Rethinking building: International conference in Nairobi
Innovation, Science, Engineering and Education (ISEE) – the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, BAM) has organised an international conference under this heading. It will take place from the 30 January to the 1 February in Nairobi, Kenya. In light of the booming construction industry in Africa, the conference is contributing to the development and use of innovative building materials on the continent. At the same time, this is spurring the training of tomorrow’s engineers.
“There is no alternative to cement as a building material, but there is better cement – engineering training has a key part to play on the road to more sustainable solutions,” explains Dr. Wolfram Schmidt, BAM building material expert.
Professional exchange and stakeholder networking from science and practice are central objectives of the ISEE conference. More than 100 scientists, undergraduates and stakeholders from industry and society will be taking part in the event. During the first two conference days, scientific, economic and societal speakers will present keynote speeches on global challenges, local solutions, international research and opportunities for training engineers – all of which referencing the African context. The participants will be actively involved in the conference, meaning workshops will invite discussions and exchange on the third day of the event.
“The conference is also intended as a kick-off event for the further development of teaching methods and contents for engineering training,” says Schmidt. “We want to develop strategies which could arm engineers for the future challenges.” Suggestions will be summarized in a conference transcript, which will be published after the conference.
German-African project supported by the Volkswagen Foundation
BAM is hosting the ISEE conference together with Prof. Funso Falade from the University of Lagos and the President of the African Engineering Association, and Prof. Robert Tchitnga, University of Dschang and Ulm University. The event will be financed by the Volkswagen Foundation.
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