Basic Nematology Crash Course - Kenya
One week crash course planned December 2018 at ICIPE - International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology/ IITA - International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Nairobi Kenya
The Basic Nematology Crash Course offers 20 vacant student positions per year. The tuition fee is 500 € and contributes to the organisation of the course (lecture material, notes, sampling, lab use,…). Travel and accommodation costs should be covered with own financial means.
Every year, the ICP Nematology foresees 10 travel grants for local students and the cost of the tuition fee to attend the Basic Nematology Crash Course. Preference is given to students and staff studying and working in governmental institutes and NGOs, and are intended to cover flight, visa, bus, accommodation and daily expenses.
There are 7 grants of 1000 € for students from outside Kenya who need to travel far. Next to this, there are 3 grants of 500 € for Kenyan nationals.
More details on the programme, applications and registration will follow soon
Dr. Danny Coyne has 25 years of experience in agricultural research and extension in tropical cropping systems across Africa, beginning as a village extension officer in rural Tanzania. He has in-depth knowledge of tropical crop systems through involvement in, and management of, crop protection extension and pest management projects within African National programmes and at International Agricultural Research Centres. Of late he has broadened into the wider field of soil health in relation to plant host-pest-antagonist relations and the ecological aspects. Although he is a very active scientist (140 peer reviewed papers; 8 books and 9 book chapters), training underscores all of his work, whether at the farmer, technician, or academic level. He has frequent contacts with our alumni currently working in Africa.
Dr. Solveig Haukeland is a nematologist specialised on nematodes as biocontrol agents of invertebrates. She worked at NIBIO, the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research), where she built a lab and expertise on nematodes as biological control agents of invertebrate pests. At Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania she performed research on biological control of banana pests, fruit flies and sweet potato weevils. She additionally did consultancy assignments for the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, among others. She joined ICIPE in 2014 as a CIM (Center for International Migration and Development) integrated expert (German government (GIZ) funded), focusing on building up expertise and experience on tropical plant protection, specifically soil borne nematode pests.
Dr. Laura Cortada is specialised on the biological control of plant-parasitic nematodes (PPN) for sustainable intensification in horticultural and citrus crops, combining the use of rootstocks, resistant-germplasm, and bioprotectants (plant & fungi extracts). She has worked providing advisory services to small-scale farmers, through public and private organizations, in Europe and in East Africa. From June 2012 to January 2016, she worked as a Research and Learning officer and later as the Head of the Innovation and Learning Unit for the Somalia Program of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). Since February 2016, Dr. Laura Cortada has joined the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) as a soil health post-doctoral fellow, specialised in nematology.
The lecturers are assisted by second master students from the International Master of Science in Agro- and Environmental Nematology (Ghent University), under guidance of Dr. Hanne Steel (Ghent University) in frame of the course Nematology Didactics and Capacity Building.
Dr. Hanne Steel's research focuses on taxonomy and ecology of free-living nematodes, more specifically on the nematode community in compost and their fate after compost application in the field. Also the potential of enriching the compost with bio-control organisms is one of the research topics. Next to her teaching asssignments, she also assists in guiding practical courses of the Nematology master programme at Ghent University and supervises MSc theses.