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Ms. Angela Nankabirwa

African Women in Science Program Coordinator, ACARE

Research Scientist, National Fisheries Resources Research Institute, Uganda

Ms. Angela Nankabirwa is ACARE's Women in Science (AWIS) program's Coordinator. She develops the program's robust content and coordinates day-to-day operations for meaningful outcomes. This includes building relationships with participants, mentors and speakers, and monitoring progress to facilitate groundbreaking experiences for all involved. 


Angela is also currently working with the Ugandan National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI) as a research scientist focusing on the role of algae in fish production. She is also an ambassador of the Oceans and Lakes program (Belgium) in Uganda and is tasked with strengthening the network of young Ugandan scientists passionate about growing their career in aquatic ecology offered by the program.

Angela’s interests centre on areas of water quality, freshwater ecology, fisheries, and impact. Since joining NaFIRRI, she has participated in dozens of projects centred on understanding the role of algal dynamics, and other water quality aspects in fish production of the Great and minor lakes of Uganda. She recently participated in development of an algal bloom database for the northern part of Lake Victoria, a tool to aid management of the lake. She holds an MSc in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management (Oceans and Lakes) an interuniversity programme between Vrije Universiteit Brussl, University of Ghent and University of Antwerp, Belgium, and a BSc in Fisheries and Aquaculture from Makerere University of Uganda.

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