Session B2: Invited Session: Science Diplomacy: Africa and the Middle East

11:15 AM–2:15 PM, Monday, February 27, 2012
Room: 204AB

Sponsoring Unit: FIP
Chair: William Barletta, USPAS/Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Abstract ID: BAPS.2012.MAR.B2.1

Abstract: B2.00001 : ASP2012: Fundamental Physics and Accelerator Sciences in Africa

11:15 AM–11:51 AM

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  Christine Darve
    (European Spallation Source)

Much remains to be done to improve education and scientific research in Africa. Supported by the international scientific community, our initiative has been to contribute to fostering science in sub-Saharan Africa by establishing a biennial school on fundamental subatomic physics and its applications. The school is based on a close interplay between theoretical, experimental, and applied physics. The lectures are addressed to students or young researchers with at least a background of 4 years of university formation. The aim of the school is to develop capacity, interpret, and capitalize on the results of current and future physics experiments with particle accelerators; thereby spreading education for innovation in related applications and technologies, such as medicine and information science. Following the worldwide success of the first school edition, which gathered 65 students for 3-week in Stellenbosch (South Africa) in August 2010, the second edition will be hosted in Ghana from July 15 to August 4, 2012. The school is a non-profit organization, which provides partial or full financial support to 50 of the selected students, with priority to Sub-Saharan African students.

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