The University of Eldoret in collaboration with The Royal Society and British Geological Survey hosted the 37th International Conference of Society for Geochemistry and Health (SEGH) at Boma Inn Hotel, Eldoret from 10th to 14th October, 2022 with theme; “Geochemistry for Sustainable Development.” The Conference was organized with the aim of bringing together international researchers, consultants, regulatory authorities among others. The hybrid (virtual & physical) conference saw the participation of 97 presenters from different institutions locally and internationally.
Prof. Odipo Osano of School Environmental Studies, Department of Environmental Biology and Health, University of Eldoret (UoE) welcomed the conference participants joining physically and virtually. The Head of Department Dr. Judith Khasenzi addressed the participants and mentioned that geochemistry can impact health and hence the importance of the conference.
The Dean School of Environmental Studies, Prof. Gelas Muse Simiyu, in his remarks thanked both local and international participants for attending. He appreciated Prof. Odipo for organizing the conference and for maintaining the vibrant collaborations and mentoring students. Prof. Simiyu mentioned that the School of Environmental Studies was established when sustainable development was at its peak and that many students have been mentored in the field of environmental studies.
SEGH first and past President, Dr. Michael Watts of British Geological Survey, United Kingdom congratulated the committee and UoE for organizing the first conference since COVID-19. The last conference was last held in 2018 in Victoria Falls, Zambia. Dr. Watts welcomed the current President, Prof. Akinade Olatunji of University of Ibaden, Nigeria, to address the conference. Prof. Akinade stated that this being the first in-person conference, it revealed the resilience and adaptability capacity of the SEGH as a society through a series of virtual events that have taken place through the SEGHLive initiatives. These were made possible by the innovative thinking of the past President Dr. Watts who rallied the SEGH Board to step up activities that saw SEGH emerge through the pandemic era stronger and more focussed on the Society’s core mandate and vision.
The four days' conference witnessed several oral and poster presentations on diverse topics in environmental geochemistry, health, agriculture, hydrology, fisheries and technology. Most of the presentations comprised of Master and PhD students who have benefited under the mentorship of the Society. The forum involved Academic and Research institutions.
The conference organizing committee members includes; Prof. Odipo Osano, University of Eldoret (Conference Chair), Prof. Akinade Olatunji, University of Ibadan, Dr. Michael Watts, British Geological Survey, Dr. Olivier Humphrey, Geological Survey, Dr. Lydia Olaka, University of Nairobi, Dr. Diana Menya, Moi University, Dr. Belinda Kaninga, Zambia Agriculture Research Institute, Dr. Jerry Olajide-Kayode, Osun State University, Nigeria, Anthea Brown, British Geological Survey, Isaboke Job, Leonard Agan and Maureene Ondayo of UoE.
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