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IST-Africa 2015 Advance Programme
IST-Africa 2015 Advance Programme
Hosted by the Government of Malawi through the National Commission for Science and Technology, Supported by the European Commission and African Union Commission, IST-Africa 2014 will take place in Lilongwe from 06 - 08 May 2015. The 5th Annual IST-Africa Living Lab Thematic Working Group Meeting will take place on 05 May as a pre-conference event.
The Advance Programme incorporates 2 plenary sessions and 35 parallel sessions in the Scientific Programme with over 140 presenters from 35 countries. The Scientific Programme for IST-Africa 2015 is based on a double blind peer review of Papers submitted to an open Call for Papers which closed on 19 December 2014.
The Advance Programme is available online at - click on Day or Printable Version. The Advance Programme is regularly updated online.
You can also download the current version of the Advance Programme brochure at
Plenary Speakers confirmed to date include:
- Hon. Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano, M.P., Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Malawi; 
- Mr Anthony Muyepa-Phiri, Director General, National Commission for Science and Technology, Malawi; 
- Mr Andrew Kumbatira, Director General, Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority;
- Mr Victor Malewa, Deputy Director, Department of e-Government, Ministry of Information;
- Mr Moctar Yedaly, Head of Information Society Division, African Union Commission;
- Mr Kasirim Nwuke, Innovation and Technology, UNECA;
- Mr Morten Møller, Programme Coordination, DG CONNECT, European Commission, Belgium;
- Dr Harry Gombachika, Chief Executive Officer, Malawi Telecommunications Limited;
- Dr Pascal Hoba, CEO, UbuntuNet Alliance;
- Dr. Paulos Nyirenda, CEO, SDNP;
- Mrs Bessie Nyirenda, Management Consultant, Malawi Institute of Management; and
- Mr Moses Bayingana, ICT Expert, Information Society Division, African Union Commission
IST-Africa provides a unique forum to exchange knowledge about research being undertaken in Europe and Africa focused on eInfrastructures, eHealth, Technology-enhanced Learning, eAgriculture, eGovernment, Digital Libraries, Cloud Computing and International Cooperation. It also provides an opportunity to identify potential partners for future research cooperation under Horizon 2020.
NCST is very pleased that there is such good representation from Malawi institutions in the Programme based on the blind peer review of papers submitted. UbuntuNet Alliance is organising a workshop in cooperation with WACREN focused on Identity Federation and Shared Services for Research and Education. NCST is organising a workshop focused on ICT Initiatives in Malawi and will also share information on Malawi research capacity during the IST-Africa Workshop. The Supporting Life FP7 project is organising an eHealth workshop to share results to date (Mzuzu University and Luke International).
If you have a case study or research results that are relevant to the conference themes but missed the Call for Papers, please send an abstract outlining the presentation focus and results to be shared to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  so we can see if it is possible to include it as an Oral Presentation in the Final Programme.
IST-Africa 2015 takes place in Bingu International Conference Centre (Capital Hill/Presidential Way), Lilongwe.
It is necessary to complete online registration prior to the event. Early Bird Registration is available up to 20 March.
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MAJANDS Final Call

The Malawi Journal of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Development Studies (MAJANDS) is a biannual, peer-reviewed, open access international scientific journal that publishes original research papers, short communications and review papers.  Thematic areas appropriate for the Journal include;

  • Animal and Veterinary Sciences;
  • Aquaculture and Fisheries Sciences;
  • Bio-resources Systems, Engineering and Technology;
  • Biotechnology;
  • Crop Sciences;
  • Development Studies;
  • Natural Resources, Energy and Climate Change;
  • Nutrition and Food Science.

MAJANDS welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence in any of the stated thematic areas.  Preference is given to manuscripts that are well-prepared, well-organized, and well-written in English. Papers will be published approximately one month after acceptance. Our objective is to inform authors of the decision on their manuscript(s) within six weeks of submission. Following acceptance, a paper will normally be published in the next issue.  Instruction for authors and other details are available on our website Prospective authors should send their manuscript(s) to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here to download Guidelines for Authors


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JTI Scholarships for @nd Year

1.     The Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources hasreceived a grant from Japanese Tobacco International (JTI) towards the cost of students’ scholarship and intends to apply part of the funds to cover eligible payments for tuition fees and stipend.

2.     The overall goal of the grant agreement is to develop a talent pool of future tobacco experts in Malawi and the specific objectives of the project are to:

(a)  Provide scholarships to best students from Agriculture Sciences as specified under section 4 (1) below;

(b)  Support students practical research projects on tobacco production; and

(c)  Provide holiday Internship programs for some supported students.


  1. The scholarship shall initially be for one (1) year subject to renewal for another year based on satisfactory performance and achievement of project goals and objectives.


4.     Interested candidates should meet the following minimum qualification criteria as set out in the grant agreement:

1.     best academic merit scores of students with a GPA of 3.0 from any of the following programmes: Agronomy, Engineering, Economics, Extension and Environmental Sciences;

2.     Candidates’ interest in working on burley tobacco production and the type of relevant work the candidate would be interested in.

3.     Candidates’ interest in working on burley tobacco production and the type of relevant research the candidate intends to carry out for their final research project.

4.     The University Registrar therefore invites applications for scholarship award from interested second year self-sponsored students.

5.     The scholarship application forms can be obtained from the Registry.

6.     Duly completed scholarship application forms should be returned to the Office of the University Registrar before 15:00 hour’s local time on Friday, 30th January, 2015.


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In its quest to contribute towards national development through the provision of quality and accessible training at tertiary level, LUANAR is keen to narrow the gap for the unmet demand for tertiary education and in particular, its programmes. This is why Council and Management of LUANAR decided to rollout off-campus programmes as one way of addressing the unmet demand as well as fulfilling the provisions of the 2012 to 2017 LUANAR Strategic Plan and the 2008 to 2017 Malawi National Education Sector Plan (NESP).


Therefore, LUANAR is pleased to announce names of candidates who have been selected to pursue various non-residential off-campus undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for the 2014/2015 academic year. The public is informed that a total of 921 candidates applied for admission into the off-campus programmes. Of these, 392 candidates were eligible for admission (3 for PhD’s, 26 for Masters, 312 for generic undergraduate entry and 51 for mature undergraduate entry) and LUANAR is pleased to indicate that all of the eligible candidates were selected representing a 100% selection rate and 43% selection rate from the available applications. The gender breakdown for the selected candidates is 278 males and 114 females representing 71% and 29% respectively.

For more information here.

Student Selection List

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