Professor Izabela Rzeznicka visited Botswana with outreach activities for the Africa-Japan Core Project

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Professor Izabela Rzeznicka visited Botswana in April 2024 with outreach activities for the Africa-Japan Core Project. The SusMine project was launched in 2022 as an international collaborative project between researchers in Botswana, Japan and South Africa to address environmental problems caused by heavy metals mining in Botswana. The role of Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT) in this project is to provide an affordable and on-demand method for copper quantification in waters using smartphone.


Outreach activities included: 1) a seminar talk at the Botswana International University of Science and Technology; 2) a lecture at the Senior Secondary High School in Selebi-Phikwe copper mining town; 3) a talk to Mmadinare Kgotla village community, a community highly impacted by mining activities. More than 100 pupils and students joined lectures and talks. After the lecture, Prof. Rzeznicka demonstrated 3D-printed model for smartphone-enabled detection of copper and talked with pupils about smartphone-enabled methods.
On the way back, Prof. Rzeznicka joined Africa-Japan researcher’s workshop in Maun, and on the behalf of the SusMine team presented research progress and summarized expected outcomes. She also introduced the smartphone-enabled methodology to the students in the Chemical Sciences Department at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. By sharing knowledge and know-how with youth in Africa we hope that in the near future smartphone-enabled analytics will offer better environmental monitoring and health for people living in remote and resource-poor areas in Africa and the world.
These efforts represent SIT's global contribution towards realization of  SDG#3 goal, good health and wellbeing for all and anywhere.


Selebi Phikwe High School


Mmadinare Kgotla  Village


University of Johannesburg


Africa-Japan Researchers Workshop