The Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) is a parastatal organization affiliated with the government of Tanzania. It was created by an act of the Parliament of Tanzania in 1986 as a successor to the Tanzania National Scientific Research Council. The Commission is a subsidiary institution to the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology. Main offices are located in Dar es Salaam
{ }

COSTECH ORGANISES THE 139TH NATIONAL RESEARCH REGISTRATION COMMITTEE MEETING AT COSTECH CONFERENCE HALL.

Today the Commission for Science and Technology(COSTECH) hosted the 139th National Research Registration Committee Meeting at COSTECH Conference Hall Kijitonyama Sayansi Area Dar es Salaam and approved about 48 Research Proposals from Local and Foreign Researchers.

Acting Chairperson of the 139TH National Research Registration Comittee Meeting,Dr Joyce Masalu(left) checks the list of Research Proposals and seeks approval from members.She is flanked by Dr Frola Ismail Tibazarwa from COSTECH

 

COSTECH Director General Dr Hassan Mshinda(right) takes some points from some of the selected Research Proposals

COSTECH Director of Innovation and enterepreneurship Competitiveness Dr Dugushilu Mafunda(first left) writes down issues raised during the meeting.Looking on are other members  of  the 139th National Research Registration Comitee Meeting


Regulation of the Government of Tanzania stipulate that the foreign researchers wanting to carry out research should seek special clearances the commission For Science and Technology (COSTECH) has been entrusted with the responsibility of screening foreign researchers who intended to undertake research in Tanzania main land. This is the first stage towards the registration of such research in the National Research Registry.

Researches who undertake research as part of contractual obligations with governmental institutions need not apply for clearance. However, it would be appreciated if such research is registered with COSTECH. Additionally, locals not affiliated with institutions include research are also required to apply for research clearance.

COSTECH IN COLLABORATION WITH NATIONAL FAMILY PLANNING CONFERENCE, KINU INNOVATION HUB AND UNIVERSITY OF DAR ES SALAAM ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTRE ORGANISE THE HACKATHON CHALLENGE FOR FAMILY PLANNING AT INNOVATION SPACE COSTECH BUILDING FROM 2ND TO 5TH OCTOBER 2013

Today COSTECH in Collaboration with National Family Planning Conference, KINU Innovation Hub and University of Dar es Salaam Entrepreneurship Centre Organize the  Hackathon Challenge for family Planning at Innovation Space COSTECH building from 2ND TO 5TH OCTOBER 2013.The event brought together a multi-disciplinary team of technology, business, and family planning experts with the aim of developing technological solutions to the pressing challenges that face family planning programs in Tanzania. Business experts had also a chance to advise the teams on sustainability plans for their generated solutions.

Dr Pasiance Mapunda explains about the overview of Family planning in Tanzania.He said family planning is the planning of when to have children and the use of  birth control and other techniques to implement such plans.

 

Senior Technical  Officer Global Health Population and Nutrition,Christine Lasway emphasizes a point to Innovators about significance of family planning in Tanzania.In Tanzania there are only 27% of the whole  population who use Family planning.The aim is to reach at least 60% of the entire population by 2016

 

A cross section of Information and Communication Technology enterpreneurs from different parts of Tanzania concentrate to the presentation about family planning.

 

Participants listen to Power point presentation about how family planning is very important in Tanzania.Effective use of family panning methods are central to accelarating the achievement of the Millenium Development Goals and they can  help to reduce poverty among families.

A business student from University of Dar es salaam Business School coments on the need to use ICT to solve family planning problems  and maximize market positions for ICT enterpreneurs in Tanzania 

COSTECH CO HOSTS THE WORLD CONFERENCE ON BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE AT HOLLIDAY INN DAR ES SALAAM ON 24TH SEPTEMBER 2013

COSTECH is a co host of the World Conference on Biological and Biomedical Science at Holliday Inn Dar es salaam on 24th September 2013 .

COSTECH hosts this conference as it is a responsible Government institution entrusted with responsibilities of Coordinating and promoting Research, Science, Technology and Innovation in Tanzania.Biomedical science is the application of biology-based science to medical use, be it research, health monitoring or treatment. As 21st century medicine and healthcare becomes increasingly sophisticated, the demand grows for highly skilled biomedical scientists capable of performing and analysing a battery of technical procedures to screen, maintain and improve human health

The General Manager for Scienovus Ltd  and the  Coordinator for the  World Conference on Biological and Biomedical Science Mr   Kelvin Pan explains  the over view of the conference.

 COSTECH Director General Dr Hassan Mshinda smiles before giving out his opening remarks during the World Conference on Biological and Biomedical Science at Holliday Inn Dar es salaam today. The conference today discussed the Biotransformation of wood phytoesterols to the pharmaceutical intermediate 4-androstene-3,17-dione (AD) using batch cultures of Mycobacteryum sp with different substrates and inoculation strategies

A cross section of Scientists from different parts of the World pay attention to the remarks from the Director General of COSTECH

Aghakan Health Services Head-Primary Medical Centres and Director JHI Mr Sisawo Konteh speaks to participants during the World Conference on Biological and Biomedical Science at Holliday Inn Dar es salaam

 

COSTECH Director General Dr Hassan Mshinda addresses Media representatives in a   press conference organized after the Conference.Dr Mshinda explained that Research, Science and Technology  plays an important role in building foundation for socio economical development of any country.

 

COSTECH GIVES SAUL ELAVIUS AND ALEXANDER ALANI FROM HUMURA SECONDARY SCHOOL KAGERA REGION A SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION AWARD

Saul Elavius and Alexander Alani from Humura Secondary School Kagera Region(left)  shake hand with COSTECH Acting Director of Physical Science Dr Gerald Kafuku(Centre) after winning the COSTECH award for Science,Technology and Innovation.The Young Scientists designed a local incubator project.

JAFARY NDAGULA AND JEREMIAH VINCENT FROM SINGIDA DECLARED OVER ALL WINNERS OF 2013 YOUNG SCIENTISTS TANZANIA

Deputy Minister for Communication,Science and Technology Hon January Makamba(right) presents a prize to the over all winner of 2013 Young Scientists Tanzania Jafar Ndagula and Jeremiah Vincent from Singida.Looking on is an  Irish Ambassador to Tanzania her  Excellency Fionnuala Gilsenan.

The over all winner of this Year’s Young Scientists Tanzania  2013 Jafar Ndagula and Jeremiah Vincent from Singida (left) about to take their prize from the Deputy Minister of Communication,Science and Technology Hon January Makamba.

Second runner up  winners Shemsa Abdulkarim and Salha Said(left) from Haile Selaisse Secondary School of Zanzibar receive their  prize from the Deputy Minister of Communication,Science and Technology Hon January Makamba and the Irish Ambassador to Tanzania her  Excellency Fionnuala Gilsenan.

Second runner up  winners Shemsa Abdulkarim and Salha Said  from Haile Selaisse Secondary School of Zanzibar show their awards.Apart from the trophy and a One Million Tanzania Shilllings,the Young Scientists will also have a chance to travel to Ireland to explore more scientific innovations

The Deputy Minister for Communication,Science and Technology Hon January Makamba looks at a Drip Irrigation System Project  which uses recycled materials shortly before announcing it the over all winner of 2013 Young Scientists Tanzania .The project  has been developed by the Singida boys,Jafar Ndagula and Jeremiah Vincent.

COSTECH PARTICIPATES INTO YOUNG SCIENTISTS EXHIBITIONS

The Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology(COSTECH) today participated in the Young Scientists Exhibition at Diamond Jubilee Hall. COSTECH is a parastatal Organization under the ministry of Communication,Science and Technology and it  participates in this event as one of its duty  to  promote and coordinate Research,Science,Technology and Innovation.Young Scientists Tanzania is a unique event in Africa, providing a platform for young people from across Tanzania to demonstrate their innovation and showcase their scientific talents. Modeled on the internationally acclaimed Young Scientists and Technology Exhibition in Ireland, now in its 49th year, Young Scientists Tanzania helps to popularise science amongst young people and encourage them to seek practical solutions to the problems they face in everyday life. 

 

COSTECH Engineer Andrew Mzava who also is a Judge during the Tanzania Young Scientists Exhibitions  examines projects of the  Young Scientists at Diamond Jubilee Hall.Today

COSTECH Public relations Officer,Theophil Laurian Pima  explains to a Kilakala  Secondary School teacher how COSTECH supports Research,Science,Technology and Innovation in Tanzania

 

Some of the Ordinary School Students demonstrate how their projects work. The centrepiece of YST is an attractive annual exhibition and competition in which schools and students can participate. Schools and teachers that wish to get involved are supported through cross regional workshops, where they receive mentoring and practical advice on experimental methods suitable for their environment. Students then generate ideas for their projects based on the realities faced in their communities, tackling topics as wide ranging as nutrition, climate change, sustainable agriculture, gender inequality, disease, clean water and sustainable energy, all of which have major implications for the development of the Tanzanian economy and society. In the process of their research, students and schools are also linked up with appropriate mentors from academia, the government, development and private sectors, and encouraged to view their research in the context of the global scientific community

 

FORMER AZANIA SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENT, SENIOR STAFF AND EX HEAD LHC MAGNET TESTS DR VINOD CHOHAN PRESENTS ABOUT THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH(CERN) AT SEA CLIFF HOTEL DAR ES SALAAM ON 11TH SEPTEMBER 2013

The Tanzanian at the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN)Dr Vinod Chohan yesterday had a fantastic presentation about the World’s  largest particle Physics laboratory at Sea Cliff Hotel Dar es salaam an event which was attended by different science stake holders.

Dr Vinod Chohan explains about the word CERN which is derived from the acronym for the French “Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire”.In English CERN means European Council for Nuclear Research which is  a provisional body founded in 1952 with the mandate of establishing a world-class fundamental physics research organization in Europe. CERN also paves the way for future developments in Computing. The World Wide Web was invented at CERN as well. Now CERN has deployed the computing and storage power of tens of thousands of linked computers. Since 1954 CERN has been dedicated to the pursuit of furthering human knowledge. CERN brings together 20 European member states all over the World and over 10,000 scientists pushing back the frontiers of technology. Every year hundreds of students go to CERN for training in Research and Engineering

COSTECH Director General Dr Hassan Mshinda pays attention to the presentation about CERN.

 

At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles. The particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives the physicists clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature.The instruments used at CERN are purpose-built particle accelerators and detectors. Accelerators boost beams of particles to high energies before the beams are made to collide with each other or with stationary targets. Detectors observe and record the results of these collisions.The CERN laboratory sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. It was one of Europe’s first joint ventures and now has 20 member states.

 Some of the key  issues discussed during the  presentation were What is the universe made of  and  How did it start?The CERN  also has research tools which are called accelerators.Accelerators create particles collision. The LHC is the World’s most powerful accelerator.According to the presentation, several tens of millions of collisions in every second, gives a ring of 27 km circumference in which protons circulate at close to the speed of light. These collision recreate the conditions of the first moments of the Universe.

 

 Chairman of the Tecno Brain Mahesh Patel (centre) smiles before the presentation at SEA CLIF HOTEL


COSTECH Director General Dr Hassan Mshinda chatts with some of the Guests invited for  the presentation

COSTECH Director General Dr Hassan Mshinda poses for a photo with Dr vinod Chohan.The Director General plans to send a proposal to CERN to assist Tanzania science  students  in a special program. Dr Mshinda calls on all Tanzania science students to understand well the matter which goes much deeper than the nucleus. Tanzania Science students who pursue physics subject can benefit much from CERN as CERN’s main area of research is particle physics – the study of the fundamental constituents of matter and the forces acting between them.

 

 

COSTECH DISCUSSES THE NEW PROPOSED STAFF REGULATIONS ON 11 TH SEPTEMBER 2013

Utumishi  Senior Administrative Officer,Mr Henry Kandore presents about the new proposed COSTECH staff regulations on 11th September 2013 at COSTECH TANZICT offices.

 

A cross section of COSTECH workers discussing the content of the new proposed  COSTECH staff regulations .First left is COSTECH  Executive Assistant Mr Rutechura Method.Right is COSTECH Legal Officer Miss Judith  Kadege

                                                COSTECH staff go through the new proposed COSTECH staff regulations

 

A representative of Researchers ,Academicians  and Allied Workers Union(RAAWU) COSTECH branch,Mama Asia Kapoli(first right) takes important notes on the new proposed staff regulations  

COSTECH INTERVIEWS GRASSROOTS INNOVATORS TO CONTEST THE TANZANIA AWARD FOR SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL ACHIEVEMENTS

The Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) today has interviewed contestants of the Tanzania Award for Scientific and Technological (TASTA) Achievements. The TASTA award is given to Tanzanians who have made scientific or technological discoveries, inventions,¬ innovations or adaptations which have relevance to the socio-economic development of the country..

 

COSTECH Acting Director of Innovation and enterpreneurship competativeness, Dr Dugushilu Mafunda gives the opening remarks before the interview of TASTA contestants

The TASTA ecretariet go through Curriculum Vitae of all TASTA contestants. The application of TASTA awards includes a short curriculum vitae, institutional profile, description of the use of which the achievement has been put or is likely to be put, it’s likely impact on socio-economic development or on scientific or technological knowledge and an outline of the claim, which may include the state of the art, the inventive/innovative step, drawings, designs, illustrations, photographs or provision of a prototype

Grassroot Innovator,Bellington Gamaliel Lymo explains to the Secretariet how his invention of water lense works

Grassroot Innovator,Bellington Gamaliel Lymo  from Morogoro demonstrates how his simple Microscope made of  water lens works

Seniour Research Officer  at  COSTECH, Dr Afua Mohamed, justifies the innovation  of a simple microscope which uses water lens  from  Bellington Gamaliel Lymo from Morogoro.

Mr Justin Mungure from Arusha explains to the panelists how he deserve to get the TASTA award.Mrb Mungure discovered a Tractor which uses Motorcycle engine to cultivate 3 hectares per day.That tractor uses uses only 3 petroleum liters per one hectare .Application for the TASTA can be made individually or by institution and submitted to COSTECH..

SMARTPARTNERSHIP INTERNATIONAL DIALOGUE DAR ES SALAAM TANZANIA 28th JUNE-1st JULY 2013

H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania launched the National Preparations for the Dialogue on the 29th May, 2012.

The Dialogues began as a platform for scientists to meet and discuss Scientific and Technological issues that were relevant all over the world. The changing geo political space, the shrinking of the globe and increasing interconnectedness and interdependence made the idea of a sustainable open forum to discuss global topical issues a necessity. Thus the Smart Partnership Dialogues persevered.

COSTECH Goes Digital in Science Research and Management

BY ORTON KIISHWEKO

THE Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) has gone digital in managing research registration, proposal submission and review for researchers who apply for grants from the institution.

 The Commission’s Director of Social Sciences, Dr Francis Mwaijande said at the review of the National Research Information System that in order to effectively coordinate research and related activities, the developed platform will be useful for research clearance and management.

“We need to make sure we have credible research database in the country. To have this, we had to establish a group of reviewers from which we expect high performance when coming to reviewing the research proposals.

We hope that this online tool will help simplify the process,” he added. In the last five years, the government has been committing 1 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) yearly to research and development.

Dr Mwaijande noted that it was part of fulfilling the COSTECH mandate which is to coordinate and promote research and technology development activities in the country.

Giving the overview of the research management system, the Commission’s Director of Life Sciences, Dr Flora Tibazarwa said that initially, the call for proposals was done in an analogy format but moved to an online submission, review and management in order to reduce time, risks, cost and also save the environment.

Dr Tibazarwa acknowledged universities and R&D institutions for agreeing to share information and resources so that research activities are carried in a scientific way.

She also said that the research database will help the Commission to point areas that need to be leveraged at the same time exposes She added,  ”Some of our researchers are doing great things but they are hidden. The database will tell who is doing what and also expose what research infrastructure is available and where.”Apart from establishing an online system, COSTECH was challenged to seek for more research funds rather than depending the ones from the government.

In response, Dr Nicolas Nyange, the then Acting Director of Research Coordination and Promotion pointed out that COSTECH has since tried to solicit research funds from other sources, including Tanzania, Sweden and Netherlands (TASENE), a network that aims at enhancing scientific excellence and strengthening research collaboration between Europe and Africa, on the basis of equality in research support and research management for post-doctoral programmes.

Dr Nyange also mentioned that in collaboration with the South Africa’s Research Africa, COSTECH has highly ventured its strength to solicit funding opportunities from various STI sectors and avail them to Tanzanian researchers and scientists who wish to apply on competitiveness basis.

The training was a reaction towards last year’s call for proposals that the COSTECH advertised. Having reviewed some of the proposals, a team of consultants recommended capacity building to Tanzanian researchers and scientists so that they can be shown where things went wrong, hence be able to write the best proposals that can attract funds from within and outside the country.

Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201308250149.html

Sidebar