Partnering with leading technology companies to bring together chemists in Africa

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Pan Africa Chemistry Network Congress, sponsored by Agilent Technologies and Syngenta, was held in Accra, Ghana, in November 2017.

The Congress had sustainable agriculture as its theme, and brought together scientists from West Africa, as well as from across Africa and the rest of the world.

Agilent Technologies sent representatives from Europe and from their network of distributors across Africa, representing South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Mali and Burkina Faso.

Dr Helen Driver, who leads the Pan Africa Chemistry Network (PACN), explains how important this networking opportunity was for the delegates. “One of the challenges of carrying out scientific research in Africa is gaining access to high quality equipment that’s properly installed and maintained. For our community the distributors are the people who can help.

Dr Helen Driver (second left) and Royal Society of Chemistry events executive Claire Springett (second right) with local organisers
Picture: © Royal Society of Chemistry

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