ARUA CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

ARUA Centre of Excellence in Materials, Energy and Nanotechnology (CoE-MEN)

Director: Prof. Lesley Cornish

Email: [email protected]

The ARUA CoE (MEN) is currently hosted by the University of Witwatersrand and also includes the Universities of Pretoria, Nairobi and Ghana, together with the University of Dar es Salaam, Makerere University, Nelson Mandela University (although not an ARUA university) and University of Johannesburg (also not an ARUA university), with links to other non-ARUA universities in Africa.

The targeted research focuses on the development of materials science and new technologies that would enhance the development of Africa, especially for materials and energy.

The ARUA CoE (MEN) aims to become the hub for materials science and engineering universites in Africa, as well as to develop the necessary environment to build materials and energy research capacity and human capacity in Africa. It is working with the AMRS to achieve this, as well as with other players.

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  • ARUA 2022 MINI-CONFERENCE

    Title: Global Public Health Challenges: Facing Them in Africa

    Dates: xx August 2022

    The ARUA 2021 Biennial Conference will bring together experts from universities, research institutions, government, industry, civil society, international organizations, etc., to discuss the different steps that African economies need to take in order to face global public health challenges squarely.
    The conference is jointly hosted by the University of Pretoria and the University of Witwatersrand and will take place at the Future Africa Facility at the University of Pretoria. This year’s conference will be hosted as a hybrid event with physical and online participation. The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) invites you to join the conversation by registering for the event.

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  • ARUA 2021 BIENNIAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

    Title: Global Public Health Challenges: Facing Them in Africa

    Dates: 17 – 19 November 2021

    The ARUA 2021 Biennial Conference will bring together experts from universities, research institutions, government, industry, civil society, international organizations, etc., to discuss the different steps that African economies need to take in order to face global public health challenges squarely.
    The conference is jointly hosted by the University of Pretoria and the University of Witwatersrand and will take place at the Future Africa Facility at the University of Pretoria. This year’s conference will be hosted as a hybrid event with physical and online participation. The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) invites you to join the conversation by registering for the event.

    View the conference flyer

  • WOMANITY FEATURES PROF L. CORNISH

    Title: Women in Science with Professor Lesley Cornish University of Witwatersrand

    Date: 27 October 2021

    This week on Womanity-Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks toProfessor Lesley Cornishfrom the School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering at theUniversity of the Witwatersrand (Wits). She is also the Director of the DSI-NRFCentre of Excellence in Strong Materialsand the Director of theAfrican Research Universities Alliance Centre of Excellence in Materials, Energy and Nanotechnology. We discuss women in science in terms of barriers and opportunities in the context of the African Union’s strategy to place science, technology and innovation at the epicentre of Africa’s socio-economic development and growth.Prof. Cornishunpacks some of their focal areas on material research that ranges from improving the effectiveness of materials, such as increasing strength and longevity of use to reducing waste and becoming more energy efficient.We also discuss the role of tertiary institutions to developing students into responsible global citizens that contribute positively to humanity and the world at large.Prof. Cornish reflects on her life experience and remarks that there is nothing a woman cannot do,they just need to be given the opportunity to pursue their ambitions. #womeninscience.
    Tune in for more.

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