Wednesday, August 01, 2018

A beginner’s guide to avoiding ‘predatory’ journals (using your critical thinking skills)

There is often unclear and conflicting advice on how to tell a credible journal from a ‘predatory’ one, even from experienced researchers and supervisors.  In this article Andy Nobes shares some practical tips and advice  for early researchers who are unfamiliar with the online publishing landscape. It’s extremely important for researchers to choose a reputable, reliable journal that provides rigorous peer review and disseminates their research to a wide audience; and that they can be confident and proud of listing this on their CV.


Monday, July 30, 2018

Linah Mohohlo becomes Unviversity of Botswana Chancellor

Former Bank of Botswana Governor, Ms Linah Mohohlo, has been appointed Chancellor of the University of Botswana for a period of five years with effect from July 19, 2017. Mohohlo becomes UB’S fifth, first woman Chancellor.

A statement from Acting Chairperson of Council, Mr Mathias Chakalisa, says the President, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi, appointed Ms Mohohlo as per Section 7 (1) of the University of Botswana Act of 2008.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

UB researcher part of asteroid fragment recovery team

One of our researcher, Mr Oliver Moses was part of  a team of scientists that recovered a fresh meteorite in Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) on June 23, 2018. 

 Other scientists were from Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Botswana Geoscience Institute, South Africa, Finland and USA. Mr Moses teamed up with Dr Peter Jenniskens, a subject expert of the NASA-sponsored SETI Institute in California, to gather security surveillance videos in Rakops and Maun, to get better constraints on the position and altitude of the fireball’s explosion.

The meteorite is one of the fragments of asteroid 2018 LA which collided with Earth on June 2, 2018 and turned into a meteor fireball that detonated over Botswana a few seconds after entering the atmosphere. The incident was witnessed by a number of spectators in Botswana and neighbouring countries and was captured on numerous security cameras.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

King Mswati III - Tour Okavango Delta

His Majesty, King Mswati III of the Kingdom of eSwatini arrived in Botswana last night. While in Botswana, he will tour the Okavango Delta.

Source: Radio Botswana

Monday, June 25, 2018

Wildlife officials only care about animals’: Farmers' perceptions of a Ministry-based extension delivery system in mitigating human-wildlife conflicts in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

By Sekondeko Ronnie Noga,Oluwatoyin Dare Kolawole, , Olekae Tsompi Thakadu & Gaseitsiwe Smollie Masunga


It is widely recognised that government intervention in development issues can shape people's perceptions and experiences. This study examined the influence of a Ministry-based extension system on community-based, problem animal control and perceptions among local arable farmers at the eastern Okavango Panhandle in northern Botswana. Using a survey of 388 arable farmers and key informant interviews, our results showed that participation of local people in the implementation of the participatory project was vital for improving people's perceptions and gaining adoption of the innovations, and significantly contributing to project outcomes. Lack of people participation in decision making, the extent to which farmers perceived extension agents as trustworthy, the number of extension agents and extension delivery methods were found to be important factors explaining farmers' perceptions and adoption decisions. Analyses also indicated that knowledge development alone (which is a form of community empowerment) was not enough to encourage participation and innovation adoption. Village project committee (VPC) members' and farmers' remarks about their socioeconomic hardships suggested that they preferred economic incentives over any other incentives. This suggests that community's immediate needs for livelihood and food security are among the locally pressing needs that should be addressed to drive people's commitment to the project. From a policy perspective, our results underscore the need to implement comprehensive interventions that address wildlife management and community development, and actively involve local people in management and decision making to achieve sustainability in human elephant conflict management. There is need, therefore, for government (particularly the wildlife departments) to provide an institutional structure for supporting community-based governance for the purpose of ensuring effective and sustainable wildlife management and conservation.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

International Data Week 2018

Preservation of personal biodiversity data collections

Abstracts are invited for the above session to be held during the ScidataCon on the 5 - 8 November 2018 in Gaborone, which will be part of the International Data week.
This session, under the theme of Data Stewardship - Rescue of Research Data at Risk, intends to highlight the importance of preserving local personal collections of biodiversity data, and to discuss strategies and good practice in making their content and context available to support ongoing research. Presenters will share case studies of rescued collections, including both successes and failures.

For more information about our session: 

Abtstract submission has been extended to 25 June 2018


Mosepele Boiditswe




Monday, May 28, 2018

Bachelor of Pharmacy

The University of Botswana and Faculty of Health Sciences are proud to announce a Bachelor of Pharmacy Programme tenable at the University of Botswana. The programme
will be offered from August 2018.

• Open to students who have completed Bachelor of Science(BSc) year 1
• Applicants who hold Advanced Level passes in Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Mathematics
• Applicants who hold a Diploma in Pharmacy Technician or equivalent

The School will start accepting applications with effect from 14th June 2018 and applications will close on the 21st June 2018. Successful candidates will be informed by email on or before
5th July 2018.

For information and application details contact the School of Allied Health Professions located atFaculty of Health Sciences-block 246 office A214, second floor or call 355 403.