Prof. Amelia Kajumulo Kivaisi, a distinguished Professor of Applied Microbiology at the University of Dar es Salaam delivered an exciting professorial inaugural lecture at Nyerere Lecture Theatre 2 on Wednesday 16th August 2017. The lecture titled “Towards a Bioeconomy: Exploring Opportunities for Utilization of Organic Waste and Weeds for Production of Valuable Products” attracted an audience from the University and beyond.
During the lecture, Prof. Kivaisi highlighted the challenges and global perspective of the fossil based economy in Africa and Tanzania. The challenges of implementing biogas technology in Tanzania and the African continent were also presented. Prof. Kivaisi also presented an overview of the contribution of research in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology which focused on taxonomy of wild mushrooms, their domestication and establishment of sustainable materials for its cultivation.
Prof. Kivaisi mentioned that there was a lot of agricultural waste with great potential to contribute to the bio-economy but Tanzania is yet to fully reap its benefit. She cited an example of how the potential of biogas in electricity production is yet to reach its full potential, although it is a proven technology. The issue of having in place supporting policies, implementation strategies coupled with research was among the pivotal arguments put forward by the distinguished Professor of Applied Microbiology.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Dar es Salaam, Prof. Rwekaza Mukandala, was at hand to commend Prof. Kivaisi’s achievements and mentioned that UDSM was on the forefront to support research initiatives that bring positive impacts to the Tanzanian society.
The University of Dar es Salaam congratulates Prof. Amelia Kivaisi for achieving this great milestone in her academic career.