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CFK Funded Grad Student Gets MUST Masters Degree

Posted by Mark

The Council for Frontiers of Knowledge, CFK, is again pleased to announce that another CFK funded Masters student, Ms. Victoria Katawera, has been awarded (2014) a Master of Science Degree in Medical Microbiology of Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda. Ms. Katawera's illustrious research focused on "Evaluation of Bacteriostatic and Bactericidal Activity of Potential Antimicrobial Compounds on Mycobacterium Tuberculosis". She assessed the antimicrobial activity of eighteen NQ compounds on sensitive and resistant strains of M. Tuberculosis.

The CFK Donates ENVI Software to MAK

Posted by Mark

The Council for Frontiers of Knowledge, with generous support from Tullow Oil, Dublin and London has purchased for Makerere University a Software called ENVI (Environment for Visualising Images).

ENVI is used for Geospatial imagery to evaluate biodiversity, detect and identify targets, plan emergency response efforts and a variety of other applications important to understanding the world around you.

CFK Director Prof. P.K. Nair wins prestigious research award

Posted by Mark

The CFK Director Dr. P. K. Nair, Distinguished Professor, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville has been awarded a ‘Fulbright–Nehru Distinguished Chair in Environmental Sciences for research and teaching in India for four months during 2014–2015. He plans to utilize the award for collaborative research and a lecture tour to some of the leading universities and agricultural research institutions in India."

Professor Nair plans to be in India during November 2014 to March 2015. It is extremely important to note that, this is Prof. Nair's second major Fulbright Award: He had a "Senior Fulbright Fellow" award for the five-year period 2005 – 2010 that enabled him to spend collaborative research time in Malaysia (2006) and Spain (2008).

CFK Director Prof. Jim Lynch Becomes Chair of the Board of Governors at the University of Chichester<>

Posted by Mark

Professor Lynch has been elected Chair of the Board of Governors at the University of Chichester from January 2014. As Chichester has no Chancellor, he will also fill that ceremonial role at degree ceremonies. Relatively unusual for a serving academic, this appointment reflects the major impact he has made, throughout his career, both in Higher Education and the field of sustainability research.

In his new role, Professor Lynch will provide leadership to the Board of Governors at Chichester, giving input on strategy, planning, finance and fund-raising, while externally he will represent the Governing Body at the Committee of University Chairs.

World's most cited Researcher in Mathematics joins The CFK Board

Posted by Mark

Professor Adrian E. Raftery, a prominent University of Washington statistician identified as the world's most cited researcher in mathematics for an entire decade (1995-2005) by Thomson-ISI , has joined The Council for Frontiers of Knowledge Board.

Prof. Adrian Raftery and CFK Board Chair Prof. Fionn Murtagh have known each other for a long time, and obtained their first degrees (Mathematics 1976) at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

The CFK International Conference

Posted by Mark

The Council for Frontiers of Knowledge, The CFK, convened a major international Conference, on the Theme "Western Science Meets African Reality", at Munyonyo Commonwealth Speke Resort and Conference Centre, in Uganda, November 2012.

The Conference was attended by about 412 delegates with representation from Ireland, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, USA, Zimbabwe, Denmark, Senegal, Southern Sudan, Botswana, China, Ethiopia, South Africa, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Korea, Malawi, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, United Kingdom, Zambia, Namibia, Angola, Nigeria, Cameroon, Pakistan, Rwanda, Turkey, Burundi, Brazil, Sudan, and Egypt among others.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe now Deputy Vice Chancellor, Makerere University

Posted by Mark

Effective 1st August 2013, CFK Director Professor Barnabas Nawangwe was appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration) of Makerere University. More about Professor Nawangwe's illustrious roles and responsibilities at Makerere University and beyond, please see:



Prof. Fionn Murtagh now Head, School of Computer Science and Informatics at DMU

Posted by Mark

CFK Board Chair Prof. Fionn Murtagh, effective Monday, 1st July, 2013, was appointed and is now serving as Head, School of Computer Science and Informatics, at De Montfort University (DMU), Leicester. More about Professor Fionn Murtagh, globally distinguished work, please visit:




Satellite imaging provider DMCii appoints Professor Jim Lynch OBE Director of Forestry

Posted by Mark

Remote sensing solutions provider DMCii has appointed Professor Jim Lynch OBE Director of Forestry to oversee the development of effective tools and partnerships for the implementation of sustainable forestry programmes.

Lynch was previously Chief Executive of the UK Forestry Commission Research Agency, and remains both a Distinguished Professor of Life Sciences at the University of Surrey and Board Member of the European Forestry Institute, taking the lead on Climate Change and Policy. He was awarded an OBE for his coordination of the OECD Sustainability Research Programme over 17 years and has written many books on forestry and climate change, the applications of remote sensing and scientific policy.

CFK Director, Prof. Holger Meinke appointed Director of the Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research

Posted by Mark

Effective January 2011, CFK Director Professor Holger Meinke, an international climate and agricultural systems scientist from The Netherlands, and formerly with the Queensland Department of Primary Industries, was appointed as the new Director of the Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research and the new Head of the UTAS School of Agricultural Science, University of Tasmania, Australia.

University of Tasmania's Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor David Rich said that the appointment of Professor Holger Meinke would be a boon for the University and the state. "It is an important appointment because of the value of agriculture and agricultural research to the Tasmanian economy".