Research Flash issue 17

Research Flash issue 17

February 2020

BIUST Delegates Attend University of Lancaster Recirculate Workshop Held in Gaborone

Lancaster University staff from the Faculties of Science, Management and Arts & Social Sciences staff travelled to Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, to deliver a workshop on Knowledge Exchange and Engagement to over 40 delegates from 8 African countries (Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique and Uganda). The workshop was one of nine being run by RECIRCULATE, a Lancaster-led project funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund GROW programme with the aim of building research capacity to address challenges faced by developing countries.

Delegates from African universities, businesses and media were introduced to mechanisms of engagement employed at Lancaster University including collaborative research, internships, student projects, IP commercialisation, continuing professional development, masterclasses and access to facilities. The Lancaster staff worked with participants to develop applications for 15 places on 4-week residencies at Lancaster University this summer. The residency programme will provide successful applicants with the opportunity to further explore approaches to business engagement.

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 to be 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


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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.


Early bird registration open 1st March 2020
Closing of early bird registration 30th April 2020
Normal registration starts 1st May 2020
Conference and Workshop Dates 25th – 27th May 2020
Deadline for submission of revised manuscript 10th May 2020
Release of Conference Proceedings 25th May 2020



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

Conference website:

Third 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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EEP Africa Call For Proposals – Clean Energy Powering Green Growth

The Energy and Environment Partnership Programme with Southern and East Africa invites applications for its clean energy powering green growth call for proposals. This supports projects aligning with the theme clear energy powering green growth, particularly focusing on clean energy for productive use and clean energy in circular economy solutions.

Companies, including start-ups, non-profits and social enterprises that are registered legal entities may apply. Applications from women entrepreneurs and women-led organisations are encouraged. Projects must be implemented in at least one of the following countries: Botswana; Burundi; Kenya; Lesotho; Malawi; Mozambique; Namibia; Rwanda; Seychelles; South Africa; Swaziland; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe.

Closing date: 10 March 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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The Royal Society International Exchanges Scheme

The Royal Society invites applications for the standard programme of its international exchanges scheme. This stimulates new collaborations within the natural sciences between scientists in the UK and overseas. The scheme covers the natural sciences including biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics, but excluding clinical medicine. Funds may be used for a one-off short visit to explore opportunities for building lasting networks or for bilateral visits to strengthen emerging collaborations.

Applications for collaborations with all countries outside the UK are accepted. Both the UK and partner country project leader must have completed a PhD or have extensive experience at an equivalent level, and hold a permanent or fixed-term contract for the duration of the award at an eligible organisation in their respective countries.

Closing date: 12 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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L’Oreal-UNESCO Fellowships for Women in Science

L’Oreal and UNESCO invite applications for their fellowships for Women in Science in sub-Saharan Africa. These support young African women in the fields of formal sciences, life sciences, environmental sciences, physical sciences, engineering and technological sciences. Two grant types are available for:

  • PhD students enrolled in a sub-Saharan African doctoral studies institute completing their doctorate in a research laboratory, 15 grants are available worth €10,000 each;
  • Postdoctoral investigators working in a laboratory or research institute in a sub-Saharan African country who have started their postdoctoral research before 2 March 2020, five grants are available worth €15,000 each.


  • Having the nationality of a Sub-Saharan African country
  • Working in a research laboratory or institution in one of the region’s countries or being
  • Enrolled in a doctoral programme at a university in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Pursuing research in the field of life and environmental sciences, physical sciences, Mathematics, computer and information sciences, engineering sciences and technology.

Closing date: 30 March 2020

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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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