American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Since 1999, ISP has had an informal agreement with American Institute of Physics (AIP) about the books that they receive from various publishers for review in the AIP journal “Physics Today”.

AIP collects these (new) books and sends them in batches to different departments of physics indicated by ISP. ISP pays the shipping charges. A typical batch contains about 300 books.

This joint cooperation affects current and future scientists in a direct way by assisting universities with stocking their libraries with newer and more current books.

In 2022, ISP sent AIP books to partners in Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Sri Lanka och Tanzania, but over the years ISP partners in the following countries have received books from AIP:

  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia
  • Ecuador
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Guatemala
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Laos
  • Mali
  • Peru
  • Rwanda
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia

Thailand Center of Excellence in Physics (ThEPCenter)

ISP has a long-lasting cooperation with Unviersity of Chiang Mai, Thailand (1982-2005).In 2019, Professor Thiraphat Vilaithong, Executive Director of ThEPCenter, visited ISP and requested  a formalized cooperation based on previous relations. In January 2021, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between ISP and ThEPCenter.

The MoU implies that the Thai universities connected to the ThEPCenter may act as hosts for ISP physics postgraduate students and researchers from ISP partner countries. ISP may act as coordinator for Thai physics postdoctoral fellows at Swedish universities.


A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between ISP and the UNESCO-UNISA-ITLABS/NFR Africa Chair in Nanoscience Nanotechnology, in Pretoria, South Africa, was signed in June 2021.

The agreement allows PhD students and postdoctoral fellows in physics from both African and Asian ISP supported groups and networks to spend up to one year of training in one of the UNESCO-UNISA affiliated academic and technical resources, and member institutions.

Erasmus+ CBHE project PEP

In 2022, ISP was granted an Erasmus+ CBHE (Capacity Building in Higher Education) project called PEP Professional English Programs, together with UPE, Unit for Professional English and Division of Internationalisation at Uppsala University. Partners in the project are University of Galway in Ireland, University Joseph Ki-Zerbo and University Nazi Boni in Burkina Faso, University of Sciences, Techniques and Technologies of Bamako and University of Arts and Humanities of Bamako in Mali, University San Pedro and Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny (INPHB) in Ivory Coast.

The main objective of PEP is to train French-speaking university staff in English and to establish Units for English proficiency in the participating universities.

With this project, ISP continues to address need for French-speaking West Africa to develop their English language proficiency, in order to fully participate in the international science community whereas English is the lingua franca.

PEP website

African Network for Women in Astronomy

African Network for Women in Astronomy (AfNWA) was set up in 2019 to connect and support women in astronomy across the African continent. Every year the network assigns awards to women astronomers in recognition of their scientific achievements and contributions to society. ISP Alumna Priscilla Muheki is on of the founders of the network.

ISP sponsors the Women in Astronomy in Africa Awards.

AfNWA is part of the African Astronomical Society (AfAS).

Pan-African Centre for Mathematics (PACM)

The Pan-African Centre for Mathematics (PACM) is a joint initiative between ISP, University of Rwanda (UR), Stockholm University (SU) and International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP).

The project aims at starting a Master’s program in fundamental mathematics under the centre EAIFR (East African Institute for Fundamental Research), which is an ICTP-affiliated regional centre in Kigali, Rwanda. The program will have Pan-African recruitment and provide full funding to the students.

EFFORT – Efficient SDG Fulfillment for Regions in Transition

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What is EFFORT?

EFFORT is a cross-sectoral and transdisciplinary development collaboration between Sweden, Uganda and Rwanda, promoting societal and solutions-oriented research and PhD training related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

EFFORT embeds PhD students in public institutions such as municipalities, in projects where sustainable development, high-quality research and local/regional development challenges overlap. EFFORT also strengthens cross-border, regional and international collaboration by the formation of Local Steering Committees.

The SDG-related challenges are first identified by public institutions, and matched with suitable academic research environments. Specific doctoral projects are then formulated to address real societal needs, and transdisciplinary supervisor teams are formed to support the PhD students.

Co-created knowledge and experiences from the research carried out within EFFORT is shared also externally, to disseminate results and scale working solutions through additional international, regional, national and cross-sector collaboration. This also makes EFFORT an effective leadership model for Agenda 2030. Additional global impact is achieved by partnering with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), working with UNDP field offices to place sandwich PhD-students in the cross-sections between academia and society in a growing number of countries worldwide.


EFFORT bridges the gap between academia and society. By embedding doctoral students in public organizations, the research is carried out within the public organizations formally responsible for implementing Agenda 2030. It is also in direct contact with end users of research results and innovation.

The purpose of EFFORT is that PhD training and the research carried out should lead to results, methods, solutions and scaling, and consequently more efficient work with sustainable development, in the global South and North.

EFFORT´s vision

EFFORT´s vision is that the SDGs are efficiently fulfilled when academia and practice join forces and work together to deal with real challenges.

 To achieve this, EFFORT is based on a model for PhD training and research with co-creation by participants from the academic, public and private sectors. This also leads to the formation of new local, regional and global networks and strong ties between its partner organizations – e.g. via local steering committees, LSCs (see figure below).

The long-term goal is to contribute to SDG fulfilment through scaling the EFFORT-model by spreading it to other countries through the collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).


Through EFFORT, doctoral projects are co-created, jointly by researchers and practitioners to develop solutions-oriented research and PhD training of the highest societal relevance and academic quality.

Tied to each PhD student is a transdisciplinary team of supervisors composed by two academic supervisors and two mentors representing stakeholders in the participating public institutions (see figure below).

The EFFORT PhD projects become a practical contact point for the EFFORT PhD students, their supervisors and mentors. In that way knowledge and exchange experiences are shared in a growing transdisciplinary international network – the EFFORT Forum.

Within the EFFORT Forum, research issues and problem definitions are continually discussed and re-formulated in an inter- and transdisciplinary process. Local steering committees have been established in each PhD program country, laying the foundation for future national EFFORT centers and international scaling through the UN system.


  • International Science Program (ISP), Uppsala university
  • SWEDESD, Uppsala university (UU)
  • The foundation for collaboration between the Universities in Uppsala, Business and the Public sector (STUNS)
  • Uppsala Municipality (UK)
  • The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
  • University of Rwanda (UR)
  • The City of Kigali, Rwanda (CoK)
  • Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA)
  • Rwanda Water Resources Board (RWB)
  • Makerere University, Uganda (MAK)
  • Kampala Capital City Authority, Uganda (KCCA)
  • The Inter-University Council of East Africa
  • The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

EFFORT courses and events

Welcome to take our courses!

See the introductory video with former Deputy Secretary General to the United Nations - Jan Eliasson.

Efficient SDG fulfillment through collaborative learning and the UNDP seven step methodology.  MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). Self-paced course developed in collaboration between Uppsala University and the United Nations Development Programme.

Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals: Collaborative Learning and Practical Implementation.  7.5 credits course at Uppsala university, developed in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme


Affiliated PhD students

Are you already enrolled as a PhD student, and share our interest in the SDGs and transdisciplinary collaboration? Then you might be eligible to join the EFFORT Forum as an external affiliated PhD student. Please contact us to find out more.

Last modified: 2023-11-02