drastic effect on our precious environmental resources and public health.”
There is limited capacity in this region to measure and monitor radionuclides in the marine, coastal and terrestrial environment. Through building the capacity in these skills, it will be possible to produce reliable quality data to help protect local populations that heavily depend on agriculture and seafood. This hands-on field and laboratory-based training equipped the participants and technical professionals with knowledge how to correctly collect and pre-treat environmental
samples for measurement of radioactivity. Trainees learned how to correctly sample, handle and pre-treat water, biota and sediment samples in the laboratory prior to any further radioactivity measurements.