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Keynote Speaker

Professor Maria G. N. Musoke
Prof Musoke holds a BSc in Biological sciences and a concurrent diploma in Education from Makerere University, a Master’s degree in Librarianship from the University of Wales and a PhD from the University of Sheffield, UK. She is a renowned scholar in her field of Library and Information Science (LIS). She is the first Ugandan woman to hold a PhD in Information science. Her PhD research focused on access and use of health information, which provided noble findings on which other researcher are building on. She is the first Ugandan women to be appointed a Professor of Information Science. She has taught at Makerere University and mentored younger professionals. She has published extensively and recently wrote a book titled “Informed and healthy: theoretical and applied perspectives on the value of information to health care”, published by the Academic Press of Elsevier and available in Research for Life (R4L), Google Scholar and Science direct.com. In March this year, Prof Musoke was appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs of Kyambogo University, which is the 2nd largest University in Uganda.  That appointment made her the first woman to hold that position in this University. From 2004 to 2014, Prof Musoke was the University Librarian of Makerere University, making her a member of Top Management of that University. Although Makerere University celebrated 90 years in 2012, Prof Musoke is one of the first Ugandan women to hold a top Management position in that University. Currently, Prof Musoke chairs the Health and Bio-sciences libraries Section of the International Federation of Library and Information Associations (IFLA) since 2015. She is a member of various Information associations both in Uganda and international. Prof Musoke has also contributed to women in science in various ways.Currently, she is the chair of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) Women in Science committee. She is a founder member of the Uganda Chapter of the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Women and Gender Studies department at Makerere University and Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET). She has been an active member of Female Education in Mathematics and Science in Africa (FEMSA), Uganda Association of University Woman and others.