Physics Matters Series: Neutron Scattering-Exploring Cell Membrane Mechanisms

Speaker:Prof. Giovanna Fragneto (Science Director of the European Spallation Source)

Date: 23 May 2024

Time: 16:00 (CET)

Abstract

The understanding of the function of cellular membranes requires the study of their structure and dynamics. Cellular membranes are complex assemblies of lipids and proteins. In particular, the lipid scaffold is composed of a large variety of lipid species and levels of chain unsaturation, often difficult to synthesise chemically. Because of this complexity, model membrane systems from simple lipid bilayers are often used for fundamental studies and those can profit from probes able to access different scales of size and time like thermal neutrons and synchrotron radiation. Since the pioneering neutron scattering work in the seventies on cell membrane structure, developments driven by constantly improving neutron instrumentation, coupled with development of measurement and analysis methods, have involved both the optimisation of samples towards more biologically relevant model systems including the use of more and more complex lipid mixtures up to natural extracts. Here, we will focus on developments made in the last decades on developing model membrane systems for structural studies with neutron scattering techniques and their use in interaction with different molecules of biological relevance.

Biography

Giovanna Fragneto is the Science Director of the European Spallation Source based in Lund Sweden, an ERIC facility under construction that has the ambition to become the most powerful neutron source in the world. She spent 25 years at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), an international research institute based in Grenoble, France, delivering high flux neutron beams for the study of matter in the realms of soft and hard condensed matter, biology, magnetism, materials science, nuclear and particle physics.She obtained her first degree at the University Federico II of Naples in Italy and a DPhil from the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory of the University of Oxford, UK. As from 2016 she holds the Chair Grands Instruments Européens at the University Grenoble Alpes. She investigates surfaces and interfaces with special emphasis to the structure of model biological membranes, characterised with reflectivity techniques using neutron beams or synchrotron radiation, as well as interactions of lipid bilayers with cholesterol, peptides, proteins, enzymes, cationic lipoplexes, nanoparticles.She was awarded the 2006 BTM Willis Prize of The Institute of Physics and Royal Society of Chemistry for her research work on biomembranes and the 2023 Darsh Wasan award from the Journal of Colloids and Interface Science for outstanding achievements in colloids and interface science. She is editor-in-chief of the European Physical Journal E and author of >220 publications in peer-reviewed journals. She is actively involved in promoting a better gender balance in science.

iCANX Talks Vol. 186

Speaker: Anja Boisen (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)

Date: 17 May 2024

Talk: Micro/Nano engineering and medico devices

Abstract

Our research centre of excellence ‘IDUN’ covers activities in nanosensors and microfabricated devices for oral drug delivery. This allows us to explore the synergy between sensor development and search for new pharmaceutical characterization/delivery tools and materials. I will show examples of recent findings and results within drug/polymer characterization, microdevices for drug delivery and diagnostics. Also, new applications within therapeutic drug monitoring using Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering will be presented as well as centrifugal microfluidics platforms for cell growth.

Biography

Anja Boisen is head of section and professor at department of Health Technology, Technical University of Denmark. Also, she is heading a DNRF and Villum Centre of Excellence named ‘IDUN – Intelligent Drug Delivery and Sensing Using Microcontainers and Nanomechanics’. Her research group focuses on the development and application of nano-sensors and microfabricated systems for oral drug delivery. Anja is cofounder of companies Cantion, Silmeco BluSense Diagnostics and LightNovo. She is, among others, member of the board of the Leo Foundation, the board of Villum Foundation, the Danish Academy of the Technical Sciences, and the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences. In 2008 she was awarded the largest research prize in Denmark, the Villum Kann Rasmussen award and in 2012 she was awarded the EliteForsk Award from the Danish ministry of Research, Innovation and Higher Education. In 2013 she received the ‘Sapere Aude – top researcher award’ from the Danish Council for Independent Research. Recently, in 2020 she was awarded the Order of Dannebrog by her Majesty the Queen of Denmark. In 2021 she was elected fellow of the electrochemical society (ECS) and became MNE 2021 fellow at the annual international conference on Micro and Nano Engineering (MNE). In 2022 she received the ECS outstanding Achievement Award. She has received two ERC advanced grants (2013 & 2022) and three ERC POC grants.

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iCANX Davos Summit

Date: 11 – 12 July 2024

Location: Switzerland

This summit marks a significant milestone as the first gathering of the iCANX family, bringing together approximately 800 participants from across five continents. Centered around six pivotal themes—Innovation, Science, Technology, Investment, Management, and Entrepreneurship (ISTIME). The event will also showcase three esteemed awards: Innovation Award, Young Scientist Award, and Startup Award.

More than 20 esteemed individuals has have already confirmed their participation as plenary speakers, including Professors Jean-Marie Lehn (Nobel Prize awardee 1987), Jagadish Chennupati (President, Australian Academy of Science), Saifur Rahman (President and CEO, 2023 IEEE), and Benoît Dubuis (President, Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences), etc. They will contribute talks and discussion in Nobel Laureate Forum, Presidents of Academy Forum, Presidents of University Forum.

More than 20 parallel sessions will be organized at Davos!

Deadline for Speakers & Award Candidates Application: 01 April 2024

For further details about the summit, kindly visit the official website

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iCANX Talks Vol. 185

Speaker: Sam Zhang (Harbin Institute of Technology, China)

Date: 10 May 2024

Talk: Progress in Infrared Transparencies under Opto, Electro, Thermo, and Mechanical Environment

Abstract

In recent years, there has been a growing interest and research focus on infrared optical thin films as essential components in infrared optical systems. In practical applications, extreme environmental factors such as aerodynamic heating and mechanical stresses, electromagnetic interferences, laser interferences, sand erosions, and rain erosions all lead to issues including cracking, wrinkling, and delamination of infrared thin films. Extreme application environment imposes stringent requirements on functional films, necessitating high surface hardness, stability, and adhesion. Additionally, for multispectral optical transmissions, infrared optical thin films are expected to exhibit high transmittance in the visible and far-infrared wavelength bands while possessing tunability and optical anti-reflection properties in specific wavelength ranges. Electromagnetic shielding requires superior electrical performance, while resisting laser interference demands rapid phase change capabilities. This talk focuses on current research progresses in infrared optical thin films under extreme conditions such as opto, electro, thermo and mechanical environments Future opportunities and challenges are also highlighted.

Biography

SAM ZHANG is a professor at Harbin Institute of Technology. He was elected as the Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIoMMM) in 2007, the Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and the Fellow of the Thin Film Society (FTFS) both in 2018. He serves as the editorial board member for the Journal of Materials Research and Surface and Coatings Technology. He is the founding and current president of the Thin Films Society. He has published over 400 academic papers with the H-index of 62. Prof. Zhang has been engaged in the preparation and detection of thin films and coating materials for over thirty years. He has edited over 20 academic monographs published by CRC (Amazon.com: Sam Zhang: books, biography, latest update). His work “Materials Characterization Techniques” was adopted as a textbook by nearly 30 top universities in Europe and America. Prof Zhang was listed among the top 2% of global scientists in 2022 and 2023.

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APS: Neutron Scattering: Exploring Cell Membrane Mechanisms

Speaker: Prof. Giovanna Fragneto

Date: 23 May 2024

Abstract

The understanding of the function of cellular membranes requires the study of their structure and dynamics. Cellular membranes are complex assemblies of lipids and proteins. In particular, the lipid scaffold is composed by a large variety of lipid species and levels of chain unsaturation, often difficult to synthesise chemically. Because of this complexity, model membrane systems from simple lipid bilayers are often used for fundamental studies and those can profit from probes able to access different scales of size and time like thermal neutrons and synchrotron radiation. Since the pioneering neutron scattering work in the seventies on cell membrane structure, developments driven by constantly improving neutron instrumentation, coupled with development of measurement and analysis methods, have involved both the optimisation of samples towards more biologically relevant model systems including the use of more and more complex lipid mixtures up to natural extracts.

Biography

Giovanna Fragneto is the Science Director of the European Spallation Source based in Lund Sweden, an ERIC facility under construction that has the ambition to become the most powerful neutron source in the world. She spent 25 years at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), an international research institute based in Grenoble, France, delivering high flux neutron beams for the study of matter in the realms of soft and hard condensed matter, biology, magnetism, materials science, nuclear and particle physics.

She obtained her first degree at the University Federico II of Naples in Italy and a DPhil from the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory of the University of Oxford, UK. As from 2016 she holds the Chair Grands Instruments Européens at the University Grenoble Alpes. She investigates surfaces and interfaces with special emphasis to the structure of model biological membranes, characterised with reflectivity techniques using neutron beams or synchrotron radiation, as well as interactions of lipid bilayers with cholesterol, peptides, proteins, enzymes, cationic lipoplexes, nanoparticles….

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iCANX Talks Vol. 184

Speaker: Baohua Jia (RMIT University, Australia)

Date: 03 May 2024

Talk: Atomaterials for Sustainability

Abstract

“Atomaterials” represents materials with at least one dimension on the atomic scale. Their properties depend on the precise configuration of their atoms. It is a new but rapidly developing field. A typical atomaterials is graphene, which is made of carbon atoms. Unlike diamond, in which the carbon atoms form a rigid three-dimensional structure, graphene is made of single layer of carbon atoms, bonded together in a two-dimensional honeycomb lattice. They show exceptional properties due to their atomaterials nature. Using atomaterials, our lab has been working on a range of innovations, at various stages of development, for example: A diurnal cooling film without consuming electricity. This film can cool the environment by up to 15°C without using any electricity. By integrating such a film into a building, the electricity used for air conditioning can be dramatically reduced. This will not only save electricity bills but also reduce greenhouse emissions; Heat-absorbing film, achieving over 97% of energy conversion rate with an ultrathin film arrangement. These materials play critical role in improving energy efficiency and providing innovative sustainable solutions for our society.

Biography

Distinguished Professor Baohua Jia is a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Technologies (FTSE), a Future Fellow of Australian Research Council and Founding Director of Centre for Atomaterials and Nanomanufacturing (CAN) at RMIT University, Australia. Before joining RMIT University in 2022, Baohua was a tenured professor at Swinburne University of Technology and Founding Director of Centre for Translational Atomaterials. Professor Jia is a Fellow of Optica (previously known as the Optical Society of America), and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM). Since 2019, Prof. Jia has served as a Colleague of Expert for the Australian Research Council. Professor Jia’s research focuses on the design and optical characterization of novel nanostructures and nanomaterials, fabrication, and efficient conversion and storage of light energy. As a leading Chief Investigator, Professor Jia received a total of more than $50 million in research funding support. Professor Jia has published more than 300 journal papers with an h-index of 72 (Google Scholar) and developed more than 20 invention patents and patent applications. Based on Professor Jia’s outstanding contributions in scientific research, she has won many awards, including the 2017 finalist of the Australian Prime Minister’s Science Award, the Vice Chancellor’s Industrial Achievement Award in 2011, 2016, and 2018, 2013, Young Science Leader Award, 2012 UNESCO L’Oréal Australia New Zealand Women in Science Award.

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iCANX Talks Vol. 183

Speaker: Yang Lu (The University of Hong Kong)

Date: 26 April 2024

Talk: Deep Strain Engineering of Diamond for Semiconductor and Optoelectronics Applications

Abstract

Diamond, as an ultra-wide bandgap semiconductor, has shown immense potential in the fields of high-performance power electronics and optoelectronics in the recent years. Taking advantage of size effect and nanomechanical strategies, we showed that the single-crystalline diamond needles at the nanometer scale can have unexpected high flexural elasticity, with local elastic strain up to ~9%, approaching diamond’s theoretical elastic limit [1]. This discovery opens up the opportunity to modulate diamond’s semiconductor properties alternatively by “deep elastic strain engineering”. To realize such strain-engineered device applications, we further microfabricated single-crystalline diamond microbridge arrays and have mechanically achieved sample-wide uniform, up to ~10 %, ultralarge elastic strains under uniaxial tensile loading [2]. This ultralarge strain significantly reduced the diamond bandgap by >2eV or convert diamond from indirect bandgap to direct bandgap semiconductor. Our works offer new insights and solutions for applying nanomechanics for diamond functional devices, which demonstrates great application potential of “deep strain engineering” for future microelectronics, optoelectronics, and quantum information technologies.

Biography

Yang Lu is currently HKU-100 Scholar Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He received his BS degree in Physics from Nanjing University and PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University, and did his postdoctoral research in the Nanomechanics Lab at MIT. Previously, he worked at City University of Hong Kong as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Full Professor during 2012 to 2021. Prof. Lu’s research focuses on experimental micro/nanomechanics and its applications in semiconductor and advanced manufacturing. He has published more than 200 articles in leading academic journals including Science, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Materials, Nature Communications and Science Advances. Professor Lu serves as Associate Editor for the international journal Materials Today, as well as a board member for academic journals such as National Science Review, Journal of China University of Science and Technology: Technology Sciences, and Acta Mechanica Sinica. Prof. Lu is a recipient of UGC Early Career Award 2013/14, the inaugural NSFC Excellent Young Scientists Fund (Hong Kong and Macau) 2019 and RGC Research Fellow scheme (RFS) 2020/21. He is an elected member of the Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences (YASHK) in 2022.

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African Physical Society Monthly Colloquium: Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies Towards SDGs & Science with Social Impact

Speaker: Professor Malik Maaza

Date: 25 April 2024

Abstract

As per today, ~55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas. It is projected that it would reach ~2.5 billion by 2050, with ~90% of this increase in Asia & Africa. With such an upsurge of urban population and climate change increase of the average seasonal atmospheric temperature, several SDGs challenges will have to be overwhelmed. In this regard, STI and R&D are a potential bridge in addressing such challenges within the energy, water & health nexus. In the energy sector, Vanadium based thermochromic nano-coatings are ideal for smart windows applications regulating solar heat radiations with zero energy-input (Green air-conditioning) [1]. Likewise, nano-fluids as a new generation of superior coolants would play a major role in waste heat recovery as well as drug delivery[2-4]. In addition, it was recently validated that CO2 can be used to bio- engineer several multifunctional carbonates. These latter exhibited effective fertilizing response, and, a high reflective properties equivalent of radiative cooling paint as well as a significant porosity/hardness as a potential Supplementary Compound Material (SCM) for cement industry [5]. This contribution is intended to highlight on the above-mentioned properties in line with UN-SDGs vision & mission.

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iCANX Talks Vol. 182

Speaker:  Xinge Yu, Ph.D. (City University of Hong Kong)

Date: 19 April 2024

Talk: Intelligent soft electronics for healthcare monitoring and VR

Abstract

Soft bio-integrated electronics have attracted great attentions due to the advantages of soft, lightweight, ultrathin architecture, and stretchable/bendable, thus has the potential to apply in various areas, especially in the field of biomedical engineering. By engineering the classes of materials processing and devices integration, the mechanical properties of the flexible electronics can well match the soft biological tissues to enable measuring bio signals and monitoring human body health.

In this report, we will present materials, device structures, power delivery strategies and communication schemes as the basis for novel soft bio-integrated electronics. For instance, we will discuss a wireless, battery-free platform of electronic systems and haptic interfaces capable of softly laminating onto the skin to communicate information via spatio-temporally programmable patterns of localized mechanical vibrations. The resulting technology, which we refer as epidermal VR, creates many opportunities where the skin provides an electronically programmable communication and sensory input channel to the body, as demonstrated through example applications in social media/personal engagement, prosthetic control/feedback and gaming/entertainment. Other demonstrations will include skin-interfaces human machine interface for robotic VR, skin like patches as sensors for healthcare monitoring and energy harvesting, etc.

Biography

Xinge Yu is currently an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at City University of Hong Kong (CityU), Member of the Hong Kong Young Academy of Sciences, Associate Director of Hong Kong Centre for Cerebro-cardiovascular Health Engineering, and Associate Director of the CAS-CityU Joint Lab on Robotics. Dr Yu is the recipient of RGC Research Fellow, Innovators under 35 China (MIT Technology Review), NSFC Excellent Young Scientist Grant (Hong Kong & Macao), New Innovator of IEEE NanoMed, MINE Young Scientist Award, Gold Medal in the Inventions Geneva, CityU Outstanding Research Award, Stanford’s top 2% most highly cited scientists etc. Xinge Yu’s research group is focusing on skin-integrated electronics and systems for VR and biomedical applications. Dr. Yu is the Associate Editor and Editor Boards over 10 journals, such as Microsystem & NanoEngineering, Bio-Design and Manufacturing, IEEE Open Journal of Nanotechnology, etc. He has published 160 papers in Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Biomedical Engineering, Nature Machine Intelligence, Nature Communications, Science Advances etc., and 40 patents filed/granted.

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Biophysics in Africa Monthly Colloquium

Dates: 24 April 2024

Talk: The Problem Of Protein Folding: How It May Go Wrong And How Cellular Machines Make It Go Right

Speaker: Dr. Paolo De Los Rios (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)

Abstract

The research activity of Paolo De Los Rios focuses on applications of statistical physics to biophysics and to the structure of complex networks.  Understanding the physics of proteins is one of the great scientific challenges of the years to come. How do proteins fold to their functional form? How do they work once folded? How do they interact with each other? These and other questions are best approached by the interaction of biology, experimental biophysics and theoretical tools, with particular emphasis on statistical physics since thermal noise plays a determinant role at the scale of proteins. Many systems as different as the Internet and the World Wide Web, social interactions among individuals or market relations between companies, interacting proteins (see above) in the living cell, food web relations in habitats, and many others, find their unifying framework in the theory of complex networks. Although each network is a specific system with its own peculiarities, their large-scale properties can be studied with the tools of statistical physics so to discover that some general principles govern systems that are, at a first examination, very different and unrelated with each other.

Biography

Paolo De Los Rios earned his master in Electronic Engineering at the Turin Institute of Technology (Politecnico di Torino) in May 1993. In November 1993 he moved to Trieste, Italy, to enter the PhD program in Theoretical Condensed Matter Theory at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA/ISAS) where he obtained the PhD degree in October 1996 for his work on the statistical physics of disordered systems. After a one year postdoc at the Max-Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany, in November 1997 he moved to the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, to join the group of Prof. Yi-Cheng Zhang. There he has worked on various applications of statistical physics to complex systems. In September 2000 he has been appointed Assistant Professor in Statistical Physics of Living Matter and Complex Systems at the Institute of Theoretical Physics of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Since April 2010 he is Associate Professor at the Institute of Theoretical Physics of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

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The Biophysics in Africa Monthly Colloquium Series is a joint project of the African Light Source Foundation (AfLS), African Physical Society (AfPS), and the South African Institute of Physics (SAIP).

UNECA African Regional Science, Technology, and Innovation Bootcamp

Dates: 15 – 17 April 2024

Theme: Securing, Managing and Benefiting from Your Intellectual Assets

The 2024 Bootcamp of the STI Forum will focus on offering participants practical and hands-on skills needed to secure, manage and build a portfolio of intellectual assets and how to benefit from such resources in growing your business. These will include intellectual property rights, confidential information, branding and brand management as well as standards and safety which are critical in survival and growing of a business in a competitive environment. One small mishap can kill a thriving business.

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iCANX Talks Vol. 181

Speaker: Xiaoyu (Rayne) Zheng, Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley)

Date: 12 April 2024

Talk: Intelligent Metamaterials: Assembling Topologies, Materials and Functionalities

Abstract

Additive manufacturing has shown the promise of freedom of designs, enabling parts customization and tailorable properties where superior structural performances can be achieved by a fraction of weight density compared to bulk material.    However, it is presently difficult to directly print different materials (structural, dielectric, conducting and ferroelectrics) to create a complex device with multiple functionalities that responds to multiple stimuli (sound, electrical, mechanical, etc.). Unlike biological systems where functions, including sensing, actuation, and control, are closely integrated, few materials have comparable system complexity.

In this talk, I will present a suite of new multi-material additive manufacturing processes and design methodologies to create materials with prescribed structural and functional behaviors. The structural materials consist of a network of micro-unit cells which collectively influence new mechanical behaviors (from high-strength, lightweight to toughening) not seen in their native counterpart. When combined with an electronic and functional phase, these materials turn themselves into a robot and is capable of programmed motions with self-sensing, feedback control, acoustic and electromagnetic wave steering. I will present the manufacturing and synthesis of these materials, as well as their mechanics and design methods underpinning their novel behaviors.

Biography

Xiaoyu “Rayne” Zheng directs the Advanced Manufacturing and Metamaterials Laboratory at University of California, Berkeley. He is also a faculty co-director at Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center, and Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation and a faculty Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  Rayne’s research focuses on creating the next-generation functional, structural, electronic and living materials by developing novel 3D printing techniques for materials with controlled topologies.  He has made pioneering contributions to the programmable assembly of functional, structural, and electronic materials, printing and processing highly responsive functional materials for transducers, sensors, and robotics applications. His work on metamaterials was featured on MIT Technology Review Top 10 Innovations, LA Times, and multiple journal publications in Science Magazine and Nature Materials.  Prior to his faculty career, Zheng worked as a mechanical engineer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).  He has received multiple awards, including NSF CAREER Award, DARPA Young Faculty Award, DARPA Director’s Fellowship, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, Air Force Young Investigator Award, Outstanding Assistant Professor Award, 3M Faculty Award, and Freeform Fabrication and Additive Manufacturing Excellence (FAME) Award.

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Global Gateway High-Level Event on Education

Date: 11 April 2024

Time: 09:00 – 18:00 hrs (GMT+2)

Parallel Thematic Session: The Green Transition, Greening Education, and Green Skills
Moderator: Olaf Bruns, Journalist

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) will join political leaders, governments, international organisations, civil society and the private sector to discuss opportunities and challenges for boosting investments and partnerships for education and training at the Global Gateway High-Level Event on Education.

The Global Gateway High-Level Event on Education provides a platform for substantive dialogue and strategic exchange on how we can achieve SDG4, transform education and training systems to meet the knowledge and skills demands of labour markets and address societal challenges of the fast-paced green and digital transitions, leaving no one behind.
AAS will participate in a session addressing the green transition, greening education, and green skills and will explore the importance of strong higher education and research in Africa.

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Elmarco Talks: Tissue Engineering on Electrospun Scaffolds - BioPapers and Beyond

Date: 18 April 2024

Time: 15:00 (GMT +2)

Speakers: Stephen Farias, James Dolgin

While the established methods involve the use of soluble small molecules, growth factors, stereolithography, and micro-patterning, electrospinning involves an inexpensive, labor un-intensive, and highly scalable approach to using environmental cues, to promote and guide cell proliferation, migration, and differentiation.

In this review, the focus will be on the mechanical and physical characteristics such as porosity, fiber diameter, crystallinity, mechanical strength, alignment, and topography of the nanofiber scaffolds, and the impact on cell proliferation, migration, and differentiation

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CMSP-Online: Topology and Dynamics of Higher-Order Networks

Speaker: Prof. Ginestra Bianconi

Lectures

14-16, Tuesday May 14th, Stasi room, ICTP,
1.General introduction to algebraic topology on networks and simplicial complexes:

14-16, Wednesday May 15th, Stasi room, ICTP,
2. Cohomology and weighed cohomology. The discrete Dirac operator on networks and simplicial complexes.

14-16, Thursday May 16th, Stasi room, ICTP,
3.Mathematical physics: The discrete Dirac operator and their associated gamma matrices on metric simple and higher-order networks. The Dirac mass of a network.

14-16, Friday May 17th, Stasi room, ICTP,
4.Non-linear dynamics: Synchronization of topological signals

Seminar

11am, Tuesday May 21st, ex-SISSA Aula D (ex-SISSA Building is next to ICTP Leonardo building)
5.Machine learning: The Dirac operator in Topological Machine Learning

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iCANX Talks Vol. 180

Speaker: Joseph M. DeSimone (Stanford University)

Date: 5 April 2024

Talk: The Delicate Interplay Between Light, Interfaces and Design: The Complex Dance that Allows 3D Printing to Scale to Manufacturing

Abstract

The production of polymeric products relies largely on age-old molding techniques. In this talk, I will describe a breakthrough in additive manufacturing—3D printing—referred to as Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) technology (Science 2015).  CLIP, and its recently introduced cousin injection CLIP (iCLIP; Science Advances 2022), embody a convergence of advances in software, hardware, and materials to bring the digital revolution to the design and manufacturing of polymeric products. CLIP uses software-controlled chemistry to produce commercial quality parts rapidly and at scale by capitalizing on the principle of oxygen-inhibited photopolymerization to generate a continual liquid interface of uncured resin between a forming part and a printer’s exposure window. Instead of printing layer-by-layer, this allows layerless parts to ‘grow’ from a pool of resin, formed by light. Compatible with a wide range of polymers, CLIP opens major opportunities for innovative products across diverse industries. Previously unmakeable products are already manufactured at scale with CLIP, including the large-scale production of running shoes by Adidas (Futurecraft 4D); mass-customized football helmets by Riddell; the world’s first FDA-approved 3D printed dentures; and numerous parts in automotive, consumer electronics, and medicine. At Stanford, we are pursuing new advances including digital therapeutic devices in pediatric medicine, new multi-materials printing approaches, recyclable materials, and the design of a high-resolution printer to advance technologies in the microelectronics and drug/vaccine delivery areas, including novel microneedle designs as a potent vaccine delivery platform and for the sampling of interstitial fluids for health monitoring and the early detection of disease.

Biography

Joseph M. DeSimone is the Sanjiv Sam Gambhir Professor of Translational Medicine and Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. He holds appointments in the Departments of Radiology and Chemical Engineering with courtesy appointments in the Department of Chemistry and in Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

The DeSimone laboratory’s research efforts are focused on developing innovative, interdisciplinary solutions to complex problems centered around advanced polymer 3D fabrication methods. In Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, the lab is pursuing new capabilities in digital 3D printing, as well as the synthesis of new polymers for use in advanced additive technologies. In Translational Medicine, research is focused on exploiting 3D digital fabrication tools to engineer new vaccine platforms, enhanced drug delivery approaches, and improved medical devices for numerous conditions, with a current major focus in pediatrics. Complementing these research areas, the DeSimone group has a third focus in Entrepreneurship, Digital Transformation, and Manufacturing.

Before joining Stanford in 2020, DeSimone was a professor of chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and of chemical engineering at North Carolina State University. He is also Co-founder, Board Chair, and former CEO (2014 – 2019) of the additive manufacturing company, Carbon. DeSimone is responsible for numerous breakthroughs in his career in areas including green chemistry, medical devices, nanomedicine, and 3D printing. He has published over 350 scientific articles and is a named inventor on over 200 issued patents. Additionally, he has mentored 80 students through Ph.D. completion in his career, half of whom are women and members of underrepresented groups in STEM.

In 2016 DeSimone was recognized by President Barack Obama with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest U.S. honor for achievement and leadership in advancing technological progress. He has received numerous other major awards in his career, inc

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Facing the Energy Challenge: Electrospun Nanofibers for Energy Conversion & Storage

Date: April 17th, 2024

Time: 5 p.m. CET. / 11 a.m. ET. (US) / 8 a.m. PT. (US)

Energy conversion and storage is a global challenge due to ever increasing energy consumption. In energy storage, lithium-ion battery is the current dominant technology, but it presents several technical limitations, as well as a dependence on a few Lithium producer countries.

Nanofibers produced by electrospinning are highly promising when it comes to research the feasibility of heterogeneous systems for energy conversion and storage. Electro-catalysis, and post lithium batteries –mainly sodium ion batteries and potassium ion batteries–, are some of the exciting alternatives that electrospinning may contribute to develop and scale up.

This event will have the distinguished participation of Dr. Sana Ullahresearch fellow at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of Ulm University. He will share how nanofibers produced by electrospinning are highly promising for investigating the feasibility of heterogeneous systems for energy conversion and storage, which is a global challenge today. Electro-catalysis, and post lithium batteries –mainly sodium ion batteries and potassium ion batteries–, are some of the exciting alternatives that electrospinning may contribute to develop and scale up.

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iCANX Talks Vol. 179

Speaker: Xiaoning Jiang (North Carolina State University, USA)

Date: 29 March 2024

Talk: Toward Precision Biomedical Ultrasound: Miniaturized Transducers for Minimal Invasion in Imaging, Therapy, and Drug Delivery

Abstract

In recent years, there has been a remarkable advancement in biomedical ultrasound technology, particularly in the field of miniaturized transducers. These innovations have paved the way for precise and minimally invasive diagnosis and treatment of increasingly concerned diseases such as cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer. In this talk, micro/nanotechnology enabled small aperture ultrasound transducers were designed, fabricated and tested for precision biomedical ultrasound imaging, therapy and drug delivery. In specific, we investigated high frequency transducers for advanced intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging. Small aperture forward-looking and vortex transducers were successfully demonstrated in-vitro for effective microbubbles and nanodroplets mediated intravenous sonothrombolysis. Moreover, miniaturized transducers enabled sonoporation was successful in enhancing localized drug delivery. These new findings suggest that precision biomedical ultrasound via minimal invasion can be significant in advanced ultrasound imaging, therapy, and drug delivery for unprecedented disease diagnosis and treatment.

Biography

Xiaoning Jiang is the Dean F. Duncan Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a University Faculty Scholar at North Carolina State University. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and an Adjunct Professor of Neurology in Duke University. Dr. Jiang received his Ph.D. degree from Tsinghua University (1997) and his Postdoctoral training from the Nanyang Technological University (1996-1997) and the Pennsylvania State University (1997-2001). He was the Chief Scientist and Vice President for TRS Technologies, Inc. prior to joining NC State in 2009. Dr. Jiang is the author and co-author of two books, 6 book chapters, 11 issued US Patents, more than 180 peer reviewed journal papers and over 140 conference papers on piezoelectric ultrasound transducers, ultrasound for medical imaging and therapy, drug delivery, ultrasound NDT/NDE, smart materials and structures and M/NEMS. Dr. Jiang served as the Vice President for Technical Activities in IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) (2022-2023). He was the Co-Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine (2020 – 2021) and an IEEE NTC Distinguished Lecturer in 2018-2019. Dr. Jiang is an ASME Fellow, a SPIE Fellow and an IEEE Fellow.

 

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African Physical Society Monthly Colloquium by Zoom: Connecting Materials Science to E-Waste & the Carbon Footprint

Speaker: Professor Mmantsae Moche Diale (PhD) (Department Chair, Professor, and South African Research Chair (SARChI), Department of Physics, University of Pretoria (South Africa))

Date: Thursday, 28 March 2024

Time: 16:00hrs GMT+2

Abstract

The desire to improve speed and cosmetics of devices has added a new problem to the environment. Inert metals like gold and platinum are important elements in device fabrication due to their resistance to corrosion. Mining these metals uses dangerous chemicals like mercury, which end in the soil, rendering the area where mining occurred dangerous to health. In addition, a desire for new devices increases waste materials in the form of computers, fridges and cars, whose lifespan has reduced exponentially in the past decade or so. The latest research we do is to zoom into sustainability for future electronics and three ares (3Rs) contribution to reduction of the carbon footprint.

Mmantsae Diale is the South African Research Chair (SARCHI) in clean and green energy, with main research interests in exploring physical and chemical means to control the electronic and optical properties of materials, consequently, producing devices. She has a keen interest in solar energy conversion with a desire to see a life off-grid with photovoltaics (PV) and storage systems like hydrogen Her research in PV systems involve the work on hybrid organic/inorganic materials for solar cell applications. MD has been awarded a National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) prize in 2018 for capacity building in STEM, earned a PhD degree from the University of Pretoria, where she is a full professor of physics; with over 150 publications, some multiple invited and a few keynotes speaker in physics and materials conferences, presenting scientific results. She has been involved in business, as an adviser to just energy transition (JET), presenting an opinion on the effects of energy technologies on sustainable environment and livelihood, and is the developer and presenter of Solar Energy and Green Hydrogen Courses to both business and engineering. MD is an active member of materials research society (MRS), having served as member of academic affairs, symposium organizer, one of the five meeting chairs of 2024 and influencing the support for early career researchers. She has collaborated with many researchers worldwide, and very keen on developing research and researchers in Africa, using her laboratory space and resources to allow others to benefit. Prof Diale is an active member of SAIP, member of council from 2010 -2017 and founder and chair of women in physics in South Africa (WiPiSA), also served the IUPAP-C13 commissions for the past 8 years, and present secretary of the commission.

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AUDA-NEPAD Innovation Dialogues: Exploring Genomics, Gene Editing And Precision Medicine For Improved Well-Being Of African Citizens

AUDA-NEPAD Innovation Dialogues, featuring two distinct webinars on the 9th and 24th of April 2024. This series is dedicated to advancing scientific priority setting to catalyze research and development (R&D) and innovation across Africa, with a focus on the transformative potentials of genomics, precision medicine, and gene editing for improving health outcomes. Despite the webinars occurring on separate dates, a single registration link serves access to both, ensuring a seamless participatory experience

Webinar 1: Exploring Africa’s Genetic Potential: AUDA-NEPAD Innovation Dialogue

 Date: 9 April 2024

 Time: 14:30 – 16:30 (GMT +2)

Webinar 2: Overview of vector borne diseases globally, with a focus on malaria in Africa, current control strategies and their limitations, need for innovation and a discussion on the AUDA-NEPAD IVM Guidelines.

 Date: 24 April 2024

 Time: 14:30 – 16:30 (GMT +2)

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Why You Should Join Us (Webinar 1):

  • Understand the strategic role of scientific priority setting in advancing R&D and innovation.
  • Discover the importance of collaborative knowledge exchange and international partnerships in integrating genomic medicine into African healthcare systems.
  • Learn how precision medicine can significantly improve healthcare outcomes for Africa.
  • Explore how targeted investments can lead to impactful advancements across Africa.
  • Witness leading projects implementing genomics and precision medicine in Africa.

Why You Should Join Us (Webinar 2):

  • Enhance understanding of malaria prevalence and deaths and the need to further optimize current interventions to eliminate malaria
  • Increase awareness of the ongoing efforts to eliminate malaria, with a focus on funding for research and development of new tools and technologies for malaria control
  • Identify concrete actions that countries/actors need to take to accelerate progress towards developing new tools and technologies for malaria elimination

Your insights and expertise are crucial in steering our path toward a healthier, more technologically advanced Africa, enriched by the forthcoming valuable discussions at the webinar

Electrochemical Atomic Force Microscopy of Battery Interfaces

Date: 27 March 2024

Time: 14:00 PM (GMT)

Speaker: Thomas S Miller

The successful deployment of materials for advanced batteries requires an in-depth understanding of the correlation between their electrochemical performance and structural and mechanical evolution across multiple length scales. The reaction kinetics of their interfacial processes must also be quantified. In situ and operando electrochemical atomic force microscopy (EC-AFM) is a powerful tool that can simultaneously reveal these relationships with nanoscale resolution

About the Speaker

Thomas S Miller is an associate professor in electrochemistry and materials science and lecturer in chemical engineering at University College London (UCL). An expert in electrochemical technologies, he works in UCL’s Electrochemical Innovation Lab (EIL). His core research focus is the development of electrochemical energy storage and conversion technologies, including batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells and electrolyzers. Thomas has developed nanomaterials for catalysis and sensing, applied electrochemical techniques, including novel scanning probe electrochemical microscopy, across fundamental and applied projects in the key areas of electrochemical energy storage and conversion.

An interactive Q&A session follows the presentation.

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ASP-CERN Online Seminar

Date: 26th March 2024

Time: 13:00 PM (UTC)

Title: On the Trapping of Cold Neutrons in Nano-Scaled Fabry-Perot Resonating Cavities & Neutron Lifetime Considerations

Relatively to the atomic constituents’ counterparts, the neutron is singular as it is sensitive to the four fundamental interactions: strong, weak, electromagnetic, and gravitational. This multi-sensitivity makes neutron wave-matter optics a particularly versatile tool for testing quantum mechanics specifically and fundamental physics concepts in general.
The lifetime of a free neutron defined via its beta-decay ⟨τn⟩ is of a pivotal importance within the standard model & cosmology.

Indeed, the precision on the neutron lifetime is paramount as it regulates the precision of the 1st element of the Cabibbo–Kobayashi–Maskawa matrix, central to the standard model. The two major methods used to measure ⟨τn⟩ while trapping free neutrons, namely, the beam and the bottle methods give different neutron lifetime values; ⟨τn⟩Beam ∼ 888.0 ±
2.0 s , that obtained by the bottle technique is smaller; of about ⟨τn⟩Bottle ∼ 879.4 ± 0.6 s. In addition of the persistent difference of ∼10 s persists for years, even if the two methods have been modified to enhance the experimental accuracy. This latter was shown to be enhanced if one could trap cold neutrons in nanostructured Fabry-Perot resonators.

 

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Next Frontiers For Advanced Manufacturing: From Health To Energy And Multifunctional Structures

Date: 28th March 2024

Time: 17:00 -19:00 CAT

Venue: Virtual (zoom)

Attend a talk on the latest developments in advanced materials for health, energy, and the environment presented by distinguished Speaker Dr. Winston Oluwole Soboyejo.

In today’s world, global problems such as cancer, energy shortages, and environmental degradation are pressing issues that demand innovative solutions. This presentation will highlight methods for the fabrication of advanced materials that address these challenges and explore the potential of these next-generation functional materials for health, energy, and the built environment. This presentation promises to be an enlightening and thought-provoking experience.

For more information contact

Associate Prof. E. O. Olakanmi (UCoSMIT Team): olakanmie@biust.ac.bw

Dr. T. P. Leso (UCoSMIT Team): lesot@biust.ac.bw

Registration: Click here for zoom meeting

Zoom Meeting ID: 821 3736 9426

Zoom meeting Passcode: 807712

Biophysics in Africa Monthly: Breaking Barriers in Drug Discovery

Date: 27 March 2024

Title: Breaking Barriers in Drug Discovery: The Fusion of Atomistic Simulation and Machine Learning in Computational Biophysics

Speaker: Dr. Daniel M Shadrack

In recent years, the field of drug design has undergone a remarkable transformation due to advancements in computer hardware and algorithms. This talk will explore how computational biophysics tools are driving this revolution, ultimately accelerating therapeutic discovery. The presentation will commence with an introduction to various computational biophysics tools utilized in drug design, providing attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the technological landscape shaping the field. Following this, specific examples will be presented to illustrate the profound impact of techniques such as molecular dynamics and enhanced sampling coupled with machine learning in drug design. These examples will highlight the unprecedented insights and efficiencies gained through the integration of computational methods into the drug discovery process. Drawing from my research group experiences, the talk will delve into the entire drug design pipeline, spanning from target identification to lead optimization and clinical trials. Research findings will be shared, elucidating key insights and successes achieved through the application of computational techniques. Lastly, the presentation will conclude with a discussion on the broader societal implications of employing these innovative approaches. By leveraging computational biophysics tools, we have the potential to address pressing societal challenges and advance the development of novel therapeutics, ultimately improving human health and well-being.

About Daniel

Dr. Daniel M. Shadrack, PhD, is a distinguished computational biophysicist, having earned his doctorate through a collaborative effort between ICTP in Trieste, Italy, and NM-AIST in Arusha, Tanzania. Following his doctoral studies, he continued his academic journey as a postdoctoral fellow at NM-AIST, contributing significantly to biophysics research under the umbrella of CREATES-FNS. Driven by a passion for advancing biophysics education, he has spent the last six years directing Biophysics schools across Africa, playing a pivotal role in training and mentoring young scientists throughout the continent. Presently, Dr. Shadrack holds the esteemed position of Director of Research, Innovation, and Consultancy at St John’s University of Tanzania, where his research group is dedicated to the development and application of cutting-edge computational biophysics techniques for drug discovery and development. With a rich publication record in esteemed SCI/SCIE journals and serving as a reviewer for top-tier publications including Nature, Elsevier, Royal Society of Chemistry, and Taylor & Francis, he is recognized as a leading authority in his field. Notably, Dr. Shadrack recently founded iPhytos, a groundbreaking biotech startup pioneering a formula for the treatment of enlarged prostate, which is currently undergoing phase II clinical trials, marking a significant milestone in the realm of medical innovation.

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iCANX Talks Vol. 177

Date: 15 March 2024

Talk: Nano Green Printing and Manufacturing Technology

Speaker: Yanlin Song

Abstract

Based on the fundamental scientific issues of nanomaterial preparation and functional inkjet patterning, a systematic Nano Green Printing technology has been developed by studying the construction of nanomaterials with differential wettability on material surfaces. The precise control of the conversion from translational kinetic energy to rotational kinetic energy before and after droplet collision has been achieved using patterned wettability surfaces. This process breaks through the scope of classical Newton’s collision law and realizes a change in the motion mode of droplets before and after collision, providing new ideas for the preparation and precise control of high-precision patterns. Starting from the manipulation of droplets for three-dimensional shaping, spontaneous contraction of droplets in three-dimensional space has been achieved by using templates, enabling rapid assembly and shaping of three-dimensional micro/nano structures using single or multiple materials. Furthermore, the evolution of foam has been controlled using micro-templates, overcoming the long-standing challenge of patterned control of bubbles, and realizing the anti-Oswald ripening and patterning of bubbles. This has been used as a printing template for the assembly of multiple functional materials. In particular, by utilizing the advantages of droplet manipulation in nanoscale green printing, we discover the critical conditions for the scattering-diffraction transition of nano-photonic structures, an optical metamaterial detection chip has been developed for ultra-sensitive and rapid detection of novel coronavirus, influenza virus, and tumor markers. This opens up new ideas for the printing fabrication of functional devices and micro/nano chips, and establishes the theoretical and technical system of nanoscale green printing technology.

Biography

Yanlin Song is the director of the Key Laboratory of Green Printing at the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has been engaged in interdisciplinary research on materials science and printing technology, and has made systematic innovative achievements in the creation of nanomaterials, interface droplet manipulation, and printing micro/nano manufacturing. He has published over 500 papers, with over 36,000 citations and an H-index of 100. He has been granted more than 170 Chinese international invention patents. He has proposed and developed Nano Green Printing and micro/nano manufacturing technology, breaking through fundamental challenges such as the coffee ring effect, Rayleigh instability, and Marangoni effect that affect printing accuracy. He has printed wearable electronics, solar cells, ultra-sensitive biosensing chips, and other functional devices. He also proposed the IEC-TC119 International Standard for Printed Electronics. He was awarded the National Distinguished Young Scientist Fund in 2006 and Changjiang Scholar Distinguished Professor in 2016. He has received the National Natural Science Second Prize in 2005 and 2008, the Beijing Science and Technology First Prize in 2016, the IEC 1906 award in 2019,and the National Innovation Competition Award in 2023.

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4th Biennial Conference of the African Scientific Integration Network (AScIN 2024)

Date:15 – 19 July 2024

Venue: Hybrid (Physical: Centre for Energy Research and Development, Obafemi Awolowo University)

Theme:  Partnering on Energy, Security, Environment and Health in Africa

The African Science Integration Network (AScIN) is a forum for the exchange of the latest scientific discoveries and research ideas in the form of presentations and discussions in theoretical and experimental research in very broad areas of the physical sciences in a multidisciplinary approach. The network connects researchers and scientists from African universities with professional researchers from industry, and seeks to provide mentoring for aspiring researchers and scientists, as well as postgraduate students.
AScIN 2024 is the fourth edition of AScIN’s biennial conference, whose theme is “Energy, Security, Environment and Health in Africa”. This theme has been carefully chosen to mobilize efforts to meet certain challenges in critical areas of life such as energy and energy security, environmental protection and its requirements to ensure excellent and affordable health for all. These goals are fully integrated into the 17 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the last of which is the global partnership between countries and international institutions to achieve these goals by 2030.

Abstract submission deadline: 21 April 2024

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Elmarco Talks: Advanced, Biobased and Circular Materials Adapted for Electrospinning

Date: 13 March 2024

Time: 16:00 (GMT +2)

Speakers: Stefânia Cassiano Gaspar, Josh Manasco

A special edition of Elmarco Talks, featuring collaborative efforts with Arkema in developing advanced materials tailored for electrospinning applications. Arkema’s expertise in amino 11 chemistry spans over 75 years, with flagship products like Rilsan® polyamide 11 and Pebax® Rnew® thermoplastic elastomers renowned for their lightweight, flexible, and durable properties. Derived from renewable castor beans without competing with food sources, these materials uphold sustainability values. Moreover, Arkema offers recyclable grades and Virtucycle® services, promoting a circular economy. By employing specific solubilization conditions, Rilsan® and Pebax® emerge as promising materials for electrospinning, offering innovative nanofiber solutions. Elmarco will present performance results using Nanospider technology, showcasing the potential of these materials in electrospinning applications. Join us to explore sustainable innovation in advanced materials for electrospinning.

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Strengthening Basic Sciences: Towards Sustainable Societies

Date: 28 March 2024

Time: 16:00 CET (10:00 a.m. ET)

Speaker: Dr. Amal Kasry

Biography:
Amal Kasry is currently the Chief of Section for Basic Science, Research Innovation and Engineering, which is part of the Division of Science Policy and Basic Science, Natural Sciences Sector at UNESCO. Her major role is to Design, implement, monitor, and evaluate basic and engineering sciences programme in order to ensure the delivery of the expected results approved by UNESCO’s governing bodies in the field of basic and engineering sciences capacity development for research, education and innovation. She also delivers expert advice and comprehensive programmes to Member States. Prior to joining UNESCO, Amal Kasry was an academic/scientist with a wide range of international experiences in Materials Science and nano-Biotechnology. She received a fellowship from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPIP), and obtained her PhD from the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany in 2006, with her major work in biosensing applications. She has worked as an academic and researcher around the world in academic institutions including UConn Health Centre (USA), Cardiff University (UK), and Austrian Inst of Technology (Austria), and industrial corporates such as IBM (USA) and Nitto Denko (Singapore). She joined the British University in Egypt on 2015 as an assistant professor in the faculty of Engineering for four years, before being appointed as the Director of the Nanotechnology Research Centre (NTRC) (April 2019-April 2021), where she designed and established a robust research services system for the university in addition to her research which was focusing on developing novel biosensing technologies and carbon nanomaterials. Dr. Amal Kasry is author of about 36 peer reviewed publications, 7 book chapters, and holds 4 patents. She is also a reviewer for several scientific publishing houses and funding agencies.

Abstract:
UNESCO is the only United Nations Agency with mandate in science, which contributes to UNESCO’s mission to build peace in the societies. The Natural Science Sector at UNESCO has distinct role that no other bilateral or multilateral development partner can match in generating relevant data and knowledge products, providing expert advice, and convening power. This is ensured via generating normative knowledge and policies through UNESCO’s intergovernmental and international programmes, UNESCO’s category 2 Centres (which are Centre’s of excellence), and UNESCO Chairs, as well as through global networks of the International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). In this talk, the focus is on how the challenges that the Natural Science sector is addressing, specifically in the fields of basic sciences and engineering and how solutions are determined through global science, technology, and innovation. I will also discuss some of the programmes and activities that we are currently performing at UNESCO to strengthen and promote capacity building basic sciences and the potential impact of this on the different societies. Lastly, I will present the role of UNESCO as the lead agency of the newly proclaimed International Decade of Sciences for Sustainable Development.

 

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iCANX Talks Vol. 176

Date: 8 March 2024

Talk 1: Micro-Nano Scale Interconnection Builds Bridges from Chips to Devices

Speaker: Yanhong Tian

Abstract

Electronic products are developing towards miniaturization, versatility, low power dissipation, high bandwidth, high speed, and high frequency. The demand for high density advanced packaging is increasingly strong, and the advanced packaging has been applied to important fields such as 5G, aviation, aerospace, and AI. Micro-nano interconnection is a key process in chip packaging, serving as a bridge from chips to components and systems, playing a role in electrical interconnection, mechanical fixation, and environmental protection. Every advancement in advanced chip packaging technology benefits from the development of micro-nano interconnection technology. This report will first introduce interconnection technologies in advanced packages including three-dimensional system packages and chiplets packages. Secondly, the life assessment methods of electronic packaging interconnection will be introduced, including multiple scale modeling and life assessment methods.Finally, a brief introduction will be given to the emerging cutting-edge fields of flexible electronics, including the Nano-joining and printing methods during the fabrication of flexible sensors, including OLED, electrochromic  devices and zinc ion battery.

Biography

Yanhong Tian, Tenured professor of the School of Materials Science and Engineering in Harbin Institute of Technology, National high-level talents of MOE, Excellent Youth of NSFC in, is currently the vice director of the State Key Laboratory of Advanced Welding and Joining. She mainly engaged in electronic packaging technology and reliabilityand flexible electronic wearable sensor components. She is responsible for key projects of the National NSFC, MOST and MIIT, as well as multiple industry cooperation projects. The research results have been applied to key device packaging in the fields of aerospace electronics, power electronics, and flexible electronics. The research results in the reliability and life assessment of electronic packaging technology have been applied to satellite platform equipment, which ensure the reliable service of domestic electronic devices in severe environments. She served as the chairwoman of the Emerging micro-nano processing technology of the International Institute of Welding (IIW), Co-chair of the Technical Committee of the International Conference on Electronic Packaging Technology (IEEE-ICEPT), Executive Director of the welding branch of the Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society, and editorial board member of multiple academic journals such as Electron. She has published over 300 papers in renowned academic journals and top-level academic conferences, she is the editor or co-editor of six books, and won 4 provincial and ministerial level awards of science and technology.

Talk 2: Harnessing Proton-coupled Electrochemical Processes in Metal Oxides for Energy Storage and Conversion

Speaker: Veronica Augustyn

Abstract

The electrochemical behavior of protons is important for advancing energy storage and conversion technologies operating in aqueous electrolytes. In this presentation, I will discuss our group’s research in understanding the behavior of protons in transition metal oxides, which include: proton adsorption and insertion (relevant for energy storage), hydrogen evolution (relevant for energy conversion), and dissolution of the transition metal oxide due to proton adsorption (considered a parasitic process). Of particular interest are systems where these processes can co-exist. I will also discuss our solid state chemistry approach to tuning the interlayer environment of hydrous oxides in order to control their electrochemical behavior in aqueous electrolytes. Overall, this research provides fundamental understanding of electrochemical processes of importance for aqueous energy and environmental technologies.

Biography

Professor Veronica Augustyn is the Jake & Jennifer Hooks Distinguished Scholar in Materials Science & Engineering, University Faculty Scholar, and Associate Professor at North Carolina State University. She also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Materials Chemistry A and Materials Advances. Her research group focuses on the design, synthesis, and mechanistic understanding of materials for electrochemical energy and environmental technologies. She also leads an award-winning international project at NC State, SciBridge, which develops renewable energy research and education collaborations between universities in Africa and the U.S. Her research group has been recognized with a 2019 Sloan Fellowship in Chemistry, a 2019 DOE Early Career Award, and a 2017 NSF CAREER Award. In 2021, she was recognized by NC State as a Goodnight Early Career Innovator and received the George H. Blessis Advising Award for her mentorship of undergraduate students.

 Talk 3: New Advances in Brain Disease Diagnosis and Treatments in NICU

Speaker: Xiuyun Liu

Abstract

Multi-modality monitoring becomes extremely important in intensive care unit for clinical diagnosis and treatments, especially in brain diseases. In neuro intensive care unit (NICU), various tools are applied at bedside, including intracranial pressure monitor, transcranial cerebral blood flow monitor, brain oxygen saturation monitor, brain metabolic monitor, etc. Dr Liu’s research mainly focuses on developing new techniques for clinicians in NICU. In this talk, she will introduce their new research achievements in brain disease diagnosis and treatments, including the application of AI, physiological signal processing algorithms and non-invasive stimulations, etc.

Biography

Xiuyun Liu is currently a professor in Biomedical Engineering at Tianjin University, China. She got her PhD in Clinical Neurosciences from University of Cambridge in 2017, after which, she went to University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to do her first postdoc in Physiological Nursing Department between the year of 2017 and 2019. Then she joined the Department of Critical Care Medicine and Anesthesiology, Johns Hopkins University to do her research from 2019 to 2021. She joined Tianjin University as a full professor in July, 2021, and is currently serving as the vice dean of medical college. Her research work mainly focuses on developing various biomedical engineering technologies, such as photoacoustic imaging, non-invasive intracranial pressure monitoring etc into critical care medical field. She got Bill Gates Scholarship for her PhD study at Cambridge, which is the top full scholarship at Cambridge. She also obtained the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad in 2016. She is the vice president of the Life Support Technology Branch of the Chinese Medical Rescue Association, a member of the standing committee of China Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine Branch, a member of the standing committee of Tianjin Neuroscience Society, and the editorial board member of Military Medical Research.

Talk 4: Multimolecular Hyperspectral Metabolic Imaging in Aging and Diseases

Speaker: Lingyan Shi

Abstract

Metabolism is a complex biochemical process in living organisms that involves different biomolecules and consists of various reaction steps. To understand the multi-step biochemical reactions involving various components, it’s essential to elucidate in-situ dynamics and the correlations between different types of biomolecules at subcellular resolution. In this context, we integrated deuterium-probed pico-second stimulated Raman Scattering (DO-SRS), multiphoton fluorescence (MPF), and second harmonic generation (SHG) into a single microscopy system to study metabolic changes in aging and diseases.

Our current multimodal microscopy becomes a super-resolution (59nm) hyperspectral multiplex imaging platform by developing A-PoD and PRM deconvolution algorithms. Combining with deuterated molecules (glucose, amino acids, fatty acids, water molecules etc.) as probes, the metabolic heterogeneity of brain, adipose, liver, muscle, retina, kidney, lung, and ovaries, etc. (in Human, Mouse, and Drosophila tissues) are quantitatively imaged. This multi-molecular super resolution imaging approach dissects the molecular events and cellular machinery in living organisms during aging and disease progression, offering powerful tools potentially for disease detection, diagnosis, and assessing therapeutic efficacy & resistance, as well as for mechanistic understanding of scientific fundamentals in neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, drug delivery, and aging processes.

Biography 

Lingyan Shi is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at UC San Diego. Her Lab’s research focuses on developing high-resolution, high-speed multimodal microscopy and for studying metabolic dynamics in aging and diseases. She discovered the Golden Window” for deep tissue imaging and developed metabolic imaging platforms including “DO-SRS” and “STRIDE”. Shi group at UC San Diego transformed SRS into a super-resolution multiplex microscopy using A-PoD and PRM algorithms, uncovering lipid metabolic dynamics in the brain and fat tissues during aging processes. Dr. Shi holds 8 awarded patents. She received the Blavatnik Regional Award for Young Scientist in 2018, the Hellman Fellowship Award in 2021-2022, the “Rising Star Award” from Nature Light Science & Applications in 2021, the “Advancing Bioimaging Scialog Fellow” by RCSA and CZI, the “David L. William Lecture & Scholarship” Award from the Kern Lipid Conference, and the “Sloan Research Fellow” Award in Chemistry in 2023, and the 2024 rising star award by BMES-Cell and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) society.

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Intellectual Properties - Patent Law 101 for Researchers

Date: 6 March 2024

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (ET)

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The first step towards the commercialization of laboratory technologies is often the development of a patent and intellectual property portfolio. For graduate students and early career researchers at the cutting edge of science and engineering, navigating this complex and unfamiliar world can be confusing and overwhelming. A basic level of understanding of patents and the patent process can dramatically improve outcomes and confidence through this process.

This MRS Webinar aims to provide critical background knowledge of intellectual property, including the role of patents in industry, how to read patents, and a high-level overview of the national and international filing processes. Our speakers will provide guidance for integrating a patent mindset into academic research and tips for researchers to contribute throughout the drafting process. The webinar will feature a discussion of career paths in intellectual property, and a Q&A session.

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Merck Foundation Africa Research Summit Awards: Call for Abstracts

Submission Deadline: 30th June 2024

Abstract Submission Details

Abstracts are invited from final year PhD students, young investigators involved in research and Medical Doctors in Postgraduate Medical Fellowship program related to either of the following topics:

  • Women Health
  • Infertility and Reproductive Care

All applicants should be primarily based at African Research Institutes and Universities, although collaboration within Africa as well as outside is also welcome.

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OR

Send your abstracts to: mars@merck-foundation.com Along with your CV (including Name, Gender, Country, University/Hospital Name, Email address, Mobile Number) and the abstract document as an attachment.

 

MARS 2024 Awards

All abstracts will be peer reviewed. Entries are invited under the below categories:

  •  Best African Women Researchers
  • Best Young African Researcher

The Winners will receive a 3 months Research Training scholarship in India Winners will be invited to attend Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary 2024

SYLINDA International Symposium

Date: 7- 8 March 2024

Time: 09:00–19:00hrs (Europe/Warsaw timezone)

Location: Zoom

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The SYLINDA International Symposium will be held in hybrid mode from 7th to 8th of March 2024. The speakers of the Symposium will be hosted by the SOLARIS National Synchrotron Radiation CentreJagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, while the participants will attend via Zoom. The objective of the Symposium is to gather internationally renowned specialists in X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) who will share their experience in using this analytical method for academic and industrial research.

The SYLINDA symposium will feature presentations from leaders of scientific groups from world top universities and beamline scientists from synchrotron light sources around the globe using X-ray absorption spectroscopy in their everyday research. The state of the art, new experimental developments in applied research, current trends in data analysis, challenges and rewards as well as combined experience from academic and industrial research and successful collaborations are main topics to be covered at this event.

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iCANX Talks Vol. 175

Talk: Embodying intelligence in rigid, soft, and biological robots

Speaker: Joshua Bongard

ABSTRACT

There are two paths our society is pursuing in the quest to create intelligent machines: non-embodied AI and embodied AI. Recent advances in non-embodied AI include ChatGPT and Stable Diffusion. These AI systems do not have a body with which to learn about the world. Because of this, such systems struggle to achieve common sense, and grow beyond the data they were trained on. Researchers in the field of embodied AI believe that machines must have a body with which to push against the world, and observe how the world pushes back. These experiences provide the fertile soil in which true intelligence can grow. In this talk, I will demonstrate how the body can help machines to think better, by exploring rigid, then soft, then biological robots. Along the way we will see how machines are becoming more capable of physical flexibility – the ability to change their bodies – and how this enables them to achieve mental flexibility – the ability to change their minds. I will conclude by describing the likely future for such embodied intelligences.

BIOGRAPHY

Joshua Bongard is the Veinott Professor of Computer Science at the University of Vermont, where he runs the Morphology, Evolution & Cognition Laboratory. His lab creates AI, robots, and computer designed organisms (so-called “xenobots”). He received a research award from former president Barack Obama at a ceremony at the White House in 2011, appeared in an episode of Morgan Freeman’s science program ‘Through the Wormhole’, was named as one of MIT Technology Review’s Top 35 Under 35, and received the Cozzarelli Prize from the National Academy of Sciences. He has appeared on CNN and his work has been covered by The New York Times, The New Yorker, and the BBC. He is also the author of the book “How The Body Shapes the Way We Think” and runs the Ludobots online course through reddit.com.

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Meeting Invitation: Launch of AAS's New Strategic Plan

Date: 29 February 2024

Time: 13:00–14:00hrs EAT (GMT +3)

Location: Zoom

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Concept note: View the concept note and agenda with this link.

We are delighted to invite you to the virtual launch of the African Academy of Science’s (AAS) new Strategic Plan taking place on 29 February 2024. This event marks a significant milestone in our journey towards advancing Science, Technology, and Innovation in Africa.

For nearly 40 years, the AAS has advanced science in Africa through growing world-class scientific competencies and infrastructure across the continent. With lessons learned and opportunities in science for transforming lives, the AAS Strategic Plan is anchored on the vision, renewed mission, and core values of AAS.

The launch will be preceded by a round table of eminent scientists and friends of Africa to present the status of science in Africa addressing policy, practice and prospects needed to leapfrog in science for transforming lives on the continent.

Biophysics in Africa Monthly Colloquium

Modelling the Covalent Intermediates of the Nitrilase Superfamily

Date: 28 February 2024

Speaker: Dr. Dewald P. van Heerden (University of Cape Town)

Location: Zoom

The Biophysics in Africa Monthly Colloquium Series is a joint project of the African Light Source Foundation (AfLS), African Physical Society (AfPS), and the South African Institute of Physics (SAIP). SAIP is an adhering body of the International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB).  The colloquia are always on the last Wednesday of every month.  In addition to participation by students and colleagues worldwide, we invite speakers from around the globe as well.  For more information please feel free to contact colloquium.series@africanbiophysics.org

Abstract

The nitrilase superfamily, which includes amidases, are thiol enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis and condensation of non-peptide, carbon-nitrogen linkages. The mechanism of action of these enzymes remains unknown – but substantial insight has been gained from our studies of the closely related amidases. All the enzymes have a structurally conserved active site grouping comprising two glutamates, a lysine, and a cysteine. All postulated mechanisms involve covalent modification of the cysteine. Such covalently modified amino acids cannot be modelled by the best available modelling tools used in the field. I have developed a procedure that enables optimization of these amino acids using the Interactive Structure Optimization by Local Direct Exploration (ISOLDE) package incorporated in UCSF ChimeraX. In addition to coordinates that conventional docking programs rely on, ISOLDE employs electron density to minimize protein structures. Application of my protocols to the nitrilases has afforded substantial insight that potentially eliminates some mechanistic proposals.

About the speaker

Dewald P. van Heerden completed his PhD in 2020 under the supervision of Leonard Barbour at the University of Stellenbosch with the project titled Computational Assessment and Visualization of Guest Inclusion in Porous Crystalline Materials. Soon thereafter, he joined the Structural Biology Research Unit at the University of Cape Town as a postdoctoral research fellow under the mentorship of Trevor Sewell. His current research interests are focused on the computational elucidation of the reaction mechanisms of the nitrilase superfamily.

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COMPASS-Seagate Industry Grand Challenge

Opportunity to Explore Real-World Materials Science Problems While Competing in Multi-Disciplinary and Cross-Continental Teams

Date: 12 – 15 April 2024

Registration Deadline: 01 April 2024

Location: Virtual

 

COMPASS is a NSF Science and Technology Center for theoretical, experimental, and computational researchers who together are developing a systems-level approach to particle-based matter for word-leading energy-efficient manufacturing.
Seagate Technology is the leading innovator of mass-capacity data storage solutions. We create breakthrough technology so you can confidently store your data and easily unlock its value.

 

Eligibility:

Any members of COMPASS, African Universities, or African Research Institutions, All Backgrounds and Experience Levels Welcome.

Benefits to Participants:

Skill-building webinars, networking with academic colleagues and industry partners, working in cognitively diverse teams, experience pitching before a distinguished panel, and chance to compete for awards and prize money.

Registration and More Details: https://forms.office.com/r/7Wykgc4DFe

AUDA-NEPAD AI Dialogue: Unlock Africa's AI Future

Date: 29 February 2024

Time: 15:00 – 17:00 (GMT +2)

Why You Should Attend:

  • Uncover the transformative impact of AI and robotics in Africa.
  • Connect with leading AI experts and policymakers.
  • Influence the shaping of AI policy in Africa.
  • Be part of the inaugural African Youth in AI and Robotics Competition.
  • Create partnerships and explore collaborative ventures.

This unique dialogue will introduce the “AUDA-NEPAD AI Continental White Paper and Roadmap,” a strategic document developed by leading AI experts from across Africa. Our aim is to initiate discussions, solicit feedback, and build a strong policy and stakeholder network to accelerate AI adoption continent-wide. Your perspectives and contributions are crucial in defining AI’s future role in Africa.

Additionally, in line with the AU theme on education and our AUDA-NEPAD Energize Africa Initiatives, the event will feature the launch of an African Youth in AI and Robotics Competition led by Ele-vate AI Innovation Hub, highlighting the continent’s talented youth and promoting a fair technological ecosystem. This gathering is not just a dialogue but a mobilization of all stakeholders to foster innovation, stimulate economic advancement, and empower the African community through AI and robotics.

Register to attend

For more information email: barbarag@nepad.org ; chifundok@nepad.org

Navigating the Graduate School Admission Processes

Speaker: Prof. Nadine KABENGI (Georgia State University)

Date:15 February 2024

Time: 16:00 HRS (GMT+2)

Abstract:

Applying and securing acceptance into a graduate program can be a daunting task for many. From finding a program of interest to putting together a compelling application, one must be intentional and begin early. In this presentation, we will cover the basic steps of the admission process and help develop a winning strategy.

Speaker Bio

Prof. Kabengi is Associate Dean of the Graduate School and associate professor at Georgia State University where she has been since 2012.  She holds dual appointments with the Department of Geosciences and the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Kabengi received her B.S. and M.S in Agricultural Engineering and Soil Science from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, where she was born and raised. She later moved to the United States where she earned a Ph.D. in Soil Physical Chemistry from the University of Florida. Dr. Kabengi’ s research expertise is in experimental thermodynamics and with her group investigates the fate and transport of contaminants in soils and water systems across multiple scales and applications. Her research as Principal Investigator and co-PI has garnered more than $13 million in extramural funding, including the prestigious U.S. Department of Energy – Faculty Career Development program award in 2014. Prof. Kabengi teaches undergraduates and graduates classes in environmental geology, environmental instrumentations, geochemistry, and soil science, as well as honors seminar classes on the Nature of Science and underrepresentation in the sciences. She teaches in the “WomenLead”, an award-winning program at Georgia State, and is the faculty mentor of STEMulate, a student club with a mission to empower URMs and women in STEM. Dr. Kabengi is the 2022 recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Faculty Diversity Award for her commitment to diversity throughout her research, teaching, and service activities.

 

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SCGES webinar Series: Popularizing Science Without Gender Bias

The 10th SCGES webinar is the participation of the Standing Committee for Gender Equality in Science to the Global Women’s breakfast.

The event will be held in hybrid format (online and in-person) form on February 27th, 2024.

Venue
Institut Henri Poincaré (IHP)
11 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75005 Paris

Agenda

  • 8:30 AM CET (in person only): Global Women Breakfast
  • 9:30 AM CET (in person only): Group visit of Maison Poincaré led by Sylvie Benzoni-Gavage, IHP director
  • 10:45 AM – 12:45 CET (in person and online): Popularizing science without gender bias

The presentations concentrate on two specific challenges:

  • How to contribute popularising mathematics in a museum among the youth of all origins and gender?
  • How to write an astronomy book for men and women and why is it important?

View the event flyer
Visit the Gender Quality in Science event webpage

International Conference on Electronic Materials 2024

The IUMRS-ICEM, started in 1988 and the first meetings were held in Japan, which is one of the most important serial conferences of the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS) and has been organized biennially. This meeting is often organized in a number of themes each comprising a number of symposia, according to research areas/topics. The IUMRS-ICEM is one of the most important platforms for materials researchers to present their latest research findings, interact with their peers, and establish research collaborations.

The IUMRS-ICEM 2024 will consist of stimulating program of plenary sessions, keynote speeches, panel discussions, poster presentations and exhibitions in advanced materials and technologies. We aim to make the conference a genuine two-way process and as such, technology knowledge transfer, commercialization and industrialization can be further enhanced through the interactivity.

17 May 2024 : Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
18 – 20 May 2024: City University of Hong Kong

Download the conference program

View the conference website here

The African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI) Induction Meeting

The APTI fellowship programme provides fellowships to African researchers to spend two years at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to receive training and mentorship before returning to their African home institution after their two years at the NIH. The programme targets to train up to 30 African fellows between 2018-2024 with the intended outcome that these fellows will become scientific leaders who can advocate for increased research and innovation projects in Africa.

In 2020, 10 early career researchers from across Africa were given grants to implement a four-year postdoctoral fellowship. In this inception meeting, the APTI Cohort 2 fellows will present their research focus areas.

Virtual meeting details  
Join the induction meeting virtually and listen to the engaging presentations from APTI 2 fellows.

Date: 31 January 2024
Time: 15:00-18:00 (GMT)
Location: Online Zoom
Register: Click here to register for the meeting.

Joint MRS/African MRS Webinar: Materials for Green Electronics to Mitigate Climate Issues

Date: January 18, 2024

Time: 02:00PM – 03:30PM

You must be registered to participate!

Co-Chairs:

Speakers:

 

For sustainable electronics devices and applications, the materials used as well as the materials processes involved are critical. This is especially pertinent for the African continent as electronic devices continue to proliferate. The three talks in this joint MRS/African MRS webinar will highlight different aspects of sustainable electronic materials that are especially relevant for Africa as examples of ongoing research in this area, including organic electronics, membranes, and organic solar cells.

This webinar is presented jointly by MRS and African MRS.

 

Talks:

  • Compostable Organic Electronics
    Clara Santato, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
  • Membranes as substrates for devices
    Nolwazi Nombona, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Synthesis of co-polymers for organic solar cells
    Newayemedhin Tegegne, Addis Ababa University

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Workshop : Air Quality and IoT-based Air Sensors

Date: 14 – 15 March 2024

Time: 08:00 – 19:00hrs

The participation to this workshop is totally free of charge, but the number of seats is limited (less than 20).

Poor air quality is a concern in African cities, but governments have been too slow to react, one of the reasons being the scarcity of data on different pollutants. Instruments based on low-cost sensors and Internet of Things (IoT) are being considered as solution to evaluate the concentration of different pollutants but very few research has been done till now in Africa on this topic. On the 7th and 8th November 2023, an online seminar was organized in the framework of the IoT4AQ project that brought together Microelectronics and Air Pollution specialists to serve as an introduction to an in-person workshop that will be organized on 14-15 March 2024. The workshop will be hosted by the Alioune Diop University, in Senegal. This hands-on training will focus on the design, testing and calibration of IoT-based air sensors.

Learn more here

AMRS Colloquium Series (ONLINE): Prof Malik Maaza

Speaker: Prof. Malik Maaza ( UNESCO UNISA ITL/NRF Africa Chair in Nanosciences & Nanotechnology, South Africa)
Title: Nanomaterials R&D and translations — a path towards SDGs and Science for Society
Date: Thursday 18 January, 2024
Time: 16:00 — 17:00 HRS (GMT+2)

ANSOLE´s 13th Anniversary International Online Conference (A 2 IOC 2024)

In partnership with Riga Photonics Centre, Latvia

Host: UNIVERSITY OF BAMENDA (UBa) CAMEROON

Given the ease of meeting online, ANSOLE is celebrating its 13th anniversary by organising the ANSOLE 13th Anniversary International Online Conference (A2IOC2024). A2IOC allows our members worldwide to celebrate together and “talk science” from their living rooms.

The 2024 edition is partnered by the Riga Photonics Centre, Latvia, and co-hosted by Dr Jerome Ndam Mungwe of the University of Bamenda, Cameroon. We invite young scientists from the Global South to use this opportunity to present their work to an international audience and expand their networks. Topics related to renewable energy, water, sustainability, green hydrogen, waste management, circular economy, green technologies, climate change mitigation and beyond are welcome.

Would you like to co-host one of the future editions? If so, please email daniel.egbe@ansole.org & samir.romdhane@fst.utm.tn!

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2023

Materials for African Development: From Health to Energy and the Environment

Date: 14 December 2023

Speaker: Prof Wole Soboyejo

This talk presents a perspective on the key role that materials can play in African development. Following a brief review of Africa’s rich array of materials and energy resources and a brief history of the African MRS, some next frontiers are presented for the development of functional materials for health, energy, and the environment. In the area of materials for human health, novel approaches are presented for the development of nanoparticles, targeted drugs, drug-eluting systems, nanostructured coatings and tissue engineered systems. The implications of these systems are then discussed for cancer detection and treatment, tissue repair/regeneration, as well as improved orthopedic and dental implants. Subsequently, in the second part of the talk, new approaches are presented for the pressure-assisted fabrication of solar cells, light emitting devices and batteries with enhanced performance characteristics. The potential development impacts of such systems are then explored within rural/urban settings. Finally, in the third part of the talk, earth-based materials are used for development of sustainable building materials and a new generation of bio-processed super-lubricious graphene-based coatings with ultra-low friction and wear characteristics. The implications of these materials are then discussed for African development.

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Webinar: Applying to Graduate Programs in the US

Join Dr. Iwnetim Abate’s and Dr. Sossina Haile’s on the 23rd August 2021. Their webinar is targeted towards undergraduates and MS students in STEM fields. It will discuss how to apply to PhD programs in the US.

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East African Science, Technology and Innovation Conference and Exhibition 

The East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO) wishes to announce the call for abstracts for the Second East African Science, Technology and Innovation Conference and Exhibition (EASTICE). The objective of the Conference is to provide a platform for information sharing and networking among scientists, technologists, innovators and industrialists from a wide range of sectors, including the academia, the industry, the public and the private sector.

Call for abstracts

Concept note

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Nanotechnology Research and Innovation Bootcamp

Dates: 10 -13 August 2021

Venue: AMRS Zoom

ProgramDownload Programme

Website: https://africanmrs.net/nanotechnology-bootcamp-2021/

Accelerating Climate Action through Science and Policy

We are pleased to draw your attention to two virtual outreach events taking place on 26 (in French) and 27 May (in English) 2021. They are organized by the United Nations University’s Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) and the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) via its African Science Technology and Innovation Priority Setting programme  (ASP) which engages African stakeholders to identify priorities that, if addressed, offer the highest return on investment . with the participation of speakers from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

https://www.aasciences.africa/african-scientific-priorities

International Conference on Materials for Humanity (MH 21)

MRS Singapore invites you to a virtual International Conference on Materials for Humanity (MH 21) during 6-9 July, 2021. The conference encompasses 6 themes and 18 symposia.

International Conference on Materials for Humanity (MH 21)
For more details and programmes, you may log on to the official conference website: mh21.mrs.org.sg

CECAM-MARVEL “Classics in molecular and materials modelling”

Daan Frenkel (University of Cambridge) and Tony Ladd (University of Florida) will give a joint lecture in what will be the fourth event in the series “Classics in molecular and materials modelling” hosted by CECAM and MARVEL.

Date: 20.05.2021
Time: 15:00 › 17:45
Place: Online
Name of speaker:
Daan Frenkel (University of Cambridge) & Tony Ladd (University of Florida)

https://nccr-marvel.ch/events/classics-frenkel-ladd

EA – Microscopy Workshop

On behalf of MSSA, we are very excited to invite you to register for the Virtual EA – Microscopy Workshop that will be held from the 24th – 27th of May, 2021.

The workshop will cover topics ranging from Light Microscopy (LM) and Stereomicroscopy (SM), Laser Confocal Scanning Microscopy (LCSM), SEM (EBSD, BSE, SE and FIB), TEM (STEM, SAED and HAADF-STEM), Spectroscopy Supporting techniques (Raman and XRD), Sample preparation techniques, Grain Size measurements & other micrograph measurements (please see attached program).

To register please use the link below. Deadline for registration is the 7th of May, 2021.

https://forms.office.com/r/nvZ08wvcyC

Participants will receive certificates for all workshop sessions attended and student participation prizes will be awarded.

Please feel free to circulate this invite amongst your peer Postgraduate students, Researchers, Microscopists and Trade representatives.

Should you have any enquiries, please contact us on MSSAWORKSHOP@gmail.com

Policy  Workshop on Nanotechnology  For  Transformation of  African “Looking  Towards  a  Sustainable  African  Future” 3-4 May 2021

Nanotechnology For Transformation

Event Speakers & Programme

The Exscalate4CoV project

Link:
https://sissa-it.zoom.us/j/83474620859?pwd=V3VqN2QvOE9icHRHL0xQbTdzenZudz09

(please connect to the meeting using your first name, last name and affiliation)
Speaker:
Carmine Talarico (Dompé Farmaceutici)

Time/Venue:
Wed 14/04/2021,  h 14:00 – zoom meeting

Title:
The Exscalate4CoV project: how an integrated platform for drug design is supporting the fight against SARS-CoV-2.

The international magazine “International Journal of Molecular Sciences” has dedicated a special issue to the project EXSCALATE4COV (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijms/special_issues/Exscalate4CoV),

you can find the scientific production of the consortium on the website https://www.exscalate4cov.eu/contribute.html#papers

4th Calestous Juma Executive Dialogue

 The African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD)  invites you and your network to register for the 4th Calestous Juma Executive Dialogue, scheduled for the 28th and 29th of April, 2021.  We value your contribution as our stakeholder in these deliberations.

In recognition of their seminar participation, participants will be awarded online certificates of achievement by AUDA-NEPAD, which can be downloaded for their records. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English, French and Portuguese.

 

REGISTERATION LINK: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rC48qCScSmSAtTSYoWJ8Rg

Please CLICK HERE for the 4th CJED concept note and draft agenda. Further information will be shared in due course.

From Nature to Biomimicking to Nanotechnologies

Speaker: Prof Malik Maaza
Date: 15 April 2021
Time: 2 pm  South African Time
Link: http://bit.ly/AfricanBiophysicsWebinar04152021
Meeting ID: 879 9372 8562
Passcode: 415Biophys

Nanotechnology for Health Webinar

Wednesday 21th April 2021 08:00-11:00 WAT; 09:00 -12:00 CAT; 10:00 -13:00 EAT

You are invited to the Nanotechnology webinar focused on Health in the Southern African Region Partnerships and Possibilities

Learn More: Nanotechnology for Health

CMSP Atomistic Simulation Webinar Series

* * * Wednesday, 7 April 2021 at 11:00 a.m. * * *

Speaker: R. Kramer Campen (Faculty of Physics, University of Duisburg-Essen)

Title:  Towards an Experimental, Femtosecond-resolved, view of Hydrogen Evolution on Platinum

Register in advance at:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpd-GgqDgrHNCGr9cfKTv8Zop4cXQSUI_S

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the seminar.

Nanotechnology in Agriculture webinar

You are cordially invited to the Nanotechnology in Agriculture webinar to be held on Tuesday 09 March 2021 at 15:30 GMT+2.

Nanotech for Agriculture Webinar

African Biophysics Week Conference

On the conference program are sessions to discuss the development of the future of biophysics in Africa.  As biophysics is multidisciplinary science, we are very much pleased to invite your active participation in this conference.

Biophysics in Africa flyer

iCANX in Africa

You are all invited to join iCANX in Africa, this is a weekly public online science talk show, every Friday, evening in Beijing(20:00-21:30), it should be lunch time in Africa, very easy to access it, open http://www.ican-x.com [1]/ website, you can join the online talk directly.

May I kindly share with you the March schedule,

March 5th, Robert Langer, Advanced Technologies in Drug Delivery March 12th, Martin Green, Recent developments in solar cells and role in climate change mitigation March 19th, Yasuhiko Arakawa, Quantum Dots: From Science to Practical Implementation March 26th, Naomi Halas,  Nanomaterials and Light for Sustainability and Societal Impact.

http://www.ican-x.com/

https://twitter.com/icanx_talks?lang=en

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqIK64TeOxMHAFAWrAGpRkw

iCANX Talks, connect the world and universe.

Every Friday, meet you at ican-x.com [2]

First Asia Advanced Materials Summit (AAMS)

The Asia Advanced Materials Summits are initiated by China Association for Science and Technology (CAST). The aim of the summits is to provide a platform for the materials scientists and entrepreneurs in Asia to present their recent research and development achievements in the field of materials science and technology, and promote the cooperation among Asia Materials Research Societies and scientists in the field of advanced materials around the world. The 1st AAMS is sponsored by China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and organized by Advanced Materials Alliance of CAST Member Societies (AMAC), Asia Pacific Academy of Materials (APAM), and International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS) Regional Office in Asia.

Please see the AAMS 2021 Program for more info: https://africanmrs.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/AAMS-2021-PROGRAM.pdf

An Invitation to the MENA conference in biosensors scheduled to be held virtual from February 24th and 25th 2021 in Riyadh. The meeting will bring together leading scientists, early-career researchers to share their perspectives and gather specialists from various interdisciplinary fields to discuss necessary measures needed to develop a new generation of powerful bio-sensing platforms and diagnostic tools.

The conference is two full days programme consists of daily invited plenary lectures followed by presentations from the region and worldwide

Please see the poster and link below for more info: https://www.alfaisal.edu/en/mena-intl-conference-biosensors-2021#speakers

Registration is free and virtual. Registration is a must for attendance

Thursday 11/February 2021 Virtual Seminar at 16:00 HRS (GMT+2)

On the 11/Feb/2021 at 16:00 HRS GMT+2, we will be having an online EAIFR CMP Seminar by Dr. Prendergast from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, USA. He will be discussing, on X-ray Spectroscopy and how this connects with Electronic Structure Calculations. One goal of this talk is to help build collaborations between researchers in Africa and those in the USA. Details are below.

Title: X-ray Spectroscopy as a probe of electronic structure
Speaker: David Prendergast, The Molecular Foundry, Berkeley Lab, USA
Date/Time: Thursday 11/Feb/2021 at 16:00 HRS (GMT+2)

Registration: Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEuf-yrrDsiGdTO0Uk7AMNkiCszMg1vfNnj

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Abstract:
X-ray spectroscopy is a widely used tool to explore the properties of matter by inducing excitations using high energy photons – typically with hundreds or thousands of electronvolts. From the perspective of electronic structure, it provides access to the nominally inert inner-shell or core electrons of atoms and uses their strong localization to reveal the local electronic properties of the excited atom defined in part by its surroundings – in a molecule, a crystal, a molecular liquid, etc. As such, X-ray spectroscopy is an excellent means of validating electronic structure theory.

In this talk, I will describe how one can begin to simulate X-ray spectroscopy using density functional theory (DFT). Surprisingly, this ground-state, mean-field theory can accurately describe excitations of inner-shell electrons… provided that we apply an intuitive approach that leverages its strengths. We will focus primarily on excitations of 1s electrons (so-called K-edge spectroscopy) and X-ray absorption. We will also briefly discuss the potential for expanding this research in many appealing directions (ultrafast science, quantum materials, batteries, …). Ultimately, you should understand how your own (relatively) simple electronic structure calculations can support or define cutting-edge measurements across the world.

Bio:
David Prendergast is a Senior Staff Scientist and Facility Director for Theory of Nanostructured Materials at the Molecular Foundry, a Department of Energy Nanoscale Science Research Center, at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in physics from University College Cork in Ireland in 2002 and joined the Foundry as a staff scientist in 2007.

In his time at the Foundry, he has developed a remarkably broad multidisciplinary research program, involving X-ray science at the Advanced Light Source, and spanning chemical and materials sciences. David’s research combines first-principles electronic structure theory and molecular dynamics simulations to study energy-relevant processes in complex materials systems at the nanoscale, especially at interfaces, often through direct simulation and interpretation of X-ray spectroscopy experiments.

The Nanotech Innovation and Investment Forum 2020

Monday, December 14, 2020 to Friday, December 18, 2020

Nanotechnology, from nanofilters for water purification in Ethiopia and the United Republic of Tanzania to nanocatalysts and nanosensors in Egypt and South Africa, is broadening the scope of current approaches and creating new avenues for meeting many of the development challenges that Africa faces today. It is for this reason that nanotechnology research and development trends and market potential could directly and indirectly contribute to Africa’s development aspirations and its international obligations especially those in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

The Nanotech Events

9th MRS-S Conference on Advanced Materials (MRS-S AMC-9)

Welcome to the 9th MRS-S Conference on Advanced Materials (MRS-S AMC-9), organized by Materials Research Society of Singapore (MRS-S). The inaugural (free) virtual conference will be held from 25 to 27 November 2020. This biennial series, comprising of talks by invitation only, has always brought together the materials research community in Singapore for sharing and discourse.

More details of the Conference

It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the online 4th International Conference on Energy for Sustainable Development in Africa aimed at fostering advancement in energy in all ramifications and knowledge transfer in Africa through contributions by experts in engineering, sciences, and education.
Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

 Date: 11th – 13th November 2020
The Conference holds Virtual via the Zoom Platform.

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International Collaboration in the COVID-19 Era

Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST via Zoom

More info

The Workshop will be hosted on the Wits Zoom Conference Platform and Registered attendees will receive the links for the different program sessions on the 25th of November, 2020.

Date: 30th November – 3rd of December, 2020
Registration: Click for more

MSSA 2020 WORKSHOP PROGRAM                  MSSA WORKSHOP 2020

Event info

3rd IEEE 2021 International Conference

The third IEEE international conference on Design & Test of integrated micro & nano-Systems represents a scientific and technological event dedicated to integrated electronic systems which reach the nanoscale era. The interests of the conference cover all aspects of micro and nano systems from design to test. DTS is an important meeting where well known researchers from universities and companies will present the latest innovations in the field of micro and nano electronics. It will be also an opportunity for researchers to present and discuss their latest work.

More Details on the Conference

IUMRS-ICA2020

1.The IIUMRS- ICA2020 conference is now changed to fully online format (for both international and domestic participants) due to COVID-19 situation.

2. All registration fees will be adjusted to online rate.

3. Those who have already paid “non-online” rate will be refunded for the difference.

4. Early-bird Registration Deadline is extended to January 29, 2021

5. Normal Registration Deadline is changed to February 8, 2021

Due to a large number of submitted abstracts, the acceptance status from some symposia will be slightly delayed. Email regarding abstract acceptance status will be sent to the author’s email. Please check the junk/spam box. Acceptance letter can be downloaded by login your registered account. The conference will still be held on February 23-26, 2021.

Please visit the conference website (https://iumrs-ica2020.com/ for more information

4. All International Chairs, Advisory Boards, and Executive Advisory Committee (including IUMRS ECs and Presidents of IUMRS ABs) are cordially invited to attend the conference. Please make your registration at https://iumrs-ica2020.com/register.php.Please select Registration type for “International Chairs, Advisory Boards, and Executive Advisory Committee“.

The Nanotech Innovation and Investment Forum 2020

Monday, December 14, 2020 to Friday, December 18, 2020

Nanotechnology, from nanofilters for water purification in Ethiopia and the United Republic of Tanzania to nanocatalysts and nanosensors in Egypt and South Africa, is broadening the scope of current approaches and creating new avenues for meeting many of the development challenges that Africa faces today. It is for this reason that nanotechnology research and development trends and market potential could directly and indirectly contribute to Africa’s development aspirations and its international obligations especially those in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

The Nanotech Events

9th MRS-S Conference on Advanced Materials (MRS-S AMC-9)

Welcome to the 9th MRS-S Conference on Advanced Materials (MRS-S AMC-9), organized by Materials Research Society of Singapore (MRS-S). The inaugural (free) virtual conference will be held from 25 to 27 November 2020. This biennial series, comprising of talks by invitation only, has always brought together the materials research community in Singapore for sharing and discourse.

More details of the Conference

It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the online 4th International Conference on Energy for Sustainable Development in Africa aimed at fostering advancement in energy in all ramifications and knowledge transfer in Africa through contributions by experts in engineering, sciences, and education.
Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

 Date: 11th – 13th November 2020
The Conference holds Virtual via the Zoom Platform.

Download Flyer

International Collaboration in the COVID-19 Era

Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST via Zoom

More info

The Workshop will be hosted on the Wits Zoom Conference Platform and Registered attendees will receive the links for the different program sessions on the 25th of November, 2020.

Date: 30th November – 3rd of December, 2020
Registration: Click for more

MSSA 2020 WORKSHOP PROGRAM                  MSSA WORKSHOP 2020

Event info

3rd IEEE 2021 International Conference

The third IEEE international conference on Design & Test of integrated micro & nano-Systems represents a scientific and technological event dedicated to integrated electronic systems which reach the nanoscale era. The interests of the conference cover all aspects of micro and nano systems from design to test. DTS is an important meeting where well known researchers from universities and companies will present the latest innovations in the field of micro and nano electronics. It will be also an opportunity for researchers to present and discuss their latest work.

More Details on the Conference

IUMRS-ICA2020

1.The IIUMRS- ICA2020 conference is now changed to fully online format (for both international and domestic participants) due to COVID-19 situation.

2. All registration fees will be adjusted to online rate.

3. Those who have already paid “non-online” rate will be refunded for the difference.

4. Early-bird Registration Deadline is extended to January 29, 2021

5. Normal Registration Deadline is changed to February 8, 2021

Due to a large number of submitted abstracts, the acceptance status from some symposia will be slightly delayed. Email regarding abstract acceptance status will be sent to the author’s email. Please check the junk/spam box. Acceptance letter can be downloaded by login your registered account. The conference will still be held on February 23-26, 2021.

Please visit the conference website (https://iumrs-ica2020.com/ for more information

4. All International Chairs, Advisory Boards, and Executive Advisory Committee (including IUMRS ECs and Presidents of IUMRS ABs) are cordially invited to attend the conference. Please make your registration at https://iumrs-ica2020.com/register.php.Please select Registration type for “International Chairs, Advisory Boards, and Executive Advisory Committee“.

The Nanotech Innovation and Investment Forum 2020

Monday, December 14, 2020 to Friday, December 18, 2020

Nanotechnology, from nanofilters for water purification in Ethiopia and the United Republic of Tanzania to nanocatalysts and nanosensors in Egypt and South Africa, is broadening the scope of current approaches and creating new avenues for meeting many of the development challenges that Africa faces today. It is for this reason that nanotechnology research and development trends and market potential could directly and indirectly contribute to Africa’s development aspirations and its international obligations especially those in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

The Nanotech Events

9th MRS-S Conference on Advanced Materials (MRS-S AMC-9)

Welcome to the 9th MRS-S Conference on Advanced Materials (MRS-S AMC-9), organized by Materials Research Society of Singapore (MRS-S). The inaugural (free) virtual conference will be held from 25 to 27 November 2020. This biennial series, comprising of talks by invitation only, has always brought together the materials research community in Singapore for sharing and discourse.

More details of the Conference

It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the online 4th International Conference on Energy for Sustainable Development in Africa aimed at fostering advancement in energy in all ramifications and knowledge transfer in Africa through contributions by experts in engineering, sciences, and education.
Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

 Date: 11th – 13th November 2020
The Conference holds Virtual via the Zoom Platform.

Download Flyer

International Collaboration in the COVID-19 Era

Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST via Zoom

More info

The Workshop will be hosted on the Wits Zoom Conference Platform and Registered attendees will receive the links for the different program sessions on the 25th of November, 2020.

Date: 30th November – 3rd of December, 2020
Registration: Click for more

MSSA 2020 WORKSHOP PROGRAM                  MSSA WORKSHOP 2020

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3rd IEEE 2021 International Conference

The third IEEE international conference on Design & Test of integrated micro & nano-Systems represents a scientific and technological event dedicated to integrated electronic systems which reach the nanoscale era. The interests of the conference cover all aspects of micro and nano systems from design to test. DTS is an important meeting where well known researchers from universities and companies will present the latest innovations in the field of micro and nano electronics. It will be also an opportunity for researchers to present and discuss their latest work.

More Details on the Conference

IUMRS-ICA2020

1.The IIUMRS- ICA2020 conference is now changed to fully online format (for both international and domestic participants) due to COVID-19 situation.

2. All registration fees will be adjusted to online rate.

3. Those who have already paid “non-online” rate will be refunded for the difference.

4. Early-bird Registration Deadline is extended to January 29, 2021

5. Normal Registration Deadline is changed to February 8, 2021

Due to a large number of submitted abstracts, the acceptance status from some symposia will be slightly delayed. Email regarding abstract acceptance status will be sent to the author’s email. Please check the junk/spam box. Acceptance letter can be downloaded by login your registered account. The conference will still be held on February 23-26, 2021.

Please visit the conference website (https://iumrs-ica2020.com/ for more information

4. All International Chairs, Advisory Boards, and Executive Advisory Committee (including IUMRS ECs and Presidents of IUMRS ABs) are cordially invited to attend the conference. Please make your registration at https://iumrs-ica2020.com/register.php.Please select Registration type for “International Chairs, Advisory Boards, and Executive Advisory Committee“.

The Nanotech Innovation and Investment Forum 2020

Monday, December 14, 2020 to Friday, December 18, 2020

Nanotechnology, from nanofilters for water purification in Ethiopia and the United Republic of Tanzania to nanocatalysts and nanosensors in Egypt and South Africa, is broadening the scope of current approaches and creating new avenues for meeting many of the development challenges that Africa faces today. It is for this reason that nanotechnology research and development trends and market potential could directly and indirectly contribute to Africa’s development aspirations and its international obligations especially those in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

The Nanotech Events

9th MRS-S Conference on Advanced Materials (MRS-S AMC-9)

Welcome to the 9th MRS-S Conference on Advanced Materials (MRS-S AMC-9), organized by Materials Research Society of Singapore (MRS-S). The inaugural (free) virtual conference will be held from 25 to 27 November 2020. This biennial series, comprising of talks by invitation only, has always brought together the materials research community in Singapore for sharing and discourse.

More details of the Conference

It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the online 4th International Conference on Energy for Sustainable Development in Africa aimed at fostering advancement in energy in all ramifications and knowledge transfer in Africa through contributions by experts in engineering, sciences, and education.
Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

 Date: 11th – 13th November 2020
The Conference holds Virtual via the Zoom Platform.

Download Flyer

International Collaboration in the COVID-19 Era

Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST via Zoom

More info

The Workshop will be hosted on the Wits Zoom Conference Platform and Registered attendees will receive the links for the different program sessions on the 25th of November, 2020.

Date: 30th November – 3rd of December, 2020
Registration: Click for more

MSSA 2020 WORKSHOP PROGRAM                  MSSA WORKSHOP 2020

Event info

3rd IEEE 2021 International Conference

The third IEEE international conference on Design & Test of integrated micro & nano-Systems represents a scientific and technological event dedicated to integrated electronic systems which reach the nanoscale era. The interests of the conference cover all aspects of micro and nano systems from design to test. DTS is an important meeting where well known researchers from universities and companies will present the latest innovations in the field of micro and nano electronics. It will be also an opportunity for researchers to present and discuss their latest work.

More Details on the Conference

IUMRS-ICA2020

1.The IIUMRS- ICA2020 conference is now changed to fully online format (for both international and domestic participants) due to COVID-19 situation.

2. All registration fees will be adjusted to online rate.

3. Those who have already paid “non-online” rate will be refunded for the difference.

4. Early-bird Registration Deadline is extended to January 29, 2021

5. Normal Registration Deadline is changed to February 8, 2021

Due to a large number of submitted abstracts, the acceptance status from some symposia will be slightly delayed. Email regarding abstract acceptance status will be sent to the author’s email. Please check the junk/spam box. Acceptance letter can be downloaded by login your registered account. The conference will still be held on February 23-26, 2021.

Please visit the conference website (https://iumrs-ica2020.com/ for more information

4. All International Chairs, Advisory Boards, and Executive Advisory Committee (including IUMRS ECs and Presidents of IUMRS ABs) are cordially invited to attend the conference. Please make your registration at https://iumrs-ica2020.com/register.php.Please select Registration type for “International Chairs, Advisory Boards, and Executive Advisory Committee“.

The Nanotech Innovation and Investment Forum 2020

Monday, December 14, 2020 to Friday, December 18, 2020

Nanotechnology, from nanofilters for water purification in Ethiopia and the United Republic of Tanzania to nanocatalysts and nanosensors in Egypt and South Africa, is broadening the scope of current approaches and creating new avenues for meeting many of the development challenges that Africa faces today. It is for this reason that nanotechnology research and development trends and market potential could directly and indirectly contribute to Africa’s development aspirations and its international obligations especially those in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

The Nanotech Events

9th MRS-S Conference on Advanced Materials (MRS-S AMC-9)

Welcome to the 9th MRS-S Conference on Advanced Materials (MRS-S AMC-9), organized by Materials Research Society of Singapore (MRS-S). The inaugural (free) virtual conference will be held from 25 to 27 November 2020. This biennial series, comprising of talks by invitation only, has always brought together the materials research community in Singapore for sharing and discourse.

More details of the Conference

It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the online 4th International Conference on Energy for Sustainable Development in Africa aimed at fostering advancement in energy in all ramifications and knowledge transfer in Africa through contributions by experts in engineering, sciences, and education.
Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

 Date: 11th – 13th November 2020
The Conference holds Virtual via the Zoom Platform.

Download Flyer

International Collaboration in the COVID-19 Era

Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST via Zoom

More info

The Workshop will be hosted on the Wits Zoom Conference Platform and Registered attendees will receive the links for the different program sessions on the 25th of November, 2020.

Date: 30th November – 3rd of December, 2020
Registration: Click for more

MSSA 2020 WORKSHOP PROGRAM                  MSSA WORKSHOP 2020

Event info