ISP news 2015

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".

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)

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