Participant Support Costs: JUAMI (Joint Undertaking for Africa Materials Institute)

Project: Research project

Project Details


The Joint US-Africa Materials Institute (JUAMI), later renamed Joint Undertaking for an African Materials Institute, has held 2 two-week schools, the first in December 2012, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the second in June 2016, in Arusha, Tanzania. These two-week schools focused on materials for energy technologies. A remarkable number of collaborations of lasting impact grew out of these events. We propose here to build on that success by offering a third JUAMI session and strengthening JUAMI’s presence as a standing, virtual institute. The overall goal of JUAMI will remain the development of joint materials research and education activities between universities in Africa, and the US, and the primary activity will remain the organization of intensive two-week schools in Africa, dedicated to materials research and education with courses offered by world-renowned instructors. In addition, JUAMI will serve as a resource through which African researchers can connect to their counterparts in US and vice versa. While we envision ultimately a permanent JUAMI with broad geographic reach and topical scope, here we specifically propose to organize a single two-week session that is held in Kampala, Uganda in December 2018 and addresses on materials for sustainability. We propose participation by 18 instructors and 65 students (60% from Africa), where the latter are identified through a competitive process. Hands-on group activities will facilitate communication across cultural boundaries while directly enhancing the learning experience. Formal assessment of student learning will be performed on site over the course of the two-week school, via daily surveys and group discussions. Success in developing collaborations will evaluated via follow-up surveys and through a standing on-line web portal.
Effective start/end date3/1/188/31/22


  • National Science Foundation (DMR-1756245)


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