CHEMRAWN XII: The Role of Chemistry in Sustainable Agriculture and Human Wellbeing in Africa (CHEMRAWN XII)

Venue: Endler Complex, Conservatoire

Location: Stellenbosch, Western Cape Province, South Africa

Event Date/Time: Dec 02, 2007 End Date/Time: Dec 05, 2007
Registration Date: Nov 19, 2007
Early Registration Date: Sep 03, 2007
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 29, 2007
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The scientific programme of CHEMRAWN XII will focus on improving the quality of life of the peoples of Africa through the provision of adequate food, with specific attention to the role of chemistry. Themes to be covered during the course of the conference include:

* African agriculture in a global context: chemistry as the enabler
* Adequate, safe and affordable food for Africa
* The safe development and application of biotechnology in agricultural production
* Securing and sustaining water and soil quality for agricultural production
* Technologies to reduce post-harvest food loss
* The role of chemicals in sustainable agriculture
* Value-added and niche chemicals from agricultural produce
* The role of agriculture in building a sustainable energy base

In addition, workshop sessions are planned on:

* The role of universities in technology transfer to ensure sustainable agriculture in Africa.
* The role of green chemistry in agricultural production in Africa.
* Chemical and microbiological analyses as to ensure safe and wholesome food for Africa.
* Post-harvest technologies to ensure high quality fresh produce and foods.

The conference keynote address will be delivered by Dr Pedro Sanchez, a former recipient of the World Food Prize and currently the director of Tropical Agriculture at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. Other confirmed anchor speakers include:

* Prof. Berhanu Abegaz (University of Botswana)
* Prof. Pol Coppin (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium)
* Prof. Ermias Dagne, (Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia)
* Prof. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim (University of Mauritius)
* Prof. Sospeter Muhongo (ICSU-Africa)
* Prof. Linus Opara (Sultan Qaboos University, Oman)
* Dr James Simon (Rutgers University, USA)
* Prof. Leopoldt van Huyssteen (Stellenbosch University)

The proposed scientific programme coincides with Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action. The latter plan comprises research clusters covering 12 projects, with the CHEMRAWN XII programme focusing on the following research clusters:
• Safe development and application of biotechnology
• Building a sustainable energy base
• Securing and sustaining water
• Technologies to reduce post harvest food loss.

The conference organisers endeavour to attract top scientists, research students, industrialists, and policymakers involved in the food chain in Africa to the conference.

Delegates to CHEMRAWN XII will not only enjoy the scientific programme on offer, but also the rich cultural diversity and natural beauty that have placed Stellenbosch and Cape Town among the world’s top tourist destinations.


Stellenbosch University
South Africa

Additional Information

Early Registration: R2400 Student Registration: R1000 Late Registration: R2800