Monday, May 19, 2014

Presentation at ORI: New Research Center in the Chobe Enclave by John van Thuyne

You are invited to a presentation by John van Thuyne on Friday, 23rd May at 1030am in the Seminar room. John van Thuyne is a researcher at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland in the Faculty of Geosciences. He came to Botswana in 1992 and founded Okavango People Wildlife Trust, after six years of operation he handed over activities of the Trust to Conservation International.
John came back to Botswana in 2010 and started setting up a Research Center in the Chobe Enclave. Construction of the Center is reaching completion and they plan to be open in June this year. The aim and goal of this facility is to welcome any scientists from Botswana or abroad to come and use this interdisciplinary center in order to fulfill field work research in different domains such as : geology, biology or anthropology. The concept is to go out there, gather material and data, sample it and then exchange and share between scientists from different horizons. The Center has partnerships with several universities amongst them UB, Wits University, the University College of London, the University of Lausanne and Penn state University in the US.
John van Thuyne hopes to use this opportunity to interact with ORI researchers and identify possible areas of collaboration, grants opportunities from Switzerland and elsewhere, financial support for common projects, propositions of research topics to be under taken in the area.

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