I am glad to be a part of this important organization at a time when Zambia is emphasizing the importance of scientific and technology research as well as innovation to the economic development of our country.

Scientific research, technology development and innovations are getting strong support from his Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia.

We are in the process of reviewing our past ahievements and preparing for our future with plans to create several specialized centres of excellence and link our research products to technology developers and users. In formulating our research agenda and defining our priorities, we will look more closely at our national needs and ways to address them. The process of change will cover the ways we operate, as well as our organizational structure and the areas of focus.

NISIR has created a strong knowledge base with regard to its research programs in Post-Harvest Food Processing and Nutrition, Livestock Diseases and Productivity, Water resources and Environment, Sustainable utilization of genetic resources, nuclear energy Application. In order to achieve its aspirations, NISIR will endeavour to improve its Information and, optimize our available resources and take advantage of every opportunity to achieve our goals through the effective utilization of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Materials Research programmes.

Dr. Henry Njapau

Executive Acting Director

    Our Goal

    To strengthen Research and Development capacity in science and technology in order to meet needs of agriculture, manufacturing, health, water, ICT, energy and environment industries/ sectors.

logo NISIR is a government institution set up by the Science and Technology Act No. 26 of 1997 through the Statutory Instrument No. 73 of 1998 after the repeal of the National Council for Scientific Research Act Cap 236 of the Laws of Zambia. NISIR as an Institution is funded by the government of Zambia. However, multilateral and bilateral cooperating partners fund specific projects of mutual interest.
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The institute with its unique laboratory facilities and experience is a leading research and development institution in Zambia and has a proven track record of developing technologies and offering quality analytical laboratory and other services that can be exploited by small and medium scale enterprises that normally have no research and development facilities of their own for mutual benefit.

    SERVICES

    The functions of the National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research as stipulated in the Science and Technology Act of 1997 Section 4 and Statutory Instrument No. 73, are:-

    • To conduct and promote Scientific, Technological and Industrial Research in Zambia;
    • To carry out research in civil, mechanic, chemical, electronic and electrical engineering, nuclear science, textile technology, biotechnology, energy resources, industrial chemistry, food science, material science and natural products, information science, cartographic and location analysis
    • To liaise with other research bodies within and outside Zambia conduction similar research activities;
    • To cooperate and liaise with industries
    • To develop and maintain a vibrant relation with the business sector.

To be a lead institution that will effectively provide solutions for sustainable socio-economic development of the nation through innovation, scientific and technological research

NISIR in Kitwe is using this micro propagation technique in various crops such as cassava, bananas, pineapple, sweet potatoes, eucalyptus, Artemisia, potatoes, and sugarcane. Activities in this research category include development of protocols for regeneration of whole plants from plant cells or tissue cultures, rapid multiplication of plants and conservation of germ-plasm of different crops.

The Programme is using this micro propagation technique in various crops such as cassava, bananas, pineapple, sweet potatoes, eucalyptus, Artemisia, potatoes, and sugarcane. Activities in this research category include development of protocols for regeneration of whole plants from plant cells or tissue cultures, rapid multiplication of plants and conservation of germ-plasm of different crops.

Cassava Crop Improvement

Cassava Crop Improvement Through In Vitro Mutation Breeding. Three cassava local varieties (Bangweulu, Nalumino and Mweru) are being investigated. The first material that was irradiated with gamma rays is now in the fourth generation under-going field evaluations. The objectives are to improve the nutritional characteristics and agronomic traits of these local varieties. This project is an IAEA sponsored project. IAEA has funded the training of staff and provision of equipment. The Zambian Government has continued to provide the counter-part funding for the execution of project activities.

Micropropagation of Eucalyptus

Micropropagation of Selected Eucalyptus Clones in Zambia. There has been an increase in the demand for plants with superior growth potential. Micropropagation has the potential to provide very high multiplication rates to meet the demand of selected tree genotypes, with resulting short-term sivilcultural gains.

The studies on micropropagation of Eucalyptus grandis and Eucalyptus cloeziana is a study that has been jointly funded by Zambia Forestry and Forest Industries Corporation Limited (ZAFFICO) and National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research (NISIR). It is aimed at utilization of tissue culture technique to raise superior eucalyptus planting material for ZAFFICO for the establishment of seed orchards.

Tissue Calture bananas in a screen house

SERVICES

  • Supplying tissue cultured disease free and superior planting material for cassava, sweet potato, pineapple, banana, sugar-cane and Irish potato.
  • Supplying budded orange seedlings and other nursery plants (indigenous and exotic)
  • Consultancy services in crop production and phytopathology
  • To be a lead institution in providing scientific and technological solutions for sustainable socio-economic development of the nation

    The programme consists of the Library, Publishing and Information Technology sections. It's focus is on acquiring relevant scientific and technological information to support research activities and repackaging information generated for dissemination.
    The program has a printing facility and hosts a TEVETA registered National Training Tele-Centre. The department also produces annual reports, technical reports, Zambia Science Abstracts and an internal Sci-Tech newsletter. Furthermore, it has provided practical training to university and college students in Library and Information and Computer Studies.

    Library

    The library functions to acquire relevant scientific and technological information to support effective and efficient research and development activities and repackage information generated through these activities for dissemination

    Tele-Centre

    The institute has an ICT based training Tele-center aiming at promoting human resource development by use of teaching/learning methods using information. The Tele-center has a large conference hall available for hire to institution/ organization wishing to organize their trainings and workshops. `

    Animal Science Research is Located in Chilanga, and houses the following Laboratories:

    Livestock Productivity and Disease Control laboratory

    Livestock Productivity and Disease Control Programme was merged with the predecessor of the National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research in 1970 at the dissolution of the Agricultural Research Council of Zambia.
    The Programme was established in 1967. Research activities have in the past concentrated on identification, elucidation and suggestion of solutions to problems that adversely affect livestock health and reproduction especially in the traditional/peasant sector.
    Research activities were focused on broad areas of reproduction patterns of local breeds of cattle, management practices, nutrition and pasture, distribution and seasonal activity of ticks, and ecology, biology and population dynamics of tsetse.

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    Later Myco-toxicology was added to the centre. The programme aims at improving livestock productivity through integrated appropriate technologies and to provide quality and effective research and development services to the livestock sector for improved agricultural production and food security.

    programme aims at improving livestock productivity through integrated appropriate technologies and to provide quality and effective research and development services to the livestock sector for improved agricultural production and food security.

    National Biotechnology Laboratory

    The Laboratory was officially inaugurated by His Excellency Levy Patrick Mwanawasa SC on 29th April 2007 as a result of bilateral cooperation between the Governments of Zambia and Norway. The Laboratory is equipped to carry out genetic assays to screen for Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) contamination in agricultural imports and exports. Analytical services in GMO testing (seeds and processed foods) are provided to the public.

    The mandate of the Biotechnology is to contribute to the sustainable development of the country through prudent development and application of biotechnology. Since then Biotechnology: Contribute to the sustainable development of the country through prudent use and application of biotechnology; Livestock Productivity and Disease Control: Provide quality and effective research and development services to the livestock sector for improved agricultural production and food security; Sustainable Use of Underutilized Genetic Resources: Conduct research in the sustainable use of underutilized genetic resources and promote conservation of biodiversity; Water Energy and Environment: Undertake research and development activities in water, energy and environment in order to ensure their sustainable utilization in national socio-economic development.

    The programme activities are directed at developing new materials, applications, technologies and products for industrial use and providing engineering services to clients. It consists of Electronics/Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Glassblowing, Building materials, Ceramics and Industrial minerals; and textiles materials.

    Present and Past Activities

    • The Programme has continued to offer services in the repair and maintenance of scientific equipment to research programmes.
    • The programme did some work on the Wind Power station to focus on the improvement of electricity generation.
    • The programme has in the past supplied Zambia Electricity and Supply Corporation with porcelain reel and shackle insulators produced from NISIR's Ceramic Pilot Plant
    • Fabricates Scientific and creative Glassware
    • Scientific glassware is supplied to laboratories in the country for conducting experiments and quality control activities.
    • Produces different ceramic products and gives advisory services on clays.
    • Building materials and industrial minerals testing is done upon request by clients.

    SERVICES

    Mechanical Section

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    The main objective of this project is to provide backstopping support to research and development activities at NISIR and other institutions so as to reduce on equipment down time. The project activities are repair and maintenance of various types of scientific equipment and other routine maintenance work.

    Ceramics

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    The overall objective is to produce and supply high quality shackle and reel insulators to institutions such as ZESCO for use in electrical installations.
    Production of shackles and reel insulators and other ceramic products from the abundant quality local clay deposits Read more

    Glassblowing Section

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    The overall objective of this project is to provide effective support to research and development activities at NISIR and other institutions so as to reduce the cost of scientific glassware procurement and promote and enhance the conduct of scientific experiments in the education sector in Zambian.

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    Nuclear Energy Applications and Analytical Services is one of the program offered at the National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research Head qaurters. The mandate of the programme is to conduct scientific research using nuclear analytical techniques and application of nuclear technology. The programme is specialized in Radiometric and Nuclear Analytical Techniques (EDXRF, Gamma Spectrometry, Alpha Spectrometry, Radon monitoring & Fast Neutron Activation Analysis)& Radiation processing (Co-60 & Cs-137).

    Our Objective As Nuclear EnergyApplications and Analytical Services

    • To promote peaceful application of nuclear energy in research and other developmental activities.
    • To contribute towards the provision of radiological safety and radiation protection.
    • To provide assistance to researchers and other professional staffs at institutions of higher learning and medical institutions
    • To provide quality analytical services in line with requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005
    • To provide quality gamma irradiation services to customers

    SERVICES

    We Offer Analytical and Consultancy Services

    • Measurement of Radioactivity in environmental Samples
    • Measurement of Radon Gas in dwelling places and mines
    • Analysis of heavy metals in water, geological, food and other environmental samples
    • Analysis of non-metals such as nitrates, sulphates, phosphates and other salts in various environmental constituencies.
    • Consultancy in Radiological Environmental Monitoring , Impact Assessment and Radiological Risk Assessment
    • Expert advice / training on safety and radiation protection
    • Irradiation services of various material for sterilization, shelve life extension, mutation or different purposes depending on the needs of a client.
    • AB-Radon Monitor

      Used for radon gas measurements. The naturally radioactive noble gas radon (222Rn) is present in the air outdoors and in all buildings including workplaces. It is thus an inescapable source of radiation exposure both at home and at work.

      Gamma Spectrometry

      The spectrometer uses a High Purity Germanium Detec-tor (HpGe) to measure low level radioactivity in a wider range of materials including: environmental samples (Water, soils and sediments), biological samples, food-stuffs (grains and cereals, milk) and geological samples (mineral ore).

      Energy Dispersive X-ray

      XRF is a non-destructive multi-elemental analytical technique which employs excitation of samples using radioisotopes (gamma emitters) or X-ray generators. Industrial application mining, cement, oil, polymers, plastics, forensics, mining and mineralogy, and geology. For environmental analysis, XRF can be used to assess heavy metal pollution of water and air. XRF is also widely used in glass and ceramics research and pharmacy.

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    Food Science Research Centre (FSRC) is one of the Research Centers of National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research (NISIR) which is located at the NISIR Headquarters along the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport Road in Lusaka. The center consists of the following Laboratories, Food Chemistry Laboratory, and Food Microbiology.

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    SERVICES

    • We conduct scientific research in food science and nutrition and add value to indigenous food crops through food processing, preservation and product development, in order to improve the quality of life for the people.
    • We provide technical expertise in the area of food science and technology through consultancy in food processing, safety and nutrition.
    • We also offer food analysis services as a means of quality control of the food raw materials and food products.
    • We training of staff. A new Laboratory established with help from IAEA especially in acquisition of equipment and training of the staff.
    • The Center Laboratory is able to measure body composition in two components i.e. Fat-free (lean) mass and fat mass by the use of isotopic technique which is a more accurate method (gold standard) to determine the nutrition status of people. In addition, the Laboratory uses other methods such as; Body Mass Index (BMI), Skin fold thickness, Body Circumference and Bioelectric. Impedance Analysis (BIA) in the assessment of nutrition status. The equipment used in these techniques are; Fourier Transform Infra-Red (FTIR), Body Weight Scale, Stand metre, Callipers, Measuring Tapes and BIA.
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    WHO WE ARE

    We are a team of qualified and competent researchers and laboratory staff with the mandate to conduct research, offer consultancy and analytical services in two areas i.e. Water, Energy and Environment.

    The programme has two main areas of focus, research and development activities in water, energy and environment in order to ensure their sustainable utilisation. The programme also carries out quantitative and qualitative surface and underground water quality assessments especially in Lusaka cholera prone and urban settlements. Lab technician working in the fields

    What We Do

      Research

      We conduct needs-based research to improve people's livelihoods by promoting low cost technologies utilizing local materials. Example of previous and ongoing studies include:

      • Promotion of Biogas technology as an alternative energy source for cooking, heating and lighting in rural Zambia. pdf
      • Production of fuel grade ethanol from locally available raw materials.
      • Evaluating the Effectiveness of Moringa oleifera seed powder as a coagulant in water treatment.
      • Water quality assessmentS in Cholera-prone areas of Lusaka, Zambia.
      • Characterisation of Biosolids and Evaluating the Effectiveness of sun drying beds as a biosolids stabilization method in Lusaka, Zambia
      • Water Quality Assessments in New residential areas in Lusaka

    Consultancy and Analytical Services

    • We provide water quality testing services to a range of clients from individual to private water scheme providers and mining companies. We analyse for parameters in Microbiology, Wet Chemistry and the Heavy Metals.
      We offer consultancy, internships and laboratory demonstration to students.