ISP Alumni Network

The ISP Alumni Network is open to former students, fellows and group leaders from ISP and Sida programs. Join the global community!

The ISP/UU Alumni Network

As a former student, group leader, network coordinator, or fellow in ISP or Sida programs you are a part of Uppsala University’s Global Alumni Community, regardless of where you studied/worked. This network is ISP's way of staying in touch with you and for you to connect with other alumni in your country and elsewhere.

Membership of the Alumni Network is free and inclusive! By becoming a member you ensure that ISP and Uppsala University can contact you with newsletters, invitations and offers to events all over the world!

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Coming Events

To be announced!

Are you interested in hosting an Alumni Event in your country? Email ulrica.ouline@isp.uu.se

Past Events

21 March 2019 - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

PhD graduates from ISP supported groups in Ehtiopia gathered at Ras Amba Hotel in Addis Ababa for an alumni meet. ISP staff and group leaders from chemistry, physics and mathematics got a chance to meet, eat and mingle with the former PhD graduates. All graduates who were present are currently working at universities in or around Addis.Thank you all for coming!

ISP Alumni of the Quarter 2022

Inorganic chemistry explorer - Dr Ruth Odhiambo

ISP would like to recognize Dr Ruth Odhiambo for her important work to improve inorganic chemistry research in Kenya.

Dr Ruth Odhiambo has worked as a high school teacher in chemistry and mathematics for 14 years, before she took up graduate studies in chemistry at University of Nairobi (UoN), Kenya. Dr Ruth received her PhD in 2015, following ISP sandwich training at Lund University, Sweden. Today she is a researcher and teacher in inorganic chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, UoN.

Dr Ruth´s research mainly focuses on the design and development of coordination complexes with potential application in health and environmental sectors. The overall objective of the formerly ISP supported inorganic chemistry research group, which Dr Ruth is part of, is to build capacity through training of graduate students, and to improve the quality of research in inorganic chemistry to address national, regional and global priority needs for human development and industrialization.

Dr Ruth, what got you interested in chemistry in the first place?

I have always been fascinated by chemical reactions because the ‘circle of life’ is at the heart of chemical reactions. For example, biological processes occur as a result of chemical reactions.

Chemical reactions occur when molecules interact and change; bonds between atoms in molecules break and are reformed in new ways, thus leading to formation of products whose properties are totally different from the starting materials. Some of these products have found very useful application in medicinal field (treatment of cancer, bacterial, microbial and viral infections), industry (catalysis), chemosensors (detection of environmental pollutants), etc.

I derive joy in designing and developing products which can improve the quality of life in the world we live in.

What did ISP support mean to you and your research group?

ISP funding means ‘the whole world’ to us! ISP funding has revived research in inorganic chemistry, an area which has been neglected for many years. It has enabled me to pursue my dream of designing and developing small molecules (complexes) to address the local, national, regional and global priority needs in the health and environmental sectors.

It has also built in me, the capacity to train graduate students whose dream is to pursue the design and development of similar molecules to address global priority needs affecting humanity. 

I am forever grateful to ISP for funding the Inorganic chemistry research group. I am ‘what & where’ I am today because of this support.

According to Dr Ruth, ISP funding has led to:

  • two PhDs and two MScs graduated between 2020 and 2021 at Lund University, Sweden, and University of the Western Cape, South Africa. These students developed coordination complexes with potential applications in catalysis and anti-cancer drug agents.
  • Established collaborations with Lund University and University of Western Cape.
  • Established a modern ‘Synthesis Unit’ at the Department of Chemistry, University of Nairobi. Students are now able to conduct their synthesis work locally.
  • Purchased a number of equipment (UV-Vis, FTIR, Potentiostat, Luminescence, Glove Box, Fumehood and Accessories for Schlenk Line), and received a donation of a GC-MS.
  • Conducted a number of instrumentation workshops for both academic and technical staff.

ISP Alumni of the quarter 2021

Female Pioneer in Physics - Dr Margaret Emmanuel Samiji

ISP would like to recognize Margaret Emmanuel Samiji for her magnificent contributions for physics education in Tanzania.

She was the first woman to get PhD in Physics in her country!

Read more about Dr Samiji

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Math Capacity Builder - Dr Tilahun Abebaw

ISP would like to recognize Dr Tilahun Abebaw for his important work to build research capacity in Ethiopia.

Read more about Dr Tilahun Abebaw

Food Engineer – Prof Jenny Ruales Nájera

ISP would like to recognize Prof Jenny Ruales Nájera for her excellent work with food security in Latin America.

Read more about Dr Jenny Ruales Nájera.

ISP Alumni of the Quarter 2020

ISP SUPER-COLLABORATOR – PROF NILUFAR NAHAR

ISP would like to recognize Prof Nilufar Nahar for her important contributions to increase international, regional and national chemistry collaboration and her engagement in ISP activities.

Read more about Prof Nilufar Nahar.

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Brilliant mathematician - Dr Jared Ongaro

ISP would like to recognize Dr Jared Ongaro for his outstanding contributions to increase the popularity of math research in Africa.

Read more about Dr Jared Ongaro

Physics Role model - Dr Manjura Hoque

ISP would like to recognize Dr Engr Sheikh Manjura Hoque for her prominent contributions to the development of the materials science research in Bangladesh.

Read more about Dr Manjura Hoque.

ISP Alumni of the Quarter 2019

Genomics Expert - Prof Collen Masimirembwa

ISP would like to recognize Prof Collen Masimirembwa for his immense contribution to genomics research in Africa, for establishing the first DNA testing center in Zimbabwe and for his tireless efforts to strengthen research capacity in the region.

Read more about Prof Collen Masimirembwa.

Director General for Renewable Energies - Dr Bruno Korgo

ISP would like to recognize ISP graduate and Physicist, Dr Bruno Korgo, for his important work towards scaling up renewable energy in one of the least electrified countries globally, Burkina Faso.

Read more about Dr Bruno Korgo.

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Gender Equity Advocate Dr Betty Nannyonga

ISP would like to recognize ISP graduate and Ugandan mathematician, Dr Betty Nannyonga, for her outstanding and important work towards creating a gender-balanced representation in the basic sciences in Uganda and Eastern Africa.

Read more about Dr Betty Nannyonga.

Lightning Guru Dr Chandima Gomes

ISP would like to recognize Sri Lankan engineer and physicist, Dr Chandima Gomes, for his outstanding contributions to the lightning protection field in Asia and Africa.

Read more about Dr Chandima Gomes.

Last modified: 2022-01-31