Vacancies: Postdoctoral research fellow, project coordinator & thesis students

Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS)* is seeking competent, committed and result oriented researchers and supporting staffs to support the Center for Analytical Sciences at KIAS focusing on following project. 

Background of project: Contamination of food products with pesticides and (oo)cysts is a common public health problem. In this project, we aim to (a) develop paper-based analytical device to measure pesticide residues in food products combining enzyme inhibition assay and smartphone detection, (b) develop smartphone based microscopic system to measure (oo)cyst contamination in food products, and (c) validate both of above methods in field. These one-year (possibility of extension to one more year) positions are supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) via National Academy of Sciences, USA.

1. Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (full time contract)

Vacancy number: CAS1703, Position available: 1

Qualification: The ideal candidate should have a Ph.D. (in analytical chemistry, biotechnology or related fields) with significant laboratory experience and several first author publications, and have demonstrated excellence in communication & leadership. The candidate should be self-motivated and be able to work both independently and as a part of a team. Previous research experience in analytical method development and validation is desired.

Tasks: Specific duties of the postdoctoral research fellow include:

  • Designing and performing experiments to develop paper-based analytical device to measure pesticide residue
  • Maintaining proper lab records
  • Providing guidance and training for students and researchers
  • Preparation of manuscripts and assistance in grant writing
  • Laboratory maintenance, including equipment maintenance
  • Coordinate with other researchers within and outside the project
  • Other duties as assigned by the PI of the project, which may include some administrative and outreach activities

 2. Project coordinator (full time contract)

Vacancy number: CAS1704, Position available: 1

Qualification: The ideal candidate should have at least a B.S. (in chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology or related fields) with some laboratory and research experience, and have demonstrated excellence in communication & leadership. (S)he should be highly motivated and should be able to work both independently and as part of a team.

Tasks: Specific duties include

  • Coordinate with other researchers involved in the project and collaborators
  • Coordinate meetings & field trips
  • Maintaining proper paper works of the project
  • Taking care of equipment, supplies and other logistics involved in the project
  • Other duties as assigned by the PI of the project, which may include some administrative and outreach activities

3. Dissertation students (full time students)

Vacancy number: CAS1705, Positions available: 2

Students will be supported for their dissertation work by providing necessary financial assistance along with supervision.

Qualification: The ideal candidates should be regular MS/BS students (in chemistry, biotechnology, environmental science, microbiology or related fields) enrolled in University/College in Kathmandu, Nepal. The students must have demonstrated excellence in communication & leadership. They should be highly motivated and should be able to work both independently and as part of a team. Previous research experience is preferred. Selected candidates should be able to work at least one year and preference will be given to those who are towards the end of first year or second semester in case of MS and towards the end of third year in case of BS.

There are two tracks for thesis support opportunity:

(a) develop paper-based analytical device to measure pesticide residue in food products combining enzyme inhibition assay and smartphone for signal detection,

(b) develop smartphone based microscopic system to measure (oo)cyst contamination in food products

Both tracks require extensive lab works. Please indicate track category you are interested in while submitting your application.

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Location

All positions are based in KIAS Kathmandu office with some field visits outside Kathmandu.

Salary & benefits

KIAS provides competitive salary and benefits to deserving candidates and appointments will be made in accordance with KIAS policy.

Application closing date

All positions are available immediately. Applications will be reviewed on rolling basis and only selected candidates will be contacted for next steps.

Last date to submit application: February 10, 2018

Email your application to:

Human Resource Department

Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences

Kathmandu, Nepal

Email: career@kias.org.np

The application should include a current CV and a letter of interest. Please do not forget to write vacancy number on subject line of the email.

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*Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS) is a not-for-profit research organization in Nepal established by a group of Nepali scientists with proven excellence in basic and applied science. KIAS is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive researchers, and staffs and believes in promoting affirmative action to achieve such diversities. KIAS encourages all qualified applicants, including minorities and women.

Master’s thesis support program

Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS) announces applications for dissertation support for masters students in Nepal on following topic.

Topic: Evaluation of surface and groundwater quality in current and former landfill locations in Kathmandu, Nepal

Selected student will be supported by necessary funding and supervision to complete the research work.

Project description: In Nepal, municipal solid waste is primarily deposited in open dumps or landfills located near riverbanks with very minimal treatment of raw waste. Therefore, landfills are known to generate large quantity of leachate as waste goes through biological, physical, and chemical degradation processes when pressure, heat, and temperature is applied to the waste. While Kathmandu city generates 524 tons per day of municipal solid waste (Dangi et al., 2011), most of it is either never collected or whatever is collected ultimately is deposited in layers either near the river corridors in Kathmandu or in its temporary landfill located in Aletar in Okharpauwa Village Development Committee of Nuwakot district. There aren’t any comprehensive studies that have measured leachate and its impact into groundwater quality near landfilling activities in Nepal. Therefore, to fill this void, the proposed study anticipates to examine surface and groundwater quality in current used & closed landfill, and in two of the former dumps in river corridors in Kathmandu.

We are looking for a dedicated master’s level student in environmental science or related subjects.

Supervisors:

Dr. Basant Giri, Scientist, Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal

Dr. Mohan B. Dangi, Professor, California State University, Fresno, USA

Interested?

Send your CV and a 500-word essay on why you are the best candidate for this support program to Dr. Basant Giri at bgiri<at>kias.org.np.

Please write #CAS1702 in the subject line of your email.

Deadline: December 15, 2017

Research internship with KIAS #CAS1701

Center for Analytical Sciences (CAS) at Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS) is looking for a research intern in following research project.

Project: Salt iodine content estimation in Nepal: A cross-sectional, nation-wide, citizen science project

Iodine is an essential micronutrient for thyroid hormone synthesis. Excess or deficiency of iodine can lead to thyroid disorder. Deficiency of iodine, known as iodine deficiency disorders, has multiple adverse effects on the growth and mental development, intellectual capacity. These are the most preventable cause of brain damage.

Salt iodization is a highly cost-effective and common approach to provide supplementary iodine globally. Universal salt iodization programs in many countries including Nepal have been used to provide iodized table salt. According to WHO, the salt iodine content at the packaging level must be 50-60 ppm and 20-30 ppm at the retail shops, to achieve at least 15 ppm in the household dietary consumption. 

This project aims to estimate the amount of iodine in salt samples collected directly from kitchen. The samples are collected by high school students and are being tested for iodine in eight different labs across Nepal using standard conventional method and a paper-device method.

Job description

  1. Coordination with other researchers across Nepal
  2. Sample collection and laboratory analysis
  3. Data management and analysis
  4. Report/paper writing

Minimum qualification

  • A bachelors degree in science, preferably in chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology
  • Should have deep interest in research, self motivation, independent problem solving ability, and determination.
  • Commitment for at least six month full-time.

Benefits

  1. You will contribute to obtain information important to our health. This research may help government and other related agencies to have better policies.
  2. You will gain research experience and make network with other researchers.
  3. You may present your data to seminars/conferences.
  4. Based on your contribution, you can be co-author of a high quality peer-review paper from nation-wide data of this project.

Application deadline: These positions are open until filled. Applications are reviewed on rolling basis. Only selected applicants will be further contacted.

If you are interested, send an email to Dr. Basant Giri at – bgiri<at>kias.org.np – with a recent CV with subject line -Vacancy #CAS1701

About KIAS: KIAS is a science based multidisciplinary research institution in Nepal founded by a group of Nepali scientists with proven excellence in scientific researches that range from biodiversity and climate change to development of new technologies for chemical and biological analyses. KIAS prioritizes multidisciplinary research—both fundamental and applied sciences— through its constituting research centers. At the same time, KIAS aims at creating enabling environment to link scientific knowledge with decision making process.

KIAS is a equal opportunity employer.

Scientists discussed air pollution & other issues at mountains in the changing world conference

Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS) hosted and organized second international conference on mountains in the changing world (MoChWo) from 27-28 October, this year. Considering the seriousness of air pollution issues in Kathmandu and other cities around the globe, major theme of MoChWo 2017 was chosen as air pollution: mechanisms and consequences. The second conference of its kind was held at Radisson Hotel, Kathmandu, Nepal.

More than 230 scientists, researchers, professors, students and policy makers attended the conference. Participants were Nepal, China, Germany, France, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Italy, Sweden, Malaysia, Netherlands, Afghanistan, Finland, and Iran. The opening ceremony of the conference, on the first day, included a welcome speech by the convener of the conference, Dr. Basant Giri, and two keynote talks. Professor Shu Tao from Peiking University, Beijing, China delivered the first keynote talk. In his presentation, Dr. Tao highlighted health and climate impacts of rural residential energy transition in China. Dr. Andreas Markowitz from GNS, New Zealand presented second keynote talk on his research on black carbon-smoke in countries across Asia and megacities and determining its effects on climate change using nuclear analytical technologies. Another 90 minute session was also dedicated to air pollution in which Dr. Muhayatum Santoso from Indonesia and Dr. Anobha Gurung from University of Texas at Austin gave invited talks.

The inauguration session was followed by four symposia, nine technical parallel sessions and a poster session later on. The four symposia were – a) smart carbon farming potential, b) citizen science, c) sustainable waste management in developing countries, and d) himalayan cryosphere : understanding of water resources and glacial hazards. Paper presenters and participants exchanged their research experience and findings.

Cross cutting issues regarding mountains such as air pollution, disaster risk reduction, climate change, biodiversity conservation, solid waste, forest management, agro-economy, sustainable development, citizen science were discussed with oral and poster presentations throughout the sessions.

The MoChWo conference was concluded with award distribution and appreciation to various individuals and organizations involved in making the event successful. Best student oral presentations were awarded to Enna Mool (graduate) and Arusha Pandeya (undergraduate), whereas best student poster presentations were awarded to Regan Sapkota (graduate) and Muna Fuyal (undergraduate).

Following organizations were involved in this conference:  

Co-organizers: Faculty of Health Sciences, Pokhara University, Kaski, Nepal and Kathmandu Center for Research and Education – a Chinese Academy of Science and Tribhuvan University center, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Partners: Central Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University, Central Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Tribhuvan University, , California State University, Fresno, USA.

Sponsors: American Society of Mines and Reclamation, USA and Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center, USA.

Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences has announced the 3rd MoChWo conference in October, 2018.

Below are some media coverage of the MoChWo conference.

This BBC Nepali service news talks about one of the symposia under MoChWo

  1. http://www.bbc.com/nepali/news-41812790
  2. In Nepali language online portal – link below

जलवायुका परिवर्तनको असर कृषि, वन, हुँदै मानव स्वास्थ्यमा देखियो

Lab safety workshop organized in Kathmandu

Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS), with support from Uniglobe SS/College, Kathmandu, successfully organized a much-needed workshop on “Chemical Laboratory Safety” on Saturday, September 2nd 2017. The workshop started with a welcome note by Dr. Bhanu B. Neupane from Central Department of Chemistry, Tribhuvan University (TU). The program then gained pace with presentations and experiences on lab safety in Nepal by Dr. Nootan Bhattrai from same department and Mr. Krishna P. Kandel, Birendra Multiple Campus, TU, Chitwan, followed by a discussion session where researchers and concerned individuals from different governing bodies shared their remarks. While Dr. Deepak K. Khadka, Director of Research, University Grants Commission (UGC), familiarized the audience about various roles that UGC could play on implementing safety protocols and services it provides for safety trainings and related programs. Mr. Lekh Nath Kandel, Director of Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology, highlighted on the code of conduct on lab safety which was prepared in 2045 B.S. Other guests who put forward their opinions on lab safety were Dr. Niranjan Parajuli from NIST, Khusibu, Dr. Swagat Shrestha from HISAN, Dr. Bhim Kafle from Kathmandu University, Mr. Prajwal Rajbhandari from RIBB, and Dr. Amar P. Yadav from Nepal Chemical Society.

Participants and representatives from various institutions/ organizations commented on the currently neglected condition of lab safety in Nepal and emphasized the necessity for lots of improvements including the formation of different modules on lab safety, proper engineering of lab, appropriate management of chemical wastes and government policy. To provide a better context for the workshop, the next session was focused on a visit to the labs at Uniglobe SS/College where the participants assessed the safety measures of the lab with the help of a questionnaire and group discussion came up with appropriate suggestions.

In the concluding session Dr. Basant Giri from Center for Analytical Sciences, Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences, answered various queries raised by the participants and urged to knock at the policy-making level to improve the lab safety. He made the hall awaken by sharing his own lab experience during his research period and re-emphasized on the necessity to minimize the hazards caused by different chemicals. The program was concluded with certificate distribution to the participants.

By Shiva Oli, JR Ghimire & JP Paudel

KIAS and Kumamoto University, Japan organized a seminar

Kathmandu institute of Applied Sciences and Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan jointly organized one day seminar ‘Know Nepal through its History, Culture, Society and Biodiversity’ on August 19, 2017 at Grand Hotel, Kathmandu, Nepal. The seminar, KIAS – HIGO seminar, was the second one after resounding success of previous year . HIGO program was initiated with the aim of making global leaders of future by making graduate students of Japan aware of contemporary issues in different socio-cultural settings. The seminar was attended by faculties and students from Kumamoto University lead by Dr. Hari Prasad Devkota including Dr. Umeda Kahoko and 9 other graduate students. KIAS played an important role in familiarizing participants about Nepal’s social, cultural, ecological and geological environments.

The program was moderated by Dr. Rashila Deshar. Dr. Prakash K. Paudel, Scientist at KIAS, gave a welcome speech with an outline of the seminar. Dr. Susma Giri, Associate Scientist, KIAS, talked about the Nepal’s physical and biological diversity. Dr. Chitra B. Baniya, Associate Professor, Tribhuvan University, discussed about nexus between people and biodiversity, with a particular focus on medicinal plants. He stated ‘most of the plant species in Nepal are of the medicinal importance’ and clued-up some of the research on ethno-botany. Dr. Janak Rai, Associate Professor at Central Department of Anthropology, Tribhuvan University, talked about linguistic and cultural diversity prevailing in Nepal. Dr. Basanta Raj Adhakari, Associate Professor at Institute of Engineering, TU, talked on geology of Himalayan disasters with a particular emphasis on Gorkha earthquake, 2015. Dr.  Pardeep Giri, Associate Professor, Tribhuvan University, talked on modern history of geopolitics of Nepal. The seminar was concluded with a remark by Dr. Dibas Shrestha.

[Reported by Shishila Baniya]

 

CORAM organized a discussion program on citizen science

By Tshering Ongmu Sherpa

Community-based rainfall measurement (CORAM) program organized a discussion program on daily rainfall measurement in Nepal via citizen science: data collection and analysis in Kathmandu today.

The discussion program was attended by high school students and teachers from schools participating in CORAM network and students from Tribhuvan University.

CORAM is a community based citizen science program hosted by Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS) and supported by a number of national and international organizations and individuals such as University of Wyoming, USA, RECHAM consult, Nepal. It works in close coordination with department of hydrology and meteorology (DHM), government of Nepal, ISET-Nepal, and central department of hydrology and meteorology (CDHM), Tribhuvan University (TU). Started in 2015 summer, CORAM currently has a network of 35 rainfall measuring stations, primarily in Kathmandu. Most of the stations are operated by high school students with the help from their teachers. Student collected rainfall data is recorded and collected at CORAM’s central data bank and made available to public.

The discussion program held at Nepal Tourism Board, Bhrikutimandap, was chaired by Prof. Dr. Deepak Aryal, head of CDHM and DG of DHM was the chief guest. Dr. Basant Giri, Chairman of CORAM program highlighted the program and welcomed all participants. Then, program director of CORAM Mr. Suresh Marahatta, also a professor at Trichandra College, TU, gave presentation on overall rainfall data collection via CORAM program and also showed some results. Meanwhile Mr. Sagun Dhungana shows the use of ODK system for real time rainfall data collection and transmission. Mr. Jeffery Davids, PhD student at TU Delft, the Netherlands gave an overview of cost effective hydrological/meteorological instruments and data collection system. The formal program ended with an presentation on importance of citizen science on water research by Mr. Ajaya Dixit, executive director of ISET-Nepal.

In next session, students and teachers from participating schools shared experience on their involvement in CORAM program and measuring rainfall everyday. Discussions were focused on the timing and regularity of data collection, relation between climate change and rainfall, trend of rainfall in Nepal, accuracy of data, and implications of the data collected among others.

Students later on visited the weather forecasting division of DHM at Tribhuvan International Airport and observed weather forecasting process including instruments used to collect necessary data. Visit to the control room showed and explained the science behind weather predictions.

KIAS organizing a workshop on chemical lab safety

Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS) is organizing a workshop on chemistry laboratory safety issues in September this year.

A recently published research from KIAS and Tribhuvan University has shown that the safety in teaching labs in Nepal is generally neglected. Many chemistry teachers who participated in the research had said that they would benefit from regular safety trainings and workshops. This workshop aims to offer a forum for researchers, faculty, lab in charges, administrators, and policy makers for a common goal of improving the safety in chemistry teaching labs in Nepal. 

Speakers and panelists will provide their perspective on topics including standard protocols to ensure safety in teaching labs, status of safety issues in Nepali teaching labs, efforts & approaches of our teaching institutions and government agencies to creating a safe lab environment. In addition, participants will be divided into small work groups to develop action items aimed at improving specific areas of lab safety.

Participants will receive certificate after completion of the day-long workshop.

Target participants: High school and college/university chemistry teachers/faculty and PhD students

Date & time: 2 September 2017; 10:30 to 16:00
Location: Uniglobe SS/College, Kamaladi, Kathmandu, Nepal

Registration fee: NRs. 200
Registration deadline: 25 August 2017  

Organizing Committee:

  1. Dr. Basant Giri (Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences, Kathmandu)
  2. Dr. Bhanu Bhakta Neupane (Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu)
  3. Dr. Mahendra Thapa (Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences & Uniglobe HSS/College, Kathmandu)
  4. Mr. Jaya Ram Ghimire (Uniglobe SS/College, Kathmandu)
  5. Mr. Jaya Prakash Paudel (Uniglobe SS/College, Kathmandu)
  6. Mr. Shiba Kumar Oli (Uniglobe SS/College, Kathmandu)

For registration complete online form below – Only selected registrants will be invited for the workshop due to limited space. 

CLICK HERE for REGISTRATION

Research on laboratory safety issues published

Scientists from Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS) published their research findings on the laboratory safety issues of chemistry teaching labs in Nepal on a prestigious peer reviewed journal – Plos One.

Hundreds of thousands of students use chemical laboratories in hundreds of educational institutes in Nepal every year. These laboratories are important to give practical education to the students. However, students have to work with hazardous chemicals along with various equipment and glassware in the lab. Working in laboratories without correct protocol and safety precautions can be a risk to life of students and teachers.

A group of Nepali researchers found that the teaching chemical laboratories in Nepal lack basic safety system. The authors of the Plos One paper are Dr. Basant Giri and Dr. Bhanu Bhakta Neupane from Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS) and Mr. Krishna Kandel from Birendra Multiple Campus, Tribhuwan University.

In this research, chemistry teachers in Nepal were surveyed to understand the conditions of different aspects of chemical laboratory safety. Seventy questions about laboratory safety, equipment used in the laboratory, correct methods and processes to be followed in laboratory and management of wastes from laboratories were asked in the survey. According to the paper, maximum respondents told that Nepal does not have any policy regarding laboratory safety and there are no safety monitoring and regulation practices in Nepal. Many of the laboratories did not have fundamental safety equipment. There are no institutional methods and policies to dispose lab waste. 79 % of respondents said that the wastes generated from their laboratories are being disposed as regular household wastes. 88 % of respondents involved in the survey highlighted the need of trainings and regular workshops on laboratory safety.

According to the lead researcher, Dr. Giri, despite the government’s negligence on lab safety, there have been some efforts from teachers and colleges on individual interest. Authors have made some recommendation in the paper. They suggested having a mandatory safety protocols for laboratories from schools to colleges and the protocol must be strictly followed. Offering a course of at least one credit hour about the laboratory safety might be effecting to train students.

The Plos One article can be read and downloaded free of cost.

Link of the article: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/file?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0179104&type=printable

 

For Media Contact:

Roshan Gurung

Phone: 9848371517

Email: rgurung@kias.org.np

KIAS Summer School 2017

Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS) is organizing Summer School 2017 “Frontiers in Scientific Research”. It aims to providing specialized training on various thematic areas from well trained and experienced scientists. Participants will get certificate after completing the course.

KIAS successfully organized three such schools before: Summer School 2015, Winter School 2016, Summer School 2016, and Winter School 2017.

Target participants: Undergraduate and graduate (both MS and PhD) students and independent researchers.

Dates: 8-15 August, 2017 (total 15 hours/module; can be 3 hrs x 5 days)

Registration fee: NRs. 4000/module

Summer School 2017 includes following modules:

Module 1: Smartphone for chemical and biological analyses

Instructors: Dr. Basant Giri & Dr. Bhanu Neupane

Smartphone is not just used for WhatsApp, Facebook or Angry Birds. It can also be used to understand multitude of scientific phenomena and in research. Recent years have seen the increasing use of smartphones in scientific research and education. For example: in measuring air pollution parameters, as a spectrophotometer, for testing cholesterol, breathe analysis for disease diagnosis, chemical analysis of amino acids and other chemicals etc.

In this short course, you will be briefed with important smartphone “apps” used in classroom and research. More importantly, you will get hands on experience on quantitative chemical analysis involving image analysis and making smartphone microscope for some applications.

Topics covered: Smartphones

  • “apps” in classroom and research
  • as scientific instrument-some examples
  • for quantitative chemical analysis as a spectrophotometer
  • as microscopy for some applications

Module 2: A short course on “R” for scientific data analysis

Instructors: Dr. Susma Giri & Dr. Prakash K. Paudel

Why “R”?

  • An advanced programming language for statistical computing and graphing
  • Infinitely expandable
  • Most popular language for analytics
  • Its free to download and use

Topics covered:

  • Import & check data in R
  • Organize data and folders
  • Make effective graphs
  • Basic statistical analysis such as: linear regression, logistic regression, multiple regression, t-tests, ANOVA, Tukey’s post hoc tests etc.

Module 3: The nuts & bolts of publishing your research findings

Instructors: Dr. Basant Giri & Dr. Prakash K. Paudel

Publishing a research paper is one of the necessary steps in the scientific research process. Unpublished research is considered as non-existent. Apart from the dissemination of knowledge, publication of research findings in reputed journals greatly helps in graduation, promotion, grant applications and recognition among peers. Even if you generate a valuable data from your research, writing the findings and publishing in peer-reviewed journals is a daunting task. In today’s “publish or perish” culture of science, strong writing skills are essential for progress.

This short course will guide you on how to initiate and write each section of a research manuscript efficiently starting from selecting relevant topic to submission to an appropriate journal. We will also talk on minimizing major mistakes in English writing. Second half of the course focuses on paper submission and editorial procedure, and responding to reviewer’s comments. Participants will have a number of on- and off-class exercises during the course.

Topics covered:

  • Which journal is the best?
  • Structure of paper
  • Why language is important?
  • Review and editorial process

Module 4: Disaster Risk Management for sustainable reconstruction and recovery

Instructor: Dr. Basanta Raj Adhikari

The concept of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and skills are very important in the context of Build Back Better in Nepal after Gorkha Earthquake. Knowledge on DRM and DRR are fundamental process of increasing awareness on natural disaster to empower the actors to support their organizations in developing disaster resilient programs and projects. The trainings will focused on application of DRR for early warning systems and people-centered system.

Target Audience:

This course is intended for audiences from large area including government, research organizations, donor agencies, academia, I/NGOs working in the field of emergency response and rescue.

Topics to be covered:

  1. Understanding disaster risk reduction and management
  2. Post disaster reconstruction and recovery
  3. Disaster risk management at national and international level
  4. Disaster preparedness, early warning and mitigation
  5. Disaster response systems and practices

Module 5: Radio Telemetry and Research Application in Wildlife Ecology

Instructor: Dr. Pushpa Raj Acharya

Concept: Radio telemetry is a powerful research technique to the process of obtaining information from a distant animal by using radio signals. In this technique, a transmitter is attached with live animal’s body and released into In Situ. The signal transmitted from the transmitter is detected using radio receiver by researchers. Antenna is used to enhance signal intensity and to promote accuracy. The data achieved through radio-telemetry is useful to understand ranging behavior of wild animal. Home range, foraging range, habitat use and activity pattern of the target animal. Radio-telemetry is a relevant non-invasive technique for wildlife ecology.

This course will deliver fundamental knowledge on radio telemetry technique with field demonstration. Students in Zoology, Forestry, Environmental Science, Wildlife researchers, rangers and forest officers are targeted as beneficiaries of this course.

Topic Covered

  • Introduction of Radio-telemetry
  • Field Technique and Data Collection
  • Data analysis
  • Result interpretation and Application

How to register?

If you are interested to participate, please submit your online application below.

https://goo.gl/forms/dtzCfIdl4A8eTuvE3

About instructors

Dr. Basant Giri obtained his PhD in analytical chemistry from University of Wyoming. His research interests include developing low-cost analytical methods involving the use of smartphones for various applications. Currently he works in KIAS. He has published several research articles to his repute with ~130 citations & H-index 4. He is a reviewer in several international journals. He has been working with LabEdit, SciEdit, and Yelei, which provide manuscript-editing services to academic researchers.

Dr. Bhanu Neupane obtained his PhD in Physical chemistry from Kansas State University. His research interests include developing low-cost optical tools for applications in teaching and research. Currently he works in KIAS. He has published nearly two dozen high impact research articles. His publications have received ~250 citations with H-index of 8. He is recipient of several scientific awards and the “under-represented Chemist award” from IUPAC in 2015 is the most recent one.

Dr. Prakash K Paudel is the author of several research articles and a book. He is the founder executive editor of the international journal “conservation science”.

Dr. Susma Giri is an ecologist who has been extensively using R programming for past five years. She earned her doctorate degree from the University of Wyoming and received training on using R from one of the earliest users and experts of the program. She has published two peer-reviewed research articles in international journals.

Dr. Basanta Raj Adhikari completed his PhD in Earth Science from the University of Vienna, Austria. Currently, he is working as a deputy-director in the Centre for Disaster Studies, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University where he is leading many research projects about physical disaster including flood, earthquake and landslide. His research interests are climate change, hill-slope movement and human interaction, Himalayan sediment flux generation, community based disaster risk reduction and co-seismic phenomena. He has published more than dozen research papers in both national and international journals. He is leading scientist in the field of Earth Science and disaster risk reduction. He can be reached in his web-page: http://bradhikari.com.np/

Dr. Pushpa Raj Acharya completed his PhD from Prince of Songkla University, Thailand in 2014. His specialization is on “Bat Ecology and Ecosystem Services”. He used radio-telemetry technique on bats during his PhD and also has continued the use of same technique in Nepalese fruit bats foraging at flowering patches of Chiuri (Dipklonema butyraceae) patches to identify pollination ecosystem services. Currently, he is working as a senior scientist at Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, Lalitpur, Nepal.