First Annual Graduate Research Symposium

3rd October, 2021 0 comments

UG School of Graduate Studies and Research to host Inaugural Symposium from October 6th to 8th; Several High-Profile Researchers and Experts to make Presentations


The University of Guyana School of Graduate Studies and Research (UGSGSR) will be hosting its inaugural Graduate Research Symposium (GRS) on October 6th–8th 2021. The Symposium, which is to be held virtually, will provide graduate students with the opportunity to exhibit their research accomplishments in the format of oral presentations, posters and for the first time, 5M-thesis presentation competition.


The Symposium is being held under the theme: “Innovative Research for Sustainable Developments, Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Oral presentations will focus on six sub-themes; these include: Circular Economy, Green Economy and Trade; Food Production and Food Security Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic; Education for Sustainable Development in the 21st Century; Health, Poverty, Gender and Sustainable Development; Environmental Management, Global Warming, Adaptation and Climate Change Mitigation; and Science and Technology for Sustainable Development.


Registration is required in advance for the event, using the following link This same link could be used for the entire three days of the Symposium including the opening and closing ceremonies. Registration is free to presenting graduate students and attendees.


The opening session is on Wednesday, October 6th, and will feature remarks from the University of Guyana’s Chancellor, Professor Edward Greene; Vice-Chancellor Xi, Professor Paloma Mohamed Martin; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Engagement), Professor Emanuel Cummings; Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research, Professor Judith Rosales; and Chair of the Symposium’s Organising Committee, Professor Raymond Jagessar.

Additionally, Dr. Daniel Neafsey of Harvard School of Public Health will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony. His presentation will focus on Genetic epidemiology of infectious disease: prospects for research and public health.


The opening ceremony will also include an edutainment session by Mr. Michael Khan of UG’s Faculty of Education and Humanities, Department of Language and Cultural Studies.

Over the course of the three days, there will be presentations, based the on the sub-themes, by several distinguished keynote speakers from around the world; these include: 

Dr. Mark Bynoe, Assistant Executive Director, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Belize; Dr. Gillian Smith, the FAO representative of the United Nations to GuyanaDr. Freddy James, researcher from the University of West Indies; Professor Ligia Simonian, a recognised anthropologist  from the social sciences in the areas of poverty, gender, diversity and human rights in indigenous and other local vulnerable populations; Dr. Anton Eitzinger, an expert in climate change modelling in climate-smart agriculture development projects in many countries of Africa and America and more recently in the Caribbean, including, Guyana; and Professor Emeritus, Winston Mellowes, a recognised chemical engineering researcher from UWI, who has developed important knowledge in sugarcane technology. He is currently the Foreign Secretary of CAS.

Attendance at the symposium is open to the entire University of Guyana (UG) community and other institutions both within and outside of Guyana and will afford UG students and staff in graduate programmes an opportunity to present their research to a broad and diverse audience.


The event is being sponsored by the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment and Central Housing and Planning Authority. The University of Guyana acknowledges the support of its sponsors with gratitude.

The University of Guyana will begin its new academic year on October 25, 2021, for new and continuing students. Approximately 65% of the University’s classes will remain online for the first semester from October 2021 to January 2022 due to prevailing COVID-19 conditions as well as major building works arising from recent extreme weather conditions. The remaining 35%, mostly consisting of laboratory and field exercises, are expected to be blended and face-to-face delivered at the various campuses for specific courses or parts of courses only in this first semester October 2021 to January 2022. Students will be notified directly of the schedule as well as safety measures they are expected to comply with if any of their courses are to be held face-to-face.  Schedules will also be posted on Faculty websites.


Graduate Programmes Offered

For a list of all University of Guyana’s graduate programmes please click on the following link:

For a full list of UG’s Programme offerings kindly visit the following website:


Prospective students can also find their programme of choice by exploring the following links:

College of Medical Sciences -

Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry -

Faculty of Education and Humanities -

Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences –

Faculty of Engineering and Technology -

Faculty of Natural Sciences -

Faculty of Social Sciences -

Institute of Distance and Continuing Education (IDCE) -


For Assistance

For additional information and support please call UG’s New Help Desk Numbers: Turkeyen Campus Registration Support: 623-1941, 623-1867, 623-1869, 623- 1871, 623-1924, 623-1940, 623-1942, 624-1943, 623-1944, 623-1945, 623-1946, 623-1948, and Berbice Campus Registration Support: 623-1943, 623-1949.

All University operations continue under the emergency regulations developed and implemented last semester to address safety under the COVID-19 conditions.



The University of Guyana is the 58th-year State University of Guyana. It offers 136 programmes in over 60 disciplines online and face-to-face in 8 campuses across Guyana. With a student population of now 10,000, UG has provided education, learning, and research for over 50,000 alumni. The mission of the University is to discover, generate, disseminate and apply knowledge of the highest standard for the service of the community, the nation, and of all mankind within an atmosphere of academic freedom that allows for free and critical inquiry. UG’s forward-thinking Blueprint 2040 is currently setting the course for the University’s future design and institutional response to the changing needs of Guyana.



Ms. Krest Cummings

Public Relations Officer

Department of Events Conferences and Communications (DECC)



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