Basic Crash Course Nematology - Kenya (BCCN)

BCCN 2021 edition: 13-17 December

The BCCN training is not open for applications in 2021. The training is reserved for 10 participants from the Erasmus+ CBHE project Nematology Education in Sub-Sahara Africa and 5 Plant Doctors from CABI. The pandemic also restricts us to max. 15 participants. The morning sessions will be open for public as an online training. Registrations for the morning session will be opened soon.

The BCCN will be opened again in 2022.

This one week course provides basic training in methods to quantify, qualify and process plant-parasitic nematodes in crops, with an introduction to beneficial nematodes, indicators of soil health and nematodes for biocontrol of insects (entomopathogenic) nematodes. It is undertaken in a ‘hands-on’ fashion permitting participants to experience field conditions and conduct basic research in crop nematology. 

This course is organised jointly by ICIPE - International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, IITA - International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Nairobi Kenya and the International MSc in Agro- and Environmental Nematology (UGent). The venue of the course is the icipe campus in Nairobi, Kenia.

Every year, IMaNema foresees 10 Kariuki-VLIR-UOS travel grants for local students and the cost of the tuition fee to attend the Basic Crash Course Nematology. Preference is given to students and staff studying and working in governmental institutes and NGOs, and are intended to cover transport and full board accommodation at icipe campus.

There are 7 grants for students residing outside Kenya in one of these countries and 3 grants for residents in Kenya. Kenyans residing out of Nairobi can have accommodation covered.

Due to Covid-19, the Basic Nematology Crash Course offers only 10 vacant student positions this year and these will be held for the 10 nominees of the Kariuki-VLIR-UOS travel scholarships.  It might be possible that the BCCN will be given in another format, postponed or in worst case scenario canceled.

The 2020 programme can be downloaded here.

 

Application procedure for scholarships

Please use the online application form available here. You should register first with your e-mail address and choose a password. Once registered you will receive an e-mail (check your SPAM-box) with a link to the application form and a confirmation of your chosen password. Click the link and login with your e-mail address and your chosen password. Fill in the online application, follow the instructions and upload all required documents. Once you have completed the form, a submit button will appear in the upper right corner. After submission, you will receive an automatic e-mail containing an unique application number and the pdf of your application form.

In the application form you should upload:

  • your highest diploma and (academic) transcripts in 1 file.
  • a support letter from your employer, please use this template - additionally ask your employer to send this support letter directly by e-mail to nematology.gent@ugent.be
  • a curriculum vitae (CV)
  • you may upload additional documents and  1 extra recommendation letter, but this is not compulsory

Deadline submission 2020: 15 August 2020

Results will be published the latest 15 September 2020

For any questions related to this course: please contact us on nematology.gent@ugent.be

 

NOT APPLICABLE in the 2020 EDITION:

Registration for 10 non-scholarship positions:

Please use the online application form available here. You should register first with your e-mail address and choose a password. Once registered you will receive an e-mail (check your SPAM-box) with a link to the registration form and a confirmation of your chosen password. Click the link and login with your e-mail address and your chosen password. Fill in the online application, follow the instructions and upload all required documents. Once you have completed the form, a submit button will appear in the upper right corner. After submission, you will receive an automatic e-mail containing an unique application number and the pdf of your registration form.

In the form you should upload:

  • your highest diploma and (academic) transcripts in 1 file.
  • a support letter from your employer, please use this template - additionally ask your employer to send this support letter directly by e-mail to nematology.gent@ugent.be
  • a curriculum vitae (CV)
  • you may upload additional documents and  1 extra recommendation letter, but this is not compulsory

The BCCN team will take a look if your profile and background matches the basic requirements to follow the training. If so, you will be informed when a position is reserved for you and the registration will be final once you have paid 500€ tuition fee (deadline 15 November 2019). Please mention clearly your full name and BCCN2019. The registrations will be closed once the 10 vacant positions are filled or on 1 November 2019.

Transfer of the tuition fee should be done on the account of Icipe in either EUR, USD or KES. Account details:

 

For any questions related to this course: please contact us on nematology.gent@ugent.be

Website icipe

http://www.icipe.org/research/plant-health/research-nematodes/projects/latest-news

http://www.icipe.org/news/advancing-nematodes-research-and-management

Website IITA

 

Lecturing staff

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 a Senior Scientific Officer at VIB-IPBO where she works on the development of projects and scientific networks to promote the cooperation between European and African research and educational institutions to build up the technical capacity of scientists and enable scientific advances in agriculture for food security. Previously she was an associate scientist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) (2016-2020), based in Kenya but involved in a whole range of activities across the African continent. While at IITA her work was focused on developing sustainable options for plant parasitic nematode management, primarily in smallholder systems towards improving food security in Africa. Capacity building features prominently in all of Laura’s activities and is heavily involved in developing the next generation of soil health scientists in Africa and is Visiting Professor at UGhent University for the International MSc in Nematology. Laura has lived in East Africa from 2011 until 2020, providing advisory services to small-scale farmers, through public and private organizations, including the Somalia Program of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN.

The lecturers are assisted by second master students from the International Master of Science in Agro- and Environmental Nematology (Ghent University), under guidance of a UGent lecturer/assistant (Ghent University) in frame of the course Nematology Didactics and Capacity Building. In 2020, xxx will accompany the IMaNema students.