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Workshop on the Science of Water (Bamako 2010)

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Bienvenue sur le site de la Société Africaine des Membranes.

Notre vision est de préparer et de former une masse critique d’experts dans toutes les régions d’Afrique spécialistes des sciences membranaires, des procédés de traitement de l‘eau et des technologies durables dans le domaine de l’énergie

Newsletter #6, Editorial notes, -(English)

Sidy Ba, PE, PhD
Institut Polytechnique Rural de
Formation et de Recherche Appliquée,
Katibougou, Mali


Director of Publications &
Newsletter Editor for AMSIC

Welcome to the African Membrane Society Newsletter!


Since its inception in 2014, the African Membrane Society has been in the forefront of leadership, advocacy, and education for the development of all facets of membrane technologies and processes in Africa. The members across the continent and around the world are contributing to the advancement of the science and engineering of membranes. They are committed to democratize the science and engineering of membranes in Africa. That’s why our members are always looking for more students to work on this exciting and promising field of broad application potential whether for cleaner water and air production, medical application for blood filtration or else.

One of the main objectives of AMSIC is to teach and train a critical mass of students to be scientifically and technologically capable of harnessing the potential of membranes in the sustainable industrial development of Africa. To this end, AMSIC is calling for partnership and collaboration between its members and between its members and external experts in the field of membranes from various horizons (academia, industries, public organizations, etc.)

To ensure that membranes in Africa are not just about esoteric knowledge between experts in academia, AMSIC urges its members to focus their work in meeting the needs of the populations across the continent through sound practical projects.

Enjoy reading AMSIC Newsletters and please do not hesitate to send us your comments and suggestions. Our AMSIC team of experts will gladly get back to you.

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Newsletter #5, Editorial notes, February 2018

Edward Nxumalo
AMSIC African Membrane Society Board, External Relations

Associate Professor
University of South Africa

The 2nd African Membrane Society International Congress (AMSIC-2) will be held in the City of Johannesburg (South Africa) from the 29th of July to the August 1, 2018

The AMSIC-2 will be hosted by the Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability (NanoWS) Research Unit of the University of South Africa (UNISA) The NanoWS Research Unit is situated in the UNISA’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology at the Science Campus in Florida (West of the City of Johannesburg). The NanoWS Research Unit has various focus areas of research under which numerous strategic projects relating to nanotechnology and water research are developed. Research topics that will be addressed during AMSIC-2 include, among others:

➢UF, NF, RO, FO and mixed matrix membranes (fabrication and applications),
➢Fabrication and modification of ceramic, ceramic- polymeric and hollow fibre membranes,
➢Composites, nanocomposites, nanomaterials in filtration,
➢ Membranes coupled with renewable energy sources,
➢ Hybrid membrane filtration systems,
➢ Fibrous media for air and liquid filtration.

This event aims to capture key technological advances in fields heavily dependent on membrane filtration such as Water, Biotechnology and Biomedical sciences, Microelectronics, Chemical Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, and Power Generation.

As  for  membrane  studies  devoted  to  water,  we  will  consider water purification projects, analytical/environmental research, urban water cycle and rural community development as well as bioremediation and analysis. The NanoWS research Unit is therefore well poised to host the AMSIC-2. We look forward to welcoming you to the City of Johannesburg in 2018!

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Bulletin AMSIC, Numero 4, Sept 2017 -français

Abdoulaye Doucouré

Président de l’AMSIC Société Africaine des Membrane

Facteurs démographiques de la période 2015-17. Quels enjeux associatifs pour les prochaines années? 


Au mois de décembre 2017 les membres de l’AMSIC votent pour renouveler le Conseil d’Administration de l’Association (12 postes). Ainsi, il nous a paru utile de compiler quelques données démographiques associatives pour apprécier les progrès réalisés en trois ans et pour clarifier les enjeux auxquels nous devrons faire face très prochainement. Le premier constat est que l’AMSIC est toujours présente et que c’est une plateforme d’échange particulièrement utile pour ceux qui s’intéressent à l’émergence des procédés membranaires et de filtration en Afrique. Le deuxième constat, est l'effort des membres de l'association qui a été soutenus par d’autres structures académiques, industrielles et dont l’expertise scientifique a été salutaire (Les réalisations ont ainsi bénéficié d’une meilleure visibilité technique). Le troisième constat, est la communauté grandissante de scientifiques et professionnels basée en Afrique, qui a rejoint l'association. Une tendance dont il faut se réjouir.

En cette fin d’année 2017, l’AMSIC compte près de 90 adhérents répartis sur les 5 pôles économiques du continent (Fig. 1). La moitié des membres résident en Afrique de l’Ouest, ceux qui vivent en Afrique du Nord et dans les autres régions du globe, mobilisent chacun un cinquième des effectifs associatifs. Les représentants des trois autres zones continentales constituent le dixième de nos adhérents, dont la majorité vit en Afrique du Sud. L’une des préoccupations immédiates de l'association est d’accélérer le recrutement en Afrique Australe et en Afrique Centrale ; régions dans lesquelles la présence de l’AMSIC demeure faible.

Un tiers des 54 pays africains compte au minimum un adhérent parmi les membres, soit un total de 18 nations. Le partage selon les régions, illustré en figure 2 reflète la présence de l’AMSIC en fonction du nombre de pays par région. Les autres régions du globe comptabilisent 17 membres qui résident en France, aux USA, en Italie, dans le Sultanat d’Oman et en Malaisie. Rappelons que la vision associative est de former une masse critique d’experts spécialisés dans la filtration membranaire et les technologies associées aux énergies durables. Ainsi, l'association va œuvrer pour une meilleure représentation continentale de l’AMSIC, avec un objectif de 27 à 36 pays d’ici 2023 – c’est-à-dire au minimum un adhérent par pays.


Fig. 1 : Répartition géographique

Plus généralement, la philosophie associative adoptée, encourage toute action propice à l’émergence d’une culture scientifique, technologique et industrielle capable de répondre aux défis auxquels le continent devrait faire face au cours du 21e siècle – boom démographique, changement climatique, priorités alimentaire et sanitaire, besoins énergétiques, défi sécuritaire, etc...



Fig. 2 : Nombre de pays dans chaque région

Les statistiques internes (figure 3) établissent que la population masculine est plus de 4 fois supérieure à celle des femmes. Cette disparité prévaut aussi au niveau du Conseil d’Administration de l’AMSIC. Même si elles sont proportionnellement minoritaires, les adhérentes jouent un rôle primordial au niveau du renforcement des capacités et leur contribution influence remarquablement le dynamisme et le rayonnement scientifique du réseau.  Il y a toutefois urgence à réduire ces disparités de genre et des mesures concrètes seront proposées juste après l’élection du nouveau Conseil d’Administration, dès le début 2018.


Fig. 3 : Répartition selon le genre (% hommes, femmes)

La comparaison des catégories professionnelles et étudiantes (figure 4) met en évidence un autre déséquilibre qui mérite une attention singulière. En effet, les étudiants et chercheurs en début de carrière représentent seulement 15% de l’effectif associatif.  Pourtant ceux-ci participent activement aux rencontres internationales dans lesquelles l’AMSIC s’est engagée. 


Fig. 4 : Classement par secteur d’activité

Désormais il y a lieu d'être encore plus vigilants pour s’assurer que les jeunes chercheurs et étudiants adhèrent au réseau associatif et s’impliquent dans les différents comités. Rappelons qu’ils peuvent s’inscrire sans aucun frais.
Quant aux professionnels du monde universitaire, ils sont 2.5 fois plus nombreux que les spécialistes de l’industrie. L’AMSIC s’efforce de proposer des plateformes techniques (ex : rencontres scientifiques) où les acteurs universitaires et industriels peuvent concevoir ensemble des projets de recherche à la fois innovants et aussi capables d’intégrer des besoins motivés par certaines priorités sociétales.



Fig. 5 : Projection de croissance démographique

Depuis 2014, le nombre des adhérents a progressé de 35 à près de 90 membres. Cette croissance s’appuie d’abord sur les mobilisations faites lors des rencontres internationales. C’est en adoptant une stratégie plus agressive et qui exploite les outils modernes des technologies de l’information et de la communication que l'effectif associatif pourra peut-être doubler d’ici 2020.

Conclusion
L’expansion du réseau AMSIC est stratégique car elle permettra d’amplifier les opportunités d’échange des expériences et de transfert des connaissances à différents endroits du continent, et parallèlement entre l’Afrique et les autres régions du monde. Afin de réaliser la vision associative qui ambitionne de former une masse critique d’experts à travers TOUTE l’Afrique, il est impératif d’accélérer le recrutement au niveau des états qui n’ont aucune présence dans notre réseau. Ainsi d’ici cinq ans les deux tiers des pays africains pourraient participer à l’AMSIC. 

Par ailleurs, nous sommes conscients des défis posés par la faible représentativité des jeunes chercheurs, des couches étudiantes et aussi des femmes au sein de notre association. Le nouveau Conseil d’Administration sera sollicité pour proposer des stratégies capables d’impulser des transformations représentatives durables à partir de 2018.

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Editorial notes, February 2017 Newsletter #3-English only

Edward Nxumalo
Associate Professor
University of South Africa

The 2nd African Membrane Society International Congress (AMSIC-2) will be held in the City of Johannesburg (South Africa) from the 29th of July to the 1st of August 2018. The AMSIC-2 will be hosted by the Nanotechnology and Water Sustainability (NanoWS) Research Unit of the University of South Africa (UNISA) The NanoWS Research Unit is situated in the UNISA’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology at the Science Campus in Florida (West of the City of Johannesburg). The NanoWS Research Unit has various focus areas of research under which numerous strategic projects relating to nanotechnology and water research are developed. Research topics that will be addressed during AMSIC-2   include, among others:

UF, NF, RO, FO and mixed matrix membranes (fabrication and applications),
Fabrication and modification of ceramic, ceramic-polymeric and hollow fibre membranes,
Composites, nanocomposites, nanomaterials in filtration,
Membranes coupled with renewable energy sources,
Hybrid membrane filtration systems.

This event aims to capture key technological advances in fields heavily dependent on membrane filtration such as Water, Biotechnology and Biomedical sciences, Microelectronics, Chemical Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, and Power Generation. As for membrane studies devoted to water, we will consider water purification projects, analytical/environmental research, urban water cycle and rural community development as well as bioremediation and analysis. The NanoWS research Unit is therefore well poised to host the AMSIC-2. We look forward to welcoming you to the City of Johannesburg in 2018!

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AMSIC Newsletter, issue 2, September 30, 2016 - Download PDF (French Only)

Newsletter #2, Editorial notes,

 

AMSIC Newsletter #2, September 30, 2016

 

Editorial : A word from the Secretary General of AMSIC, Professor Raja Ben Amar

 


The African Membrane Society (AMSIC) organized in collaboration with the Faculty of Sciences of Sfax (Tunisia) an international meeting on the ' Exploitation of Membrane Processes for Water Treatment in Small Communities and Urban Centers' from 3 to 5 May 2016. The Sfax community welcomed with warmth and enthusiasm AMS first international congress:  AMSIC-1.
It is worth stressing that a key AMS priority is to stimulate technological transfer via the formation of a critical mass of experts and dissemination of scientific knowledge.

The issues of access to water and drought are of great size and importance in African countries and a strict management of water resources is needed. This approach is likely to address more effectively transnational threats posed by armed conflicts, food crises and epidemic risks. On the other hand, good management of natural resources will warrant better control of the water needs in (still rising) communities, and disrupt the impact of water stress now rampant in the Maghreb (Northern Africa region) under the influence of global warming climate.

Today, African states seem to have prioritized the need to mobilize and share the resources of the continent. AMS welcomes such initiatives and believes that its success is closely related to an active mobilization of African policy makers. In the field of water treatment, membrane filtration systems have several technological advantages for Africa (modularity and robustness of equipment, control of water quality, ease of use, etc.), especially as the investment and operating costs are getting closer to those of conventional treatment systems.The international meeting of Sfax (Tunisia) focused on major advances in academic and industrial research particularly in the field of membrane filtration technology for water treatment. The fallout from this event will be analyzed more extensively in our next newsletter but the following observations can already be identified:
Specialists in filtration gathered to share the results of research projects in Africa and to make recommendations on future directions in technology management, stimulating economic growth through the development of water and energy resources. We hope that the convergence of these efforts will help curb the disastrous consequences of poverty in all countries of the African continent.

AMSIC-1 conference took place over two days the first of which was devoted to filtration technologies for the production of drinking water and desalination processes. Topics such as Formation of Membrane Materials, Membrane Development and Fouling, Filtration Performance of Membranes and Modules were examined in depth by experts. Meanwhile, the contribution of renewable energies for an effective management of filtration processes was actively debated.

The second day was dedicated to innovation in filtration systems and the application of membrane filtration in the field of irrigation, the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, and to promote the exploitation of recycled and reuse water.
These meetings gave us an opportunity to  brainstorm on the need to strengthen institutional partnerships in Africa in the field of education and through industrial partnerships.

I was impressed by the strong attendance during our first international meeting and believe that it will contribute to African development in the scientific and socio-economic areas. The final report of our first congress (in progress) will provide more specific information, evaluate meeting outcomes and define some future areas of work for our association.

The town of Sfax which hosted this event is the second largest city of Tunisia. Located about 270 kilometers from Tunis, it covers an area of ​​220 km2. Sfax is bordered by the Mediterranean to the east and the Gulf of Gabes in the south and has known many civilizations since antiquity (Berber, Romanian, Carthaginian, Byzantine and Arab-Muslim), These have left a rich and deep cultural heritage. The most important monuments of the historic center are i) the Ramparts and great Cisterns built in 856 (UNESCO heritage) at the time Aghlabids and considered among the major landmarks of the Arab-Muslim world, ii) The Great Mosque built by the Aghlabid and also iii) Thyna Roman city located about 10 km from the city of Sfax.

In 2014, the wider metropolitan area of Sfax had 955,421 inhabitants, placing it second only to the governorate of Tunis. It plays a leading role in the Tunisian economy through the export of olive oil (1 in the world for the year 2015) and also fish. Other critical components of the Sfax economy are phosphate mining and oil exploration.

Professor Raja Ben Amar

 


 

AMS Newsletter, issue 1, 2015 - Download PDF


Abdoulaye DOUCOURE

The African Membrane Society is the result of discussions initiated in August 2010 in Bamako at a workshop of the Mali Symposium on Applied Sciences. Experts on water and membrane technologies present at the meeting had then expressed the wish to create a continental structure able to meet the following expectations:

form a critical mass of African experts in the field of membrane filtration, water treatment and renewable energy;

have a pan-African network where all continental cultures can discuss scientific and technological issues;

engage close partnerships with global elites in the field of filtration;

encourage the emergence of AMS as a scientific society; and promote partnership with the industry sector.

AMSIC virtual network was created in 2011 which comprised about thirty members from West Africa, North Africa and some members in North America. After the launching of a virtual platform, this group has appointed an interim executive body that continued to operate between 2012 and 2014.
AMSIC was officially created in August 2014 during a second international meeting in Bamako, and is headquartered at the National School of Engineers AB Touré of Bamako. Today, the association staff has doubled (65 members) and the website of the AMS counts more than 2,700 visitors.
AMSIC advocates for the study and exploitation of filtration processes focused on Water, Health, Energy and Environment.


In the area of water treatment, filtration units have several technological advantages for Africa (modularity and robustness of systems, consistency in water cleanliness, relative ease of use, etc.) and capital and operational costs tend to trend toward those of conventional platforms. The priority and the challenges for the AMS are to stimulate technological appropriation via the formation of a critical mass of experts and dissemination of scientific knowledge.

An encouraging sign of our time is that African States seem to have incorporated the need to mobilize and share priority resources of the continent to address transnational threats posed by armed conflicts, food crises, drought and epidemic risks. AMS welcomes these initiatives and believes that its success is closely tied to active mobilization of African policymakers. We will assuredly seek their support to help the best research centers of the continent sharing their skills with those who may benefit from them. We believe that doctoral students and young African professionals have an essential role to play in the consolidation, or even normalization, of these inter-state exchanges. It is in this light that we maintain close ties with the younger members of the AMS and provide them with various services such as mentoring programs, invitations to meetings of the Board, travel grants, awards for the best scientific contributions, and a section for young talent in the newsletter.

We believe that the development of partnerships in the filtration area outside of Africa is also essential. Our association has close ties with the Chair of the UNESCO-SIMEV (Science & Membranes for the Environment), the European Membrane Society, the European Membrane Institute, the Third World Academy of Science, the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, and the California Institute of Technology. Their support has encouraged the emergence of AMS; we are very grateful to them. On the other hand, we regularly exchange with the Aseanian Membrane Society and the North American Membrane Society to strengthen academic and industrial partnerships.
Therefore, AMS seeks to respond to major development issues in the African countries by promoting the use of membrane filtration in key areas such as water, health and the environment. In addition to providing technological and scientific knowledge, it aims at networking all stakeholders, including policy makers, industry and the population according to various ways of disseminating information and consultation (website, newsletters, regular international meetings and symposia, etc.).

Regarding the policymakers of African countries, their mobilization is essential for integrating these concerns into local policies.    Strengthening and enhancement of local skills through greater involvement of young PhD students and professionals is also a very important challenge that AMS wants to tackle. Finally, critical mass and visibility provided by the established wide network, participating in funding opportunities of pilot actions, and even more ambitious internationally involved future projects (including participation in competitive international calls).

 For short-term goals, here is the list of 2015 and 2016 priorities that AMS has set:

preparation of the next international meeting of the AMS in Sfax (Tunisia) in spring 2016;

publication of a thrice-yearly AMS newsletters ;

publication of an introductory membrane textbook on water treatment by African users;

updating the AMS website;

posting a database of African experts on filtration, membrane systems and water management.

This newsletter aims to providing greater visibility to AMS activities (members, resources, projects, etc.), to present current projects on the promotion of filtration processes in Africa, and to integrate contributions of our esteemed partners.

Abdoulaye DOUCOURE


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