FEDERATION OF AFRICAN SOCIETIES OF CHEMISTRY _FASC_ by dfsiopmhy6

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									FEDERATION OF AFRICAN
SOCIETIES OF CHEMISTRY
        (FASC)
  EuCheMS General Assembly
 15-16 October 2009, Interlaken,
          Switzerland
        Yonas Chebude
          yonasc@faschem.org
          General Objectives

"Promoting the advancement of chemistry
 and the interest of professional chemists
 in Africa in a way which does not detract
 from the autonomy of any of the member
 societies, and enhancing cooperation and
 links between chemical societies of Africa
 as well as with chemists worldwide."
                   Specific Objectives

•   promote and maintain effective communication throughout the
    community of chemists and chemical scientists in Africa.
•   promote collaborative activity among member societies and among the
    individual members of these societies.
•   maintain and promote high professional, educational and ethical
    standards.
•   disseminate chemical knowledge.
•   act in an advisory, consultative and representative capacity in relation
    to African institutions and regional initiatives.
•   promote cooperation with other international organizations and similar
    regional and international networks.
    Member Countries and Societies
•   Egyptian Society of Analytical Chemistry (Egypt )
•   Chemical Society of Ethiopia (Ethiopia)
•   Chemical Society of Nigeria (Nigeria)
•   South African Chemical Institute ( South Africa)
•   African Association for Pure and Applied Chemistry,
    (Tanzania)
•   West African Chemical Society, Benin, Burkina Faso,
    Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea (Conakry), Mali, Niger, Senegal,
    Togo
•   Moroccan Association of Analytical chemistry ( Morocco)
•   Kenya Chemical Society, (Kenya)
•   Botswana Chemical Society (Botswana)
• The Federation (FASC), though very young, has been
  trying to network African chemists to the world scientific
  community through facilitating their participation in
  international scientific conferences. It also hopes to do
  more in the near future, particularly in connection with the
  recently proclaimed International Year of Chemistry—
  2011. FASC tried its best in assisting this proclamation get
  through the UNESCO Executive Board and then through
  the UN GA.
FASC also participated in launching the Pan African
  Chemistry Network (PACN)
• PACN is RSC’s program for Africa launched in
  November 2007 in London through the financial
  support of Syngenta.
• At present PACN has hubs in Nairobi and Addis
  Ababa.
• It has been regularly financing FASC’s activities.
• FASC and PACN will collaboratively carry out
  the IYC 2011 activities
     Objectives of the Planned Activities
By 2011, FASC is planning to organize major events across
  Africa aimed at:
• promoting a greater linkage among African governments,
  industries, universities, schools and the community at large
• promoting the incorporation of Green/Sustainable
  Chemistry in African universities (in this regard, Addis
  Ababa University/Department of Chemistry has already
  conducted 5 Green Chemistry workshops in collaboration
  with CSE, FASC, PACN/RSC)
• developing a reasonably high standard for Chemistry
  education and research in Africa;
                 Planned Activities
In order to achieve these goals, FASC and PACN envisage at least the following
       five major activities.
1.     The Third FASC Congress will be held at the University of the
       Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, in connection with the
       Convention of the South African Chemical Institute that takes place from
       16 to 21 January 2011. The 2011 joint conference, will seek to generate
       enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry, key to Africa’s future.
2.     Ethiopia plans to apply for the Flying Chemist Program (FCP) of IUPAC
       to be implemented in the last week of February 2011 in connection with the
       27th Annual Congress of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia (CSE). FASC
       has been supporting this initiative in Ethiopia and hence found it important
       to organize a satellite event at the CSE congress. The major theme of the
       proposed event is Chemistry in Africa: Past, Present and Future, with
       sub-themes on:
           •    Roles of Universities and Academia, Industries, and Government
           •    Indigenous Chemical Knowledge and Practices in Africa
           •    Models of Collaboration in Chemical Science
3.   PACN and FASC have already negotiated with the UN
     Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) to conduct
     a satellite workshop at the UNECA’s 2nd meeting of
     Committee on Development Information, Science and
     Technology (CODIST-II), scheduled for April/May
     2011.
•    CODIST attracts heads of states, policy makers and
     experts on information, science and technology from all
     over Africa.
•    FASC and PACN already participated in May 2009 at
     CODIST-I by presenting three papers under a general
     theme of the Role of Basic Sciences in Economic
     Growth for Africa.
4.   FASC and PACN will organize events to test, in selected
     African schools and universities, the output of IUPAC’s
     chemistry education project on
     “Visualizing and Understanding the Science of Climate
     Change.”
•    FASC has been participating as a member of the project
     development/implementation team.
5.   FASC has been encouraging member national chemical
     societies from Africa to propose activities to celebrate
     the IYC in their respective countries.
The major problem of FASC, however, are:
  lack of fund,
  lack of efficient communication among its
  member societies,
  lack of sufficient number of chemical societies
  joining FASC,
  resource persons to accomplish the tasks.
  I personally hope that the international scientific
  community will support FASC in accomplishing
  these ambitious but necessary goals.
           Executive Committee
            Members of FASC
 1. Dr Temechegn Engida, President, Ethiopia
 2. Prof.M.M.Khater,Vice-President, Egypt
 3. Dr A.M.Mohammed, Secretary, Ethiopia
 4. Dr Yonas Chebude,Treasurer, Ethiopia
 5. Prof.Neil Coville,Member and Representative/,Southern
 Africa, South Africa
 6. Dr Y.N. Lohdip, Member and Representative/Western
 Anglophone Africa, Nigeria
 7. Prof.Mohammed Jemal,Member and Representative/Northern
 Africa, Tunisia
 8. Prof.Michael Kishimba, Member, Tanzania
 9. Dr Yonas Chebude, Member and Representative/
    Eastern Africa, Ethiopia
10. Prof. Faustin Sié SIB, Member and Representative/
    Western Francophone Africa, Burkina Faso
11. Prof.Shem WandigaMember and Representative/Central
 Africa, Kenya
            Federation of African
            Societies
            of Chemistry (FASC)
Federation of African Societies of Chemistry
            Addis Ababa University
            Addis Ababa University
Addis Ababa University, Faculty of Science
            Science Faculty
            Science Faculty
P.O.BOX 81/1048 Addis Ababa , Ethiopia
            PO Box 81/1048
            PO Box 81/1048
           Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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