ICSSD 2020: Expert Recommends Use of Academic Nuclear Structure Physics Techniques for Realisation of SDGs

ICSSD 2020: Expert Recommends Use of Academic Nuclear Structure Physics Techniques for Realisation of SDGs


A professor of Physics, Alison Bruce, from the University of Brighton, the United Kingdom, has suggested the use of techniques developed for Academic Nuclear Structure Physics for the realization of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

She gave the recommendation at the recently held 4th Covenant University International Conference on Science and Sustainable Development (ICSSD), a three-day virtual event held between 3rd and 5th of August 2020.

While making her presentation titled ‘Advances in Science and Technology for Sustainable Development’, Professor Bruce, who was the Keynote Speaker, stated that currently being used in nuclear research, were Environmental and Medical Applications. Future developments, she said, included the ‘Reminder’ of nuclear basics now used, comprising environmental applications and medical applications.

According to Professor Bruce, Nuclear energy from fission of uranium atom produced nuclear power which addressed SDG 7. She stated that the development of technology for environmental radiation monitoring, medicine, and security provided solutions to environmental management, thereby taking care of SDG 12 and SDG 6.

She stated further that, “Generally, it is possible to address SDG 3 with the use of positron emission tomography (PET) and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) scan and study in nuclear physics research addressed SDG 4.

The Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, in his remarks, stated that the impact of science and technology as engines of human development was recognized globally, adding that they had and continued to provide efficient means to facilitate growth and socio-economic development of communities and nations.

The Vice-Chancellor pointed out that advances in science and technology had a remarkable and long-term influence on employment, income distribution, trade, investment, and economic growth. He welcomed all participants and encouraged them to leverage on the opportunity offered by the conference to take their research works to a new level.

Professor Atayero stated that Covenant was actively involved in research efforts aimed at evolving innovative solutions in facilitating the achievement of the African Union agenda 2063 and the SDGs. “The recent ranking of the University in the 401-600 bracket of the 2020 Impact Ranking of Times Higher Education (THE), attests to our contributions in this direction,” he affirmed.

During his remarks at the event, the Dean, College of Science and Technology, Professor Victor Omotosho stated that the Department of Physics under the College offered world-class teaching and research within the university. The Department, he said, was blessed with seasoned, resourceful, qualified, and caring faculty including staff with remarkably diverse interests in Information Technology and Electronics, Geophysics, and Renewable Energy.

While giving his welcome remarks at the event, the Head of Department, Physics, Professor Ahzegbobor Aizebeokhai, stated that the Department planned the ICSSD conference in 2016 in line with the Strategic Plan and Vision 10:2022 of Covenant University. The objective, he said, was to create a robust and excellent platform for cross-fertilization of ideas among researchers and stakeholders concerned about sustainable development.

In her goodwill message, the Chairman, planning committee, Dr Mojisola Usikalu, appreciated the University Management led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, for providing a platform for the ICSSD2020 event on the Whova App, a very interactive platform that offered the opportunity for participants to network effectively by exploring attendee profiles and sending out messages.

The conference featured an array of speakers and participants from across the globe.

Professor Alison Bruce

Professor Alison Bruce

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