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Welcome to SGCAC 2016

The Graduate Studies and Scientific Research Conference is an annual event organized by the Graduate College- University of Khartoum. Since the launching of the first conference in 2010, it has formed an outstanding gathering of scientists and researchers on various fields from inside and outside Sudan.

The Seventh Graduate Studies and Scientific Research Conference is focusing on basic and engineering sciences under the theme “Scientific Research and Innovation for Sustainable Development in Africa” to be held within the period between 20th and 23rd February 2016 emphasizing the importance of scientific research in the sustainable development of Sudan and the region.

The conference organizers invite the participation of all scientists and researchers on related themes from inside and outside Sudan

Conference scientific committee

Resources area is allocated to regular downloadable materials such as conference programme and brouchores.

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WORKSHOPES

Organized by:
Institute of Environmental Studies
Objectives:
• To provide an introduction to the concept of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
• To highlight the use of EIA as a planning tool and aid to rational decision making.
• To emphasize the role EIA could play in achieving Sustainable Development
• To review key procedures, methods and techniques and their applications in EIA process
Presenters:
Dr. Osman M. M. Ali E-mail: Osmaghani@gmail.com Phone: 249 912291385
Target group:
Employees of environmental institutions, Environmental decision makers, Private sector and NGOs associate with resource.
Date and venue:
17 & 18 February 2016 at the IES Lecture Room, Faculty of Engineering, University of Khartoum
Number of participants:
30
Participation fees:
150 SDG
Fees of certificate:
50 SDG

Organized by:
Building and Road Research Institute
Objectives:
By the end of the workshop the Participant will have a good knowledge on:
• Distribution, identification and classification of expansive and collapsible soils.
• Foundation problems and Mitigation techniques.
Presenters:
BRRI Geotechnical Staff
Target group:
Civil Engineers
Date and venue:
Flexible (Two days) February 2016 at the BRRI, University of Khartoum
Number of participants:
30
Participation fees:
400 SDG
Fees of certificate:
TBD

Organized by:
Faculty of Architecture – Department of Architectural Design
Objectives:
• Different Types of Research for Architects
• Research Design and discipline’s traditions
• Difference between Research and Design
Presenters:
Dr. Tallal A. Saeed E-mail: saeetal@iit.edu Phone: 249 912145950
Target group:
Architects, – Prospective Architectural Researchers and BSc. Senior Classes students.
Date and venue:
Flexible (Three days) February 2016 at the El-Agraa Hall, Faculty of Architecture, University of Khartoum
Number of participants:
20
Participation fees:
TBD
Fees of certificate:
TBD

Organized by:
Energy Research Center – University of Khartoum
Description and objectives:
To familiarize the participants about solar PV pumping and instruct them on the basics of the technology and operational knowhow.
Presenters:
Prof. Hasan Wardi and Eng. Ali AbdurRahman.
Target group:
Engineers and technicians.
Date and venue:
18 February 2016
Number of participants:
5- 30
Participation fees:
400 SDG
Fees of certificate:
50 SDG
More details about programe of workshop:
Programe of workshop

Organized by:
Institute of Environmental Studies
Objectives:
• To familiarize the participants with CC problems in agriculture
• To demonstrate how to verify the climate change prediction
• To provide ways for the use of climate change prediction by the end users
Presenters:
Dr. Abdalla Khyar E-mail: khyar35@hotmail.com Phone: 249 912321724 and Dr. Sumaya Zaki el Din.
Target group:
Extensionists, agriculturists, planners, farmers, etc.
Date and venue:
18 February 2016 at the IES Lecture Room, Faculty of Engineering, University of Khartoum
Number of participants:
30
Participation fees:
150 SDG
Fees of certificate:
50 SDG

Organized by:
Energy Research Center – University of Khartoum
Description and Objectives:
This training course will cover the following topics:
- global energy situation and global trends in oil & gas industry
- general overview about: cash-flow theory , inflation, uncertainty
- energy projects evaluation economics: production profiles, prices, CAPEX and OPEX, royalties and taxes
- petroleum business valuation: oil company objectives, decision criteria and economic equivalence
- NPV and IRR decision rules
- risk and risk aversion concepts and theory
In addition the training course will cover the most effective decision analysis techniques, including: - decision tree,
- Monte Carlo Simulation and
- influence diagram.
Finally the training session will be concluded with some tips to improve the performance of teamwork using the six hats techniques. Audiovisual materials will be used to demonstrate different concepts and problem solving methodologies within the training scope. The hands-on workshop includes several exercises, software application and group discussion.
Presenters:
selected University of khartoum Staff members
Target group:
Directors, managers, senior engineers and management related positions in oil and gas sector.
Date and venue:
15 & 16 February 2016 at the Schelmberger Hall, Faculty of Engineering, University of Khartoum
Number of participants:
10 - 15
Participation fees:
400 SDG
Fees of certificate:
100 SDG
Registration Link:
Register from here
Poster of workshop:
About workshop

Organized by:
Building and Road Research Institute
Objectives:
• Different layers of plans
• Part elevations
• Part sections
• Construction details

Presenters:
Maysoon Mustafa Badi E-mail: Maysoonbadi@gmail.com Ahmed Abu Elbasher Abubakr H. Merghani

Target group:
Architects –BSc. Senior Classes Architectural students.
Date and venue:
Flexible (Two Days) at the Building and Road Research Institute-the training centre, University of Khartoum
Number of participants:
30
Participation fees:
450 SDG
Fees of certificate:
TBD

Organized by:
Prof. Abdel Haleem El Nadi
Objectives:
> To highlight the environmental impacts of artisanal gold mining in Sudan
> To increase environmental awareness of such impacts
> To understand the role of authorities and responsible institutions
> To reflect global and regional experiences in dealing with such problems
Presenters:
P. Abdel Haleem El Nadi
E-mail: ahnadi12@hotmail.com
Tel: 249914896424
Ministry of mining representative
Target group:
Environmentalists, geologist, health specialists, socio-economists.
Date and venue:
18th February 2016, One day (10 am ~ 4 pm) at the Department of Geology, Faculty of Science, University of Khartoum
Number of participants:
40
Participation fees:
150 SDG
Fees of certificate:
50 SDG

Organized by:
• University of Khartoum - Water Research Center.
• Regional Centre on Capacity Development and Research in Water Harvesting – UNESCO.
• Sudan National Commission for UNESCO.

Objectives:
• To improve understanding of the special characteristics of hydrological systems and water resources management needs in arid and semi-arid areas.
• Exchange of experience.
• Capacity building of individuals and institutions
• Promoting integrated basin management and the development and use of appropriate decision support tools.

Presenters:

• Professor Soroosh Sorooshian, University of California-Irvine, USA
• Professor William S Logan, International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM) Global Technical Secretariat - G-WADI.
• Professor Xin Li , Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences
• Prof. Maki Tsujimura, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan
• Dr. Anil Mishra, UESCO- IHP, Paris
• Professor Shakeel Ahmed, NGRI, Hyderabad, India
• Professor Abdin Salih, University of Khartoum
• Professor Gamal Abdo, University of Khartoum
• Dr Babiker Barsi, University of Khartoum
• Dr Adil El Khidir, University of Khartoum

Target group:
Selected highly qualified employees from water sector and decision makers
Date and venue:
17th , 18th February, at Alsharja hall
17th February: the opening session at Alsharja hall (Main Hall)


Organized by:
Department of Botany Faculty of Science University of Khartoum
Objectives:
A three-day full-time training workshop aiming at providing up-to-date knowledge in the field of “omics of microbiome and microbial biotechnology”. It is designed to deliver and sensitize young researchers to basic knowledge in the sphere of “Omics” based technologies and its potential applicability in the area of microbiological research. It will cover basic and advanced topics in microbiology, laboratory techniques, as well as molecular basis of detection and identification of microbes as well as microbial-host interaction.
Workshop topics:
 Diversity of microbiota.
 Genetic sturectue and Gene expression.
 Regulation of metabolic pathways in prokaryotes and other microorganisms; the role of: operons, attenuation, micRNA, microRNA and others.
 Plasmids as vectors.
 Kinetics of growth of unicellualr organisms.
 Respiration Vs Fermentation.
 Fermentation techniques.
 Microbial Biotechnology and important microbial products.
 Advanced techniques in microbes detection/diagnosis and identification through genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics techniques.
 Principles of antibiotics resistance.
 Standards for antimicrobial susceptibility testing, antimicrobial effectiveness and measurement of drug level in blood.
 Microbiological lab-work and analysis will include: Lab safety and safe handling of microorganisms, isolation of microorganisms from different sources, characterization, conventional and molecular identification of microorganisms, screening for antimicrobial susceptibility, types of chromatographical methods(TLC, CC, GC, GC-MS, ...etc), maintenance and preservation of microorganisms, characterization and identification of viruses.
Microbiological lab-work and analysis will include: Lab safety and safe handling of microorganisms, isolation of microorganisms from different sources, characterization, conventional and molecular identification of microorganisms, screening for antimicrobial susceptibility, types of chromatographical methods(TLC, CC, GC, GC-MS, ...etc), maintenance and preservation of microorganisms, characterization and identification of viruses.
Presenters:
 Dr. AdilAli El Hussein (Microbiogy/Biotechnology), Associate Professor, Dept. of Botany, Faculty of Science.
 Dr. Sakina Mohamed Ahmed Yagi (Biochemistry/Phytochemistry) Associate Professor, Dept. of Botany, Faculty of Science.
 Dr. Marmar Abdel Rahman El Siddig (Microbiogy/Biotechnology), Associate Professor, Dept. of Botany, Faculty of Science.
 Dr. Badr Aldin Ahmed Mohammed Ali, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Botany, Faculty of Science.
 Dr. Gihan Omer Mohamed Elhassan (Biochemistry/Phytochemistry), Assistant Professor, Dept. of Botany, Faculty of Science.
 Ust. Heyam Salih Mohamed Babiker (Microbiogy/Biotechnology), Lecturer, Dept. of Botany, Faculty of Science

Target group:
The workshop addresses science and technology students at the postgraduate level as well as persons who work in the field of quality control in industries and pharmaceutical industries. We recommend a basic knowledge of microbiology in general.
Date and venue:
The workshop will be conducted at the Department of Botany, Faculty of Science (microbiology and Molecular Biology laboratories) for three successful days during the period 16th - 18th Feb. 2016 (8:00 am. - 5: 00 pm.).
Number of participants:
25
Participation fees:
A sum of 400 SDG registration fees is to be paid by each participant. Included in these fees are: workshop materials and refreshment.


Organized by:
Zoology Department and NIH H3ABioNet Sudan Node, Faculty of Science, University of Khartoum
Workshop Sponsors:
Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, University of Khartoum
Workshop Overview:
The "Introduction to Genome Wide Association Data Analyses" workshop provides an introduction to the basic statistical concepts relevant to population genetics and genome wide association tests will be introduced to build foundational knowledge for genome wide association studies. The workshop will consist of a series of theory and lectures during the morning sessions and “hands on” practical lab sessions during the afternoon periods. With the imminent availability of high-volume genotyping platforms there is growing interest in the possibility of conducting genomewide association studies for a variety of diseases but, so far, little consensus on methods to design and analyze. Genomewide Association Studies (GWAS) is promising area where genomics technologies are well integrated into animal, plant and human improvement practices. A set of pioneering research have established the theoretical foundation of GWAS in human, animals and crops. Array-based genotyping has also been established in many crop and animal species, facilitating the application of GWAS in animal and plant improvement. More recently, Genotyping-by-Sequencing (GBS) significantly reduced the cost of genotyping, making regular GENOME SELECTION of complex traits possible in many research programs. While thousands of GWAS have been reported in human genetics, research in plant and animals is still very limited. The dramatic increase of sequencing capacity, combined with the development of high throughput phenotypic technologies, would eventually make it feasible to conduct routine GWAS in plants and animals.
Objectives:
After this workshop participants should be able to:
• Have a good background on the theory behind population genetics;
• Be able to conduct a variety of population genetics statistical tests.
• Have a good familiarity with R and conducting statistical tests within R
.
Participation:
Open application for postgraduate students with selection, giving priority to those at stage of analyzing data to finalize their research with demonstrated need for this training. A total of 20 participants from all the applications received will be selected. Participation fees is 400 SDG should be paid immediately after selection notification.Interested applicants must fill in an application form and send it together with a brief C.V. and a motivation letter from their supervisor to workshop coordinators (faisal.mohamed@htomail.com; hindabushama@hotmail.com). Applications with no motivation letters will NOT be reviewed.
Workshop limitations:
This workshop will only provide a foundation for continued learning in biostatistics and population genetics and will not make you an expert in biostatistics, population genetics and genome wide association testing and studies.
Workshop Trainers:
Prof. Ahmed Rebai, Centre of Biotechnology of Sfax, Tunisia, Prof. Faisal M. Fadlelmola, Dr. Hind M Abushama, Miss Azza Ahmed, Miss Rehab Ahmed, Miss Somia Mohammed, MrFaysalAlamir and Miss Ayah Abdelgadir, Department of Zoology and NIH H3ABioNet Sudan Node, Faculty of Science, University of Khartoum,.
Prerequisites:
Participants will need to work through the following resources to enable them to gain the most from the workshop:
http://www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Teaching/Unix/ http://www.r-tutor.com/r-introduction
Target group:
This workshop is aim to enable researchers of design and analyse population data and genome wide association testing.The audience of this workshop will be geneticists, animal and plant breeders, physiologists, statisticians, bioinformatics and computer scientists.
Date and venue:
Bioinformatics Laboratory, Faculty of Science, University of Khartoum.
17th February to 18th February, 2016.
Workshop programme:
Wednesday 17th February 2016 || 9:00 am || to 10:30 am

Reminder on basics statistical methods; Basics of population genetics: Mendelian inheritance, multiple‐factor inheritance, Population genetics: organization of genetic variation, Hardy Weinberg principle.
10:30 am ||to 11:00 am

Coffee / Tea Beak/ student presentation
11:00 am || to 1:00pm

Genetic drift and natural selection, population stratification / structure and admixture concepts, haplotypes and linkage disequilibrium measures.
1:00 pm || to 2:00 pm

Lunch
2:00 pm || to 3:30 pm

Data formats and files, Estimating allele/genotype frequencies, Hardy –Weinberg tests, F statistics (using R functions and packages).
:30 pm || to 4:00 pm

Coffee / Tea Beak/ student presentation
4:00pm || to 6:00 pm

R functions and packages for haplotype inference, estimating LD, Structure plots and multivariate techniques for population stratification and relatedness.
Thursday 18th February || February 2016 ||9:00 am to 10:30 am

Association studies in population‐based (case‐controls) and family‐based (trios, nuclear families) designs, marker systems, Testing genotypic and allelic association for single markers, correcting for population stratification (genomic controls, structured association, Mixed models).
10:30 am || to 11:00 am

Coffee / Tea Beak/ student presentation
11:00 am || to 1:00pm

Power/sample size computation in association testing, Design of genome‐wide association studies (GWAS), testing association with multiple markers using unphased genotypes (logistic regression), combining single locus tests, haplotype‐based tests; correction for multiple testing (Bonferroni correction, FDR, permutation), other complicating factors: missing genotypes, epistasis, gene‐environment interaction, imputation.
1:00 pm || to 2:00 pm

Lunch/ student presentation
2:00 pm || to 3:30 pm

R functions and packages for testing association with single markers, Power/sample size calculations (analytical and empirical) using R functions and packages.
3:30 pm || to 4:00 pm

Coffee / Tea Beak/ student presentation
4:00pm || to 6:00 pm

Analysis of GWAS data (data quality control, stratification, association testing)using R packages. Interpretation of results

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