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International Conference

Mauritius after 50 Years of Independence: Charting the Way Forward

Date     :  28 - 30 June 2017

Venue  :  RBLT   University of Mauritius

Opening Ceremony

Time : 9.30

Chief Guest:The Honourable Nandcoomar Bodha, GCSK, Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport

Keynote Address: Prof Thomas Hylland Eriksen - "Small is beautiful, but is it Viable? Scale and Mauritian Options for the next fifty years".


 Organised by:  FSSH, University of Mauritius in collboration with the Mauritius Research Council

 Contact person :  Mrs Vimala Goinden , 4037919 ,

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Signatory Event 

MOU between Sun Limited and University of Mauritius

Date   : 15 May 2018

Time     : 10 :00 am

Venue  : Sun Corporate Office Ebene Skies

Organised by:

Sun Limited in collab with The International Center for Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality of the University of Mauritius

Contact :Dr Robin Nunkoo, 4037935,


WTO - UoM 


 Chief Guest ​

 Hon. Mr S Lutchmeenaraidoo

(Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade)

 ​Other Guests​

Mr Roberto V Fiorentino (Counsellor, WTO)


Mr Mustapha Sekkate ( Economic Affairs Officer, WTO)

Date   : Monday 14 May 2018

Time : 09 30 to 10 30

Venue: R. Burrenchobay Lecture Theatre

Organised by:


The Faculty of Law and Management, University of Mauritius

Contact    :Mrs Varsha Mooneeram-Chadee

Phone No. : 403 7896

Email           :

 The World Trade Organisation Regional Trade Policy Course (RTPC) fits within the WTO’s Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA) activities which aim at enhancing the human and institutional capacity of members so that they can take full advantage of their participation in the rules-based multilateral system and they can enforce their rights and obligations associated with their participation. This year, the WTO has partnered with the University of Mauritius for the hosting of the 8-weeks RTPC for English speaking African members and observers of the WTO.

Public Talk 

Date:     Wednesday 18th April 2018

Time:   13:30 – 15:00

Venue:  R Burrenchobay Lecture Theatre (RBLT), Faculty of Agriculture

‘Our Sustainability Challenges: Climate Change, Health,and Animal Wellbeing’

by Prof Pim Martens

Prof P Martens holds the chair of 'Sustainable Development' at Maastricht University Graduate School of Sustainability Science, Netherlands, and is also Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Apart from his scientific work, Pim Martens is also a scientist, intending to contribute to a better, more sustainable society. Pim Martens is founder of AnimalWise, a ‘think and do tank’ integrating scientific knowledge and animal advocacy to bring about sustainable change in our relationship with animals.

Organised by

Faculty of Agriculture, University of Mauritius, Réduit


If we look at the many sustainability indicators that have been developed over the years, it is striking to see that animal-and human health and wellbeing hardly plays a role. The reason that ‘health and ‘sustainability’ are not often mentioned together in one sentence is likely to be found in the fact that the sustainability debate has been hijacked in recent years by industry and governments.. How shortsighted this is, has been illustrated by the various outbreaks of animal diseases in intensive farming, and the development of antibiotic resistance of many pathogens because our cattle are given too many antibiotics, and the spread of various vector-borne and zoonotic diseases. These are just some examples, but it is increasingly clear that our own well-being is closely connected with the welfare of the animals with whom we live, and that this is influenced by (global) environmental changes like climate change and biodiversity loss. With this in mind, we need to initiate further the study of sustainable human-animal relationships, coupled with promoting action to improve the well-being of animals. In this presentation, human-animal relationships will be linked to concepts and tools from sustainability science and some examples – climate change, biodiversity– will be discussed.

 Contact person:  Assoc. Prof B M F Driver;; Ext 7655

Research Seminar

Organised by

Department of Biosciences & Ocean Studies, Faculty of Science, in collaboration with the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Mauritius

Date:      Mon 16th April 2018

Time:   10: 00 – 11:15

Venue:  R. Burrenchobay Lecture Theatre (RBLT)

10:00 – 10:30 Research Talk: “Concealing exploitation and conservation of tropical marine ecosystems: overview of current research actions, with a focus on pelagic ecosystems, FADs and tropical tuna”

By Dr Manuela Capello, Research Scientist at IRD Institut de Recherche pour le Développement MARBEC* Research Unit - Marine Biodiversity, Conservation & Exploitation, Sète, France.

*MARBEC (MARine Biodiversity, Exploitation and Conservation) is a research unit based in France, joining scientists from IRD, IFREMER, CNRS and University of Montpellier that study the functioning of marine ecosystems and the impacts of human activities on lagoons, coastal and pelagic ecosystems.

10:30 – 11:00 Research Talk: “Examples of data collection, management and processing for marine ecosystems in the South West of Indian Ocean”

By Dr Julien Barde, IT research engineer, working for IRD since 2008. The focus of Dr Barde’s work is the interoperability of spatial information systems in the marine domain (fisheries, related ecological observations and environmental parameters). Dr Barde is in charge of improving data management and sharing by complying with different standards for data interoperability. He is interested in new methods for data collection and processing (deep learning). He is currently working with (and hosted by) Indian Ocean Commission.

Contact persons:   FOS: Associate Professor Dr Sabrina Dyall,

                                    FOA: Mr Nadeem Nazurally,


Concealing exploitation and conservation of tropical marine ecosystems: overview of current research actions, with a focus on pelagic ecosystems, FADs and tropical tuna

Dr Manuela Capello


Coastal ecosystems are facing unprecedented pressures from anthropogenic activities, such as overfishing, pollution and habitat degradation, which are further aggravated by climate change. In order to facilitate their access to the pelagic resources and reduce the fishing pressure on coastal/reef species, many coastal countries (including Mauritius) deployed Fish Aggregating devices (FADs). FADs are man-based rafts or buoys that can attract several pelagic fish species (tuna, dolphin fish, small pelagic fish,…). Not only FADs are used by coastal artisanal fisheries, but also are massively exploited by the industrial purse-seine tropical tuna fisheries, that deploy thousands of drifting FADs in the open ocean. Despite the large use of FADs worldwide, the management of FAD fisheries lacks of appropriate management tools, due to the current knowledge gaps on the mechanisms driving the association of fish to FADs and the unknown impacts of FADs on marine ecosystems (school fragmentation, ecological trap, overexploitation).

In this talk, I will first provide an overview of the main research activities conducted in MARBEC, such as the interactions between micro-organisms and macro-organisms and the ecosystem approach to fisheries. Then, I will focus on my main research topics: FADs and tropical tuna. I will present my recent works combining fisheries-independent data (biologging, echosounder) collected at FADs and modeling, to derive novel abundance indicators for tropical tuna. Finally, I will propose some ideas of future projects that could involve novel collaborations between scientists in MARBEC and in Mauritius.

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Safeguarding sega: transmission, inscription, and appropriation of Chagossian intangible cultural heritage

 By:  Dr Laura Jeffrey (Senior Lecturer, Social Anthropology; Associate Dean (Research Ethics), College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences; Director, Arts and Humanities Research Council project “CHAGOS: Cultural Heritage Across Generations”, University of Edinburgh, UK)

Date: Wednesday 18 April 2018

Time: 14 00 – 15 00.

Venue: LT 1, New Academic Complex

Organised by: Research Group for IndianOceanic Studies in the Humanities (REGIOSH), FSSH, UoM

Contact Person: Dr F. Khoyratty (

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Abstract: Throughout the four decades since forced displacement from the Chagos Archipelago to Mauritius and Seychelles, the transmission of cultural knowledge and artisanal skills has been a challenge for the Chagossian community due to geographical dispersal and a chronic lack of cultural, social, and economic capital. This paper explores two related efforts to transmit and inscribe Chagossian knowledge and practices in the context of the challenges of displacement, focusing on sega, a genre of music and dance originating in Indian Ocean islands. The first is the nomination of Chagossian sega to the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, a process supported by the Mauritian government. The second is a series of heritage transmission workshops in the UK and Mauritius involving elders and members of the younger generations, and an open access website hosting instructive materials from the workshops, facilitated by our AHRC project. We deploy a critical heritage studies approach which sees heritage as both a state-sanctioned version of history used to regulate present social tensions, and a resource for self-definition and validation used by subaltern groups. We show that safeguarding sega¹ is a mixed blessing: while it offers the possibility of political, social and financial gains such as increased legitimacy, strengthened communal identity, and funding for cultural activities, it also carries the risk of a loss of control over community knowledge and a compounded sense of disempowerment.



Beneficiation of natural fibres through value-chain integration

By  :  Dr Rajesh Anandjiwala (Ex-Chief Researcher, Nonwovens & Composites Research Group, Polymer and Composite Competence Area of CSIR Materials Science and Manufacturing at Port Elizabeth, South Africa.)

Date : Thursday 12 April 2018

Time : 13 00 - 14 30.

Venue : ELT 2, Engineering Tower

Organised by : The Mechanical & Production Engineering Department, UoM

Contact Persons : Dr Ramasawmy (, Dr Chummun ( Ms P Jankee ,,

Abstract :The presentation will overview the South African approach in developing a national centre of competence.The presentation will also introduce the value chain of natural fibres, such as hemp, flax, kenaf, jute, coir etc.The benefits and limitations of the natural fibres will be discussed to highlight the value proposition of their uses in industrial products.



To All Gymnasium Users

Kindly be informed due to the fact that a mock exam will be conducted at the the UoM Gymnasium,  hence the Gymnasium facilities will not be operational on the 11th, 12th and 13th April 2018
The Sports Unit regrets for any inconvenience caused, and looks forward to see you very soon.

From: Mr A. Kistamah, Sports Organisor.

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‘La variation du français : un modèle fonctionnaliste méconnu : La grammaire des fautes de Henri Frei (1929) à l’épreuve du français et du créole à Maurice’

Par : Prof Didier de Robillard
Département de sociolinguistique et didactique des langues
Université François Rabelais
Tours, France

Date      :  13  Avril  2018

Heure    :  11:00 h- 12:30h

Venue    :  G6 , NAC

Organisée par : le Département d’études françaises, Faculté de sciences sociales et humaines, UoM , en collaboration avec l’Institut Français de Maurice  - IFM

Contact : Personne à Contacter : D. V. Ballgobin
Courriel : , Tel : 403 7706;  5 733 9837

Résumé : Le(s) français de Maurice est-il/ sont-ils « fautifs », à rejeter sans autre forme de procès, ou manifestent-ils des phénomènes somme toute normaux dans toutes les langues ? Henri Frei (1899 – 1980) publie en 1929 La grammaire des fautes, un ouvrage où, en s’appuyant sur un corpus de lettres de Poilus à leurs familles, il y répertorie les « fautes » de français qui s’y manifestent, à une époque où les effets de la réforme de J. Ferry se font pleinement sentir, puisqu’on estime qu’après la guerre de 1914 - 18, les Français(es) sont tou(te)s francophones.
H. Frei essaie, en étudiant ce corpus abondant de près, d’en faire une typologie fondée sur l’idée que certains phénomènes observés semblent répondre à des besoins liés à l’efficacité de la communication. Ainsi, par exemple, il argumente que certaines erreurs tout en constituant assurément des écarts face aux normes, sont peut-être motivées par des besoins d’expressivité, d’économie, etc. dans le discours. H. Frei conduit une réflexion intellectuellement stimulante en essayant d’évaluer les avantages et inconvénients de ces évolutions pour l’efficacité communicative du français. Les français « régionaux » sont de bonnes illustrations de ces phénomènes, les formes de français présentes à Maurice, et la formation des créoles en constituent de bons exemples.    
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Public Lecture

Title of Lecture:   "Philosophical Perspectives on Climate Change and Intergenerational Justice".  

by: Professor Roman Frigg

Professor of Philosophy
London School of Economics and Political Science & Director of the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS), and Co-Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Time Series (CATS)  and
Director of the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS), and Co-Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Time Series (CATS)

Venue ELT 2 Engineering Tower

Time: 2.30-4,00 p.m.

Organiser: Dept of History and Political Science

Contact person V Teelock 403 7921

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Brief Bio of Professor Roman Frigg

Roman Frigg is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, Director of the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS), and Co-Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Time Series (CATS) at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the winner of the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He is a permanent visiting professor in the Munich Centre for Mathematical Philosophy of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, and he held visiting appointments in the Rotman Institute of Philosophy of the University of Western Ontario, the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities of the University of Utrecht, the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science of the University of Sydney, and the Department of Logic, History and Philosophy of Science of the University of Barcelona. He was associate editor of the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science and member of the steering committee of the European Philosophy of Science Association. He currently serves on a number of editorial and advisory boards. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of London and masters degrees both in theoretical physics and philosophy from the University of Basel, Switzerland. His research interests lie in general philosophy of science and philosophy of physics, and he has published papers on climate change, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, randomness, chaos, complexity, probability, scientific realism, computer simulations, modelling, scientific representation, reductionism, confirmation, and the relation between art and science. His current work focuses on predictability and climate change, the foundation of statistical mechanics, and the nature of scientific models and theories.
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