Research  Flash issue 18

Research Flash issue 18

March 2020


In response to the Covid–19 pandemic, the Department of Chemical, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering (CMME) accelerated the process of BIUST SOAP production. This is part of BIUST’s Rapid Response and contribution towards the current national emergency caused by Covid-19 (Corona virus). Additionally, BIUST will be fulfilling its mandate of using Science & Engineering Knowledge to address societal challenges. For this purpose, the department deployed a team consisting of Post Graduate students, Senior technicians, two soap research experts (Dr G. Danha and Prof P.S. Agachi) and the Head of Department, Prof E. Muzenda to produce 5000 Litres of liquid and 5000 bars of soaps in 3 – 4 weeks. The BIUST soap production process is sustainable as it uses tallow as its main raw material, a commodity that is a waste from Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) and other local beef processing entities, thus waste utilization. The lockdown, has provided the team with an opportunity to replace the imported ingredients in its formulation with locally derived and available ones, making the product unique.


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H2020-LC-SC3-2020 Building a Low-Carbon, Climate Resilient Future

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: 30 April 2020

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OWSD Early-Career Women Scientists Fellowships

The World Academy of Sciences and the Organization for Women in Science (OWSD) for the Developing World invite applications for its early-career women scientists’ fellowships. These support women scientists from science and technology lagging countries in continuing research in their home countries, and enable them to undertake research at an international level, build up research groups and centres in their scientific fields and initiate collaborations with industry and the private sector.

Applications are open to women who are already employed at an academic or scientific research institute in an eligible country. They must hold a PhD in a STEM subject that has been awarded no more than 10 years prior to application, and must have been resident in an eligible country for at least five years. They may not already hold an active research grant or fellowship with the academy or have submitted an application for one within the same year.

Closing date: 30 April 2020

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