Lightsources for Africa, the Americas and Middle East Project (LAAMP)

An IUPAP-IUCr project approved and funded under the 2016-2019 ICSU Grants Programme 


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Through this project, entitled in full Utilisation of Light Source and Crystallographic Sciences to Facilitate the Enhancement of Knowledge and Improve the Economic and Social Conditions in Targeted Regions of the World, ICSU will partner with IUPAP and IUCr to enhance Advanced Light Sources (AdLS) and crystallographic sciences in Africa, the Middle East, Mexico and Caribbean.

By enhancing AdLS and crystallographic sciences, the regions' peoples will benefit from the research that will tackle such devastating viruses as Zika, Ebola and HIV. Moreover, considerable progress will be achieved towards sustainable sources of clean energy. Finally, the regions contain important archeological and paleontological treasures to be explored by the beams from AdLSs. Thus, a major outcome of this project will be a buy-in by governmental officials that AdLSs and crystallography will bring major advances in their countries' socio-economic development.

Latest news

Awardees announced Faculty-student teams awardees of the 1st LAAMP call announced. Eight teams will spend two months at one of the partner AdLSs in the period June-Dec 2017.
Lighting the LAAMP The IUCr Newsletter features a full article on LAAMP. The project is also mentioned by the IUCr President in his editorial.
SESAME and beyond Read the Editorial "SESAME and beyond" on Science magazine by Sekazi K. Mtingwa (member of the LAAMP EC) and Herman Winick.
OPEN SESAME training fellowships 9 Fellowships reserved to nationals of SESAME Members to spend a period of 4 to 12 weeks at OPEN SESAME European Facilities.
Call for applications Call for applications for Faculty-Student Teams to spend 2 months during June - December 2017 at participating AdLSs now open. DEADLINE: 21 April 2017.
LAAMP Committees nominated The first meeting of the main proposers and coordinators of the IUPAP-IUCr project was held on 14 February 2017 via teleconference. The acronym LAAMP (Lightsources for Africa, the Americas and the Middle East Project) was chosen to refer to the whole initiative. The LAAMP Executive Committee has been nominated and is formed by: Sandro Scandolo (Chair), Michele Zema and Sekazi Mtingwa.
News archive on LAAMP web site