Prof. Simon Connell
Professor of Physics, University of Johannesburg
Simon Connell is professor of physics within the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Johannesburg with interests in particle, nuclear, solid state, quantum and applied physics. He is the founding member of the South African participation in High Energy Physics at the ATLAS Experiment at CERN. He has published over 150 papers in International Journals and is an ATLAS author. He has worked for many years at the European Synchrotron Research Facility (ESRF). He has been very active in the service of the discipline and is a past President of the South African Institute of Physics. Together with the colleagues in South Africa, Africa and globally, he has promoted access of Africans to large scale research infrastructures with a special focus on Light Sources, which are premier international multi-disciplinary research tools. This is also reflected in the African Light Source (AfLS) Project.
11:30-13:00 10 November
V. B Light Sources and Crystallographic Sciences for Sustainable Development
The African Light Source (AfLS) : Planning for a brighter future.
After many discussions both within Africa and globally over the past decades, momentum grew for an African advanced Light Source. This momentum lead to the first African Light Source Conference and Workshop held at the ESRF in Grenoble in November 2015. A Roadmap towards the ultimate establishment of an AfLS was developed, together with a Steering Committee which had both a large African and global footprint. The early phase of the Roadmap relates to developing the User base, the projects, deep capacity building, promoting networks, scientific and technical exchanges, building associated local infrastructural capacity, raising the profile of the project politically and developing the strategic plan with African leadership. This talk will review the progress on this Roadmap as well as some