International Science Programme (ISP)

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An archive of news relating to ISP and our collaborating partners. For more news and events follow our Facebook page.

ISP Report on phased out activities

28 December 2017

ISP has followed up on the 57 groups and networks phased out of ISP support between 2003 and 2014. The aim was to find out if they are continuing their activities and how they experienced the ISP support and the phase out period.

The report shows that a large majority (82%) of the phased out groups and networks are still active. Many have been able to secure grants from both international and national funding agencies, and have continued to publish papers and graduate postgraduate students after ISP's support ended.

Most groups and networks were satisfied with the phase out period given (ranging between 1-6 years) and were ok with the reasons given for ending support. However, some improvements were suggested, including better communication from ISP's side, provision of proposal writing and research grant management courses, and better utilization of the capacity in phased out groups and networks.

Read the full report here

ISP Board Meeting

15 December 2017

ISP's annual Board Meeting was held at the Biomedical Center at Uppsala University. ISP warmly welcomed two new members to the Board: Ambassador (ret.) Hans Corell and PhD student Agne Ciuciulkaite. A special thanks was also directed to resigning members Mohamed H.A. Hassan and Elzbieta Glaser.

The ISP Board together with ISP representatives
 Peter Sundin (middle) together with resigning Board Members Mohamed Hassan and Elzbieta Glaser

Building future networks seminar

13 November 2017

Why and how should we communicate research results? That was the theme of the annual 'Building Future Networks' seminar jointly organized by Sida and ISP at the Sida headquarters in Stockholm. In total, 80 sandwich PhD students and postdocs from both ISP and Sida programs attended the event.

Representatives from the Nordic Africa Institute, Wikipedia and Gapminder gave lectures and workshops on how to pitch research results, how to use Wikipedia for scientific outreach, and on global misconceptions. The day ended with a student poster session and mingle bingo!

NEW ISP staff

10 October 2017

Meet our new financial assistants - Archana Yadav Ganganaboina and Ulrika Kolsmyr!

            Archana Yadav Ganganaboina                                                     Ulrika Kolsmyr


Archana has a bachelor’s degree in commerce and a master’s in business administration from University of Gävle, Sweden. While studying, she worked as a substitute teacher in middle schools in Uppsala, and in 2015, she did an internship at ISP. Archana will be responsible for paying allowances to Sida bilateral students from Bolivia, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Tanzania. In addition, she will administrate the Tanzania bilateral program.  

- I look forward to working in an international environment at the university level. I hope to get a chance to develop myself as administrator, as well as to meet different people and get exposed to new cultures and languages etc.

*Archana is substituting for Aksana Mushkavets - any questions previously directed to Aksana should now be sent to Archana.


After working as a music teacher in Stockholm for several years, Ulrika switch fields into business administration. She has previously worked at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) and most recently at the central financial administration department at Uppsala University. At ISP, she will be handling the financial administration such as invoices and money transfers.

- I’m excited to move from the university administration to a more operational institution, and get closer to reality. It is bonus that I find ISP’s operations very important and valuable. I look forward to work with my new colleagues!


Welcome to ISP!

ISP in Sri Lanka and Thailand

31 August 2017

A review of ISP´s former long-term engagement with research groups at universities in Sri Lanka and Thailand is now available!

The book includes a historical overview, developments and effects of over 30 years of research cooperation. The experiences and present whereabouts of former PhD students and collaborators are also covered.

Read the book

ISP ANNUAL REPORT 2016 published

3 July 2017

Our annual report 2016 is now available in full length and in summary!

Annual Report

Annual Report Summary


21 June 2017

ISP warmly welcomes Ambassador (ret.) Hans Corell as a member of the ISP Board!

Hans Corell - picture from

Hans Corell is an Uppsala Alumni with a long experience of working for the United Nations as Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel between 1994 and 2004. Before that, he served as Ambassador and Under-Secretary for Legal and Consular Affairs at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs between 1984 and 1994.

He has been a member of Sweden’s delegation to the United Nations General Assembly and has had several assignments related to the Council of Europe, OECD and the CSCE (now OSCE). Besides serving as a member of the Advisory Board of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University and Chairmain of the Board of Trustees of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, he has also been Legal Adviser to the Panel of Eminent African Personalities, chaired by Kofi Annan.


New IPICS reference group member

5 May 2017

ISP warmly welcomes Professor Jenny Ruales from the Department of Food Science and Biotechnology at Escuela Politécnica Nacional, Ecuador, as a member of the IPICS Scientific Reference Group.

Prof Ruales has a PhD in food engineering from Lund University, and her research focuses on functional foods. Product development, food science research and project management falls within her area of expertise.

She has previous experience of working with ISP as a group leader of the ISP supported research group in nutritional biochemistry and biotechnology between 1984 and 2007, and as coordinator of the Latin American Network for Food Research (LANFOOD), supported by ISP between 1994 and 2007. In addition, she has performed consultancy services for the Word Bank Ecuadorian Children Feeding Program, and coordinated the MSc and PhD program in food science at Escuela Politécnica Nacional since 1994.


ISP network essential for math development in EASTERN AFRICA

18 April 2017

ISP has supported the Eastern Africa Universities Mathematics Programme (EAUMP) since its inception in 2002. In 2016, ISP commissioned an evaluation of the network to assess its activities and progress, and to provide EAUMP and ISP with an independent review of future directions.

In summary the Evaluation Team concluded that: "the EAUMP network has played an absolutely essential and transformative role, at a reasonable and proportionate cost, in building mathematics research and teaching capacity throughout the Eastern African region, introducing new areas of mathematics and strengthening existing ones. There are signs of consolidating and emerging research groups, regular activities becoming embedded and finding additional support, as well as new types of activity. The continuing support, in a suitable form and shape, and taking into account the recommendations below, of mathematics, the most fundamental of enabling sciences, in the East African region is a worthwhile endeavour fully in accordance with the aims and objectives of ISP and its main funder Sida."

Read the full report

ISP collaborating partner in Nature

10 April 2017

The prestigious journal Nature highlights the work on precision medicine made by the ISP supported research group at the African Institute of Biomedical Science and Technology (AiBST), headed by Collen Masimirembwa.

AiBST research has gained attention following a public health scandal in Zimbabwe, where many HIV patients in public health programs stopped using the drug efavirenz due to heavy side effects. Masimirembwa’s research group has shown that a gene variant carried by many Zimbabweans slows their ability to break down efavirenz, thereby causing side effects such as hallucinations, depression and suicidal tendencies for those carrying the variant. These side effects can be reduced by precision medicine – where the diagnostic and treatment is tailored according to the needs and genes of individual patients.

As a result of the Nature article, HIV patients and relatives of patients experiencing the challenges of using efavirenz-based drugs are contacting AiBST for assistance. 


ISP partner in $2 million postdoc program

5 April 2017

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the NEPAD Agency’s Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) has been granted US$2 million from the Carnegie Corporation of New York for a postdoctoral fellowship program. The initiative responds to an urgent need to increase the number of researchers in Africa.

ISP will serve as a partner in the program, together with six other African, European and US higher education institutions. The program and its partners will work together to:  

  • Increase the number of postdoctoral researchers in Africa and build a critical mass of world class researchers
  • Provide a quality and structured postdoctoral training program
  • Provide access to quality research facilities and mentors from Africa and abroad
  • Promote the production, reproduction and transition of knowledge

Press release

Hans Rosling in Memoriam

9 February 2017

Prof. Hans Rosling, Uppsala, tragically passed away earlier this week. He was a dear friend of the International Science Programme (ISP) and formerly closely associated with the International Programme in the Chemical Sciences (IPICS).

Hans Rosling was a deeply appreciated tutor, student supervisor, and scientific cooperation partner particularly in the IPICS-supported research network on cassava safety, which he coordinated 1993 to 2001.

In 2011, Hans Rosling contributed with his famous enthusiastic presentation approach to the 50th anniversary seminar of ISP, when he put the development and operational mode of the program in a proper, global perspective with his presentation “ISP and the World”.

We are immensely grateful for Hans Rosling’s past contributions to the program and for the time he has devoted to ISP.

Peter Sundin

Head of ISP and Director of the Chemistry Program (IPICS)

Gender Equality workshop in uganda

25 October 2016

On the 25 October, the Makerere University main hall was filled with about 300 undergraduate students participating in the second workshop on “Gender Equality in the Basic Sciences – Bridging the Gap”. The workshop was organized by ISP Gender Equality Grant winner, Dr Betty Nannyonga, and is part of her project aiming to strengthen and support the success and retention of women in basic sciences at the university.

Female senior researchers in mathematics and physics from Stockholm University (Prof. Lovisa Sumpter) and University of Nairobi (Dr Alix Dehayem) gave lectures on the reasons behind, and problems with, the low number of women in science, and Makerere University staff and students shared their experiences on the issues. Ugandan TV and radio was present to cover the event.

I am very satisfied with the well-attended workshop! The media coverage is good, it creates awareness of issues facing women in academia at our university”, said organizer Dr Nannyonga (picture below).

Building future networks Seminar

21 October 2016

On 21 October, Sida and ISP jointly organized a seminar called "Building Future Networks" at the Sida Headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, gathering about 80 students and postdocs from Sida bilateral programs and ISP supported groups and networks.

The aim was to provide the students and postdocs with better information and inspiration, and give the opportunity to expand their networks with like-minded people across the globe.

The seminar covered both practical information and tips from Kammarkollegiet, the Swedish Migration Agency and the Swedish institute, as well as presentations and discussions on gender equality in academia and cross cultural partnerships. The latter ones were held by Minna Salminen Karlsson, Docent at the Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, and Cecilia Öman, Deputy Chemistry Director at ISP.

MFS-students looked into obstacles facing women in science

MSc students Ida Essner and Sara Hesse from the Sociotechnical Systems Engineering Program at Uppsala University carried out their Minor Field Studies at University of Nairobi, Kenya. They did a local context analysis of ISP-supported departments at the Institution of Nuclear Science and Technology (INST) and the Department of Physics at the university, looking at the obstacles women in science face when pursuing higher educations, hoping to answer why there are fewer women than men in technical higher educations, MSc level and up.

Their main conclusion is that one factor hindering women from pursuing science and technology education is cultural expectations. Science is considered to be a masculine subject reserved for men, something that appear to emerge in the attitudes of boys and girls at an early age. They also concluded that early childbirth commonly hinder women from continuing to higher levels in academia, because they often have the dual work load and responsibility of family and household. The cultural norms and expectations of the Kenyan women also favors marriage and family before self-fulfillment and own interests such as higher education.

Read the thesis

Interview with Ida and Sara

ISP’s contribution to the SDG's

12 September 2016

ISP’s overall goal is to contribute to the strengthening of scientific research and postgraduate education within the basic sciences, and to promote their use to address development challenges. Our supported research groups and networks are contributing in several ways to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with their research and competence.

A short information material is now available, giving examples of how ISP supported research groups and networks are addressing local challenges and thereby contributing to the SDGs.  

ISP and the SDGs

Gender Summer School at Uppsala University

2 September 2016

Between 15 and 26 August five female scientists from ISP supported groups in Kenya and Uganda visited Uppsala University to take part in the gender summer school named "Diversity in the Cultures of Physics". The school has been jointly organized and by the Department of Physics and ISP at Uppsala University, and the Department of Physics at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. The main goal of the summer school was to promote mentorship and networking between young and senior (female) scientists, to improve non-academic competences and increase awareness about the gender biases present at universities and in academia in general.

In total the school involved 21 participants from Germany, Kenya, Sweden and Uganda. The two week intense program at Uppsala University included several lectures and workshops, with scientific, communication and gender equality contents. The participants also visited research groups in Stockholm and Uppsala. ISP acknowledges the Vice Chancellor and “Rådet för Lika villkor” at Uppsala University for the grant which allows the successful organization of the summer school.

Participant Priscilla Muheki, is one of the first two female PhD students at the Department of Physics at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda.

According to you, what are the main issues facing women in Sciences in Uganda?

- Basically, it is about lack of opportunities for women. Because of cultural reasons, women have the main responsibility to take care of the home and the family which often are stopping them from pursing their studies and careers. If you are a woman, it is more important for your family that you get married than continue to study.  And once you get married and have kids, continuing studies is even harder because of the dual work load. In addition, the tuition fees are high and there are a limited number of scholarships. There is also a lack of female mentors and role models in science, especially at the tertiary levels. We are the first two female PhD students in physics at our university, and in general there are very few female doctors in physics in the country.

What do you take with you back home from the two weeks in Uppsala?

- It was good and empowering for me as a woman. I learned so much from the different talks. The main thing I take with me is “If you can imagine it, you can make it. If you can dream it, you can achieve it”. It summarizes my experience in every way. Back home we still have a lot of work to do to encouraging more female students into doing physics. I believe that I also need to include more men in this work, because their efforts are very crucial in promoting this cause. In any case “two hands are better than one”.

Former vice president of Tanzania joins the isp board

11 August 2016

ISP warmly welcomes Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal, Chancellor of The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, as a member of the ISP Board. Nuclear physicist Dr Bilal was Vice President of Tanzania between 2010 and 2015 and Prime Minister of Zanzibar from 1995 to 2000. In addition, he served as Permanent Secretary of the Tanzanian Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education in the beginning of the 1990’s. From April 2016 and onwards his broad and long experience will come to use at ISP’s Board meetings.

Why did you choose to join the ISP board and what are your thoughts about ISP?

- I agree with the core mission of ISP that targets, among other things, building active research groups in developing countries. ISP is a unique program that promotes strengthening basic sciences and higher education in developing countries. Its approach is realistic and down to earth. 

What do you believe to be the greatest challenges in supporting higher education and research in developing countries? How can we overcome them?

- The major challenges are how to build a critical mass of research scientists and how to get meaningful financial support. The best way to overcome these challenges are to a) unwavering commitment of developing countries to support higher education and scientific research and b) long term partnership and mentoring from established research groups. I have always wondered if such program could be expanded to include more institutions in other countries also.

Thank you and welcome!

ISP Annual REPort 2015

6 July 2016

ISP's activities and achievements in 2015 now available!

Annual Report Summary

Annual Report 2015

ISP Publication in Scientometrics

8 June 2016

Former ISP colleague Marta Zdravkovic in collaboration with Eren Zink and ISP alumni Linley Chiwona-Karltun today published a paper on the “Experiences and perceptions of South–South and North–South scientific collaboration of mathematicians, physicists and chemists from five southern African universities” in Scientometrics.

The study covers experiences from ISP supported departments in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Botswana and aimed to document and analyze the level of scientific productivity, collaboration patterns, scientists’ experiences and attitudes towards South–South and South–North collaboration.


Low brain drain in ISP programs

5 May 2016

A brief report tracing PhD graduates from ISP supported groups and networks 2008-2013, show that a great majority (92%) of the PhD graduates remain in their home countries and regions after graduation, most employed at universities and research institutes.

Tracing ISP graduates

ISP Gender Equality Grants 2015 awarded

18 February 2016

Dr Betty Kivumbi Nannuyonga (Dept. of Mathematics , Makerere University, Uganda)  and Dr Edward Jurua (Dept. of Physics ,Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda) have been awarded ISP's Gender Equality Activity Grants 2015.

Last fall, ISP announced two grants for activities targeting the underrepresentation of women in science education and research in supported groups and networks. In all, 18 high quality applications were received, making the final selection very difficult. ISP can now inform that Dr Betty Nannyonga, Makerere University and Dr Edward Jurua, Mbarara University, both in Uganda, have been awarded the 2015 Gender Equality Activity Grants.

ISP warmly congratulates and looks forward to the collaboration between Makerere and Mbarara University. The two projects include similar and complementary activities, targeting many of the crucial barriers for female students and staff members to continue their studies and/or establish a research career in science. The activities are designed and will be running in close collaboration with local gender researchers. 

Read more about Dr Betty Kivumbi Nannuyonga's and Dr Edward Jurua's research and gender project here:

Interview Betty

Interview Edward

ISP collaborator appointed President of CDC

11 February 2016

We warmly congratulate ISP collaborator, Prof. Wandera Ogana, University of Nairobi, to the appointment as President of the Commission for Developing Countries (CDC). CDC is a commission of  the International Mathematical Union (IMU) working to "promote mathematics in developing and economically disadvantaged countries and to foster International collaboration". Prof. Ogana is the first African to hold this position.

UoN article

The Third EAUMP conference

10 February 2016

The ISP supported network Eastern Africa Universities Mathematics Programme (EAUMP) is organizing its third conference under the theme “Advances in mathematics and its applications”, to be held at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda 26-28 October, 2016.

The conference aims to celebrate the achievements of the EAUMP, to evaluate the EAUMP Network and the ISP collaboration, to stimulate regional and international collaboration in training, research and outreach, as well as to provide a forum for interaction of mathematicians from within and outside Africa. The Conference will be attended by approximately 120 mathematicians from Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and United States of America.

Conference Announcement

ISP completion report 2008-2013

16 December 2015

An overview of ISP's activities and achievements during the granting period 2008-2013 is now available. 

Completion Report 2008-2013

ISP alumni awarded honorary doctorate

2 December 2015

On 2 December 2015, ISP alumni Prof Vernon Cooray was awarded an honorary doctorate by University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

His research focuses on electricity with special emphasis on transients and electrical discharges. Over the years Prof Cooray has authored and co-authored over 350 scientific papers, and has edited and authored six books.

Prof Cooray started his research career as a PhD student as part of the ISP supported research group in atmospheric physics and lightning at University of Colombo, Sri Lanka between 1978 and 1982. He did his PhD at Uppsala University Sweden, where he also became a staff member shortly after graduation. Today he has been employed at UU for more than 30 years.

Prof Cooray has kept close contact with the atmospheric physics research group at University of Colombo during all these years. Among other things he has been supervising most of the students from the group on a distance and through annual research visit to the university. 

ISP warmly congratulates Vernon to the honor!

five year bilateral research agreement between Sweden and Uganda

3 November 2015

Tuesday 3 November 2015 the signing of a 32 million USD, five year (2015-2020) bilateral research agreement between Sweden and Uganda took place in Kampala, Uganda. This agreement include five Ugandan universities (Makerere, Busitema, Kyambogo, Gulu and Mbarara University) and eleven universities on the Swedish side. ISP will be the coordinator of the program on the Swedish side. 

ISP's coordinating mission
Makerere University News Site
SciDev.Net article

From the left: Leif Abrahamsson (ISP), Hon Minister of Finance Planning and Economic Development Mr Matia Kasaija, HE the Ambassador of Sweden to Uganda Mr Urban Andersson, Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University Professor John Ddumba-Ssentamu.

Joint Sida and ISP seminar

23 October 2015

On 23 October 2015, Sida in cooperation with ISP organized a one day seminar called "Building Future Networks", held at Sida Headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. It was addressed to students and postdoc’s from all Sida funded bilateral programs, as well as students from ISP supported groups and networks.

The aim of the seminar was provide the students with better information, inspiration and to expand their networks. Welcome address and opening remarks was held by Ulf Källstig, Head of the Director-General's Office at Sida.

Among invited speakers was prof. Stefan Swartling Peterson, Public Health researcher with long experience from collaborating with and working in low-income countries, prof. Margareta Norell Bergendahl, KTH,  Lars Anell, Chair of Sida’s Research Council, Teresa Soop, PhD, Research Advisor at Sida, Nighisty Ghezae, International Foundation for Science and Alex Tumwesigye, sandwich PhD-student from Makerere University in Uganda, who shared his experiences and impressions from research cooperation in Sweden.

Meeting Minutes

New Assistant Director of IPICS

21 October 2015

ISP has the pleasure to announce the employment of Associate Professor Cecilia Öman as new Assistant Director of the Chemistry Program (IPICS). Cecilia has a halftime position at ISP, starting 1 December. She has a background in water chemistry and management with past employments at International Foundation for Science (IFS) and the Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL). In 1998 she obtained her PhD in groundwater chemistry at the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH): "Emission of organic compounds from solid waste landfills". She is since 2007 Associate Professor at the same institution, in "Water resources management in low income countries".

Contact Cecilia Öman

ISP Annual Report 2014 available

6 October 2015

ISP Annual Report 2014 is now published and available in full length and in summary:

Annual Report 2014
Annual Report Summary 2014

Article in UK Gardian by IPICS ref. group member

5 October 2015

Mauritian President and IPICS reference group member, Professor Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, has written a article in the UK Guardian, urgently requesting African governments to increase their investment in research.

Article in the UK Guardian

New strategy for research cooperation

29 June 2015

The new Swedish strategy for research cooperation and research in development cooperation 2015 – 2021 is now available:

Strategy 2015-2021

IPICS group leader interviewed in web magazine

18 June 2015

Curie, a a Swedish web magazine devoted to the world of research (in Swedish), has published an article on aspects on Environmental Chemistry in Mali. Professor Cheick Dembele, interviewed in the article, is the group leader of the ISP-supported research group on "Physiochemical studies of clay raw materials".

Article in Curie (In Swedish)
Prof Dembele's research group

Article on Swedish research support in Universitetsläraren

28 April 2015

Universitetsläraren has published an article (in Swedish) about Sweden’s support to research and higher education in Mozambique. 

Article in Universitetsläraren

Tedx Talk by ISP coworker

12 March 2015

On 16 February 2015 ISP colleague, Paul Vaderlind, held a Tedx Talk at Södra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden on the importance of education in developing countries. "While most of us in the western world have access to knowledge and advanced technology, how many talented children are given the chance for education in the developing countries? Mathematician Paul Vaderlind shares his way of spreading access to quality education driven by his love for mathematics and problem solving".

See the talk

Paul Vaderlind during his talk at Södra Teatern in Stockholm (Photo: Bram Damman. Retrieved from TedxStockholm)

MoU between ISP, SIDA, TRF and TICA

3 February 2015

Tuesday 3 February ISP and Sida signed an MoU with Thailand Research Fund (TRF) and the Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA) regarding PhD scholarships in chemistry, mathematics and physics. In total, three scholarships will be awarded each year, to successful applicants from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, and Vietnam. The students will register at Thai Universities. Two years of their PhD training will take place in Thailand, supported by TRF and TICA, and one year will be in Sweden, supported by ISP with Sida funding. A call is planned for April 2015, and the first scholarship holders to commence training in September 2015.

Signing the MoU at the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok. From the left: Peter Sundin (Head of ISP, Uppsala University), Ms. Anne-Charlotte Malm (Head of Development Cooperation - Regional Asia and Myanmar, Embassy of Sweden, Bangkok), Ms. Suchada Thaibunthao (Director-General, TICA), Prof. Suthipun Jitpimolmard (Director, TRF)

Documentary on Sida sponsored research

8 December 2014

A documentary produced by Crystal Rate Video/CoNAS showcasing Science at the College of Natural Sciences, Makerere University Kampala, Uganda is now available. The research in the documentary was sponsored by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).


ISP supervisor receives John Wheatley Award

17 November 2014

Professor Per Nordblad from the Division of Solid State Physics at the Dept. of Engineering Sciences  has recently been announced as the recipient of the American Physical Society’s John Wheatley Award  for 2015, for his strong and prolific collaboration with scientists in low-income countries. Per Nordblad’s collaboration with these scientists was in many cases supported by ISP. 

Motivation: "For his enormous and sustained efforts of nearly three decades in nurturing physics research and education in several Third World countries, including Bangladesh, Vietnam, Thailand and Eritrea, leading to the establishment of several prominent groups pursuing internationally competitive physics today."

2015 Award Recipient

UEM-ISP Workshop

3-4 November 2014

The third workshop within the bilateral research cooperation between Sida and Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) in Mozambique was held in Stockholm 3-4 November 2014. Among the 65 participants were the management team and coordinators from UEM, members from ISP and Sida, as well as host supervisors from Swedish universities.

The purpose of the meeting was to evaluate the current period of the UEM–Sida program (2011-2015), to discuss and agree on mechanisms for better management of the program, to discuss findings from the midterm evaluation of the program, as well as to prepare for the next coming phase of collaboration.

Interview UEM-Coordinator

Sri Lankan institute celebrates 10 years

20 September 2014

On 12-12 September 2014, The Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IBMBB) at University of Colombo, Sri Lanka celebrated 10 years by hosting the International Conference on Frontiers in Molecular Life Sciences 2014.

ISP has a long standing collaboration with the scientists involved in IBMBB. ISP together with Sida/SAREC has supported the building of a laboratory and postgraduate program in molecular biology and gene technology at Department of Biochemistry, University of Colombo since the beginning of the 1980’s. In the beginning of the 2000's a soft lone was granted from Sida to build a research institute and in 2004 the Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology was inaugurated.

Professor Malin Åkerblom, Director of the Chemistry Programme at the time, was the prime mover on the Swedish side in the facilitation of the birth of the IBMBB. Together with the current Chemistry Director, Peter Sundin, she participated in the 10 year celebration conference held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Education Times Article

Obituary notice - Professor Rogath Kivaisi

4 October 2014

Professor Rogath Kivaisi, University of Dar es Salaam, died on October 4, 2014, after a time of illness. Obitary notice by Professor Claes Göran Grankvist and Professor Lennart Hasselgren.

Obituary notice

successful Book partnership - Physics today

31 March 2014

The former director of the ISP Physics Program, Lennart Hasselgren, together with Physics Today initiated a joint book program in 1999, where accumulated books from Physics Today are donated to physics departments in developing countries with shipment costs covered by Uppsala University. Today 26 universities in 21 countries have been provided with books through the joint program. The current ISP Physics Director Ernst van Groningen is continuing the collaboration.

AIP Article

ISP in Almedalen

1 July 2014

On 1 July 2014 ISP organized a seminar called "What can Sweden gain from research cooperation with low-income countries? during the Almedalen week, Sweden.

Susanna Wasielewski Ahlfors from Global Reporting moderated the panel consisting of:

  • Sten Rylander, elected chair of the Swedish NGO Forum Syd and former Swedish ambassador of several countries in Africa, most recently in Zimbabwe
  • Mohamed Hassan ISP board member, co-chair of IAP, the global network of science academies, and chairman of the Council of the United Nations University (UNU)
  • Kerstin Sahlin professor at Uppsala University and Secretary General of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Swedish Research Council.

Watch the seminar
Seminar description

Movie about ISP available

25 June 2014

A short movie about ISP is now available! It is starring Ms Stella Kioko, a sandwich PhD student part of a ISP supported research group in Physics at Eldoret University in Kenya.

Full length (10.29 min)
Trailer (1.37 min) 

Renewed UU-Sida agreement 2014 - 2018

18 December 2014

Uppsala University has signed a new 160 million SEK agreement with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), securing continued funding of ISP during the period 2014-2018. 

Peter Sundin, Director of the International Science Programme: "The ISP can now concentrate its activities on the main task of supporting development of research and higher education in the basic sciences mathematics, physics and chemistry in developing countries. In parallel, work will intensify to reach the strategic goals that were decided on last year, for instance with regard to evaluation and information efforts”.

UU article

ISP - UEM Workshop in lund

11-12 November 2013

A preparatory workshop for the coming mid-term evaluation meeting was held in Lund 11-12 November 2013. Participants were concerned students, supervisors and coordinators from Swedish Universities and representatives from ISP, Sida and Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique. ISP is coordinating the bilateral research program on the Swedish side.

Bilateral coordination

Summer School - Algebraic Geometry

6-28 July 2013

The East African School on Applicable Algebraic Geometry was held 6-28 July, 2013, at Bandari College Mombasa, Kenya. The school had a total of 43 participants from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Zambia. ISP sponsored the school trough the mathematical network EAUMP.

Report East African School

Carl Söderlind in Memoriam

10 April 2013

Our colleague Carl Söderlind passed away on 10th April, 2013. Carl was born 6th April, 1954 in Härnösand, Sweden. Our thoughts goes to his wife, Liza, their sons Alvin and Marcos, and to his former wife, Sonja, their daughter, Johanna, and son, Daniel.

Carl had been working at ISP since 2011, mainly with administrative duties within the bilateral programme at Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique. The picture to the left was taken during the Annual Review Meeting in Maputo in May 2012.

Carl's experience from working with developing countries, as well as post-conflict countries, goes far beyond that. Starting from 1986 up to 1989, he was serving as Post Exchange (PX-) manager during three different periods in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), and in 1996 as PX-manager in the NATO Implementation Force (IFOR) in Bosnien-Hercegovina. Carl also served for more than a year (2000-2001) as Programme Manager for Save the Children in Jerusalem, Palestine, as Project Coordinator at the Life and Peace Instiute in Nairobi, Kenya (2005), and as Programme Coordinator for AIDA, Oxfam GB in Jerusalem (2005-2006). 

We have lost a valued colleague and good friend. Rest in Peace, Carl.

ISP collaborating partners receives Cambodian award

27 Mars 2013

Cambodia awards the Royal Order of Sahametrei to chemist Lars Lundmark, Umeå University and also to Michael Strandell, Stockholm University. Lars and Michael are collaborating with the chemistry program at ISP. Read Lars' report from his visit 2012.

ISP co-organized workshop on future energy systems in Africa

15 September 2012

On 10-11 Sept 2012, ISP co-organized a workshop on "Building a future energy system in Africa – How can science academies contribute?" in collaboration with the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences and Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences. For more information about this workshop see the program. Soft copies of the presentations are available upon request.

EAUMP celebrates 10th anniversary

26 August 2012

The mathematical network EAUMP celebrated its 10th Anniversary 22 - 25 August, 2012 through a school on combinatorial commutative algebra and a second conference in mathematics held in Arusha, Tanzania. the conference was sponsored by the Abdus Salam
International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and ISP. Goals of the school and conference were:

  • To celebrate the Achievements and the 10th Anniversary of the EAUMP through Paper and Poster  presentations of research findings by senior academics in the region and beyond.
  • Stimulation of regional and international collaboration in research and training.
  • A forum for interaction of African Mathematicians and others from the developed countries for research experience.


ISP celebrates 50 years

27 September 2011

A one-day seminar called "Experiences and Way Forward"was held to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of International Science Programme, at Uppsala University, 26 September 2011. The seminar aimed to highlight experiences drawn in the past 50 years from different perspectives, and to indicate the way forward. Invited speakers, as well as invited guest, were ISP collaborators from all over the world:  

  • Professor Kerstin Sahlin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Uppsala University.
  • H. E. Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal, Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania.
  • Professor Bo Sundqvist, former Vice-Chancellor at Uppsala University, and former Chairman of the ISP Board.
  • Professor C. N. R. Rao, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, India.
  • Mr Tomas Kjellqvist, Research Manager at Blekinge Institute of Technology, and former director of the Secretariat for Research Cooperation at Sida, Sweden
  • Professor Collen Masimirembwa, President and Founder of The African Institute of Biomedical Science and Technology, Zimbabwe.
  • Ms Betty Nannjonga, PhD student from Makerere University, Uganda.
  • Professor Jenny Ruales, Escuela Politécnica Nacional, Ecuador.
  • Professor Hans Rosling, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
  • Dr Peter Sundin, Head of ISP.
  • Dr Anders Granlund, Head of the Unit for Research Cooperation, Sida, Sweden
  • Professor Sune Svanberg, Atomic Physics Division, Lund University, Sweden.

H. E. Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal and Professor Romain Murenzi greets each other before the opening of the seminar. In the background Professor C.N.R. Rao (left) and Professor Mohamed Hassan (right).

ISP organized regional cooperation conference

5 September 2009

ISP organized the conference "Regional and Interregional Cooperation to Strengthen Basic Sciences in Developing Countries" 1 – 4 September 2009, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference was financed by Sida, in association with Addis Ababa University and under the auspices of The African Union Commission (AUC). The conference aimed to answer a number of questions regarding regional and interregional collaboration in relation to Basic Sciences:

  • How can regional and interregional cooperation best strengthen Basic Sciences in developing countries?
  • How can cooperation be enhanced?
  • In the cases where cooperation already exists, how has it improved postgraduate training and building of research capacity?
  • What has been the impact on society?
  • Which form of cooperation is most efficient under different circumstances and from different perspectives?
  • What is the importance of education at all levels for the development of research and higher education in Basic Sciences?
  • What is the role of governments and intergovernmental organizations in promoting research cooperation in the Basic Sciences?

Conference Proceedings

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