GeoTech Rwanda 2015

International Conference on Geospatial Technologies for Sustainable Urban and Rural Development

November 18 - 20, 2015 , Kigali - Rwanda

Conference Program

Day One, Wednesday, 18th November 2015
08h00 – 09h00 Registration of all participants
09h00 – 09h10 Statement by the Session Moderator, Prof. Verdiana Grace Masanja, Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies, University of Rwanda
09h10 – 09h20 Welcome Remarks by Prof. Manasse Mbonye, Principal of the College of Science and Technology, University of Rwanda
09h20 – 09h30 Welcome Remarks by Prof. Phillip Cotton, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Rwanda
09h30 – 09h40 Welcome Remarks by Mr. Victor Van der Chijs, President of the Executive Board of the University of Twente
09h40 – 09h50 Official Opening Speech by the Guest of Honour: Honorable Dr. Papias Malimba Musafiri, Minister of Education
09h50 – 10h00 Group Photo & Media Briefings
10h00 – 10h30 Coffee / Tea Break
10h30 – 10h35 Statement by the Session Moderator Prof. Bizuru Elias, Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies, College of Science and Technology, University of Rwanda
10h35 – 10h50 Plenary Session: Key Concepts & GIS Applications
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Tom Veldkamp, Dean of the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente
10h50 – 11h10 Q&A Session
11h10 – 12h10

Plenary Session: Land Administration

Keynote speaker: Eng. Didier Giscard Sagashya, Director General of Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA)

Chairperson: Prof. Jaap Zevenbergen, Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-information Management, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente

Members of the Panel:

  • Dr. Monica Lengoiboni, Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-information Management, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente
  • Dr. Theophile Niyonzima, Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, College of Science and Technology, University of Rwanda
  • Dr. Emmanuel Havugimana, Head of the Department of Geography, College of Science and Technology, University of Rwanda
  • Mr. Birasa Nyamulinda, Lecturer, School of Economics, College of Business and Economics, University of Rwanda
  • Ms. Mireille Biraro, Head of the Department of Land Administration and Management and Assistant Lecturer at INES Ruhengeri
12h10 – 12h30 Book Presentation: Advances in Responsible Land Administration by Prof. Jaap Zevenbergen, Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-information Management, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente
12h30 – 12h45 Q&A Session
12h45 – 14h00 Lunch Break
14h00 – 14h10 Statement by the Session Moderator Prof. Bizuru Elias, Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies, College of Science and Technology, University of Rwanda
14h10 – 15h10

Plenary Session: Environmental Sustainability

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rose Mukankomeje, Director General of Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA)

Chairperson: Dr. Denis Rugege, Technical advisor, Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA)Members of the Panel:

  • Prof. Dr. Ir. Tom Veldkamp, Dean, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente
  • Prof. Beth Kaplin, Coordinator, Centre for Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management, University of Rwanda
  • Dr. Michel Masozera, Country Director, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Rwanda Program
  • Dr. Valentine Uwamariya, Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, College of Science and Technology, University of Rwanda
15h10 – 15h30 Poster Session & Visit Exhibition Stands
15h30 – 16h00 Coffee/Tea Break
16h00 – 17h30 Parallel Session 1.1 (room 1) Parallel Session 1.2 (room 2) Parallel Session 1.3 (room 3)
18h00 – 20h00 Cocktail at Nobleza Hotel
Day Two, Thursday, 19th November 2015
08h00 – 08h30 Registration
08h30 – 08h35 Statement by the Session Moderator by Dr. Emmanuel Havugimana, Head of the Department of Geography, College of Science and Technology, University of Rwanda
08h35 – 10h00

Plenary Session: Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Louis Butare, Director General of Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB)

Chairperson: Dr. Charles Bucagu, Dean of the School of Agriculture, College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, University of RwandaMembers of the Panel:

  • Dr. Leatitia Nyinawamwiza, Principal of the College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, University of Rwanda
  • Prof. Daniel N. Rukazambuga, Associate Professor, College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, University of Rwanda
  • Dr. Sherif Amer, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente
10h00 – 10h30 Coffee /Tea Break
10h30 – 12h15 Parallel Session 2.1 (room 1) Parallel Session 2.2 (room 2) Parallel Session 2.3 (room 3)
12h15 – 12h45 Poster Session & Visit Exhibition Stands
12h45 – 14h00 Lunch Break
14h00 – 14h10 Statement by the session moderator by Dr. Emmanuel Havugimana, Head of the Department of Geography, College of Science and Technology, University of Rwanda
14h00 – 15h10 Plenary Session: Spatial Planning and DevelopmentKeynote Speaker: Prof. Kyessi Alphonce, Associate Professor of Spatial Planning, Ardhi University, TanzaniaChairperson: Dr. Richard Sliuzas, Associate Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-information Management, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, University of TwenteMembers of the Panel:

  • Dr. Luc Boerboom, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente
  • Dr. Jean Pierre Bizimana, Lecturer, Department of Geography, College of Science and Technology, University of Rwanda
  • Mr. David Niyonsenga, Division Manager of Urban Planning, Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA)
  • Mr. Leonald Kayonga, Director of Land Use Management and Spatial Planning Unit, Rwanda Natural Resources Authority (RNRA)
15h10 – 15h30 Poster Session & Visit Exhibition Stands
15h30 – 16h00 Coffee/Tea Break
16h30 – 17h30 Parallel Session 3.1 (room 1) Parallel Session 3.2 (room 2) Parallel Session 3.3 (room 3)
Day Three, Friday, 20th November 2015
08h00 – 08h30 Registration
08h30 – 10h30 Parallel Session 4.1 (room 1) Parallel Session 4.2 (room 2) Parallel Session 4.3 (room 3)
10h30 – 11h00 Coffee /Tea Break
11h00 – 11h05 Statement by the Session Moderator, Prof. Verdiana Grace Masanja, Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies, University of Rwanda

11h05 – 11h25

Plenary Session: “Science, Technology and Research in Rwanda” by Dr. Christine Gasingirwa, Director General for Science, Technology and Research in the Ministry of Education

11h25 – 11h40 Q&A Session

11h40 – 12h00

Conference Highlights & Awards for Best Presenters:

  • Prof. Emmanuel Twarabamenye, Full Professor, Department of Geography, College of Science and Technology, University of Rwanda
  • Prof. Jaap Zevenbergen, Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-information Management, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente
  • Mr. Kaspar Kundert, Managing Director of ESRI Rwanda

12h00 – 12h10

Concluding Remarks by Prof. Manasse Mbonye, Principal of the College of Science and Technology, University of Rwanda

12h10 – 12h30 Official Closing Speech
12h30 –14h00 Lunch Break & Departure