About the Network

The Pan Africa Chemistry Network seeks to create a self-sustaining science base in Africa, to solve local challenges and contribute to global knowledge in the chemical sciences and related disciplines. 

The PACN aims to:

  • Enhance collaboration  between scientists, governments, universities, industry and communities;

  • Support the scientific community chemistry  to attract students to scientific careers and promote public appreciation of the role of chemical science in Africa's future; and

  • Facilitate the development of 'Centres of Excellence' through the installation of modern analytical technologies and coordinated training. 

Launch of the Pan Africa Chemistry Network

The Pan Africa Chemistry Network was launched in November 2008 with the help of Professor Calestous Juma of Harvard University, co-author of the United Nations Millennium Project, and Dr Temechegn Engida, President of the Federation of African Societies of Chemistry.

PACN Advisory Board

The Pan Africa Chemistry Network is led strategically by its Advisory Board, consisting of UK and African academics, as well as representatives from industry. 

  • Berhanu Abegaz, African Academy of Sciences, Kenya 
  • Peter Blenkiron, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Elise Cartmell, Cranfield University
  • Yonas Chebude, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • John Clough, Syngenta
  • Mama El Rhazi, University of Hassall II Mohammedia, Morocco
  • Patricia Harvey, University of Greenwich
  • David Phillips, Immediate Past President, RSC
  • Martyn Poliakoff, University of Nottingham
  • Raffaele Scoccianti, Procter & Gamble
  • Shem Wandiga, University of Nairobi, Kenya