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Vol. 31 No. 4
July-August 2009

Where 2B &Y | Announcements of conferences, symposia, workshops, meetings, and other upcoming activities.

Sustainable Water
25–28 August 2009, Nairobi, Kenya

Africa is acutely sensitive to water issues. Several countries have lost as much as 25 percent of their water resources from their lakes and reservoirs. The state of groundwater is poorly mapped and the pattern of rainfall is changing due to climatic change. Above all, Africa has a rapidly growing population that needs water for food production and industrial uses.

To address this issue, the Kenyan hub of the Pan Africa Chemistry Network (PACN) is holding a conference 26–28 August 2009 at the University of Nairobi. The Sustainable Water Conference will review critical water issues and cover both theoretical and applied water knowledge. Sessions will include:

  • Water quality and contamination, focused on rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and groundwater, and new sensor technologies and environmental monitoring
  • Water usage for human consumption, including industrial use, recreation, and agriculture
  • Sustainable water management and treatment, including recycling and use, desalination, treatment processes, infrastructure, planning and management, and purification technology
  • Climate change and water

The conference will be preceded by a satellite workshop on Green Chemistry and Sustainability on the morning of 25 August at the same venue.

The PACN Kenyan hub is also planning for a series of activities, which include international conferences in areas of key importance to the continent, travel grants to attend conferences in Africa and in the UK, short-term training for scientists, support for the existing African chemistry networks, and the creation of research and collaboration facilities to increase the numbers of scientists emerging from the continent. Initially, two hubs were established: one at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and the other at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Both aim to work across the continent to promote the chemical sciences.

For more information, visit the website below, or contact:

Mrs. Odhiambo Ruth
PACN Administrator,
Department of Chemistry, University of Nairobi
P.O. Box 30197-00100, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel.: +254 723 273 752
E-mail: pacn@uonbi.ac.ke

www.rsc.org/pacn


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