Joint virtual Conference : AfLS, ePCCr and AfLS

Hosted by X-TechLab

Hosted by X-TechLab

Semi-City, Benin
Ahmadou Wague (African Physical; Society) , Delia Hayes (AfCA and Stellenbosch University) , Marielle AGBAHOUNGBATA (Semi City) , Thierry d'Almeida (CEA)

The time zone is controlled by you as an Indico Setting (top right). The session times will therefore be shifted if you are not set to Central Africa Time (CAT) = GMT+2.

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.

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 and all the necessary human and institutional infrastructure.

As advanced light sources support multiple disciplines, the AfLS conference formally includes participation by the following Pan African scientific societies, which we are proud to count as supporters and partners in our vision.


African Astronomical Society
African Crystallographic Association - Pan-African Conference on Crystallography (ePCCR)
African Geophysical Society
African Institute of Planetary and Space Sciences
African Laser Center
African Materials Research Society
African Optics and Photonics Society
African Physical Society
African Society for Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies
Biostruct Africa
Federation of African Immunological Societies
Federation of African Medical Physics Organizations
Federation of African Societies of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Federation of African Societies of Chemistry

Programme Outline
Our conference programme consists of joint plenaries, workshops, town hall gatherings, and streams of parallel sessions on a robust set of topics.  Contributed oral presentations and posters are welcome.

Accelerator Physics and Engineering
Analytical Chemistry
Applied Biophysics and Biotechnology
Applied Chemistry, Catalysis and Surface Science
Assessment of the AfLS Roadmap
Astrophysics, Cosmology and Gravitational Physics
Atomic and Molecular Physics
Cellular and Molecular Biology, Immunology, Physiology
Chemical and Biological Physics
Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Data Science
Earth and Planetary Sciences
Fluid and Plasma Physics
Gender Equity in African Science
History of Science in Africa
Inorganic, Solid State and Materials Chemistry
Materials Science and Engineering
Mathematical and Computational Physics
Medical Physics and Engineering
Molecular and Biochemical Pharmacology
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Nuclear and Particle Physics
Optics and Photonics
Organic Materials and Medicinal Chemistry
Physical Anthropology and Paleontology
Physical Chemistry
Physical Sciences in Heritage and Cultural Sciences
Science and Engineering Education in Africa
Science and Engineering Policy in Africa
Structural Biology
Translational Research and Technology Transfer
X-ray and Neutron Sciences

The conference programme starts at 08h00 GMT+2 each day, 15-19 November.  Registrants will be sent a digital program book prior the conference opening, and a reminder of the Zoom room links 1 hour before each session.  All sessions will be lived streamed to YouTube.

The general schedule outline is indicated below. The session times are in Central Africa Time (CAT) = GMT+2.

The programme details, as they are updated, are available in the Timetable link on the left-hand menu.

Students and Early Career Scientists welcome
There is a limited amount of financial support for students and early-career professionals for online data packages for the conference.  Applicants must first fully register and then apply using the link in the left panel.

Conference Registration Form
  • Monday, 15 November
    • 10:00 10:15
      Tea and Coffee 15m
    • 10:15 13:00
      AfLS Gather Town: Informal meet, greet and network

      Meet informally in the Gather Town

    • 10:15 13:00
      AfPS Track
    • 10:15 13:00
      ePCCr Track
    • 13:00 14:00
      Lunch 1h
    • 14:00 15:00
      Opening (AfLS, ePCCr, AfPS)
    • 15:00 16:00
      Plenary (AfLS, ePCCr, AfPS)
    • 16:00 17:00
      AfLS Track
    • 16:00 17:00
      AfPS Track
    • 16:00 17:00
      ePCCr Track
    • 17:00 17:15
      Tea and Coffee 15m
    • 17:15 18:15
      Plenary (AfLS, ePCCr, AfPS)
    • 18:15 19:00
      AfLS Track
    • 18:15 19:00
      AfPS Track
    • 18:15 19:00
      ePCCr Track
    • 19:00 19:30
      Dinner 30m

      No dinner will provided. Delegates are free to have dinner in different restaurants in Kigali