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

LAAAMP Enters Year Three The March 2019 issue of the IUPAP Newsletter features an article by the LAAAMP EC reporting about the major outcomes of the project so far and the planned activities for 2019 and beyond.
Towards an African Crystallographic Association The AfCA is aimed at bringing together scientists from all over Africa, implementing educational and research activities and opening new facilities, with particular focus on crystallography and all related disciplines.
LAAAMP at IYPT2019 Opening Ceremony LAAAMP hits the stage at UNESCO at the IYPT2019 opening ceremony as an example of international collaboration.
Ghana to champion African Light Source Ghana will champion the AfLS to make it an official project of the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
The future is crystalline for Benin In this article on IUCr Newsletter (2018), Vol. 26, No. 2, Dr Thierry D'Almeida describe the XTech-SD project at Sèmè City.
FAST grants: Deadline extended The deadline for applications from Africa and the Caribbean regions has been extended until 15 February 2019. Apply here.
News archive on LAAAMP web site