Professor Lazarus Mustapha OJIGI was born on the 26th August, 1969 in Imane, Olamaboro LGA, Kogi State, Nigeria. He holds National Diploma (ND) in Surveying from the Federal Polytechnic Idah, Kogi State (1988). He obtained the B.Sc. (Surveying) degree with 2nd Class honours (Upper Division) in May 1994 from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He served in the National Youth Service Corp scheme in Kebbi State during the 1993/94 service year. He had his postgraduate training at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria where he obtained Master of Technology (M.Tech.) and PhD degrees in Applied Remote Sensing in 1998 and 2005 respectively. His specializations are in the areas of Space Geodesy, Satellite Remote Sensing, Geospatial Data Science and Engineering Surveying.
Prof. Ojigi has over 25 years wealth of experience in teaching, research and administration, with outstanding local and international proficiency/specialised trainings and experiences inSurveying & Geoinformatics, Computing, and Space Science and Technology. He is a Registered Surveyor with the Surveyors Council of Nigeria (SURCON), anda Member of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (mnis), and currently represent the Academia in the NIS Council (2019-date). He is a member of the Expert Working Group onAfrican Reference Frame (AFREF) under the auspices of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM). He has represented Nigeria in several SpaceScience and Technology-related Technical Working Groups (TWGs), Meetings and Training Workshops in Africa, Europe, South America, and Asia.
His academic career started at the Federal University of Technology Minna in August 1995 as an Assistant Lecturer, and he rose through the ranks to the position of Associate Professor in October 2010.He was a Visiting Reader at the department of Geomatics, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (2011-2014). Hewas appointed Professor of Surveying and Geoinformaticsin August, 2014, at the famous Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He has over 100 Local and International scientific/technical publications in learned journals and refereed proceedings to his credit. He has served as a guest speaker to several local and international workshops, seminars and conferences, and has externally examined over 90 postgraduate researches/theses (M.Sc./M.Tech. & PhD) across Universities in Nigeria. He has successively supervised 7 PhD and 20 M.Sc. candidates to-date, and currently supervising 8 PhD and 21 M.Sc. candidates. He is the initiator and coordinator of Pan-African Space Research Network (P-ASRN), which is aimedat thenetworking and integration of African experts/cutting-edge researches in Space Science and Technology (SST), and know-how technology transfer (KHTT) in SST innovations and applications in Africa.
He is now the Director of Mission Planning, Information Technology & Data Management Department, National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Obasanjo Space Centre, Abuja, Nigeria. Prof. Ojigi worked briefly as Assistant Technical Officer (ATO)-Surveys, with the Federal Surveys Department [now known as the Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation (OSGoF)], Federal Ministry of Works & Housing, Field Headquarters, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria (June 1989-Jan. 1990).He was the Head of department of Surveying & Geoinformatics and the Deputy-Dean, School of Environmental Technology, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeriain 2006-2008 and 2008-2010 respectively.
He was the pioneer Editor-in-Chief of the Environmental Technology & Science Journal (ETSJ), Federal University of Technology, Minna (2006-2009). He is the Editor-in-Chief ofNigerian Journal of Surveying and Geoinformatics (NJSG) (2012-date) and the International Journal of Geoinformation & Earth Sciences (IJGES) (2018-date), published by Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) and Geoinformation Society of Nigeria (GEOSON), respectively.He is a guest editor/reviewer for Springer Nature Applied Sciences (SNAS) Journal, Springer Publishers (Nov., 2018-date) and reviewer for Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (EMAS) Journal, EVISE-Elsevier Publishers (July, 2018-date), andJournal of Transport and Health, EVISE-Elsevier Publishers (July, 2018-date). He is also a reviewer for the South African Journal of Geomatics (SAJG), and several other international geomatics/scientific publishers.
Prof. Ojigi is the Chairman, National Association of Surveying & Geoinformatics Lecturers (NASGL) (Feb. 2019-date). He is the Secretary General,International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) National Committee for Nigeria/Nigerian Union of Planetary and Radio Sciences (NUPRS), (2015-date). He is a member of many international and local professionalcommittees, organisations, associations and scientific research groups on Surveying, Geodesy, Space Technology and ICT, some of which includes, Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), Nigerian Association of Geodesy (NAG),Geoinformation Society of Nigeria (GEOSON), Nigerian Union of Planetary and Radio Sciences (NUPRS), Earth Information System-Africa (EIS-Africa), African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE), IEEE/Geoscience & Remote Sensing Society, andNational Association of Surveying & Geoinformatics Lecturers (NASGL).
His current research efforts are on: “Integration of Space Geodetic Techniques, Earth Observation Systems (Satellite Altimetry/InSAR/LiDAR/Satellite Imageries, etc.) and Marine/Ocean-Atmospheric Reanalysis Datasets for geo-hazard monitoring and modeling”. Professor Ojigi is also a Pastoral Assistant with the Living Faith Church World Wide (LFCWW), FHA, Lugbe, Abuja, Nigeria. His hobbies include reading, computing, sports, travelling and music. He is married to Mary Ebule Ojigi, and they are blessed with three children.
Professor Alison Bruce was born in the north east of England. She obtained a BSc. degree (Upper 2nd class Division) with joint honours in mathematics and physics from the University of Manchester in 1982 and stayed at Manchester to study for a PhD in experimental nuclear structure physics which she completed in 1985. As part of her PhD training, Prof Bruce spent two years working at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, USA where she carried out experiments using neutron beams produced at the High-Flux Beam Reactor.In 1986 and 1987. Prof. Bruce was a Royal Society European Exchange Fellow at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark before returning to the UK to take up a position in Jan 1988 as a post-doctoral research assistant at the University of Liverpool. She moved to a position as a Higher Scientific Officer at the nearby Daresbury Laboratory in Sept 1988 and worked there for over 3 years before leaving to take up a lecturing position at the University of Brighton in January 1992. She was promoted to a readership at Brighton in 2000 and to full professor in 2005. Since 2016 she has been the deputy head of the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Brighton with particular responsibility for Research and Enterprise. Prof. Bruce regularly serves on UK research council funding panels and fellowship panels and has also been involved in panel work in other countries.She was elected as a fellow of the Institute of Physics in 2005.
In 2009 Prof. Bruce was elected as the spokesperson of the DESPEC (DEcaySPECtroscopy) collaboration at the FAIR facility in Germany. This is a pan-European collaboration of over 200 scientists who study the decay properties of nuclei produced using the super intense, high-energy beams at the FAIR facility. Between 2014 and 2018 she was elected as one of five members of the NuSTAR (Nuclear STructure Astrophysics and Reactions) Board of Representatives at FAIR representing ∼ 500 scientists from ∼ 40 countries and served as deputy director of the board. She is currently a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Nuclear Spectroscopy Instrumentation Network (NuSpIN) in the framework of ENSAR2 (HORIZON 2020) and in 2018 she was co-opted onto the board of the nuclear physics division of the European Physical Society (EPS).
Prof Bruce has over 30 years experience in gamma-ray spectroscopy, most recently leading experiments examining the shapes of neutron-rich A~100 nuclei. She has extensive experience of working with arrays of detectors, in particular germanium detectors which have good energy resolution and, in recent years, lanthanum bromide arrays which have good timing resolution. She has led many experiments at laboratories such as GSI (Germany), RIKEN (Japan), University of Jyvaskyla (Finland) and IFINHoriaHulubei laboratory (Romania) which have led to a publication list of over 150 articles in international peer-reviewed journals. She has successfully supervised 14 PhD students at Brighton and examined over 30 PhD theses (in the UK and abroad). Since 2018 she has been the co-director of the annual UKRI-GCRF funded Advanced Nuclear Science and Technology Techniques workshop held at iThemba LABS in Cape Town, South Africa. The ANSTT workshop discusses the use of nuclear science and skills in applications such as environmental radiation measurement and nuclear metrology.
Professor Abiodun Emmanuel Ayodele is a Professor of Botany with specialization in Plant Taxonomy and Systematics. Professor Ayodele was born on 31 December, 1962 in Akure, Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo State. He obtained his BSc degree in Botany from the University of Ife (Now ObafemiAwolowo University, Ile-Ife) and his MSc and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Taxonomy and Systematics from the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos.
Professor Ayodele has represented the Faculty of Science on other Faculty Boards. He was Sub-Dean (Biological and Earth Sciences), Faculty of Science (2002-2004), member, Zoological Garden Finance Committee (2015-2019), Coordinator, Botany Unit, Department of Botany and Microbiology (2009/2010), Director, University of Ibadan Botanical Gardens (2004-2014) and Curator, University of Ibadan Herbarium (1996-2016). Outside the University.
Professor Ayodele has served as External Examiner to the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos (2013-2016), Lagos State University, Ojoo, Lagos (2015 to 2018) Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye (2015 to 2018), Federal University, Oye Ekiti (2017-2019),University of Benin, Edo State (2017 to date),Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile –Ife (2017 to date) and Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (2019) and as external assessor for Professorial positions to a number of Universities within the country. He has participated as a member of National University Commission’s accreditation teams to a number of Universities in Nigeria
Professor Ayodele was a Visiting Scholar of the Third World Academy of Sciences/Chinese Academy of Sciences twice to Kunming Institute of Botany, Kunming, China in 2006 and the Institute of Botany, Beijing China in 2011. He is also a two-time awardee of the University of Ibadan Senate Research grant (1994/1995 and 2006). Professor Ayodele is a member of the International Association of Plant taxonomists (IAPT), Botanical Society of Nigeria (BOSON), Science Association of Nigeria (SAN) and Nigerian Field Society and the African Ethnobotany Network (AEN).
Professor Abiodun Ayodele is the immediate past Head of the Department of Botany, University of Ibadan, Ibadan (2016-2019) and the current Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Ibadan, Ibadan. Professor Abiodun E. Ayodele is happily married with children.