Second Edition Of Phosphate Days :
Morocco At the Frontline Of Research And Innovation In The Field Of Phosphates
● A second edition conducted online due to the COVID-19 context.
● The international reference event on phosphate research brought together 1445 participants from 25 countries.
● The main highlight of the event was the Young Researchers Days which honored young researchers and highlighted the role of technology transfer in the valorization of research results.
● With the International Conference on Phosphates, the importance of synergies between researchers, engineers and industry was highlighted in order to identify innovations that can have an impact on sustainable socio-economic development.
At the end of the second edition of Phosphate Days, the Phoresnet network (Phosphate Research Network) in collaboration with the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, confirmed the role of R&D and innovation as a strategic lever for development in areas related to phosphates, phosphorus compounds and the phosphate industry.
Organized online from October 13 to 17, Phosphate Days 2020 gathered 1445 researchers and engineers from 25 countries, positioning the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University as a world reference in phosphate research.
"Morocco has the world's largest reserves of phosphates. It is also the leading exporter. In the near future, it could become the leading country in terms of scientific production and innovation. R&D plays an increasingly important role in the competitiveness of companies and the development of nations. It is at the center of value creation and sustainable growth," said Dr. Abdelaâli Kossir, Director of the Office of Technology Transfer of the University Mohammed VI Polytechnic, coordinator of Phoresnet and co-chair of the Conference.
Two highlights marked this 2020 edition: the Young Researchers Days and the International Conference on Phosphates.
On the theme of technology transfer, the Young Researchers Days brought together for two days young researchers (doctoral and post-doctoral students) to strengthen their knowledge in entrepreneurship and technology transfer in order to
promote the valorization of their research results and their industrial application.
In this framework, young scientists have benefited from training sessions designed to improve their skills in a wide range of fields related to innovation and entrepreneurship. They were then invited to present their research results before a jury of experts. The best selected projects will benefit from support for technology transfer and industrialization of these results.
Dr. Abdelaâli Kossir said: "These meetings have allowed to share, discuss, learn, but also promote inventions and new discoveries made by young Moroccans and foreigners. We wanted to encourage them to integrate technology transfer by opening up to the industrial ecosystem through training and a competition, with a focus on projects that have reached a certain stage of maturity. At UM6P, research projects are designed so that their results can be applied in the industrial field to put Morocco and Africa in tune with innovation and technological development".
The International Conference on Phosphates, a truly multidisciplinary scientific congress, offered a rich and diversified program of plenary and thematic conferences and oral and poster communications over three days to address the major issues of research on phosphates and related applications. The opening plenary session was notably marked by the participation of S. E Ahmed Tidiane Souaré, former Prime Minister and current advisor to the President of Guinea who developed Africa's mineral resources potential and the prospects for the development of the mining industry in Africa, as well as Ahmed Djebbar, former Minister of National Education, of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Algeria, who recalled the role played by the Maghreb in the development of science for several centuries in the golden age of Islamic civilization and invited young people to take over by becoming more interested in scientific fields and research.
On this occasion, renowned scientists and experts presented the main advances in mining exploration and exploitation, complex fluid transport engineering, chemistry, advanced processes and materials, mining environment and circular economy, biotechnology, fertilizers, etc. The conference was also an opportunity for the youth to participate in the development of science and research.