9-13 July 2012
Africa/Johannesburg timezone

Invited Plenary Speakers


Gamma-ray bursts and other transients: Ephemeral tests of extreme physics

Ralph Wijers

Professor of High-Energy Astrophysics
Astronomical Institute Anton Pannekoek
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

From RISING at GSI to the DESPEC Fast-Timing Project at FAIR: The New Nuclear Spectroscopy of the Most Exotic Isotopes

Patrick Regan

Department of Physics, University of Surrey, United Kingdom

Widening the net: attracting and keeping women in physics

Diane Grayson

University of Pretoria

Neutron imaging – a powerful set of methods complementary to X-rays

Burkhard Schillinger

Technische Universität München, Germany

An Introduction to Space Weather: How it Impacts South African Technology and Society

Mark Moldwin

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences
University of Michigan, USA

Communicating Science – How to wake the sleeping, gray cat

Elsabe Brits

Specialist science journalist, “Die Burger”

Spin caloritronics – more than spin-dependent thermoelectrics

Gerrit Bauer

Institute of Materials Research, Tohoku University, Japan and
Kavli Institute of NanoScience, TU Delft, The Netherlands

Some things physicists have learned about physics education by doing research in cognitive science

Ramon Lopez

Department of Physics,The University of Texas at Arlington, USA

In situ RBS and XRD investigation of thin film formation

Andre Vantomme

Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica, Leuven, Belgium

Non-Specialist Lectures


Toward the Great Quest to Decipher Galaxies: The WISE High-Resolution Galaxy Image Atlas

Tom Jarrett

Department of Astronomy, UCT/Caltech


ATLAS+CMS Higgs Combination

Ketevi Adikle Assamagan

University of Johannesburg/Brookhaven National Laboratory


Digital Holograms

Andrew Forbes

National Laser Centre/CSIR

Residual stress assessment of helical coil spring production for the motor vehicle industry

Andrew Venter



Use of neutron diffraction for residual stress mapping in industrial applications

Vladimir Luzin

Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation
(Some more non-specialist lectures will be added once they are confirmed)