SciBridge developed as a result of the 1st Joint U.S.-Africa Materials Initiative (JUAMI) Materials Research School in Addis Ababa, Africa, in December 2012. JUAMI, a U.S. National Science Foundation-funded initiative, brought together early career scientists from the U.S. and the east African countries of Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda to learn together about the critical topic of materials for sustainable energy.
SciBridge was motivated by the desire to continue and grow the scientific discussion between U.S. and east African scientists around exciting scientific topics in sustainable energy development. Discussions are facilitated by African university students performing one or two day experiments which are followed by web seminars from U.S. researchers. SciBridge ships kits that contain almost everything needed to perform novel experiments around the theme of materials for sustainable energy.
The SciBridge project is based at North Carolina State University and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. We collaborate with multiple universities in the U.S. and Africa in order to develop as many research connections as possible.
Morning mist over Addis Ababa, Ethiopia- the location of the 1st Joint U.S.-Africa Materials Initiative (JUAMI).
The JUAMI scientists in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.