ISP News 2014

ISP News 2014

Several interesting news and events relating to ISP and our collaborating partners took place during 2014

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

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.

What can Swedish universities do to build research capacity in low-income countries and at the same time gain from cooperating with these countries? What are the obstacles and how can we overcome them?

Swedish universities and university colleges are increasing their focus on internationalization, as international collaborations create competitive education and high quality research. Economically expansive regions and resourceful universities are the main focus of today’s collaborations, but what incentives are there for an increased cooperation with low-income countries? Can cooperation with low-income countries both increase the quality in Swedish education and at the same time build research capacity in these countries? And what about the future? Do universities and university colleges have the capability to develop the cooperation with low-income countries?  

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

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