Implementation of African Science Plans

Moderator: Prof Jonathan Matondo, University of Swaziland

Panelist: Prof Raymond Durrheim, University of the Witwatersrand

Panelist: Prof Sunita Facknath, University of Mauritius

Panelist: Dr Regina Folorunsho, Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research

Panelist: Prof Alberto Júlio Tsamba, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane


The International Council for Science Regional Office for Africa (ICSU ROA) seeks to promote and coordinate the scientific activities of the ICSU family in Africa, taking into consideration Africa’s priorities and specific realities. ICSU ROA’s commissioned Africa Science Plans on Sustainable Energy; Health and Human Well-being; Natural and Human-induced Hazards and Disasters and Global Environmental Change were recently reviewed and updated to align with new developments in the global research agenda, new approaches to promoting transdisciplinary collaborative research, new international science programmes (e.g. Future Earth), the post Rio+20 Agenda, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA 2024). These Science Plans are geared towards promoting and accelerating the application of Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation (SETI) in solving Africa’s socio-economic problems.

Their successful implementation will result in better scientific knowledge and understanding of the impact of the problems addressed therein.
A panel session of renowned scientists from the four thematic areas at the SFSA2017 will seek to provoke and stimulate discussions on these Science Plans with a view to selling out the plausible implementation activities/strategies to the larger African scientific and research community, Governments and policy makers and Grant-making institutions/potential funders.


Prof Jonathan Matondo, University of Swaziland

Prof Jonathan I. Matondo is an Associate Professor in Hydrology at the University of Swaziland. He teaches undergraduate and graduate students, supervises Masters students’ projects, and conduct research and consultancy activities. His areas of expertise and experience are: hydrology, water resources planning and management, hydraulics, computer applications in hydrology, hydraulics and water resources related subjects. He has carried out consultancy activities in the country and abroad. Currently, he is involved in the vulnerability assessment of the impact of climate change on the sector of water resources in the country. Prof Matondo is the Leader of ICSU ROA’s Consortium on Global Environmental Change (GEC) and current Chair of its Africa Science Plans Steering Committee (ASPSC).


Prof Raymond (Ray) Durrheim, University of the Witwatersrand

Prof Ray Durrheim was born in Bloemfontein in 1956. He is a graduate of Stellenbosch (BSc, 1977), Wits (BSc Hons, 1978 and PhD, 1990), Pretoria (MSc, 1984), and UNISA (BA, 1984). He started his career in 1979 as an exploration geophysicist with Gencor. He was involved in gold, coal and base metal projects, gaining field and interpretation experience in ground and airborne magnetics, gravity, resistivity, CSAMT, IP, ground and airborne EM. During his National Service (1979-81) he was seconded to the Geological Survey, where he conducted geotechnical investigations.
Ray was appointed a lecturer in the Geophysics Department, Witwatersrand University in 1983, where his research activities included investigations of the crust and upper mantle using both explosive and mine tremor energy sources, and the application of the reflection seismic method to gold and platinum exploration. He was appointed to the Wits/CSIR South African Research Chair in Exploration, Earthquake and Mining Seismology in April 2007.
Durrheim is co-director of the AfricaArray collaborative programme and Principal Investigator of the Japan-SA collaborative project Observational studies in South African mine to mitigate seismic risks. Data for many of his projects are supplied by the AfricaArray permanent network of 49 broadband stations in sub-Saharan Africa, and various temporary project specific deployments (e.g. East African Rift, Congo Craton, Far West Rand gold fields) and various networks in gold and platinum mines.


Prof Sunita Facknath, Mauritius University of Mauritius

Sunita Facknath, BSc, MSc, PhD (UK), PhD (Mauritius) is a Professor in Sustainable Agriculture at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Mauritius. She has expertise in sustainable agroecosystems (including coastal ecosystems) and climate change, and has also worked in the areas of aquaculture and sustainable forestry.

She has earned two doctorates, one from the University of Middlesex in UK and one from the University of Mauritius. She is an active researcher, heading several research teams, and supervising student research.

Prof Facknath has completed several consultancies for regional and international bodies (EU, FAO, UNDP, UNEP, FANRPAN), as well as for the Government of Mauritius and local private companies, and has been invited to many international conferences/ symposia in many parts of the world to present her work.

Prof Facknath is also very active in social projects: she was a founder member of the Rotary Club of Ebene Mauritius, and a former Chairperson of the Rotary Foundation Committee and member of the Project Services Committee. Prof Sunita Facknath is the leader of ICSU ROA’s Health and Human Wellbeing Consortium as well as a member of the Africa Science Plans Steering Committee (ASPSC)


Dr Regina Folorunsho, Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR)

Dr. Regina Folorunsho is an Assistant Director in the Marine Geology/Geophysics Department of the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research. She is a marine scientist with broad experience in coastal processes, hazards and disasters especially in West Africa. She has over 25 years’ experience in coastal erosion dynamics and Met-Ocean processes and has taken part in several coastal studies, EIA, survey cruises for several oil companies, governmental and international bodies. She is a member of the ICSU ROA Consortium on Global Environmental Change (GEC) and the Africa Science Plans Steering Committee (ASPSC). Dr Folorunsho is also a past Member of Management of UN Joint Commission on Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM). She has published over 35 papers in coastal and marine processes.


Prof Alberto Júlio Tsamba, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane

Teaching and Research in Thermodynamics; Energy and Environment; Occupational Health and Safety; Climate Change; Renewable Energy Technologies; and Water Chemistry. Prof Tsamba is a member of the many organizations and institutions including: Mozambican Engineers’ Association (Ordem dos Engenheiros de Moçambique – OrdEM); Biomass Project Research Group (Faculty of Engineering, UEM); Renewable Energy and Climate Change Research Group (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane); Mozambique’s National GHG Inventory Team (coordinator); and Mozambique’s CDM Technical Team; South-South-North (SSN) Board of Directors (International NGOs network working in Climate Change related activities) representing the Mozambican NGO partner known as GED (Action Group on Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development); GHG International Experts Network; The African Science Plans Steering Committee (ASPSC) and Sustainable Energy Consortium both under ICSU-ROA; International Scientific Advisory Board to the SDEWES-2011 and 2012 (6th and 7th International Conferences on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems, Dubrovnik, Zagreb 2011 and OH rid, Macedonia-2012); Scientific Committee to e)missions (Portugal); International Scientific Committee to the International Conference on Technology Transfer and Renewable Energy (ICTTRE) 2012 (Mauritius); Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) Roster of Experts; Reviewers’ Board for the following Scientific Journals: Biomass & Bioenergy; Chemical Reactor Engineering; Applied Energy; Environmental Engineering Science; Energy & Fuels; and, Energies; General Electric Africa Learning Advisory Board (GE Africa LAB) and University Eduardo Mondlane Council. Prof
Tsamba has published around 20 papers and scientific articles in International Journals, Conferences and Scientific Meetings, in the fields of Renewable Energy and Climate Change/Environment.

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