Pan Africa Chemistry Network Congress 2019: Riches of the natural world: sustainable use of Africa’s natural products and materials (PACN2019)

5 - 7 November 2019, Ethiopia


Introduction

Welcome

This year's Pan Africa Chemistry Network (PACN) Congress will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for researchers and policy-makers to discuss current research, challenges, new developments and crucial issues on the topic of natural resources.

The PACN Congress is our flagship annual event for the African chemical sciences community and consists of lectures, exhibitions, posters and networking.

The Congress will reflect the diversity of science and research that can help overcome challenges of using natural resources in a sustainable manner, with a focus on the chemical sciences. The conference will give all participants the opportunity to engage with other scientists, hear about cutting-edge research and policy and exchange ideas.

Every society requires clean water, energy security, a healthy population and a reliable food supply. Africa’s biologically diverse ecosystem is a great source to solve these challenges, and science and engineering are fundamental to meeting these needs in a viable way. Green chemistry and the sustainable management of natural resources is essential if Africa is to preserve its unique biodiversity whilst utilising it for economic growth.

In 2014, we held the PACN Congress on ‘Biodiversity and global challenges: A chemical sciences approach’, a conference focussing on biodiversity for water, food, energy and healthcare.
 
Building on this previous meeting, we now want to bring the community together once again to look at the progress that has been made, with an emphasis on sustainability and any new challenges faced in today’s world.
 

Themes

There will be 3 themes covered in the scientific sessions:
  1. Natural products
    We will explore potential uses along with the role of the chemical sciences in their synthesis, extraction, purification and structural determination. This session will also look at the progress, opportunities and challenges of green chemistry in natural products chemistry. 
  2. Biomaterials and raw materials
    We will discuss how we can use chemical sciences to extract and use raw materials in an environmentally-friendly way. We will also discuss the development of renewable and clean biomaterials to replace natural resources. 
  3. Climate change and water resources 
    We will look at the uses of Africa’s water resources, and the effect and importance of climate change on these. We will also explore ways to manage these in a sustainable way and the role of the chemical sciences in this

Grants for carers

Grants for carers have been introduced following the Royal Society of Chemistry Breaking the barriers report where 78% of chemists working in UK academia felt that managing parenting and/or caring responsibilities has an impact on women’s retention and progression. This fund is not limited to women scientists and welcomes applications from anyone with caring responsibilities, for more information please refer to the ‘bursaries’ section on this page.
 
Speakers
Abstract Submission

Oral and flash abstract submission is now closed

Those who have submitted oral (20 minute presentation) or flash (10 minute presentation) abstracts will be notified of the outcome in September. Funding to attend is ONLY available for African scientists, working in Africa, selected by the scientific committee to give oral talks or flash presentations.

Poster abstracts
We welcome all registered delegates to bring a poster for display. There is no requirement to submit a poster abstract in advance, and spaces at the poster display will be allocated on a first come- first served basis at the venue during registration. Poster boards can fit up to A0 size. 
Registration
Registration is free and all catering, including the Conference Dinner is included for all delegates.  Please note there is no funding available for travel or accommodation for delegates.

Due to secruity at the United Nations Conference Centre we will be unable to register anyone on site so to ensure your place please register.

Visa

If you require a visa to travel to Ethiopia for this Congress, you must contact the RSC immediately – (events@rsc.org) or at least by 11th October 2019.  This is due to extended processing times for obtaining Ethiopian visas.  If you have not contacted us by this date, it is unlikely that you will be able to obtain a visa in time for the Congress.
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Bursaries

Poster printing bursaries

There is a limited number of bursaries available to cover the printing of poster abstracts. Please email africa@rsc.org with your poster abstract and a short statement as to why you require the funding by 1st October 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by the 7th October 2019 and will be required to register.

Grants for Carers

You can apply for up to a maximum of £1000/year to assist with additional financial costs that you incur for care usually provided by you whilst you attend a chemistry related meeting, conference or workshop or a professional development event.
 
Caring responsibilities are wide and varied, and so each application will be individually assessed, examples of applications that we will consider include:
• paying for extra home help or nursing care for a dependent whilst you will not be present
• additional medical/respite care for a dependent whilst you will not be present
• travel expenses for a relative to travel with you to care for dependents whilst you attend a meeting or event
• paying for extended hours with a care worker/childminder/play scheme to cover time when you will arrive home later than normal.
 
You are eligible to apply if:
you are a chemist
you will incur additional caring expenses whilst attending a chemistry-related meeting, conference, event or workshop or a professional development event
you will use these funds to cover the cost of care that you usually provide
you are based in the UK or Ireland or if not, you will normally have held three years RSC membership (past or current).These grants for carers have been introduced following the Royal Society of Chemistry Breaking the barriers report where 78% of chemists working in UK academia felt that managing parenting and/or caring responsibilities has an impact on women’s retention and progression. This fund is not limited to women scientists and welcomes applications from anyone with caring responsibilities
 
These grants have been supported by The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemists’ Community Fund.

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