The African Light Source (AfLS) Foundation endeavors to progress African science and engineering, and to establish an advanced light source on the African continent, along with developing all the necessary human and institutional infrastructure.
Advanced light sources are the most transformational scientific facilities currently known, impacting fields from anthropology, biophysics, and chemistry, to Earth sciences, engineering, medicine, paleontology, physics, materials science, vaccinology, and zoology. Investments in big science facilities are positively related to increasing national economic outputs, increasing efficiencies, greater attractiveness for investments –domestic and foreign, improvement in training and job opportunities, reduction of disease burdens, and ultimately increases in quality of life.
An advanced light source in Africa is vital if African governments and civil society are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
- AfLS2020: A virtual event, replacing the in-person conference to have been held in Kigali, Rwanda. That Conference is now scheduled for the 14 - 19 November 2022, pandemic allowing.
- AfLS2 - 2019 : held in Accra, Ghana, from 28 Jan - 3 Feb 2019
- AfLS1 - 2016 : which was the first African Light Source Conference and Workshop (AfLS1) held at the ESRF in Grenoble in November 2015.