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MSc Physics at ICTP-EAIFR 2022/2023

Application for the UR MSc Physics program run by ICTP-EAIFR is open.
THIS IS FOR THE 2022/2023 ACADEMIC YEAR. Details are available here:
https://eaifr.org/degree-programmes/masters-programme/application-guidelines/

Deadline for application is 31/May/2022.

The first year of our MSc program gives students a basic training in Physics similar to what they would typically have at the end of the first year in graduate school in the US. Students can then choose a field of specialization in their second year (Condensed Matter Physics, High Energy Physics, Geophysics). A number of our students have carried out cutting edge research in their second year (thesis year) and have gone on to PhD programs in the USA, in Europe and to teaching positions in Africa.

PhD Scholarships in Nanotechnology and Materials Science

You have finished or are close to finishing your Master’s degree in the fields of Nanoscience, Physics, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, or similar Engineering degrees. You are looking for the best possible foundation for fulfilling your academic dreams and ambitions, and turning your ideas into technology for the benefit of people by pushing the boundaries of current knowledge in science and engineering. A PhD at DTU Nanolab is a natural next step.
Your overall focus will be to strengthen the department’s competences within the development of new materials, fabrication of nanostructured surfaces and devices as well as pushing the boundaries of (in situ) characterization of structural and spectroscopic characterization at the nanoscale.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Application Deadline: 20 May 2022 (Danish time)

More details and Application information here!

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

 

Seed Grant for New African Principal Investigators (SG-NAPI)

call is open for application for the TWAS – UNESCO Research Grants Programme, the “Seed Grant for New African Principal Investigators (SG-NAPI)“, fully funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The call supports research in nine fields: Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Information Computer Technology, Mathematics, Medical Sciences and Physics

The call for the SG-NAPI Programme remains open until 24 May 2022 and invites applications by scientists from 47 selected African countries, who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • aged 40 or below (any applicant turning 41 in the year of application is not eligible),
  • obtained their PhD abroad (outside his/her home country) within the last 5 years and returned to his/her home country within the last 36 months or will return home before the end of 2022,
  • must hold a position at an academic and/or research institution (including international research centres) in their home country,
  • must be national of an eligible African country (in the Sub-Saharan region).

We encourage early career African scientists, especially women scientists, to apply for this programme.

Please visit the TWAS website for full details of the application process: https://twas.org/opportunity/seed-grant-new-african-principal-investigators-sg-napi

The focal point for this programme is the TWAS SG-NAPI Grants Office ([email protected])

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Call for Abstracts for the 10th International Conference on Multiscale Materials Modeling (MMM10)

The MMM10 will be held October 2-7, 2022, at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace, overlooking the famed Baltimore Inner Harbor, in Maryland, U.S.A.  

Given the success in safely organizing in-person conferences, the MMM10 conference is being planned as an in-person event with all proper health and safety procedures in place for the MMM community to meet and discuss new developments and create networking opportunities in a healthy and safe environment.  

Abstract submission is now open, and we encourage you to submit an abstract to one of our symposia on a multitude of topics of interest to the MMM community.

Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 April 2022

The list of topics covered by the different symposia can be accessed through the conference website Here!

Call for Post-doc & Masters Fellows

Apply for a scholarship for JUSTIS project, looking and just transitions and the informal sector in Africa. *Namibian students only*

The Sam Nujoma Marine and Coastal Resources Research Centre (SANUMARC) invites suitably qualified candidates to apply for the following Scholarship opportunities that will commence in April 2022.

The study will interrogate the state and potential for ‘just’ low carbon transitions from an African perspective that considers the historical context of dependence on hydrocarbons beyond the formal sector. It will particularly focus on the informal sector as a critical dimension for sustainably managing stranding and low carbon transition and possibly exploring opportunities for the informal sector to lead the transition towards decarbonised economies. It will draw its empiricism from two dominant energy-related sectors – food and manufacturing- both representing purveyors of green infrastructure, jobs, and growth. The research will improve understanding of effective strategies for addressing energy shortages, triggering energy entrepreneurship, and strengthening adaptation and resilience in the informal sector.

Application details here

5th International Conference of Young Researchers on Advanced Materials (IUMRS-ICYRAM2022)

The organizing committee pleased to inform you that abstract submission deadline is extended until 28th, March.
Abstract submission site: https://www.iumrs-icyram2022.org/en/submission/login.php
In addition, the deadline for award application is also extended until 28th, March.
Please feel free to apply to awards; (i) ICYRAM2022 Young Researcher Award, (ii) ICYRAM2022 Student Presentation Award, (iii) ICYRAM2022 Travel Award.
Please get the details: https://icyram2022.wixsite.com/official-site/awards

The ICYRAM is the latest of the four international conferences launched by the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS). The main mission of the ICYRAM is to create international networks between young researchers, who will lead the next generation of material research. Young researcher, who is <40 years old, and/or <15 years passed after receiving a Ph.D. degree, will have unique opportunities to discuss, meet and create networks within the global materials community.

The IUMRS-ICYRAM2022 will be held at the Centennial Hall, Kyushu University School of Medicine, Fukuoka, Japan, from 3-6 August 2022.
Regarding the globally spreading COVID-19, we decided that the IUMRS-ICYRAM2022 will be held by A Hybrid Style (both onsite at Fukuoka and online).

While the IUMRS-ICYRAM2022 is planned as the hybrid style, we will continue to carefully monitor the situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its potential impacts on the meeting. The IUMRS-ICYRAM2022 will provide additional updates about the meeting as they become available.

Visit the website to find a list of the covered topics and the programmed symposia open for submissions.
(https://icyram2022.wixsite.com/official-site)

IUMRS-ICAM2021 event Postponement: transferred from 2021 to 2022

The organizing committee of the International Conference on Advanced Materials (IUMRS-ICAM2021, event transferred from 2021 to 2022 due to pandemic situation) is pleased to inform you that abstract submission deadline is extended until 8th, April, 2022.

Abstract submission site:

https://www.mrs-mexico.org.mx/imrc2022/system/index.php

The International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS), the Sociedad Mexicana de Materiales (SMMater), and the Materials Research Society® (MRS) are excited to be working together on the organization of the IUMRS-ICAM2021 and IMRC2022. The IMRC and ICAM currently offers a range of symposium topics of interest to the materials research community at large.

The ICAM2021 will be held at the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa & Marriott Cancun Resort in Cancun, Mexico, from 14-19 August 2022. Regarding the globally spreading COVID-19, we decided that the ICAM2021 and IMRC2022 will be held by A Hybrid Style (both onsite at Cancun and online).

While the ICAM2021 and IMRC2022 is planned as the hybrid style, we will continue to carefully monitor the situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its potential impacts on the meeting. The IUMRS-ICAM2021 will provide additional updates about the meeting as they become available.

Visit our website to find a list of the covered topics and the programmed symposia open for submissions.

(https://www.mrs-mexico.org.mx/imrc2022/program-symposia.php)

2022 AAPM International Council Collaborative Microgrants

The AAPM International Council will provide pilot grant funding for selected proposals/projects in regions around the world, including Africa, Latin America, Eastern Mediterranean, Western Pacific and South-East Asia.

The proposals should focus on conducting needs assessment to advance care, research, and education while also addressing global health disparities. To enhance collaboration and facilitate the implementation of selected proposals/projects, successful applicants will be connected to relevant IC committees for access to their resources and expertise. AAPM members seeking opportunities to partner with a Low-to-Middle Income Country (LMIC) are encouraged to submit the proposal with their potential LMIC collaborator.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • April 30, 2022 | Applications due
  • By May 31, 2022 | Award notifications sent
  • July 1, 2022 | Project start date
  • December 15, 2022 | Needs Assessment Project end date with submitted project report

For complete information and to apply, visit https://gaf.aapm.org/index.php#ICCM.

WOMEN IN PHYSICS

The IUPAP Working Group on Women in Physics will be sponsoring WIP conference grants for 2022.

Every year WG5 awards travel grants to women from developing countries to enable them to attend conferences that will support them in their career. Over 16 years, nearly 500 grants have been awarded.

Applications are due on Friday, April 15th.  

WIP Grant announcement

WIP Grant application form

Call for Applications – 2022 OWSD PhD Fellowships

The Fellowship is offered to women scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries to undertake PhD research in the natural, engineering and information technology sciences at a host institute in the South.

Costs covered include travel to the host country, tuition fees, board, accommodation and living expenses, and a modest discretionary annual allowance. The programme is administered with funds generously provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and is offered in partnership with host institutes throughout the developing world.

Two types of fellowship are available:

  • full-time fellowship (maximum 4 years funding), where the research is undertaken entirely at a host institute in another developing country in the South.
  • sandwich fellowship, where the candidate must be a registered PhD student in her home country and undertakes part of her studies at a host institute in another developing country. The sandwich fellowship is awarded for a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 research visits at the host institute. OWSD particularly encourages candidates to consider the sandwich option, which allows them to earn the PhD in their home country while accessing specialist researchers and equipment abroad, at the host institute.

The full Call for Applications is attached here, along with a poster which can be printed and distributed at your institutes or sent digitally.  We are also attaching some tips for successful applications. We would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word about this opportunity to your networks and to anyone you think could benefit.

Eligibility

All information regarding the fellowship, including full eligibility and selection criteria, required application materials, and the link to the application form, can be found on the OWSD website at:

https://owsd.net/career-development/phd-fellowship

Deadline

The deadline for applications for this fellowship is April 15, 2022.

Contact

Questions regarding the fellowship may be sent to [email protected]

INTRODUCING “DISCOVER MATERIALS”

Discover Materials is part of the Discover journal series committed to providing a streamlined submission process, rapid review and publication, and a high level of author  service at every stage. It is an open access, community-focused journal publishing research from across all fields relevant to materials.

About Discover Materials

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JOINT STATEMENT FROM ARUA VICE CHANCELLORS:

Developing a stronger Research Ecosystem in Africa: Towards enhancing the role of universities through clusters of Excellence”

This statement serves as an appeal to governments of countries in Africa and the African Union, to make support structures for Clusters of Research Excellence initiatives and expansion of research infrastructure at African Universities a priority at the upcoming EU-AU Summit. By making national and regional support for the research clusters associated with various universities and the general improvement of the research ecosystem a major priority for African government to be adequately reflected in annual budgets with earmarked funds.

Universities are central to the development of a stronger research ecosystem in Africa. This is because they generate 50-90 percent of the research output in  the various countries of the region, and their research output has grown significantly in the last decade. Consequently, Africa contributes almost 4 percent of global knowledge production…

 

Read the full statement here

L’Oréal – UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa 2022

The Foundation L’Oréal and UNESCO launch the 13th edition of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Young Talents – Sub-Saharan Africa program, to support young women scientists.

View the website for online applications

Call for Applications (English)
Appel À Candidature (Francais)

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Capacity Development Newsletter

The first issue of year 2022 is published. With opportunities ranging from Academic and Professional Internships, Short training courses, fellowships and Scholarships, to Research and Travel Grants.

Capacity Development is an important / strategic objective of ILRI’s mandate and cuts across all its research and development areas. ILRI and its partners work to increase capacity amongst ILRI’s key stakeholders and the institute itself so that they can make better use of livestock science and investments for better lives through livestock.

 

We invite all our readers to send us any capacity development opportunities for sharing with wider community. Send to [email protected]

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Can Africa risk missing the nanotechnology revolution?

An article by Prof Dhanjay Jhurry

“Richard Feynman conceived nanoscience in his famous December 1959 lecture titled ‘There’s plenty of room at the bottom’ when he referred to the manipulation and control of matter at the atomic level.
The term ‘nanotechnology’ was coined some 15 years later by Norio Taniguchi in describing semiconductor processes that occurred on the order of a nanometre.”

Read the whole article at University World News

nanoHUB Materials Science

Serving students, researchers, and instructors.

“nanoHUB.org is the premier open and free platform for computational research, education, and collaboration in nanotechnology, materials science, and related fields. Our site hosts a rapidly growing collection of simulation tools that run in the cloud and are accessible through a web browser. In addition, nanoHUB provides online presentations, nanoHUB-U short courses, animations, teaching materials, and more. These resources instruct users about our simulation tools as well as general nanoelectronics, materials science, photonics, data science, and other topics”

“Our mission is to accelerate innovation through user-centric science and engineering. Our vision is to make science and engineering products usable, discoverable, reproducible and easy to create for learners, educators, researchers, and business professionals.”

nanoHUB contains over 7000 published resources, and the number is constantly growing!

Visit their website

Visit their materials science page

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Postponement of the biennial conferences

On behalf of the African Materials Research Society (AMRS) Board of Directors, the email serves to inform you that due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, we will not have our planned biennial conference in December 2021. The hope is that by December 2022, the situation will have normalized to allow us to experience the physical interactions which are very effective for nurturing collaborations as is typical of our biennial conferences. Consequently, the 11th biennial AMRS conference which was supposed to be held in Dakar, Senegal, in 2021 has been moved to December 2022. It also follows that the 12th biennial AMRS conference that was supposed to be held in Kigali, Rwanda in 2023 has been moved to December 2024

We  wish you all safety and look forward to seeing you in Dakar, 2022 and Kigali, 2024.

Call for Expression of Interest, Innovation for African Universities – Funding Available £700,000 | Apply here

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Call for international postgraduate students applications at Egypt Japan University of Science and Technology. Apply here

Teketel

New Executive Director for Ethiopian Academy of Sciences – Prof. Teketel Yohannes

Prof Teketel Anshebo obtained his BSc in 1984, MSc in 1989 and PhD in 1997 from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Since 1984, he has been serving at higher education institutes. His academic career started as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Chemistry of the then Bahir Dar Teachers College; which was the satellite College of Addis Ababa University. Prof, Teketel also has had various short and long-term training in management and leadership (e.g., Advanced Leadership Seminar (four weeks) in Haggai Institute, Hawaii, USA, Higher Education Leadership and Management (HELM) (two weeks), Osnabruck, Germany, and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education Management (one year) from the University of Melbourne in Australia. He also served as a Committee Member for the preparation of a strategic plan for the AAU using Balanced Scorecard for GTP I and GTP II periods.

TEKETEL Biography

-UNESCO OpenLab

The IUCr-UNESCO OpenLab is a network of operational crystallographic laboratories based in different countries worldwide, many in less endowed regions of Africa, South and Central America and South Asia. This initiative is aimed at allowing access to crystallographic knowledge and technology in all parts of the world, key for the fruitful development of science, and to open possibilities for conducting high-level research.

More about IUCr OpenLabs

The African Light Source

Towards a Light Source for the African Continent

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Towards an African Nanotechnology Future. Trends, impacts and Opportunities

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African Materials Research Society (AMRS) Newsletter

We are delighted to present the first issue of the African Materials Research Society (AMRS) Newsletter. The issue presents the history of AMRS from its inception at the August 2000 US-Africa Materials workshop right up to the last biennial conference that was held in Gaborone Botswana in December 2017.

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Centre for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research – CBBR (University of Mauritius Pole of Innovation for Health Newsletter)

April 2019
In 2019, CBBR entered its 8th year of existence. Since its inauguration in 2011 in presence of Prof Konrad Morgan, VC of the University at that time and with Prof Dhanjay Jhurry leading, the center has demonstrated sustained progress. CBBR benefitted from funding of the National Research Programme, MRC to build-up its research infrastructure. It has now reached a mature stage of its development where it attracts funding from other sources to drive its research and innovation thrusts.

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Egypt to Chair Upcoming African Union Summit in 2019

Cairo, January 29, AZERTAC
The African Union (AU) announced Sunday that Egypt would head the AU Summit`s upcoming round in 2019, following the closing meeting of African leaders, according to a statement from presidency spokesman Bassam Rady.

Rady said in a statement on the sidelines of the African summit in Addis Ababa that Egypt would thus be a member of the “troika” of the African Commission, which includes the previous, current and upcoming African presidency.

The opening session of the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, kicked off on Sunday, with the attendance of the leaders of 55 African member states, including Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, under the theme “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa`s Transformation”.

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Sabelo Mhlanga - Founder and CEO - SabiNano (Pty) Ltd
Sabelo Mhlanga - Founder and CEO - SabiNano (Pty) Ltd

SA Researchers Commercialize Carbon Nanotubes

A South African-based professor and his partners have taken a giant leap to setup a carbon nanomaterials scale-up facility in Johannesburg.  This is the first company to produce carbon nanotubes and related nanostructured materials at commercial scale in SA. The founder and CEO of the company, Professor Sabelo Mhlanga, had a vision to manufacture carbon nanotubes in 2008 during his time as a PhD student at the University of the Witwatersrand. Prof Mhlanga and his PhD colleague were inspired by the potential applications of carbon nanotubes, which have been realised today. He was supervised by Professor Neil Coville whom he says contributed immensely to his understanding and knowledge of carbon nanotubes and related materials. It was only in March 2018 that Prof Mhlanga and his team were awarded capital funding by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) of South Africa. This followed a due diligence process which they were subjected to in 2017. The IDC is a shareholder in the company.

About SabiNano

SabiNano (Pty) Ltd is a privately owned company that manufactures and supplies carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and other carbon nanomaterials in South Africa (SA). The company also conducts business in research and development (R&D) focusing on product/technology development, as well as consultation in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The company has extensive expertise and professional knowledge in the manufacturing of high quality CNTs and other carbon nanomaterials such as nitrogen-doped CNTs, carbon spheres, graphene oxide, for various applications. The company uses its own local (SA) developed CNT production process that entails using a novel, environmentally friendly and economical process to make carbon nanomaterials….read more

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Meet the Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Ange Nzihou

We are delighted to announce that Professor Ange Nzihou has been awarded the Grand Prix 2018 of the Academy of Sciences of France in collaboration with the Institut Mines Telecom. This prestigious distinction is intended to reward a scientist who has made an outstanding contribution to one of the following fields through a recognized body of work in the fields of sciences and technologies of the digital transformation in industry; sciences and technologies of energy transition; and environmental engineering. Prof. Nzihou was recognized for his contribution on sciences and technologies of energy transition.

This Prize is awarded without any requirements regarding nationality, to a scientist working in France, or elsewhere in Europe, and whose research has led to the emergence of innovations and disruptive approaches, and contributed to partner-based research with companies. Please join us in congratulating Prof. Nzihou on this highly-deserved acknowledgement of his long-standing contributions.

Professor Nzihou obtained his PhD degree in chemical engineering at the National Polytechnic Institute in Toulouse, France in 1994. His research interests focus on treatment processes and engineering new materials from waste and biomass. He has published about 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and supervised 10 PhD students and 12 post-docs. Since 2001, he has received 20 significant grants from industry and governmental agencies. He is the initiator and the Chairman of the WasteEng Conference Series dedicated to organizing conferences and seminars on Waste and Biomass Valorization (www.wasteeng.org).

He has been and is currently visiting/guest professor at a number of universities in the U.S. and in China. He is an editorial board member of several international journals. Professor Nzihou is an expert for several organizations (national and international) and for international industrial groups. He regularly chairs internationals conferences and workshops, and frequently gives plenary lectures, seminars and chair round tables on Waste and Biomass treatment and Valorization at a broad number of institutions, universities and conferences.

Source: https://www.springer.com/engineering/journal/12649/PSE?detailsPage=press

Prof. Ange Nzihou
Prof. Ange Nzihou
Prof. Ange Nzihou
Prof. Ange Nzihou