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Switzerland’s University of Basel vice-president Prof Edwin Constable will form part of a delegation that will descend on Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on Monday to promote the country’s universities and scholarship programme.

South Africa and Switzerland have strong and historical synergies in research collaboration and capacity building, with NMMU having a solid research partnership with the University of Basel.

The Swiss delegation, which includes Embassy representatives in South Africa,  will set up a booth on the NMMU South Campus during the day. Here, they will promote the Swiss Scholarship programme and Swiss universities in general, specifically targeting doctoral, post-doctoral and research projects.

Prof Constable, who has been involved in supramolecular chemistry since its inception, will give a guest lecture on “The challenge of the very small: Nanoscale Science” later that afternoon at the South Campus Council Chambers.

The talk will start with a short overview of the success factors in Switzerland and how these could be used advantageously in the South African context, before venturing into a general introduction of the concepts of nanoscience and how this emerging technology impacts on society. It will conclude by looking at future prospects and future challenges.

Prof Constable has published more than 500 research papers and a series of books. Prof Constable was Basel University’s Research Dean of the Faculty of Sciences until 2011 when he was appointed Vice-Rector for Research.
Although his interests and expertise lie in metallosupramolecular and materials chemistry, especially in the use of metal ions for the assembly of novel architectures incorporating specific electronic or photophysical properties, he has a broad interest in multidisciplinary research cutting across conventional boundaries.


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