18-23 November 2024
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
Big Science and Big Goals for Africa

Conference Topics

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.

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.