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Recent activities

Labour Day Celebration

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.

Board Appointment

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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 in the 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.

Zambia Launches Nuclear Policy

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Zambia on Friday 18th December 2020 launched a nuclear policy meant to provide guidance to the country's national nuclear program. Dr. Mushimba stated that nuclear science was a prerequisite as it was worldly approved and applied in various economic sectors and the launch of the document was a clear testimony for the provision of direction on how to maximize economic benefits for Zambia to remain competitiveness through a sustainable implementation roadmap.
Honorable Mushimba said as a member state of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Zambia will embark on nuclear energy principles for peaceful use and adherence based on established core values, and accepted norms during the development process.
Honorable Mushimba was speaking today 18th December 2020 when he launched the Nuclear and Science Policy in Lusaka.
The Minister further Implored Ministry officials and stakeholders to ensure recognition of Nuclear Sciences in the 8th National Development Plan (NDP) which the Government is developing in order to operationalise the policy successfully.
“The policy will go a long way to ensure its procedural adoption and uptake is a success”. Said Minister Mushimba.
And Higher Education Permanent Secretary Kayula Siame said the launch of the policy was a very important moment in the history of Zambia because as the policy is rolled out, she believed its applications will play an important role to various economic sectors of the county.
Moving a vote of thanks Director Science, Technology and Innovation Jane Mubanga Chinkusu expressed her heartfelt gratitude for the Ministry leadership efforts exhibited to produce the nuclear policy destined to do better for Zambia.

“Hon. Dr. Brain Mushimba Counsels New Board”

A new NISIR board committee was appointed in 2020 by the Minister of Higher Education in exercise of the power entrusted in him as Honourable Minister responsible for Science and Technology and according to part IV of the Science and Technology act no. 26 of 1997, constituted the management board of NISIR. He congratulated and wished the team all the best as they superintend over the affairs of NISIR. Honourable Mushimba was happy especially that it was a unique board with an addition of 5 qualified competent ladies who have recorded competence in their qualifications. Minister Mushimba noted that the crop of think tanks hired are coming with a sound backdrop of finance and accounting, engineering, and the business sector.

The New board members are Judith Lungu, Hildah Silavwe, Mizimo Musokotwane, Filipo Zulu, Jane Chinkusu, Happy Musumali and Namakau Siyanga.

Enhancing Capacity to Assess Environmental Radioactivity in Africa. A Training Through IAEA

Among the participants that took part in the 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).“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. CONGRATULATIONS Phillimon Shaba on your new skills

Our Mandate as NISIR

  • Conducting and Promote scientific, technological and Industrial research in Zambia in the fields of food science, engineering, nuclear science, textile technology, biotechnology, energy resources, water resources, industrial chemistry, animal production, material science and natural products.

  • Liaise with other research bodies within bodies within and outside Zambia conducting similar research; co-operate with other organization and institutions of higher learning in training programmes and other matters relevant to research;co-operate and liaise with industry

  • Mobilization financial, technical and other resources for the purpose of carrying out research