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Minister To Address Hybrid Conference On Nanotechnology

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The Nanotechnology Research Group at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria, a frontline research group on nanotechnology in Nigeria has concluded arrangement for its 5th annual international workshop/conference on nanotechnology tagged ‘LAUTECH NANO 2021’, slated for October 26 to 28, 2021.

The conference will be addressed by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of the, Ogbonnaya Onu.

The conference, ‘Nanotechnology in Africa: Changing the Narratives for the Benefits of Mankind’ is expected to draw scholars, policy makers and participants from within and outside Nigeria in agriculture, life sciences, physical sciences, environmental sciences, engineering and medical fields to discuss research activities in the multidisciplinary field of nanotechnology for growth and development of Africa.

Participants will benefit from the wealth of experiences of speakers who are active players in nanotechnology research from Nigeria, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, India, Egypt, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates and Botswana.

The research group, headed by Prof. A. Lateef, a Professor of Microbiology in the Department of Pure and Applied Biology, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, comprised of dedicated scholars from the fields of Physics, Engineering, Biochemistry, Botany, Microbiology and Zoology.

The group has consistently organized workshops and conferences on nanotechnology since 2017; thereby making it one of the most productive research groups in Nigerian Universities.

It has also issued more than thirty press releases in national and international media to raise awareness about the bourgeoning discipline of nanotechnology and its attendant potentials to solve myriads of problems confronting mankind.

Some of her members recently x-rayed Nigeria’s contribution to nanotechnology R&D in the last one decade with the view of charting a course for the country in nanotechnology enterprise.

As part of her leadership roles in nanotechnology pursuit in Nigeria, the group presented a memorandum to stimulate action on nanotechnology tagged “The rusty gold: Untapped advances in nanotechnology in Nigeria’ at the 19th National Council of Science, Technology and Innovation held 20-24 September, 2021 in Abuja.

It canvassed for the creation of seed fund at the federal ministry of science, technology and innovation to support innovative research in nanotechnology, sought for collaboration of the ministry with funding agencies, such as Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) and Petroleum Trust Development Fund (PTDF) to prioritize funding of researches in nanotechnology.

The conference would be chaired and declared open by the acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. M.O. Liasu on October 27, 2021 at 10.00 am at The Great Hall, LAUTECH, Ogbomoso.

The hybrid conference would afford physical and virtual participation.

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