Unesco - Unisa Africa Chair in nanoscience and nanotechnology

While previous decades of the contemporary era were mainly steered by macro/micron-scale STI, current human society is being shaped by the modern trends imposed by nanosciences and nanotechnologies in view of the miniaturisation’s quest and global warming prerogatives. Aligned with the UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks, with UNESCO’s priorities as defined in its Medium- Term Strategy for 2008-2013, this African chair consists of implementing a joint trilateral UNESCO-UNISA-iThemba LABS NRF chair in nanosciences and nanotechnologies. This joint chair is aimed to be the official vehicle and the sustainable catalyst of the operational academic NANOsciences AFrican NETwork (NANOAFNET).

Headquartered at Unisa’s Muckleneuk Campus in Pretoria, South Africa, the mission and vision of the U2ACN2 chair is to instigate and coordinate:

  • a continental dynamic in nanosciences and nanotechnology through significant capacity-building;
  • robust continental human capital mobility programs involving several HEIs in Africa and key partner institutions in the north, including the UNESCO-AIEA Abdus Salam ICTP, the International Organisation of Women in Sciences (OWSDW), and the Academy of Science for the Developing World (TWAS), among others.

The multi-disciplinary approach of the U2ACN2 chair would not only cement the several fragmented African national efforts in nano, but would also address urgent societal needs in the water, energy and health sectors in Africa.

The trilateral synergy is titled UNESCO UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences & Nanotechnology: U2ACN2

Last modified: 2016/10/09