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Symposium Announcement: Biomedical Society of Kenya September-2001
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The 7th annual symposium of the Biochemical Society of Kenya (BSK)

Date:           13-14 September 2001
Venue:  Duduville campus of the International Centre for insect Physiology
                 and Ecology (ICIPE).
Theme:  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for improved Human, Plant,
                 Animal and Environment Health.

Conference      Language- English

-Symposium Registration fees:
-Students-(locals) Ksh.200
-BSK members-Ksh.1000
-Non-members(Kenyans)-Ksh.1500
-International-US$50

Conference sponsorship is not available.
Participants should arrange for their own medical cover, as the organizers
will not be responsible for any medical expenses incurred during the 
conference
period.

Payment of registration fees entitles you to:
Conference registration materials.
Conference lunches, teas and coffee.
Conference dinner.

Conference Registration Form and payment details can be requested from the
secretariat-mailto:eosir@icipe.org

Background

In September 1996, BSK hosted the First Pan African Conference on Bio-
chemistry and Molecular Biology, which saw the launching of the Federa-
tion of African Societies of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
(FASBMB). Since then, there has been a steady progress and expansion in
the disciplines of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.
Great strides have been made in various fields, including human and
animal health, agriculture, the environment and basic sciences, among
others. In many of these developments, biological sciences have been
central. For example, since the last symposium (October 2000), the en-
tire sequences of the human genome and that of the model plant Arabi-
dopsis thaliana, have been determined. In addition, the complete se-
quences of several microbial genomes have also been determined. These
developments form the basis of fundamental investigations in areas of
functional genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics. The symposium will
provide an excellent forum for presenting new research findings and
overviews of recent developments worldwide. The symposium will also
give an opportunity for manufacturers of reagents and materials used in
research to inform the scientific community of new ways of carrying out
research with greater efficiency. The conference organizers therefore
hope that all stakeholders will attend the symposium, whether as par-
ticipants or sponsors. The event will also highlight the challenges
that biochemists, molecular biologists and biotechnologists face in the
21st century. Presentations are invited in all areas of Biochemistry,
Molecular Biology and Biotechnology concerning health, food production,
industrial development, and environmental management conservation of
biodiversity, Bio-safety and risk assessment management.

Presentations

Oral presentations will consist of plenary lectures, and
presentation Papers to be presented
1. Plenary lecture (30 min)
2. Short Communication (20 min)
Abstracts, not exceeding 300 words should be sent to the secretariat
by e-mail mailto:eosir@icipe.org not later then 31st July 2001.

Manuscripts for publication in the proceedings should not exceed
6 A4 size-typed papers (font size 12, Times New Roman), inclusive of
figures, tables and references. These should be camera ready without
errors, and available to the organizing committee at the meeting.
Participants are required to submit both hard and electronic copies
of the manuscript (3.5-inch diskette) in any word processing format.

Informal poster sessions will also be held. Ample space will also be
provided for exhibitions.

Please send all requests and enquiries to:
Symposium Secretariat
C/o Dr. Ellie Osir,
Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Unit (MBBU),
ICIPE, Duduville,
P.O. Box 30772,
Nairobi,
Kenya.
Tel: 254-2-802501/3/9
Fax: 254-2-803360 or 860110
mailto:eosir@icipe.org

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