The participants in the second edition of “Phosphate Days” confirmed the role of Research and Development (R&D) and innovation as a strategic lever for development in fields related to phosphates, phosphorus compounds and the phosphate industry. .
“Morocco has the world’s largest reserves of phosphates in the world. 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 very heart of value creation and sustainable growth, ”said Dr. Abdelaâli Kossir, director of the Technology Transfer Office of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) and co-president of the Conference, organized by the Phosphate Research Network “Phoresnet”, in collaboration with the UM6P of Benguerir.
Two highlights marked this 2020 edition of “Phosphates Days”: 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) in order to strengthen their knowledge in the field of entrepreneurship and technology transfer in order to promote the development of their research results, as well as their industrial application.
The young scientists benefited in this context from training sessions aimed at improving their skills in a wide range of fields related to innovation and entrepreneurship.
They were then invited to present their research results to a jury of experts. The best selected projects will benefit from support for technology transfer and industrialization of said results.
In this context, Dr. Kossir specified that “these meetings made it possible to share, discuss, learn, but also to promote inventions and new discoveries made by young Moroccans and foreigners”.
“At UM6P, research projects are designed so that their results can be applied in the industrial field in order to put Morocco and Africa in tune with innovation and technological development”, he added. .
A true multidisciplinary scientific congress, the International Conference on Phosphates offered for three days a rich and diversified program of plenary and thematic conferences and oral and poster communications to address the major challenges of research on phosphates and applications. associated.
“The International Conference on Phosphates” was an opportunity to highlight the importance of synergies between industrialists, scientists and engineers from all over the world in order to identify the most recent innovations which could have an impact on socio-economic development. territories and environmental protection.
The opening plenary of this conference was notably marked by the participation of Mr. Ahmed Tidiane Souaré, former prime minister and current advisor to the President of Guinea, who underlined Africa’s potential in terms of mineral resources and prospects for the development of the mining industry in Africa, as well as Mr. Ahmed Djebbar, former Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Scientific Research of Algeria, who recalled the role played by the Maghreb in the development of science for several centuries during the golden age of Islamic civilization, and invited young people to take over by taking more interest in science and research.
Renowned scientists and experts on this occasion presented the main advances in exploration and mining, the engineering of complex fluid transport, in chemistry, advanced processes and materials, the mining environment and the circular economy, biotechnology, fertilization and food security, as well as digitization and nanotechnologies in agriculture.
In Morocco, for example, research has shown the potential of flora in the development of phytosanitary management plans for phosphate mining waste in arid and semi-arid zones.
“Local wild plants have a great potential for phytostabilization of mine waste and form an effective solution to protect their integrity”, indicated during his presentation the researcher Hamza Zine of the Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech.
Organized in a virtual format from October 13 to 17, the Phosphate Days 2020 brought together 1,445 researchers and engineers from 25 countries, positioning the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University as a world benchmark in terms of research around phosphates.
This benchmark international event on research in the field of phosphates, which brought together 1445 participants from 25 countries, was marked by the organization of 6 plenary conferences with the participation of 23 high-level speakers, 6 thematic conferences, 2 workshops, 14 oral communications, 177 e-communications.
This event offers a unique framework and platform to bring together scientists and engineers from the five Continents, the time to present their recent research results and discuss new inventions and discoveries in the fields related to phosphates, phosphorus compounds and water. phosphate industry.
This multidisciplinary scientific congress covered a wide range of research areas around phosphates and associated applications.
These are phosphates and related resources (deposits, exploration, extraction and upgrading), engineering of complex fluid transport (phenomenology, rheology, process engineering, modeling, data analysis and numerical simulation), chemistry, and advanced processes and materials, says the same source.
The debates also focused on issues also relating to the mining environment and circular economy, agriculture, biotechnology, fertilizers and food security, the sustainable development of nanotechnologies in agriculture and the planning and control of activities. ports (focus on bulk ports in the era of Industry 4.0).