Training Workshop on Nanotechnology and its Applications for Sustainable Cities and Coasts

Nanotech Futuristic Solutions and the WIOMSA Cities and Coasts project are pleased to announce the call for applications for a workshop on Nanotechnology and Its Applications for Sustainable Cities and Coasts, that will take place in Johannesburg South Africa on 29 November- 4 December 2021.

This training workshop will equip professionals and practitioners from various fields with fundamental tools of nanoscience and will make them better prepared in implementing and utilizing nanotechnology in marine science, city planning, science policy advocacy and renewable energy systems. By offering practical sessions on the application of nanotechnology, the training provides a first-hand experience on nanotechnology and helps to close the gap in its potential uses in diverse fields.  This will enable the development of policies for better management of wastewater and building of smart green cities. The nanotechnology trainees will act as a think tank for the much-needed advancement and expertise of nanotechnology within the Western Indian Ocean region and the African continent.

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Call for IUMRS Officer Nominations for Treasurer and Second Vice President

Adhering Bodies are asked to consider nominating candidates for these positions.  The deadline for sending completed nominations is 1 October 2021, according to the timeline below.  Note that the same candidate cannot nominate for both Officer positions, and that the Adhering Body 2021 dues must have been paid by the deadline date of 1 October 2021 for the nomination to be valid. 

Nomination Forms:

IUMRS_Officer Nomination_Form 2021-2nd VP 

IUMRS_Officer Nomination_Form 2021-Treasurer


                                 IUMRS Officer nomination Timeline 2021

(Please note that the same candidate cannot nominate for both Officer positions)

August 20, 2021: Call for nominations with a deadline of 1 October, 2021.

October 5, 2021: Ballots for both positions sent out with the statements/CVs of candidates, with completed ballots due by October 26, 2021.

October 29, 2021: The Treasurer determines the valid votes based on dues paid for each AB, and the Secretary and HO Director counts votes.

November 1, 2021: The results are sent to the EC Officers for approval of the result. 

November 5, 2021: Successful candidates are informed and then all ABs are informed of the election results.

PASET Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) PhD Scholarships 2021

The Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) is an African-led initiative with the goal of strengthening skills in the Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology to further socio-economic transformation in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

RSIF aims to train quality PhD students and post-doctoral researchers at selected African universities (‘African Host Universities’) to address the human resource gap of highly qualified specialists in the fields of applied sciences, engineering, and technology (ASET) and to contribute to improving research and innovation capacities in those fields in SSA. RSIF supports training, research and innovation in five PASET Priority Thematic Areas: (1) ICT including big data and artificial intelligence, (2) Food security and agri-business, (3) Minerals, mining and materials engineering, (4) Energy including renewables and (5) Climate change


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Qian Baojun Fiber Award 2021

Mr. Qian Baojun (1907-1996) was a renowned polymer and fiber scientist as well as educationist in China. He was the president of East China Textile Institute of Science and Technology (subsequently Donghua University), and also made outstanding contributions to materials science of fibers. In order to commemorate Mr. Qian Baojun’s career and spirit, and also to promote sustainable development in the field of fiber materials, the Qian Baojun Fiber Award was established by the State Key Laboratory of Fiber Materials Modification (Donghua University) in 2015. The Qian Baojun Fiber Award hopes to encourage domestic and foreign scholars who have made outstanding contributions to basic research, transformation of scientific and technological achievements as well as talents cultivation in the field of fiber materials.

The Qian Baojun Fiber Award is given out once every two years, recognizing research excellence in the field of fiber-related sciences. It consists of two separate categories: the Distinguished Achievement Award and the Young Scholar Award.

    Distinguished Achievement Award (one quota)

l   Recognizes Distinguished Professional Achievement in basic or applied fiber science.

l   The recipient will receive USD 10,000 and a certificate.

    Young Scholar Award (two quota)

l   Recognizes Young Scholar (< 45 years of age) who have made outstanding contributions to the science, engineering, and technology of fibers, and fiber-based developments for materials and devices. 

l   The recipient will receive USD 3,000 and a certificate.

The establishment of the Qian Baojun Fiber Award was first announced at the International Conference on the Advanced Fibers and Polymer Materials (ICAFPM) in 2017, which was subsequently conferred at Donghua University in 2018. Professor Pieter J. Lemstra (Eindhoven University of Technology) and Dr. Paul Smith (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) co-shared the Qian Baojun Distinguished Achievement Award for their contributions in inventing gel spun ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fibers. Professor Gao Chao (Zhejiang University) and Professor Fabien Sorin (Swiss federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne) were conferred the Qian Baojun Young Scholar Award, for their contributions in graphene and multifunctional optical fibers, respectively.  The second awarding ceremony of Qian Baojun Fiber Award was announced on the ICAFPM in 2019. Professor Dr. Darrell H. Reneker (The University of Akron) was conferred the Qian Baojun Distinguished Achievement Award for his contribution to electrospinning technique. Professor Peng Huisheng (Fudan University) and Professor II-Doo Kim (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) were conferred the Qian Baojun Young Scholar Award for their contributions to fiber-shaped energy harvesting devices and multi-component ceramic nanofibers respectively. (Please check the Qian Baojun’s website for details,

The nominations for the Third Qian Baojun Fiber Award are currently in progress. We hope that you can review all the criteria and nominate the person(s) you believe to be the most deserving of the recognition. Please submit your nomination(s) by email to Dr. Rujia Zou (

The submission deadline is July 15, 2021.

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the 10th International Conference on Advanced Fibers and Polymer Materials (ICAFPM 2021) conference, which will be held from 17-20 October, 2021, in Donghua University (Songjiang Campus), Shanghai, China. The Qian Baojun Fiber Award will be presented for the third time at ICAFPM 2021 (Website

Kindly address any questions or concerns to Dr. Rujia Zou (

Qian Baojun Fiber Award Information

Nominations for the Baojun Qian Fiber Award


Apply for the African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence (ARISE) programme, funded by the EU through the Pan-African Programme to empower early-career African researchers to deliver cutting-edge research across Africa.

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Max Planck Africa Mobility Grant

The aim is to offer African scientists to get the opportunity for an annual research stay at a Max Planck Institute with access to research facilities, training and networking opportunities as well as scientific exchange.

Qian Baojun Fiber Awards

Qian Baojun Fiber Award is selected once every two years. The Qian Baojun Fiber Award is to reward excellence in the field of the fiber related sciences, and it includes the Distinguished Achievement Award and Young Scholar Award. We are delighted to announce that we are welcoming nominations for the Qian Baojun Fiber Award. Mr. Qian Baojun (1907-1996) is a renowned polymer and fiber scientist and educationist in China.

Important Information

  • Nominations open on July 10th 2019
  • Nominations close on August 30th 2019

Brief Introduction About SKLFPM

Since it was founded in 1992, SKLFPM has successfully passed national assessments in 2003, 2008 and 2013. During these years, it has made significant achievements in many fields such as attracting disciplinary talents, promoting the development of scientific research, constructing the research platform, expanding the academic communication under the guidance of all laboratory leaders and the policy of SKLFPM, “Openness, Mobility, Cooperation, Competition”.

The SKLFPM has 61 settled staffs including 54 senior research staffs, one academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, four winners of China National Funds for Distinguished Young Scientists, one winner of the National Science Fund for Excellent Young Scientists, two staffs elected to the Chang Jiang Scholars Program 2 of the Ministry of Education , two staffs elected to Recruitment Program of Global Experts (the Organization Department of the Central Committee of the CPC), one staff elected to Recruitment Program of Global Youth Experts (the Organization Department of the Central Committee of the CPC) and four staffs elected the New Centuary National Hundred, Thousand and Ten Thousand Talents Project.

The present research fields of SKLFPM mainly include: 1) High performance fibers and composite materials; 2) Functional fibers and low-dimensional materials; 3) Environmentally friendly and bio-based fiber materials. In 2013, SKLFPM undertook 143 national and provincial scientific research projects, including 5 items of “973” programs and seven items of “863” programs, 1 item of Military Pre-Research Project, 5 items of National Sci-Tech Supporting Plan, 48 items of National Natural Science Foundation of China (1 item of National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scientists, 2 key projects of the State Key Program of National Natural Science Foundation of China); 152 R&D projects cooperated with industry circle, in which 14 patents were transferred to related companies.

Since 2008, the laboratory had won 6 items of the second prize of National Award of Scientific and Technology Progress, 39 items of the prize of Provincial/Ministerial Award of Science and Technology Progress and the prize of Provincial/Ministerial Award of Invention, in which 5 items were the first class prizes of provincial and municipal awards of science and technology progress, 6 items were the first class ministerial award. SKLFPM had published 1796 academic papers and 515 authorized invention patents.

The Application Object of the Open Project

The applicant of the open research fund should at least have an associate professor position or Ph. D degree and get some teaching, research or engineering experiences in domestic or foreign well-known universities, research institutions and companies. In order to improve the growth of young scientists, SKLFPM preferentially supports applicants under 45 years old. The duration of research project normally ranges from six months to two years.