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Annual Meeting of the African Great Lakes Stakeholder Network

February 6-8, 2024

Mulungushi International Conference Center

Lusaka, Zambia

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Join this meeting of the best minds in the world working together for healthy African Great Lakes.


Collaboration is paramount. With our six advisory groups and other global experts, we activate collective knowledge, passion, and resources to solve the challenges that threaten the African Great Lakes.

At this meeting we will:

  • Learn from each African Great Lakes Advisory Group to advance solutions

  • Inform the future of AGL monitoring, education, and training

  • Break down gender barriers to tap into strong, inclusive solutions

  • Work across borders to inform game-changing freshwater decisions

The African Great Lakes Stakeholder Network is a highly collaborative group of freshwater and large lakes experts from around the world. At the heart of the network is over 140 African Great Lakes experts who are, together, addressing the most critical issues on these seven African Great Lakes which hold over 25% of the world's freshwater and support millions of people.

Guests, observers, and specialists are welcome to attend and participate.

The African Great Lakes Stakeholders Network, and this meeting, are facilitated by the

African Center for Aquatic Research and Education and developed, informed, and advised by the

partners and experts working on the African Great Lakes

Annual Meeting - 2024: Lusaka, Zambia



To register for the ACARE Annual Meeting of the African Great Lakes Stakeholder Network, please click below. Note that all advisory group members are already registered and do not need to register. If you are uncertain of your registration status, go ahead and register, we'll take care of you.  


Questions regarding the meeting, registration, or other aspects, please contact: Zeph Migeni (click here)

New Poster Session


Due to the increased interest in information exchange regarding the African Great Lakes, and the limited time we have during our three-day meeting, ACARE has determined that it will hold an evening Poster-Networking-Social session, Wednesday, February 7, 2024. This session is to engage the larger freshwater community in research, projects (past, present, and future), ideas, and all other interesting efforts.

Note that this session is not limited to research! Get your ideas out there at this event. There will be ample time for discussion, partnering, and networking.

Poster Session Submissions Due by December 19, 2023.

Annual Meeting Agenda
Updated: October 23, 2023

Day 0

Monday, February 05, 2024

Various times: participants arrive

1000-1400: ACARE Board Meeting (Closed: Board and Secretariat)

1800-2000: African Women in Science (Re)union (Closed: AWIS and invite only)

Members of the 2024 AWIS Cohort and AWIS Alumni to gather, meet, and network

Day 1

Tuesday, February 06, 2024

730-830: Registration

830-930: Meeting Welcome with Guest Speakers (TBD)

930-1300: Capacity Building Workshops

Data Collection & Analysis

Fundraising & Resource Mobilization


1300: Lunch and Networking

1400-1600: Scientific Presentations


In situ Monitoring

Data, Communications & Outreach

1600-1630: Tea Break 

1630-1730: Launch of the Council of Advisory Groups

1800-2030: Dinner with Presentations and Networking​ (all conference participants invited)

Please Note that the agenda is still being developed. We will notify all registered participants as the agenda is finalized.

Day 2

Wednesday, February 07, 2024

730-830: Meeting Check-in


  • Plenary - Individual Advisory Group Reports

    • Lake Edward-Albert Advisory Group

    • Lake Kivu Advisory Group

    • Lake Malawi/Nyasa/Niassa Basin Fisheries and Aquaculture Network

    • Lake Tanganyika Science Advisory Group

    • Lake Turkana Advisory Group

    • Lake Victoria Advisory Group

1200-1300: Plenary


Education & Training

Data & Information


1300-1400: Lunch

1400-1700: Advisory Group Breakout Meetings

1700-1730: Plenary - Day Closing Session 

1800-2000: Poster Session and Social and Networking Event (All participants invited)

Please Note that the agenda is still being developed. We will notify all registered participants as the agenda is finalized.

Day 3

Thursday, February 08, 2024

800-830: Check in

830-1000: Plenary: AG Reports Session and feedback

1000-1030: Tea Break

1030-1300: Develop AG Concept notes

Plenary - Enhanced Leadership for African Women Scientists

Panel and discussion session on creating a regional, enabling environment for African women scientists

1300-1800: Excursions to local areas of interest (TBD) 

1830-2030: Closing of the meeting dinner and entertainment (All participants warmly invited)


Venue and Hotels

Conference Venue: 

Mulungushi International Conference Center  

8025 Great E. Rd.

Lusaka, Zambia


Participants are responsible for their own transportation from the hotel you choose to the conference centre. The hotel options listed below are within walking distance to the conference centre.


Please note: You are responsible for reserving and paying for your own accommodations.

Hotel Name                                                                 Cost                                                     Dist./Time to Conf. Centre



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Conference Participants

A list of participants of the Annual Meeting of the African Great Lakes Stakeholder Network, Lusaka, Zambia, February 6-8, 2024 will be listed here after the meeting. The purpose is to enhance connectivity between experts. If you wish to contact any of the participants, please first contact Mr. Zeph Migeni, Advisory Groups Program Manager for ACARE. He will facilitate communications.


Travel Tips, Needs, and Information

Visa Acquisition:

Do NOT need a visa: 

  • Kenya

  • Malawi

  • Mozambique

  • Tanzania

  • Uganda

  • UK

Obtain an eVisa:

  • Ethiopia

Visa on arrival: 

  • Burundi

  • Canada

  • DRC

  • European Union*

  • Rwanda

  • USA

*please check your specific country

Please confirm whether you need an eVisa, a Visa-on-arrival, or none at all, here

For those who need a visa to enter Zambia, go to:

Vaccine information and requirements can be found here:

Organization committee and contacts

Meeting Contact, Questions, and Inquiries

Ted Lawrence:

ACARE Business Office: 

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