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

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, SE Asia, 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

New edition of the LAAAMP brochure now available Version 2 of the LAAAMP brochure (English edition) is now available for download. French and Spanish versions coming soon!
Today is the 1st International Day of Light LAAAMP is present at the 1st edition of the International Day of Light, which is celebrated today, 16 May 2018 at UNESCO, Paris.
Supplement to 2nd call for FAST teams from SE Asia open FAculty-STudent (FAST) teams from Southeast Asia are invited to apply for a LAAAMP grant to spend 2 months during Calendar Year 2018 at participating AdLSs. DEADLINE: 1 June 2018.
Synchrotron light sources in developing countries

In their article published on Modern Physics Letters A, Sekazi K. Mtingwa and Herman Winick discuss the role that synchrotron light sources could play in improving the socioeconomic conditions in developing countries.

LAAMP on the Move The IUPAP Newsletter, March 2018 issue, features an article entitled "LAAMP on the Move" by S. Mtingwa, S. Scandolo and M. Zema. Read it here.
New acronym, new logo, new URL Expansion of the project to Asia and its renaming into LAAAMP is effective as of 7 March 2018. See the new logo and bookmark the new URL!
News archive on LAAAMP web site