UNESCO: an Algerian woman wins the chair of medical geology Africa

Professor of Medical Geology at the University of Johannesburg and ranked B by the National Research Foundation (NRF); Hassina Mouri received the UNESCO Chair in Medical Geology in Africa. Such a decision comes after Hassina was awarded the post of Vice-President (2020-2024) of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS). The latter is considered one of the most important scientific organizations in the world.

Originally from the commune of Chemini in the wilaya of Bejaïa, she obtained her engineering degree at the Houari Boumediene University of Bab-Ezzouar. But subsequently, she obtained a DEA and a doctorate at the University of Paris 7. “It is the first time in the history of the UNESCO chairs program that a chair in medical geology has been awarded, with an emphasis on Africa” ​​reads the statement of the professor at the University of Johannesburg.

Indeed, according to Hassina, this is a very ambitious opportunity to develop the medical geology sector in Africa. This remains an area with great potential for the future. Insofar as, it is considered as a field with a multi-transversal and interdisciplinary character. But also because it aligns with the majority of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Hassina Mouri, a woman with a heavy scientific background

Before joining the teams at the University of Johannesburg, Professor Mouri has already traced her career to:

  • The University Paris 7;
  • National Museum of Natural History in Paris;
  • At the University of Helsinki;
  • At the Swedish Museum of Natural History;
  • The University of Minnesota;
  • And finally, at the University of Pretoria.

Since 2022, Hassina Mouri has developed her interest in medical geology. And this, by focusing on the problems of the African continent. She has also trained several doctoral students in Africa. Mouri has also presented and published several of his scientific works in numerous international conferences and journals.

Currently, Hassina Mouri is also a member of the NRF’s evaluation committee for Earth sciences. And previously Director of the South African National Committee of the UISG for the period from 2017 to 2020.

The UNESCO Chair in Medical Geology

Established in 1992, the UNESCO Chairs program brings together more than 850 establishments in 117 States. Its objective is to strengthen international university exchanges; but also the sharing of knowledge and the workingthe collaborative. Chairs are created in key areas of UNESCO, in particular: scientific fields, education, communication, etc.

To meet these kinds of challenges, universities around the world are called upon to deploy all their resources and contribute to the development of their societies.

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