SACI News March - June 2021

We are more than half way through the year and what a year it has been!  We have seen an unprecedented week in KZN and Gauteng, with looting and destroying of malls and shops.  On top of that we are experiencing the third wave of the pandemic.  We hope that all our members are well and safe, and that with the rollout of the vaccination programme they experience some relief.  In this newsletter we have news from our KZN Section.  We also learnt of the sad loss of Professor Fabrizio Marsicano in December 2020 and Professor Chris Buckley in May 2021.  They were both well-known figures in the Chemistry fraternity.  We offer our sincere condolences to their families, friends and colleagues.

On behalf of SACI we wish all our members good health.

Bice Martincigh

Content

  • SACI office address and times

  • Advertising in the SACI newsletter

  • SACI Ties and Scarves

  • Pay your SACI membership fees with SnapScan

  • Obituary: Professor Fabrizio Marsicano

  • Obituary: Professor Chris Buckley

  • Of interest: COVID-19 inequalities in higher education

  • Down Memory Lane

  • SACI Statement on Tertiary Training in Chemistry

  • Diversity and Inclusion in the Chemical Sciences

  • Sections and Divisions News

  • Commonwealth Chemistry

  • RSC News

  • NSTF News

  • AYCN

  • IUPAC News

  • FASC News

  • CAIA Newsletter

  • South African Journal of Chemistry

  • African Journals of Chemistry

  • Calls for papers and book chapters

  • SACI and SACI-related conference events

  • Other Conferences

  • GC and GC-MS online training courses – NMISA

SACI office address and times

The SACI office, run by Laila Smith is located on the 1st Floor of Gate House, room 124. The telephone number is 011 717 6705 and e-mail address is: saci.chem@wits.ac.za. The cell number is 061 282 3477.

Office hours are from 8.30 am till 1.00 pm. She can be contacted at any time during her office hours.

Advertising in the SACI newsletter

The newsletter provides a means of getting messages to our membership. Currently the SACI membership stands at over 1000. This newsletter thus provides a means of advertising employment opportunities, conferences and workshops, and even for companies/Universities to promote themselves. We encourage members to use the Newsletter for advertising purposes. All SACI related conferences and events are advertised for free; if not a SACI related event there could be a small charge. For advertising costs contact Laila at the SACI office.   

SACI Ties, Scarfs and T-shirts

                  

Periodic table ties and ladies scarfs R130 each.

                                     

Periodic table T Shirt Short sleeve R180, Long sleeve R200

Please contact head office to place orders.

There is also a courier charge of R150 per order for delivery.

Pay your SACI membership fees with SnapScan

For those wishing to pay via credit card please let Mrs Laila Smith know so she can generate an online payment and email you a link.

 

Obituary: Professor Fabrizio Marsicano


Those of us who were fortunate to be lectured and supervised by Professor Fabri Marsicano will remember him for his jovial nature and his deep love for thermodynamics.  He was meticulous in his work and instilled those traits in his students.  The undergraduate Physical Chemistry experiments he introduced into the practical curriculum at the University of Natal are still being used.  To this day, they are still relevant and unique.  He will be sadly missed.

Bice Martincigh (Fabri’s first PhD student)

Obituary: Professor Chris Buckley

The University community was saddened to learn of the passing of long-time staff member and international water and sanitation pioneer, Professor Chris Buckley, on 27 May 2021 after a hard and brave fight against cancer.

Buckley was Director of the UKZN Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Research and Development Centre (the WASH R&D Centre), formally known as the Pollution Research Group (PRG).

‘Chris was a true legend and pioneer who dedicated his life to providing water and sanitation services to the unserved,’ say his colleagues and friends, Mrs Susan Mercer and Dr Konstantina Velkushanova.

Buckley was a well-known, iconic figure in the international water and sanitation field and touched the lives of many, both personally and professionally. ‘He was one of those unique people that always managed to inspire everyone with his astonishing general knowledge and deep understanding of science and engineering,’ said Mercer.
Buckley’s dedication to his students and young researchers resulted in the production of more than 100 master’s and PhD graduates, the majority of whom are now well-established professionals in the water and sanitation sector.

‘Each of them carries a piece of Chris’s passion, determination to solve problems, and his love for life and learning. His charismatic personality, radiant smile and mischievous sense of humour will forever be remembered,’ said Velkushanova.

Buckley’s career in the water and sanitation field began in the 1970s as a postgraduate student in Chemical Engineering at the then University of Natal. He joined the Pollution Research Group (PRG) in 1972 - a small group of three or four people that had been formed in 1971. He took over the leadership of the PRG in 1985 and was appointed as the full-time head in 1987.

Under Buckley’s guidance, the PRG delivered ground breaking research in the water and sanitation field and expanded its research scope beyond chemical engineering to become a trans-disciplinary contract research hub with local, national and international recognition of its work.

Over the span of his research career, Buckley secured significant funding grants from organisations such as the Water Research Commission, eThekwini Municipality and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as many other public and private organisations. His commitment to producing high quality research outputs and his ability to adapt to the changing research landscape ensured that these funding relationships endured under his leadership.

In order to reflect the growing range of research undertaken by the group, the PRG was rebranded and relaunched as the WASH R&D Centre in December 2020.

‘Chris was always full of bright and innovative ideas at any time of the day or night,’ said Dr Catherine Sutherland, a colleague from Development Studies. ‘He constantly developed research questions to address water and sanitation challenges, and then set about establishing a network of researchers (both young and established) who would go on a journey of discovery with him. He built these relationships so easily and quickly, not requiring formal systems to secure them, but rather using respect, trust and the spirit of Ubuntu as his means of connection.

‘His colleagues and students would know that after a time of intense discussion about a particular problem, Chris would quietly stand up, straighten his beard, undo his board marker and miraculously summarise all that had been said in a perfect diagram on the whiteboard.’

Buckley travelled around the world in his quest to solve water and sanitation challenges and served on numerous committees, working groups and task teams. ‘In all the places he visited, he made new friends and work contacts thanks to his social nature and open mindedness to embrace new cultures and experiences,’ said Dr Santiago Septien, a senior researcher at the WASH R&D Centre.

‘Chris had the same friendly attitude towards everyone regardless of their age, background or social standing. His worldwide popularity was beyond measure, as he managed to connect people and create partnerships in either a formal or informal context.’

Buckley’s contributions to the water and sanitation sector have been celebrated through a number of awards such as the Water Research Commission Legacy Award and being granted Honorary Membership by the Water Institute of Southern Africa.

‘We express our heartfelt condolences to the family of Professor Buckley,’ said Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, Professor Albert Modi. ‘Chris was an international legend within the water and sanitation field. He was a wonderful element of the University of Natal and then UKZN for close to half a century. He has left his legacy, which we shall maintain. We mourn the passing of a giant.’
Said Mercer: ‘Chris will be truly missed by all - family, students, colleagues and friends, but he leaves a lasting legacy through the WASH R&D Centre. He is an institution and will forever be loved and remembered for his enormous lifetime contribution.’ 

Sally Frost

With acknowledgement from UKZNDABA Online

Of interest: COVID-19 inequalities in higher education

Reducing the impact of COVID-19 on inequalities in higher education: A call for action to the international community


https://www.interacademies.org/news/covid-19-threatens-lead-lost-generation-researchers-say-international-scholar-networks

Down Memory Lane

To add to the history of SACI it was decided to get some of the older SACI members to relate about their experience of SACI in years gone by me.  To do this a letter was sent out to the SACI membership form the then President, Prof Vincent Nyamori, in late 2017.  The letter requested that those members with 40 + years of SACI membership write a few paragraphs on their remembrance of SACI in times past.

For a variety of reasons, these anecdotal comments are only now being collated in mid-2020. These remembrances of times past provide a small window on the times that the members recollect. Below are listed (virtually unedited) the comments from these members.

If there are any others who would still like to add to this article – please do so. Send your information to me.
Prof Neil Coville
July 2020

The letter of invite
Dear SACI Member

You have been a SACI member for over 40 years.  We are trying to record some early history of SACI.  Could you write a paragraph for us (10 lines; or longer) on (i) an early memory relating to SACI and (ii) what you doing now.

Thanks

Prof Vincent Nyamori

Response from Professor Siegfried Drewes

Herewith my thoughts on the topic of 40 years with SACI.

I completed my MSc degree in 1959 at NU in Pietermaritzburg. By this time I was very aware what SACI did and what they stood for. It was fairly logical that one would join the organisation and take part in the chemical activities which it offered. I am not sure what the general attitude of postgraduates of today is. Certainly, we were well-informed and if events of chemical interest were to take place in Durban we would often travel there.
Some time after getting my higher degree I was offered a post in Grahamstown at the Leather Research Institute, which was closely affiliated to Rhodes University. I completed a Ph.D. degree in 1963 and by this time was well aware how important it was to attend SACI lectures held at Rhodes Chemistry Department. In fact I was a regular participant at the short courses which were held towards September at frequent intervals. These courses had the full support of SACI and they probably partially supported the costs of bringing out top chemists.

The courses were always held in interesting venues and this was also an opportunity to make new friends with fellow chemists and to get to know the world experts in their field. As an example of venues I can still remember Sabie River Bungalows, Gordons Bay, Golden Gate, Hluhluwe, and other places in the Kruger park. Later on these get-togethers became more formalised and are now known as "the Frank Warren National Organic Chemistry Conferences". The first of these was held at UKZN in Pietermaritzburg in July 1983 and our overseas guest was the renowned organic chemist Barry Trost from the University of Wisconsin.

SACI was always part and parcel of my academic life and that is why I "stuck" with them !

I formally retired in 1995 as HOD of Chemistry (UKZN PMB), but stayed on in the Department as Hon. Research Fellow, giving some lectures at Honours level but mostly doing research on the chemistry of "muthi" plants. This continued until Jan. 2014 when I finally "came home".

SACI Statement on Tertiary Training in Chemistry

Statement from SACI Council on tertiary training in chemistry as a result of disruptions to the 2020 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the professional body representing the interests of all chemists in South Africa, we recognise the challenges that the current COVID-19 crisis presents to all our members in academia, research and industry. We also acknowledge the challenges the current situation presents to our tertiary institutions and specifically the challenges presented by moving to online teaching. We applaud the efforts of all our members who work at tertiary institutions who have adapted and innovated to ensure that we can continue as far as possible with our teaching and learning of chemistry even when on campus face-to-face contact is not possible. Our tertiary institutions play a critical role in not only training the next generation of chemists, but they are also tasked with the important responsibility of ensuring that many people from other professions and disciplines are trained in the fundamental principles of chemistry.

We reaffirm our belief that this training is essential, as chemistry is one of the central sciences. Key to this training is the practical component and laboratory based skills development. While we accept that this critical component of our training is not possible under the current situation, we strongly urge that plans be put in place to preserve this component of training as part of the curriculum as far as possible. In some cases, virtual laboratory tools can facilitate learning, but we believe that “in laboratory practical training” particularly for senior level courses should be preserved. SACI strongly recommends that at least a critical minimum practical experience should form part of the plans to complete the 2020 academic year at our tertiary institutions. We believe that this is essential to preserve the validity and integrity of the academic training programmes in chemistry.

  • Statement issued on behalf of the SACI Council, June 2020.

Professor Peter Mallon
President of SACI

Diversity and Inclusion in the Chemical Sciences

There is currently a renewed international debate with regards to inclusion and diversity within the chemical community that has been triggered by the recent opinion article published by Angewandte  Chemie “Organic synthesisق│╜Where now?” is thirty years old. A reflection on the current state of affairs” by Prof. Tomas Hudlicky.آ This paper has subsequently been withdrawn, however, that whole incident has highlighted that there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure inclusion and diversity.

SACI were approached by the RSC to see if we would support a clear statement of the stance of International Chemical Societies against all forms of discrimination and exclusion. آOn behalf of SACI, our President, Professor Peter Mallon, was happy to commit and endorse the statement.آ You can follow the link https://www.rsc.org/news-events/articles/2020/jun/id-joint-societies-statement/ to read the statement.

Sections and Divisions News

  • Report from the KwaZulu-Natal Section

On Wednesday, 19th May, the KZN Section celebrated George Carr’s 80th birthday with an online event.  George turned 80 on 6 May 2021.  George has been a loyal member of SACI and served on the KZN Coordinating Committee for over 40 years!  He was made a Fellow of SACI in 2019.  George is well known for his passion of chromatography, so the event was opened by an interesting talk entitled: “Advances in portable GCMS – a sample of PerkinElmer applications developed on the TORION portable GCMS” given by Nicholas Lancaster, Field Applications Specialist for PerkinElmer in South Africa, in which he not only showed some fascinating work that can be carried out on-site with this new instrument, but also outlined the historical advances in GC-MS.  This was followed by a tribute to George given by Professor Tony Ford, which is reproduced below.

George Carr is a genuine Geordie – from Tynemouth in the county of Northumberland. That information will come as no surprise to any of you with any familiarity with regional British accents – I know whereof I speak.

George received his original education in England before emigrating to South Africa, then trained as a crystallographer, doing his Masters degree at the University of Natal with the late Mike Laing, for a 1970 thesis on “The crystal and molecular structure of copper di(4-ethylpyridine) dichloride”.

I first met George in the early 1980s, when I was still at the University of the Witwatersrand. The departmental secretary came to me one day and said you have had a mysterious phone call from a Mr Carr from Century Oils in Durban. One of George’s projects on behalf of SACI at that time was running an annual instrument workshop. He would take over the old Holiday Inn on Playfair Road, or it may have been Sol Harris Crescent, for a week, and invite so-called specialists to present the basics of the various instrumental techniques to the technical people at the local industries.

These workshops proved to be very popular – so much so, in fact, that one year he took over the ice rink as well, as an exhibition area where the instrument manufacturers could display their products. The reason for George’s mysterious phone call to me was to invite me to present the infrared spectroscopy component, as I was still a vibrational spectroscopist at that time. My visit was sponsored by Perkin Elmer, as we were using a PE dispersive infrared spectrometer at that time (a 180 or 580?). I was invited back the following year – George handled all the technical logistics and the late Daphne Pegel was the front-of-house person. These workshops were the highlight of the year for me.

When I relocated to Durban in 1992 I joined the local committee of SACI and got to know George better. As an industrial representative, George has been in a minority on the committee over the years, along with John Cave, Vic Soffiantini, Bruce Rae and Stephen van Loggerenberg, to name a few. It is not a good idea to have solely academics on your committee, and George was often able to provide insights into the various projects that the committee considered from time to time, which had clearly escaped the attention of our academic colleagues. A fresh perspective can often be extremely valuable.

So George has been a consistent, loyal member of this committee for very many years, and his contributions have been very highly valued. As he has now reached the landmark of 80 years of age, he can look back on a good fraction of his lifetime spent in the service of chemistry, for which we all owe him a debt of gratitude.

Happy birthday, George.

Tony Ford

Commonwealth Chemistry

1. Commonwealth Chemistry recently hosted its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) virtually, which brought together 56 representatives from across the Commonwealth. Highlights of this included the appointment of the first President, Dr Vicki Gardiner, an introduction to the Federation and to all the member societies, a review of current and future plans and a lively Q&A session.

    2. Immediately following the AGM chemists from across the Commonwealth came together for the 1st Commonwealth Chemistry Congress. The inaugural event was held from was held from 18–20 May 2021. More than 400 chemists from 38 Commonwealth countries joined this three-day virtual event. The opening session, a panel discussion on ‘Chemistry and the Commonwealth’ explored the Congress theme of ‘Partnership for the Goals’. Six scientific sessions, with 24 plenary and 80 flash talks, focused on chemistry’s contribution to the UN SDGs showcasing a wealth of scientific excellence from across the Commonwealth. The final session brought leading figures together to share their career experiences with the early career chemists in an interactive panel discussion. All sessions ran twice at different times with different panellists and speakers to ensure inclusivity and that all Commonwealth countries could join live.

    3. Commonwealth Chemistry has also recently launched its own website with information about the Federation and for its member societies and the wider Commonwealth chemistry community

    2nd Commonwealth Chemistry Posters
    Building Networks to Address the Goals
    30 September – 1 October 2021

    Following on from the success of last year’s virtual poster event, the Commonwealth Chemistry Executive Board has decided to make this an annual event for chemists across the Commonwealth. The 2nd Commonwealth Chemistry Posters will take place on 30 September – 1 October 2021 and will showcase research across the Commonwealth addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This virtual event is free to attend and will take place over a 36-hour window spanning two days to accommodate the different time zones across the Commonwealth and allow participants the opportunity to interact with each other. Posters will be available to view throughout the event and there will be specific time slots when early career chemists will be able to discuss their posters with other participants.

    There are many benefits from attending, for both early career chemists and those who are more established, including the opportunity to engage with leading chemists, discuss their research, find potential collaborations, and grow their participation in the network. In addition, for early career chemists, there is the opportunity to present a poster with their current research work.

    Early career chemists who want to present a poster must submit an abstract. More information can be found on the event webpage.
    This event is open to all and is free to attend, so please promote this opportunity to your members and contacts.


    Commonwealth Chemistry and Chemistry World


    Dear Colleagues

    In June 2020 the Commonwealth Chemistry Executive Board accepted the offer from the Royal Society of Chemistry and introduced a scheme to allow free, unlimited access to the Chemistry World website throughout 2020.

    Today, we are delighted to announce that we are extending this scheme to 31 December 2021 for all members of commonwealth chemical societies. This provides another year of free, unlimited access to the Chemistry World website for all those who wish to participate.

    The access provided under the scheme would normally only be available to paying subscribers and members of the Royal Society of Chemistry. It includes:

      over 16,000 archived articles spanning more than a decade of coverage
      over 150 new articles, videos and podcasts published each month
      personalised emails to alert you when stories of interest are published

    We encourage everyone to take advantage of this scheme, so please pass this message onto your members:

    What is Chemistry World?

    Chemistry World is the flagship magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry, available online at www.chemistryworld.com. It publishes a wide range of content covering the latest research, new and views from across the global chemical sciences community. There is an extensive archive of over 16,000 articles online and more than 150 new articles, podcasts, webinars and videos are published each month.
    How do I claim my free access?

    By being a member of your national chemical society, you can have access to Chemistry World online. Simply visit https://www.chemistryworld.com/commonwealth-chemistry and follow the instructions on screen.

    With best wishes
    Dr Vicki Gardiner
    President Elect, Commonwealth Chemistry

    RSC News

    Royal Society of Chemistry Events Website

    Our website can be used to advertise events from across the world ق│ô not just those organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, www.rsc.org/events/africa.

    So, if you need a simple website for your event, or want to reach a wider audience, then please submit your event to our website.آ Simply click on this link and follow the instructions: www.rsc.org/events/submitevent

    Free 2021 Affiliate Membership

    The RSC are offering free Affiliate membership to anyone who attends one of our online events. If you’ve ever considered joining but haven’t gotten around to it, or aren’t sure what you could get out of being a member, then maybe now is the time to sign up as an Affiliate for free and try it out.

    Affiliate membership doesn’t need a degree transcript or CV, simply go to rsc.li/affiliate and use the discount code LS100 to join and then you can become a member of our Interest Group and keep up to date with all of our events and activities!

    Affiliate membership comes with:

    1. Free membership of one Interest Group

    2. Depending on where you are in the world, you will get automatic membership of an RSC Local Section (we have 35 Local Sections in the UK and Ireland and 23 international Local Sections)

    3. 10 free RSC journal article downloads a year and 35% off RSC books

    4. Online access to Chemistry World

    5. Access to careers resources and webinars and discounts for accredited training courses

    6. Support from the Chemists’ Community Fund

    7. Discounts on travel, insurance, lifestyle and publications

    NSTF News

    For the latest news see: http://www.nstf.org.za/news-category/nstf-news/

    AYCN

    NEW!! African Younger Chemists' Network (AYCN)

    It is an exciting time to be an early-career chemist on the African continent - we are establishing the African Younger Chemists' Network (AYCN)! The need for a unifying "Afro-centric" early-career chemistry network is essential to showcase the unique talents and ideas from this region. AYCN’s vision is to promote and establish global standards for the empowerment of early-career chemists and to prepare them for a sustainable future with constructive engagements and collaborations with stakeholders from across the globe. It is the intention to establish the AYCN in collaboration with other major African and global chemistry societies.

    The criteria:
    This group will comprise African Early-Career Chemists (AECC) who are either under the age of 35 or who are within 5 years of their terminal degree.

    The purpose of this group is to:
    1) encourage networking and create a community among AECCs,
    2) create a space for collaboration between emerging researchers,
    3) to share opportunities, including funding calls, conferences, job listings and writing workshops,
    4) to promote leadership and development of AECCs.

    This form serves as an expression of interest. Please complete this form if you meet the criteria listed above, and are keen to join this group. You will then be invited to join us during this establishment phase of the AYCN where the group's activities will be discussed. To receive an invitation for this meeting, we need a completed form with your email address.

    Attached please find the Google form link introducing the AYCN (African Younger Chemists' Network) and requesting for volunteers to populate the various subcommittees. 

    https://forms.gle/hVAM8UeEY57hjusPA
    Form will be open until the end of the year. 

    Contact email: aycn.chemists@gmail.com

    Contact people: Ms Bianca Davids, Dr Sadhna Mathura

    IUPAC

    For the latest IUPAC news see: http://www.saci.co.za/iupac.html

    For a list of IUPAC sponsored events see: https://iupac.org/events/

    The representatives for South Africa on the International Younger Chemists Network for the period of 2021-2022 are:

    Dr Mabuatsela V. Maphoru, a lecturer from Tshwane UoT, and

    Ms Alida-Louise Henning, a senior scientist from Impala Platinum Ltd.

    Website: IYCN
    Twitter: @IntlYoungerChem ق│╣
    Facebook: @IYCN.global
    LinkedIn: intlyoungerchemistsnetwork

    Professional Development Skills:

    The International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN; https://www.iycnglobal.com/), affiliated organization of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) is organizing a series of FREE live workshops devoted to support and empower early-career chemists with professional development skills to advance their careers.

    Stephen O Aderinto: soaderinto1@sheffield.ac.uk

    FASC News

    ABC Chem Conference 2022

    This event will be held at the Palais des Congrأ╟s ق│ôMarrakech, Morocco in December 2022. آFASC will be hosting the event. آPlease diarise the date.

    We are hoping to have an excellent turnout from member countries at this event. More information will be made available in the months ahead.

     

    CAIA Newsletter

    The latest issue of CAIA news is available. Go to:  http://www.caia.co.za/news/chemnews/
     or e-mail: caia@iafrica.com for pdf files of news and information.

    South African Journal of Chemistry

    The South Journal of Chemistry is now 103 years old and we are pleased to note that the impact factor of the Journal is now 1.2 (and has a CiteScore of 2.2).

    We encourage all SACI members to submit manuscripts to the Journal. Journal submission details can be found at http://saci.co.za/journal.

    Details of the journal and the editors can be seen at http://www.journals.co.za/sajchem/.

    All manuscripts since 1918 are electronically available online at
    http://journals.co.za/content/journal/chem/browse?page=previous-issues

    This Journal is published electronically. The webpage is: http://www.saci.co.za/. The South African Journal of Chemistry, published by the South African Chemical Institute, has been publishing high quality papers, in all fields of Chemistry for over 100 years. آThe Journal went fully electronic in 2000 and is freely available through open access online (http://reference.sabinet.co.za/sa_epublication/chem). It is a CAS-abstracted publication and is listed in Current Web Contents. آIt is also part of the Scielo group. It has retained its status as an accredited publication with the South African Department of Higher Education and Training.

    We encourage South African chemists to publish in the journal!

    African Journals of Chemistry

    • African Corrosion Journal (online).  Commenced in 2015 ق│ô a peer reviewed corrosion journal. This journal may be of interest to the “practical” chemists amongst the SACI membership. https://view.publitas.com/icp-1/african-corrosion-journal

    • African Journal of Chemical Education
      Enquiries and manuscripts should be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief: email eic@faschem.org, PO Box 2305, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. AJCE, 2016, 6(1) ISSN 2227-5835 The online version appears in the FASC website (www.faschem.org) and in the AJOL website (www.ajol.info)

      Papers on any aspect of Chemistry Education such as teaching organic, analytical, physical, inorganic, polymer, green, climate change/environmental chemistry, ICT in chemistry and chemistry curricula as well as assessment in chemistry are acceptable for publication. We also encourage issues on chemistry and indigenous knowledge/practice, chemical safety, natural products and related areas.

    • Nanonews in South Africa
      SAASTA newsletter. nanonews@npep.co.za. Prof Janice Limon, NPEP Nano News Editor

    Calls for papers and book chapters

    CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

    FOR A BOOK ON

    GREEN CHEMISTRY IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
    (IUPAC PROJECT 2021-005-1-041, https://iupac.org/project/2021-005-1-041)

    To anybody who may be interested

    This is an invitation to contribute a chapter to the book mentioned in the title.

    The book is meant to offer a panoramic overview of the current state of green chemistry in Sub-Saharan Africa. It aims at being comprehensive, providing information on current achievements, recognized challenges and envisaged near-future developments of green chemistry research and green chemistry education, as well as implementations in production activities.

    Chapters may focus on individual institutions, or on an entire country, or on specific projects, or on specific issues. Sample themes may the following:

    • What has been built in terms of green chemistry research

    • What has been built in terms of green chemistry education

    • Research at the interfaces between green chemistry and other areas of chemistry (for instance, computational chemistry research focusing on the design of substances or materials relevant for green chemistry)

    • Research at the interfaces between green chemistry and other disciplines

    • Challenges experienced in building green chemistry research or green chemistry education

    • Envisaged developments for green chemistry research or green chemistry education in the near future

    • Shifts to cleaner production options by some industries, or other ways of implementing some of the green chemistry principles or criteria

    • Interest or recognition by policy makers

    • Interest or recognition by the public

    • Other green chemistry-related themes that the authors consider relevant.

    Each chapter will aim at being wide-ranging and, therefore, will include as many aspects/themes as suitable for its scope. For instance, for chapters outlining the green chemistry status in a given institution, a section of the chapter could be devoted to a review of research outputs concerning green chemistry research or green chemistry education it that institution.

    If you are interested, please, send me an abstract (sasdestria@yahoo.com) before July 15, 2021. The abstract should not exceed one page (Times New Roman 12, single spacing, 2.5 cm margins on all sides). Under the title, the abstract should contain the names of all prospective authors, their institutions, and the e-mail of the corresponding author. The deadline for the submission of complete manuscripts will be 31-12-2021.
    For any other information that you would like to have, please contact me.

    Looking forward to many chapters…

    Liliana Mammino (editor of this book, University of Venda, South Africa)

    Important note: Papers reporting the results of typical environmental chemistry studies (such as studies determining the presence of specific pollutants in a given environment) do not fall within the scope of this book.


    SACI and SACI related Conference events

          ChromSAAMS 2020 Conference Cancelled

    Following last year’s postponement of the ChromSAAMS conference to September 2021, much has once again changed locally and internationally regarding the COVID-19 situation. It is with much regret that the organizing committee has recently announced the cancellation of ChromSAAMS 2021. In light of the importance of the health and safety of delegates and industry partners, and given the current Covid-19 situation in South Africa, the organizing committee concluded that it would not be possible to host in the conference in the preferred face-to-face format in 2021. The organizers thank all delegates and sponsors for their interest in supporting the conference, and hope to be meet them all again for the next analytical conference in South Africa.

    André de Villiers
    Conference chair, on behalf of the organizing committee
    https://chromsaams.co.za

    • 26th IUPAC International Conference on Chemistry Education

    The Covid-19 pandemic has led to profound changes in the way we work and live.  The current steep increase in cases as well as the uncertainty about international travel means that it is no longer feasible to host the 26th IUPAC International Conference on Chemistry Education in Cape Town in January 2021.  The IUPAC Committee for Chemistry Education has agreed to a further postponement of the conference to July 2022.  The conference will be known as ICCE 2022.  Preliminary information about ICCE 2022 is given below.

    Dates: 18-22 July 2022
    Venue: Lagoon Beach Hotel and Conference Venue

    Abstracts
    The call for abstracts will be re-opened on 4 October 2021. If you have already submitted an abstract, you will be invited to resubmit your abstract when the submission process re-opens.

    Registration
    Registration will re-open on 4 October 2021. Should you have already paid your registration fee, we are pleased to advise that we will honour the 2020 registration fees.  All unpaid registrations will be carried over to the 2022 event and re-invoiced at the revised registration fee.  You are free to cancel your registration and to re-register for ICCE 2022 at the new rates.  Please click on the link below to submit your response.

    ICCE 2022 RESPONSE FORM
    We would appreciate a response by 31 August 2020.

    Accommodation
    Delegates who have booked and paid their accommodation will be contacted by our booking office to arrange for the monies to be refunded.  If you have booked directly with the hotel, (i.e. not through our secretariat), we ask you to please contact Lagoon Beach Hotel directly.

    We look forward to seeing you in Cape Town in July 2022 and ask you to circulate this notice to your colleagues who may not be members of SACI.

    Please address any questions to icce2022@allevents.co.za and consult the website, https://www.icce2022.org.za/, for regular updates.

    Regards,
    The Local Organising Committee for ICCE 2022

    For registration queries:+27 (0)21 910 1913 ق│┬ email: icce2022@allevents.co.za
    Event Organiser office: +27 (0)21 712 0571
    email:  icce@eventmanagmentsolutions.co.za  

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