About JSPS Asia-Africa Science Platform Program in Misasa

The JSPS Asia-Africa Science Platform Program (AASPP) is designed to create potential research hubs in fields of mutual interest between a core university or research institute in Japan on the one hand, and universities or research institutes in African or other Asian countries on the other hand, so as to establish sustainable high level capacity building for young African/Asian scientists through training, exchange visits and scientific meetings. AASPP is funded by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

‘Cameroon Volcanic Line — East African Rift Valley Volcanoes and the Underlying Mantle’ (CVLEARVVUM) is a 3 year (2005 — 2008) JSPS AASPP program involving the Okayama University Institute for Study of the Earth's Interior (ISEI) in Misasa, Japan as core institution, and University/Research institutions in 3 African Countries, i.e., Institute for Geological and Mining Research (IRGM) in Cameroon, Makelle University in Ethiopia and the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. A CVLEARVVUM-JSPS AASPP coordinatorsˇÕ meeting held at ISEI in October 6-7, 2005 and was attended by 2 program coordinators from IRGM and one coordinator each from Makelle University and the University of Dar es Salaam. The meeting was aimed at defining the main orientations of CVLEARVVUM and selecting suitable potential postgraduate candidates to benefit from JSPS AASPP sponsorship. Presently 2 MSc and 1 PhD students are receiving training in Japan within the framework of JSPS AASPP. The first JSPS AASPP seminar (AASPP at Misasa) held in Misasa, Japan on the 27th of February, 2006. 13 oral and 14 postal presentations were made by scientists drawn from 7 countries.

CVLEARVVUM-JSPS AASPP core institutions and coordinators:

JapanChief coordinatorProf. Eizo NakamuraInstitute for Study of the Earth's interior Okayama University at Misasa
TanzaniaCoordinatorProf. Makenya MabokoDepartment of Geology, University of Dar es Salaam
CameroonCoordinatorDr. Hell JosephDirector, Institute of Mining and Geological Research (IRGM)
Sub-coordinatorDr. Ngako VincentHead of Research, IRGM
EthiopiaCoordinatorDr. Tarekegn TadesseProgram Manager of Institutional University Cooperation Makelle University

Within the framework of its COE-21st Century Program sponsored by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT), ISEI Misasa is now actively promoting the establishment of an international research center for solid earth sciences focused on the origin, evolution and dynamics of the Earth, with Prof. Eizo Nakamura as program leader. JSPS AASPP-Misasa is one way to accomplish the general goal of COE-21 program.