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The International Association of Great Lakes Research conference

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

June 8-12, 2020

IAGLR 2020 Session



Due to COVID-19, the IAGLR20 in-person conference has been canceled.

Please check back here or contact us should you have any questions about activities regarding ACARE's involvement in the conference.

You can stay up-to-date about the IAGLR20 Conference on their website.

Please stay safe and we look forward to seeing you again soon.


During the past three years, the International Association of Great Lakes Research conference organizers have been increasing the global scope of the organization, from a mostly North American focus to a broader international one. As part of this effort, some of the world’s largest freshwater lakes, found in Africa, have been included in the program, mostly from efforts taken by the African Center for Aquatic Research and Education (ACARE). ACARE is in the process of enhancing scientific inquiry on the AGL. During ACARE's recent AGL Stakeholder Workshop, held during November 5-7, 2019, six science advisory groups were created on seven of the African Great Lakes (AGL). The purpose of each Advisory Group is to harmonize scientific inquiry on each of the AGL, with lakes Albert and Edward forming one group due to overlap of experts on both lakes.


The intention is to have a representative of each of the newly formed AGL Advisory Groups in attendance at the 2020 IAGLR conference, including at least one member from the:


Lake Edward/Albert Advisory Group

Lake Kivu Advisory Group - Dr. Fabrice Muvundja

Lake Malawi/Niassa/Nyasa Basin Fisheries and Aquaculture Network

Lake Tanganyika-Scientific Advisory Group

Lake Turkana Advisory Group

Lake Victoria Advisory Group

The International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) "is a scientific organization made up of researchers studying the Laurentian Great Lakes, other large lakes of the world, and their watersheds, as well as those with an interest in such research. IAGLR members encompass all scientific disciplines with a common interest in the management of large lake ecosystems on many levels."*​ Annually, IAGLR holds a conference in which hundreds of scientists and other professionals from a wide variety of disciplines attend to address topics concerning research and management of freshwater systems.

Session description:

A session of invited participants presenting broad "State of the Lake" overviews for global lakes, and ending with a facilitated discussion examining shared issues. This session spawned from a workshop held in Entebbe, Uganda, in November 2019, that aimed to create a long-term collaborative process to enhance scientific inquiry on the African Great Lakes. As a first step in this new process, representatives from each African Great Lake will attend and present a "State of the Lake". Other global large lakes will also be represented. Participants will contribute to a synthetic report as part of the session. Interested participants are encouraged to get in touch with the organizers to ensure representation of a broad suite of lakes. The session is intended to strengthen the international aspect of IAGLR.

For more information on the session, contact Jess Ives; for more information on the IAGLR conference, including attendance, registration, and the entire program, go to the IAGLR 2020 conference page

The ACARE Session is co-chaired by Jess Ives (1,3), Richard Ogutu-Ohwayho (2), and Ted Lawrence (1). 

1) African Center for Aquatic Research and Education

2) National Fisheries Resources Research Institute, Uganda

3) University of Windsor

* (accessed February 5, 2018)


African Great Lakes Representatives for IAGLR 2020



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Mr. Herbert Nakiyende

Uganda Country Lead

Lake Edward-Albert

Advisory Group

Research Officer

National Fisheries Resources Research Institute, Uganda


Ph.D. Candidate

School of Biological Sciences in the 

College of Natural Sciences,

Makerere University, Uganda

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Mr. Masirika Matunguru Joseph


Lake Edward-Albert

Advisory Group

DRC National Project Coordinator

Multinational Lakes Edward and Albert Integrated Fisheries and Water Resources Management Project

Fisheries Expert

Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock


Institut Superieur des Techniques de Developpement de Kalehe


Ph.D. Candidate

Doctoral School of the University of Burundi in partnership with University of Namur, Belgium

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Professor Fabrice MUVUNDJA

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Lake Kivu

Advisory Group


Institut Superieur Pedagogique de Bakavu


Lake Malawi/Nyasa/Niassa

Basin Fisheries & Aquaculture Network








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Dr. Ishmael Kimirei


Lake Tanganyika -

Scientific Advisory Group

AG. Director General

Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute

Kigoma, Tanzania

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Dr. Kevin Obiero


Lake Turkana

Advisory Group

Centre Director

Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute

Sagana, Kenya


Board of Directors

African Center for Aquatic Research and Education

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Dr. Robert Kayanda


Lake Victoria 

Advisory Group

Director, Fisheries Resource

Monitoring and Research

Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization


Board of Directors

African Center for Aquatic Research and Education

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