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16.12.2014 Dear Reader,

We are back with more news that we also post regularly on Facebook, Linkedin, YouTube, Twitter and Flickr!

2014 was yet another exciting year for CODEV, with our 3rd International Conference on Technologies for Development which gathered 360 attendees from 58 countries, the inauguration of our EssentialLab and a dynamic Workshop on Electrical safety and efficiency in African Countries at the Research Center on Energy for Health Care (CURES) in Cameroon.

We wish you a happy holiday season and are looking forward to collaborate with you on innovative solutions to the many challenges of sustainable development. For instance, we would love to find out how trees can give off wifi signals

Your CODEV team


Great success for the 2014 Tech4Dev International Conference!

— UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development: What is Essential? 4-6 June 2014 | EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland


EssentialLab Inauguration

— The team of the CODEV EssentialTech programme has inaugurated its EssentialLab: a place for the research and design of essential technologies adapted to the context of impoverished countries.


Seminar on Electrical safety and efficiency in African Countries

— Hospitals and Electrical instabilities: African and Swiss researchers tackle a seriously neglected problem.


Optimizing the use of water for drip irrigation

— Wireless sensor technology, adapted to local climatic conditions, alerts small producers in the semi-arid regions of Burkina Faso to the best time to irrigate, according to the plants’ needs, resulting in higher yields and water saving.


Engaging in research with the global South

— On 30 October 2014 CODEV organized the 1st Seed Money Conference for the researchers of the Seed Money Program to present their projects.


Doing business in Brazil and India

— The Academia-Industry Training (AIT) took place on Nov 10-17 simultaneously in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Bangalore (India).


Update from the ISCB networks in Phase IV

— In November 2014 the Pigeon Pea Network – the fourth and last network of ISCB (Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology) Phase IV - was successfully kicked off in a network integration meeting in Delhi and the first annual BIOFI Network meeting was held in Pondicherry.


Swiss and African Physicians and engineers at the bedside of newborns

— Engineers present the GlobalNeonat project to pediatricians at a congress gathering 380 physicians from 20 African countries. Dialogue between engineers and physicians is fundamental for the development of appropriate technologies for the local context, following the EssentialTech approach.


Summer internship in Cali - Colombia

— Through the EPFL - UNIVALLE collaboration, a team of five students arrived in Cali on the 8th of July in order to continue the development of a bioreactor.

Author: Corinne Waridel
Source: Cooperation