Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Geoinformation and Sustainable Development 24th Interdisciplinary Conference

The Bonn 2018 conference especially focuses on Information Management for Nature Preservation, Biological Diversity, Landscape Protection, Risk and Resilience.


Nature Conservation, Spatial Ecology, Biological Diversity, Landscape Protection, Environmental Risks, Resilience, Wetland Habitats, Agriculture, Migrating Birds, Habitats, Biomes, Sustainable Development Goals, Marine Protected Areas, Desertification, Fisheries, Climate Change, Monitoring, Enforcement, Ecosystem Services, Biogeography, Environmental/Risk Impact Analysis, Synergies, Scenarios etc.

Target Audience:

Sustainability Science and Technology Experts, Governmental Agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations, Risk Reduction and Climate Change Experts, National and International Sustainability Aid Organizations.
Registration is open and you have the opportunity to join the discussion for future improvement of strategies, decisions and actions.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Call for Reviewers for SciDataCon/ IDW2018

Experts are invited to serve on the  Programme Review Committee for SciDataCon, part of International Data Week.

Complete the online form:

Monday, May 14, 2018

Training of Trainers Short Course

Department of Extra Mural and Public Education

Facilitating training sessions can be a daunting prospect especially for those entering the field for the first time or who have not had any formal preparation for the task. Without this foundation, only a few people can effectively transfer skills and knowledge to others. Whether those attending this training are experienced or inexperienced trainers or they are just to refresh themselves as seasoned professionals, this course will equip them with skills to be effective trainers of trainers.


Appreciate the difference between teaching and training facilitation; Identify some of the key principles of adult learning and psychology of the adult learner/trainer of trainers; Rationalise and conduct effective training needs analyses; Design training programmes; Explain what a good training program looks like in terms of content and processes of delivery; Apply efficient strategies for effective management of the training environment; Identify the key characteristics of an exceptional trainer and effectively Monitor and evaluate training activities to determine impact.
Course Date: 29th May – 1st June 2018
Fee: P2 580.00 per participant
Deadline: 29th May 2018
Venue: Block 243/007 CCE Building
Time: 08.00 am – 4.30 pm

Contact Persons

  • Ms Thulaganyo Gaobolae Tel: 3552930 Email:
  • Ms Irene Libinda Tel: 355 2058 Email:
  • Mr. M. K. Mbaiwa Tel: 355 2057 Email:
  • Ms J Modise Jankie Tel: 355 2921 Email:
Payments to be made at the Cashiers’ Office in the main administration building OR deposit in UB account number 0100110109600; STANDARD CHARTERED BANK.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Occupational Health and Safety Course

Department of Extra Mural and Public Education

Francistown Campus

Workers’ Safety and Health are critical elements in every work setting. A safe working environment cuts absenteeism, companies’ insurance bills, etc.
This course assists participants to discover the close connection between workers’ safety and health and their company’s productivity, introduce and refresh them on ideas about standards of regulation for healthy work and occupational environments.
Course Objectives: - At the end of the course, participants will be able to:-
  • Make strong connections between safety, health and their occupations.
  • Effectively identify health and safety issues in their work environments.
  • Articulate workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities in safeguarding the said rights.
  • Suggest to their Organizations efficient mechanisms for achieving safe and healthy working environments.
  • Apply basic OHS skills for their benefit and that of their Organisations.


This course is specifically aimed at senior and middle level managers, Human Resource Officers in the Public and Private Sector, in NGOs, International Development Agencies, and/or any other employees who deal with Health issues in their Organizations.
Course Date: 28th May – 01st June
Course Fees: P2,580.00 per participant
Application Deadline: 24th May 2018
Venue: Cresta Thapama Hotel, Francistown

Contact Details

Telephone: 246 8200
Fax: 241 6583

Contact Persons

Thursday, May 10, 2018

ICDL Training and Testing

Department of Extra Mural And Public Education

The International Computer Driving License (ICDL) is a certificate of competency in basic computer concepts of IT and MS Office 2013 package. It certifies your computer knowledge and practical computing skills. It is internationally recognised as a global standard for End-User Computer skills, and is widely recognised by governments, parastatals and private organisations. Computer proficiency is a basic requirement in most jobs in this digital era.
The Centre for Continuing Education (CCE), University of Botswana (UB) is accredited by the ICDL Foundation in South Africa as an official Training and Testing Centre. CCE has been offering ICDL training and testing for over a decade.

ICDL Course Content

The ICDL Programme offered at UB is structured into six (6) modules called (Base Plus) examined through online practical tests. The course content covers key computing concepts and their application in the workplace and society. A certificate of competency is awarded by the ICDL Foundation for successful completion of the modules. The course comprises the following job relevant and cross-cutting discipline modules;
  1. Computer Essentials
  2. Word Processing
  3. Spreadsheets
  4. Using Databases
  5. Presentation
  6. Online Essentials
On an average, 15 hours of training will be provided in each module. Anyone can join the ICDL programme. However, those with access to a computer with MS Office 2013 for practice outside the 15 hours training will have an added advantage.
There will be two groups:
  1. Weekend group: 2 pm to 6 pm-Saturday and Sunday starting on 19 May 2018.
  2. Week day group: 6 pm to 8 pm-Monday to Thursday starting on 21 May 2018.
The course takes 14 weeks. Tests are conducted on Fridays upon notification.


The total course fee is P6 120.00 (Includes, Training 14 weeks, Six (6) tests, Candidate Registration Number (Life time) and Manual)
All interested candidates are requested to contact the following and register for the programme in advance. The admission is on first come first served basis.


  • Ms Irene Libinda Tel: 355 2058 E-mail:
  • Ms Thulaganyo Gaobolae Tel: 355 2930 E-mail:
  • Ms Primrose Mamane Tel: 355 5133 E-mail:
OR contact personally at Block 243/107/114/136, CCE

Mailing Address

Dept. of Extra Mural and Public Education
Centre for Continuing Education
University of Botswana
P/Bag UB00707, Gaborone

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Supervisory Skills Course

Department of Extra Mural & Public Education

Francistown and Gaborone Campuses

Persons accepting the promotion from worker to supervisor often do not realize the extent of the new duties they are being assigned. All too often they assume that they will be doing basically the same work as before except that they will now be ‘‘in charge’’. In reality a major change in responsibility is occurring and an intensive effort to acquire new skills will be required. These skills are often in areas in which people never dreamed they would be involved and may take more effort to learn than the skills required of jobs they left.

This course targets

  • who are in supervisory positions.
  • who aspire to be supervisors.

This course seeks to empower participants with the following skills:

  • leadership
  • communication
  • team building
  • motivating employees
  • conflict resolution, etc
Method of delivery: This five days short course will be delivered in the form of lectures and group discussions. Educational videos will also be used. Participants will be expected to fully engage in class exercises and case studies.

Course Topics

Effective Communication, Role of a supervisor, Planning and decision making, Organizational and Change Management, Interpersonal Skills, Managerial skills for supervisors, Leadership in Supervision, Time Management, Delegation, Conflict Management, Coaching and mentoring, Staff motivation, Gender Issues in the work place and Effective Team Building.


Course Duration: 14th – 18th May 2018
Course fee: P2, 360.00 per participant
Application Deadline: 9th May 2018
Venue: Cresta Marang Hotel, Francistown


Course Duration: 28th May– 01st June 2018
Course fee: P2, 360.00 per participant
Venue: Block 243/004 CCE Building
Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Deadline: 25th May 2018

Contact persons (Francistown)

Telephone: 246-8200 FAX: 241-6583
  • Ms. Buzwani Email:
  • Ms. Mokgomo Email:
  • Ms. Moleele  Email:

Contact persons (Gaborone)

  • Ms Thulaganyo Gaobolae Tel.: 3552930
  • Ms Irene Libinda Tel: 355 2058 E-mail:
  • Dr V Magang Tel.: 355 2923 Email:

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Call to submit abstracts - SciDataCon 2018 is now open until 31 May 2018 (extended from 30 April)

ORI Library submitted a session proposal (Session ID 210) to SciDataCon (The Scientific Conference addressing the frontiers of data in research) which has since been accepted. SciDataCon, which is an integral part of International Data Week (IDW), that will be held on 5-9 November 2018 in Gaborone. The theme of the week-long conference is The Digital Frontiers of Global Science. 

Session topic: Preservation of Personal Biodiversity Data Collections 

Session Type: Mixed Papers (research, practice papers and posters)

Session synopsis

Biodiversity data collections become more useful when such collection is available to support further research. The data “… remain embedded within a matrix of situational and summative information (Karasti et al., 2002)”, where their scientific value can be more readily evaluated, and the data better built upon with new observations. For this reason, natural history data should be preserved with links to descriptions of the conditions under which the data was obtained. These descriptions are often found in records made up of correspondences, field notebooks, reports, photographs and other grey literature.

Materials collected by a single scholar or natural history enthusiast – as opposed to those captured by institutions and projects - are attractive candidates for capture in electronic form because they promise a resource that is much more than the sum of its parts, a resource that reflects and, to some extent, recreates the knowledge of the collector and the context in which he or she worked.

Personal biodiversity collections, while common, are at high risk because they are often created informally and stored in conditions determined by the personal resources of the collectors. Their content can remain inaccessible to other researchers throughout the life of the owner, especially if the owner wishes to produce knowledge products based on the collected data, and can be lost upon the death of the collector.
Identifying such collections, recognizing and communicating their value, and negotiating their on-going preservation and use, should be considered essential activities in the role of memory institutions as data stewards.

Digitization projects that attempt to capture this rich combination of original materials and cultural context are resource -intensive exercises that require a high level of focus, dedication and know- how as well a significant investment in technology. While it is not necessarily difficult to obtain funding for this type of project , mainly because the work can be expressed as a project with a finite lifespan, it is a challenge to embed the work in a memory institution so that existing staff gain capacity without crippling current operations. Strategies to meet this challenge are needed.

This session 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 on-going research. Presenters will share experiences and case studies of rescued collections and those that are candidates for rescue, and successes and challenges in processing these collections.

Proposals are invited for the submission of abstracts by the deadline of Monday 30th April 2018 at http//  

Abstracts are invited on the proposed subtopics below;

1.      Rescue of research data at risk
2.      Long term digital preservation of biodiversity collections
3.      Challenges associated with digitizing and preserving biodiversity data in developing countries
4.      Processing  biodiversity metadata for use by researchers
5.      Encouraging entities and individuals to share their biodiversity collections

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