Research Flash issue 16

Research Flash issue 16

January 2020


The Botswana International University of Sciece and Technology (BIUST) Directorate of Research, Develoment and Innovation hosted Mr. Mohammed Khairy from Elsevier and BIUST research group leaders over a discussion about online research data management platform. Mr Khairy stated the platform offers 100Gb per user once subscribed for and enables users to share data privately or publicly thus making the research data citable. Furthermore, the cited datasets may be linked to research outputs such as journal articles and conference papers. The service also ensures long-term data storage for future use or reference.

BIUST and University of Cincinnati UAV Workshop: Build and Control your Own Drones

Calling in all drone enthusiasts in BIUST and countrywide! This workshop is collaborative work between BIUST and University of Cincinnati (UC). Two UC research associates (Bryan Brown and Justin Ouwerkerk) will come to BIUST to share their knowledge and expertise from the multi-awarded, international recognized drones’ lab called UC MASTER (Multi-Agent Systems Technology Research) Lab. MASTER lab expertise include Multi-rotor UAV Conceptual Design, Dynamic Modelling using System Identification, Auto-Pilot Design and Optimization, GPS based Waypoint Navigation, Navigation in a GPS Denied Environment, Path Planning and many more.

Topics covered

  • Design of UAV platforms
  • Payloads and Sensors
  • Control and Testing
  • Current Applications
  • Other applications

Dates: 25 – 27 March 2020

Venue: BIUST Campus, Palapye, Botswana

Registration: P2000.00 (includes snacks and lunch during the workshop and one dinner)

Email: or

Call: +267 7277 2298 or +267 7192 0110


Some researchers at the University of Botswana (UB), Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN) and Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI), would like to put together a team of researchers to submit a proposal to the Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS) programme of the African Academy of Science (AAS). The DELTAS programme will match funding from government for the institutions to train graduates for MSc or PhD or post doc.

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If you are interested to participate contact email:


Join the global community that supports researchers, librarians and students with reference management, profile creation and more. The Mendeley Advisor Community includes people from all over the world. Most Advisors are PhD students and early-career lecturers, but the community also includes librarians, tenured professors, government lab employees and corporate researchers.

Mendeley Advisors are the voice of Mendeley on campus, helping their peers use its features to save time and become more efficient. Besides the satisfaction that comes from helping your peers, Advisors receive a whole range of benefits, such as:

  • Increased free library storage
  • A free Mendeley T-shirt
  • Giveaways for your workshops
  • Invitations for speaking opportunities and to be profiled on Elsevier blogs
  • Sneak previews of new Mendeley products and features
  • A certificate to acknowledge your contribution to the community
  • Support, advice and collateral from the Mendeley Community team
  • Invitations to do UX and BETA testing, so you can be part of Mendeley’s development

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3rd International Conference on Engineering Facilities Maintenance & Management Technologies (EFM2T’20)

The 3rd International Conference on Engineering Facilities Maintenance and Management Technologies (EFM2T’20) is a foremost inter-disciplinary forum for leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars in the specialty of engineering facilities management to present their practical experiences and research outcomes. It is also a meeting point for researchers, practitioners and educators to disseminate and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the discipline of Engineering Facilities Management Technologies.

THEME: Engineering Facilities Maintenance & Management: A pre-requisite for attaining a knowledge-based economy.


  • Maintenance culture & management
  • Issues in facilities maintenance & management
  • Civil engineering facilities
  • Mechanical, mining, energy & electrical facilities
  • E-monitoring, simulation & expert systems for diagnosis

The organising committee of EFM2T’20 at Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) hereby invites papers, keynote addresses, or poster sessions on the topics provided below or on any other topic relevant to the conference theme. Prospective authors should submit full paper, presenting the aims, methods, key results and conclusion of their papers. The full paper should include title of the paper, author(s) name, affiliation, mailing addresses and emails. At the end of the abstract, authors are requested to include about 5 key words that appropriately describe their work.

All the accepted and presented papers in the conference will be published in Scopus Indexed IOP Conference Series: Material Science Engineering


Submission of Full Paper deadline31st January 2020
Notification of acceptance28th February 2020
Early bird registration open1st March 2020
Closing of early bird registration30th April 2020
Normal registration starts1st May 2020
Conference and Workshop Dates25th – 27th May 2020
Deadline for submission of revised manuscript10th May 2020
Release of Conference Proceedings25th May 2020



Conference Secretariat: Ms. M. T. Rapoo Email:

Conference website:

3Third Botswana Biodiversity Symposium 2020

The National Taxonomy Committee (NTC) in its efforts to highlight the importance of biodiversity organises biennial Biodiversity Symposia where stakeholders share recent developments and research findings related to Biodiversity in Botswana and other countries. The main objective of mainstreaming biodiversity is to help reduce the negative impacts that productive sectors, development investments and other human activities exert on biodiversity, by highlighting the contribution of biodiversity to socioeconomic development and human wellbeing. Green economy is an economy that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.


Biodiversity mainstreaming for healthy ecosystems and green economy through science and technology.

Abstracts are invited under the following themes;

  • Biodiversity conservation through Science and Technology
  • Biodiversity of Arid Lands
  • Biodiversity Inventories
  • Biodiversity and Health Ecosystems
  • Biodiversity and Green Economy
  • Biodiversity and Sustainable Development
  • Biodiversity and Climate Change

All papers will be peer reviewed and selected papers will be published in a symposium proceedings or in a special issue of a refereed journal.


Symposium dates: 18th – 20th February 2020

Oral Presentations – The maximum oral presentation time will be 20 minutes inclusive of questions and discussions.

Poster Presentations – All posters will be displayed during the Symposium days and will be mounted by the presenters.

Symposium Technical Sub-Committee

Dr. A.T. Segwagwe

Email: or

Tel: 365 0214 or 72 917 532

Materials Science Congress-2020

The World Congress on Materials Science & Nanotechnology is an independently organized scientific event happening on March 23-24, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. The World Congress on Materials Science will look in to the solutions but not problems. This event will explore the examples and case studies in the field of Materials Science and Nanotechnology. This annual event has been specifically designed to facilitate cross-stakeholder dialogue about providing unified solutions, innovations related to Materials Science and Nanotechnology. This event will gather global influencers, keynote speakers, private sector CEOs, academia, and healthcare professionals from around the world.

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Google PhD Fellowship Programme – Africa and India

Google invites applications for its Africa and India PhD fellowship programme. This supports students pursuing or looking to pursue PhD level studies in computer science and related areas in Africa or India.

Applicants must be doctoral students who are enrolled in a full-time PhD programme at a university in Africa or India. Applicants who are currently in their first year of a part-time PhD programme and transferring to full-time positions are also welcome to apply. Students should be early stage doctoral students who have not completed more than one year of their PhD when applying. They must remain enrolled in the PhD programme for the duration of the fellowship. For current master’s students or professionals the award is contingent on the awardee registering for a full-time PhD programme of an African or Indian university in computer science or related areas.

Fellowships include a stipend to cover research-related activities and travel expenses, including overseas travel, over three years. Fellows are also connected to a Google mentor

Closing date: 5 February 2020

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ISC High Performance Travel Grant

The ISC group invites applications for its ISC high performance travel grant. This enables one university student and one young researcher who lack funding opportunities, to attend the ISC high performance conference.

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and be either currently enrolled in a university degree or employed at a research facility. Student applicants must show a keen interest in acquiring knowledge in computational or data science and researcher applicants must be in strong need of HPC skills to solve problems across a wide variety of compute-intense or data-intensive disciplines.

Conference date: 21 to 25 June 2020

Closing date: 15 February 2020

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ClimapAfrica – Climate Research for Alumni and Postdocs in Africa

The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst-DAAD) invites applications for ClimapAfrica – climate research for alumni and postdocs in Africa. This aims to enhance knowledge exchange between postdoctoral fellows and experienced alumni of German funding initiatives through application oriented research. Research will be conducted in joint working groups and will cover several postdoctoral projects in a specific field related to climate change. Research areas include agriculture, adapted land use, biodiversity, food security, marine science, human security, economics, education, energy, informatics, water security, woodland and forest sustainability.

The fellowship consists of a monthly allowance, a research lump sum, a flat rate travel allowance from the target country and back, as well as accident, personal liability and health insurance for between 12 to 24 months. Fellows may also get additional support or short term research stays in Germany for two to six months, and mobility fellowships for participation in relevant research conferences.

African nationals may apply. Applications for centres in Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar, Bénin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone are encouraged.

The fellowship awards are tenable for a period of 12 to 24 months.

This fellowship period begins in July 2020. Please take this date as your starting date for your application.

Closing date: 16 February 2020

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Prevention and Safety Promotion in the Chemical Process Industries Course

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) invites applications for its sponsorship for its annual course on loss prevention and safety promotion in the chemical process industries. This enables participation in the course, to be held in Wuppertal, Germany. The course will include:

  • briefing on the chemical weapons convention, particularly provisions related to how it is implemented in terms of the chemical industry;
  • discussions on the relevant legislation, risks, fire, explosive and toxic hazards, and assessment, as well as on process control engineering, handling of protection devices, and safety management;
  • visits to industries and practical exercises in a laboratory and at the University of Wuppertal mini-plant.

Applicants should hold a degree in chemistry or chemical engineering, or have extensive experience working or dealing with the chemical industry. They should be involved in promoting chemical safety management in their home countries or other state parties. Two courses, for African participants, and Asian, Latin American and Caribbean participants respectively, will run parallel to one another. A total of 24 places are available, and all costs will be covered for participants.

Course dates: 21-25 September 2020

Closing date: 16 February 2020

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AAS DELTAS Africa Phase II Call

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) invites preliminary applications for its DELTAS Africa phase II call. This supports the development of globally competitive African research leaders and research outputs addressing local challenges and contexts. Programmes must be based in Africa and must be focused on health, social and sustainable development, inter- and multidisciplinary scientific topics, taking into consideration pressing local, national and regional needs, resources, priorities and existing capacity.

Applications are invited from universities and research institutions based in Africa. Institutions outside of Africa are invited to collaborate on applications led by an African institution.

Closing date: 28 February 2020

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Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

The African Union, through its university partners and under the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme, invites applications for its mobility scholarships. These provide opportunities for student and staff mobility across Africa. African Trans-Regional Cooperation through Academic Mobility (ACADEMY) is part of the Intra Africa Academic Mobility Scheme, which favours the exchange between higher education institutions in the different African countries. It challenges issues such as gender equality, job shortage, poverty, environmental sustainability and higher education quality. Academy helps knowledge and culture exchange through students and staff mobility all over Africa.
Studies are available in business, administration and law, natural sciences, information and communication technologies, engineering, manufacturing and construction, and agriculture, forestry, fisheries and veterinary sciences. A total of 53 scholarships are available, 38 at master level, 7 at doctorate level and 8 staff mobility opportunities. Awards cover a subsistence allowance and insurance, tickets and visa costs, insurance and participation costs and research costs for students.

Closing date: 29 February 2020

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2020 Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme

Applications for the 6th cohort of the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme is now open. The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF)—Africa’s leading philanthropy focused on empowering African entrepreneurs—is looking for the most innovative business ideas across the African continent. You are eligible to apply if you have a business idea or a start-up under 3 years of existence in any sector and in any country across Africa.

You could be selected to join the current 9,631 beneficiaries across 54 African countries to receive:

  • Business Training
  • Mentorship
  • non-refundable seed capital
  • Global Networking Opportunities

Closing date: 29 February 2020

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Reaxys PhD Prize 2020

Submissions for the Reaxys PhD Prize 2020 are open now. This prestigious global award is open to PhD students doing research in the chemical sciences. The Reaxys PhD Prize recognizes accomplished young chemists for their innovative and rigorous research. This global competition is open to anyone who is doing or has recently completed a PhD in any discipline of chemistry.

The Reaxys PhD Prize is a great way to gain recognition for your research. Submissions are judged by the Review Board, a group of highly respected and internationally renowned chemists. The finalists of each edition of the Prize receive lifelong membership in the Reaxys Prize Club, an exclusive international network of chemists from all research areas and career paths. With events and a private forum, there are plenty of opportunities to connect with the 350+ members of the Club.

Closing date: 11 March 2020

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European Commission Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges

The European Commission Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges, under the secure, clean and efficient energy work programme, invites proposals for its H2020-LC-SC3-2020 building a low-carbon, climate resilient future call. This supports projects that focus on research, demonstration, innovation and market-uptake actions across different low-carbon energy sectors such as renewable energy, smart energy systems, energy efficiency and carbon capture utilisation and storage. Proposals may address the following topics within global leadership in renewables and joint actions:

  • LC-SC3-JA-5-2020 long term EU-Africa partnership for research and innovation actions in the area of renewable energy;
  • LC-SC3-RES-10-2020 pre-commercial procurement for a 100 per cent renewable energy supply.

Proposals may take the form of research and innovation actions or pre-commercial procurement actions, depending on the topic addressed. Research and innovation actions require participation by at least three legal entities; each established in a different EU member state or Horizon 2020 associated country. Pre-commercial procurement actions require participation by at least three legal entities established in a member state or Horizon 2020 associated country, at least two of which must be public procurers from two different EU member states or Horizon 2020 associated countries. Legal entities established in a third country, who secure their own funding, may be included in the consortia.

Closing date: 26 March 2020 1700hrs (GMT +1)

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Africa-Japan Collaborative Research

The National Research Foundation of South Africa, in collaboration with the Japan Science and Technology Agency, invites applications for the Africa-Japan collaborative research – long-term research and innovation partnership call. This supports joint research and innovation projects in designated fields of science between researchers from South Africa, Japan and one of 15 African countries whose ministries and granting councils are a participating member in the Science Granting Councils Initiative. Possible projects may include the following topics:

  • development of climate change resilient and sustainable rice production in Africa;
  • improving sustainable water and sanitation systems in Africa;
  • production of biofuels using biomass;
  • development of innovative sustainable land management methods to prevent desertification.

Consortia composed of at least three research organisations and private and public practitioners from South Africa, Japan and an SGCI African country may apply.

Closing date: 30 March 2020

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