Call for Abstracts: Nanotechnology Convergence for Sustainable Energy, Environment, Climate Change and Health: a US-Africa Conference

Abstract Submission Deadline has been Extended! 

The conference will include scientists and engineers from many countries in North Africa including Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Angola, and Ghana along with participants from other African countries.

The conference will encourage new ideas to improve and revolutionize many technology and industry sectors such as quantum information technology, nanomedicine for cancer therapy and diagnosis, energy harvesting, climate change and environmental science. The agenda of the conference will include opening talks by the co-chairs, followed by keynote speakers and breakout sessions for energy, health, climate change and environment.

More information on the conference and abstract submission

If you’re facing any challenges submitting your abstract, please contact the African Materials Research Society Secretariat.

2024 MRS Communications Lecture: Yury Gogotsi

Yury Gogotsi has been selected to present at the esteemed 2024 MRS Spring Meeting, scheduled for April 22nd at 1:30 pm.

Additionally, congratulations are in order for Yury Gogotsi, along with collaborators Akari Seko, Shun Sakaida, Masashi Koyanagi, Yasuaki Okada, Takeshi Torita from Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Japan, and Mark Anayee, Mikhail Shekhirev from Drexel University, USA. Their article titled “Improving environmental stability of MXene films by intercalation of N-methylformamide” was published on March 16, 2023, in MRS Communications’ special issue commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Materials Research Society. This article is freely accessible until May 31st.

Celebrate Yury Gogotsi’s achievements and mark your calendars for his presentation at the 2024 MRS Spring Meeting! Stay tuned for more updates on this remarkable journey in materials research.

Read the full article here

MRS Communications: Organic and Perovskite Materials and Devices!

MRS Communications is offering free access to its special issue on Organic and Perovskite Materials and Devices! This special issue showcases cutting-edge research contributions from experts in the field and provides valuable insights into the latest developments and advancements.

From now until May 31, you can explore the contents of this special issue without any cost. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to access high-quality research articles covering a wide range of topics related to organic and perovskite materials and devices.

Access the Special Issue

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Call for applications: Africa Science Journalism Awards: Science Champion

The Science for Africa Foundation (SFA Foundation) is calling African scientists to apply for the science champion category of the Africa Science Journalism Awards (ASJA), which are open for applications until 31 August 2023.

The science champion category of the ASJA awards seeks to uplift credible science voices to eliminate misinformation and disinformation that sometimes characterises conversations on science.

Recognition will be given to scientists and innovators who have used or who use on and offline media platforms to raise the profile of their work and science on the continent in the SFA Foundation’s thematic focus areas of health, climate change and environment, and agriculture.

The ASJA is a project of SFA Foundation implemented with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Preceding the announcement of the awards will be a science journalism workshop that will be attended by those shortlisted for the prize and science editors. The prize winner for the science champion category will also have journalist seconded to spend 3 days to a week at their institution to gain in-depth knowledge about the work they do.

ASJA seeks to:

  • Establish an annual award that recognises excellence in science journalism and scientists who champion science on the continent
  • Contribute to the pool of science journalists in the continent
  • Build the capacity of African science journalists through workshops and site visits that enable them to gain in-depth knowledge about a specific science subject.

Eligibility for scientists

  • Applicants will be allowed to submit the prescribed number of entries per category of stories published between January 2022 to 30 August 2023
  • Applications must focus on the thematic focus areas of the SFA Foundation, which are health, climate and environment and agriculture
  • Scientist must have coverage in at least 3-5 media stories in form of interviews, OpEds, etc in the application period and/ or social media engagement including number of posts, retweets, comments
  • Scientists must demonstrate the impact the media coverage and/or social media engagement has had on their career and on the continent

Deadline for applications
Applications are to be submitted through Agaseke Grants Management System, the SFA Foundation grants portal, by 31 August 2023 at 5 PM EAT.


Read more about the ASJA here.

The Kavli Prize Open Nominations

 Application Deadline: 1 October 2023

The Kavli Prize recognizes and values that diverse perspectives enable breakthroughs, and we are committed to recognizing breakthrough science worldwide. We encourage nominators to be mindful of the full diversity of the scientific enterprise and be attuned to gender, race and ethnicity, geographical region, and institutional diversity.

The Kavli Prize awards USD1 million prizes in each of the three scientific fields. The announcement will be made 12 June 2024.

The Kavli Prize is committed to recognizing breakthrough science worldwide. We encourage nominators to be mindful of the full diversity of the scientific enterprise and be attuned to gender, race and ethnicity, geographical region, and institutional diversity. As you consider your nominations, below is some additional information to keep in mind:

  • Only breakthroughs in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience are considered.
  • Multiple nominations recognizing different breakthroughs are permitted.
  • Anyone can nominate, but self-nominations are not accepted.

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Call for Applications for the Second U.S.-Africa Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Symposium

 Application Deadline: 14 August 2023

Based on the success of the National Academies’ Kavli Frontiers of Science Program and National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering, the U.S.-Africa Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine program convenes series of symposia to bring together early-career researchers from the United States and African Union member countries to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields.

OPPORTUNITY!: Post Doc, PhD, MSc positions in (Applied) Nuclear and Particle Physics, Engineering, Computation and Innovation

UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG, Mechanical Engineering Science Department

The Mechanical Engineering Science Department of the UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG seeks to appoint 2 x Post Doc, 3 x PhD, 3 x MSc positions at its Auckland Park Kingsway Campus. The positions are open to science and engineering applicants with skills and interests in the fields of nuclear and particle physics, engineering, high performance computing and simulation, modern sensors and electronics, accelerators, big data analytics and AI. The Research is interdisciplinary and involves the further development of the MinPET Technology and all related innovations. MinPET is the green, modern, 4IR sensor-based sorting of diamondiferous from barren kimberlite on-line at run-of-mine rates. It combines the technologies from the fields mentioned. There are also opportunities beyond mining, including medicine, energy, waste and homeland security. Expertise in any of the fields mentioned and a willingness to learn rapidly and innovate in the context of a large well-resourced team is required. The duration of the Post Doc funding is up to three years but renewable annually based on mutual agreement.

The duration of the postgraduate study support is the typical median degree duration. The starting date is Jan 2023.

Read more here


Where: UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA, Dept. of Chemistry

Applications deadline: 7 October 2022

The Mineral Waste Beneficiation research group of the Department of Chemistry, University of Pretoria invites highly motivated and research-driven researchers to apply for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellowship under the supervision of Prof Liezel van der Merwe. The responsibility of the postdoctoral researcher will be to conduct high-quality research which focuses on the modification, characterization and valorisation of South African industrial wastes, with specific emphasis on (but not limited to) the valorisation of Coal Fly Ash. Research projects should be aligned with the objectives of the research group and will include studies on solid-state thermochemical reactions, solid-liquid conversions, wet and dry surface modification techniques as well as a variety of leaching studies. He/she will be expected to generate new knowledge and to publish his/her work in high quality academic journals with co-authors from the research group. Other duties will include mentoring of postgraduate students, managing the day-to-day running of the laboratories and regular participation in group meetings.

Read more here

Global call for iCANX Young Scientist Award 2022

Deadline: 00h:00 Beijing Time) September 18th 2022


iCANX Young Scientist Award is an annual event of iCANX, which is aimed to promote and inspire the leading young scientists worldwide.


Independent Young Scientists who obtained Ph.D after 1st Jan 2012.


Send to by September 18th 2022

  • 1ONE PDF Package from Applications, including,
  • ①    Full CV with Personal Photo and group website
  • ②      Independent Scientific Contributions (up to 600 words)
  • ③      Brief Outlook and Research Plan (up to 400 words)
  • ④      Maximum 5 Representative Publications or Patents
  • ⑤      Name and contact information of 2 recommenders
  • 2TWO Recommendation Letters from scientists directly.

 Evaluation Process

STEP 1: All materials will be reviewed by committee and selected finalists announce during Oct 28th, 2022 iCANX Talks.

STEP 2: The finalists will give presentation & Q&A on Dec 2& 9th, 2022. The Award Ceremony will be held on Dec 16th, 2022.


The Winners will be awarded 1000USD Prize and invited to deliver a presentation on iCANX Talks in 2023.


iCANX Young Scientist Award is appreciated the sponsorship from ACS NANO, Light Science & Applications, etc.

Visit the iCANX awards page

Call for Applications – 3rd ASRIC-UEMF PhD Scholarships for African Students

The ASRIC and UEMF  are offering 10 scholarship slots for the academic year 2022-2023 to African PhD students to carry out their doctoral research work at the Euro-Mediterranean University of Fes (UEMF), Morocco. The duration of the study and that of the scholarship is three years.

The scholarship includes; tuition fees of about $9,000, an annual return ticket from your home country with a maximum contribution of $1,000 during summer vacation, and stipend allowance of $1,000 monthly for 11 months every year.

Eligibility Requirement

  • Must be a national of one of the African Union Member States;
  • Applicants must be less than 35 years of age at the end date of this call;
  • Must have Master’s Degree (in science or engineering), Diploma or Engineering Diploma or any other equivalent diploma (baccalaureate + 5); and
  • The candidate must demonstrate remarkable ability and devotion along with experiences in conducting research in the selected field of study.

Read more here

ASESMANET: Intra-Africa Mobility 2022

ASESMANET (Atomistic Simulations, Electronic Structure, Computational Materials Science and Applications: the African Network) is a network connected to The African School of Electronic Structure Methods and Application (ASESMA).

ASESMANET is opening a call for scientists working in Africa and active in research in electronic structure calculations that want to spend a period of time visiting and doing research at a research group located in an African country different from their country of residence. The visit needs to start in 2022 — the latest date to start the visit is November 2022.
Funding for this intra-Africa program is provided by the Office of External Activities (OEA) of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Trieste Italy in collaboration Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire (CECAM), the National Centre for Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials MARVEL funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, and the Psi-k network. The funds are to promote intense scientific exchanges between researchers within Africa who are working in electronic structure methods and applications and to support Africa – Europe interactions between researchers in Europe and those in Africa. This network
(ASESMANET) will fund African researchers to visit other researchers or research groups in Africa for focused research collaboration for two months or more at a time.

What the ASESMANET Intra-Africa funds will cover:

  • Travel/flight tickets [from African home country to African host/collaborating country].
  • Accommodation at host country
  • Living allowance at host country

Who Should Apply?

  • Lecturers at Institutions in African countries who carry out research in atomistic/molecular modeling.
    • These include those who use electronic structure methods (DFT, HF, etc.) or sampling methods such as Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics in different fields: Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Science, Computational/Quantum Chemistry, Quantum Dynamics, Computational Drug Design and others areas.
  • Postdoctoral fellows and advanced post-graduate students at the doctoral level working in Africa may also apply.
  • Women are particularly encouraged to apply.


How to Apply

  1. First fill the Google Form: Here
  2. Then, after #1 above, send an email to with the following documents:
    • a 1-2 page description of the research project that will be carried out at the host institution: motivation, state of the art, research goals, methods to be employed, research plan, relevance for scientific progress, reasons for choosing the hosting research group. Email a pdf with the name: My_Name_Proposal.pdf
    • Acceptance letter from the hosting scientist, stating that the host institution will provide the infrastructure for the visitor to conduct research, the proposed topic, and confirmation of dates of visit (this letter should be sent directly by the hosting scientist to the e-mail above). Moreover, the letter should describe the work of the hosting scientist of relevance for the proposed project. Email a pdf with the name: My_Name_Acceptance.pdf
    • CV of applicant. A pdf with the name: My_Name_CV.pdf
    • CV of the hosting scientist: A pdf with the name: My_Host_Name_Proposal.pdf

You may also put all these documents into a single pdf file and email it to us.

Deadline for Submission: June 15, 2022
Contact for additional information:

ASESMA is the African School of Electronic Structure Methods and Application, a bi-annual two-week school that brings together students from countries in Africa. See

Humboldt Research Fellowships – for experienced researchers

In providing Humboldt Research Fellowships for experienced researchers, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables highly-qualified scientists and scholars from abroad, who completed their doctorates less than twelve years ago1 to spend extended periods of research (6-18 months; may be divided up into a maximum of three blocks) in Germany.
Candidates are expected to have their own, clearly defined research profile. This means they should usually be working at least at the level of Assistant Professor or Junior Research Group Leader or be able to document independent research work over a number of years. Scientists and scholars from all disciplines and countries may apply.


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Read the guidelines and information here

Apply for the fellowship here

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:

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:

The focal point for this programme is the TWAS SG-NAPI Grants Office (

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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:
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:

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.

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:

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.


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.


  • 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


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.


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:


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


Questions regarding the fellowship may be sent to


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.

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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

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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.

“ 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

View the interactive flyer for more details

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


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


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


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 (

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.


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