NEWAL supports partnerships with West African colleagues by offering support for short term research exchanges of either students or faculty at Swiss partner institutions. These specific exchanges aims to strengthen the scientific exchange, to help develop stronger personal ties between the West African and Swiss NEWAL organizations and to promote collaborative research or teaching activities.

In September 2021, Dr. Eugene Appiah-Effah and Dr. Charles Gyamfi, faculty from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana will come to Switzerland for a research exchange. Dr. Appiah-Effah will be working with Christoph Lüthi at SANDEC, Eawag on the topic «Analysis of Faecal Flow in Urban Environments using the Excreta Flow Diagram,» while Dr. Charles Gyamfi will be working with Peter Molnar at the Institute of Environmental Engineering, ETH Zurich on the topic «Drought Monitoring for Improved Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategies».

In 2020, supported by an ETH Zurich grant, Theodora Sophia Taylor, a student from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana come to Switzerland to continue her research. Theodora did her research at EAWAG, studying the potential of coconut husk powder for greywater treatment. Read more about Ms Taylor’s research exchange here.

Research exchange of Theodora Sophia Taylor

Students or lecturers of NEWAL’s partner institutions in West Africa who are interested in a short term research exchange at Swiss partner institutions can contact us.