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

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SESAME and beyond

ScienceAAAS…SESAME represents the power of science in bringing together countries…for the benefit of all…

Read the Editorial "SESAME and beyond" on Science magazine by Sekazi K. Mtingwa (member of the LAAMP EC) and Herman Winick.

Science, 26 May 2017: Vol. 356, Issue 6340, pp. 785. DOI: 10.1126/science.aan6880

  Posted 29 May 2017

 

OPEN SESAME training fellowships

SESAME has launched a call for 9 Fellowships reserved to nationals of SESAME Members to spend a period of 4 to 12 weeks at OPEN SESAME European Facilities.
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  Posted 26 May 2017

 

Call for applications

A CALL for APPLICATIONS for Faculty-Student Teams to Spend Two (2) Months during June - December 2017 at participating Advanced Light Sources is now open. DEADLINE: 21 April 2017.

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  Posted 31 Mar 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. 
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  Posted 30 Mar 2017

 

ICSU announces the awardees of ICSU Grants Programme 2016-2019

We are delighted to report that the IUPAP-IUCr project “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” has been approved and funded under the 2016-2019 ICSU Grants Programme.


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  Posted 30 Mar 2017

 

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

IUPAP IUCr ICSU

The ICSU Grants Programme is a competitive, peer-reviewed programme that supports innovative collaborative scientific initiatives of relevance to science and society. The programme seeks to facilitate active collaboration between Scientific Unions and other members of the ICSU community (for example ICSU Regional Offices, Interdisciplinary Bodies, Joint Initiatives, Networks etc) by addressing long-standing priorities for ICSU members in developing science education, outreach and public engagement activities, and to mobilise resources for international scientific collaboration.

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.

This project is an initiative to enhance AdLS and crystallographic sciences in Africa, the Middle East, Mexico and the Caribbean. The SESAME AdLS will start commissioning in Allan, Jordan toward the end of 2016. Interested parties have launched an initiative in Mexico to construct an AdLS there. The ESRF hosted the 1st African Light Source (AfLS) Conference and Workshop during November 16-20, 2015. At that meeting, participants adopted a set of resolutions, dubbed The Grenoble Resolutions, which enumerated the reasons for an AfLS and a roadmap to chart a path forward, and elected a Steering Committee to drive the roadmap. Cuba in March 2016 hosted a conference in Havana on high brightness beams, where there was a roundtable discussion on the idea of a Caribbean Light Source. Each region can look to AdLS science in Brazil as a model. It designed its first AdLS in 1983 and launched it in 1997. Initially, it was difficult to convince key parties of an AdLS’s benefits. At its opening, researchers submitted only a few proposals, but the number of proposals grew quickly by orders of magnitude. Brazil is now internationally recognized for the quality of its research, particularly in structural biology, and currently, it is constructing a fourth generation AdLS called Sirius. Brazil and similar experiences in Korea and Taiwan are examples of how excellent scientific research centres can improve local scientific and private enterprise opportunities.

AdLSs have revolutionized research in many science and technology disciplines, leading to a proliferation of facilities worldwide. The website lightsources.org has links to some 47 facilities in 23 countries in various stages of operation, construction or planning. Unfortunately, no AdLS facility operates in Africa, Mexico or the Caribbean. To start the process of growing and enhancing AdLS and crystallographic sciences in those regions, the LAAMP project will undertake the following tasks: 

[1]Strategic Plan

Develop a Strategic Plan for each region to grow and enhance its AdLS and crystallography user communities.

Strategic Plan development for each region will begin in year 1 with the appointment by the Executive Committee (EC) of Regional AdLS Usage & Strategic Plan Committees (USPC) to develop a database of AdLS and crystallography users, and facilities used. The Chair of each will oversee data collection and processing. The USPC will also have responsibility to develop each region’s Strategic Plan. Each USPC Chair will communicate closely with the EC and ICSU Regional Offices. In year 3, the EC will appoint lead persons to communicate with the various governments to acquaint them with the Strategic Plans and seek buy-ins.  

[1]Colloquium Programme

Establish a Colloquium Programme for each region to recruit new AdLS and crystallography users.

The ICTP, with assistance from the ICSU Regional Offices, will manage the programme, while maintaining close communication with the EC to ensure that the most appropriate researchers are served. SESAME will manage the Middle East programme. Each speaker will spend 3 days at the host institution engaging in discussions and visiting government officials and schools. 

[1]Information Brochure

Publish an Information Brochure that describes AdLSs, crystallography, and the many fields that they impact.

The Information Brochure will be developed by a Brochure Committee. The EC will appoint the Chair. The Committee will engage those who have undertaken similar initiatives and develop a professional quality color brochure (hard copy and online) containing information on the various AdLS components, disciplines impacted by AdLSs and crystallography, and experimental beamline techniques. The EC will monitor this activity. 

[1]Researchers' visits

Facilitate researchers' visits to AdLS and crystallography facilities.

The EC will ensure that researchers and students across the four regions are informed of the various opportunities for accelerator, beamline, crystallography, and instrumentation studies at international schools and visits to appropriate facilities for training. Implementation and utilisation of IUCr-UNESCO OpenLabs in the four regions will enhance this task. The EC will appoint a Communications Officer to advertise opportunities. ICTP, with assistance from the ICSU Regional Offices, will manage the travel of those chosen. SESAME will manage the travel of those from the Middle East.  

[1]Meeting at UNESCO

Convene a meeting at UNESCO to present the regions' Strategic Plans and define the charge for more detailed Business Plans that include feasibility studies of constructing AdLSs in regions where they do not yet exist.

The EC will appoint an Organizing Committee led by UNESCO. The Organising Committee will invite each region's Ministers of Science, Technology, Health, Education, Energy and Natural Resources to this meeting. Representatives from each region's research community, and other international stakeholders and interested parties, will be invited. 


LAAMP events

LAAMP kick-off event at the 24th Congress and General Assembly of the IUCr

Venue: Hyderabad International Convention Centre, HICC (Room: MR G.01-G.06)
Date and time: 23 August, 10:30-13:00

Chairs: Sandro Scandolo (IUPAP) and Michele Zema (IUCr)
Speakers: Andrea Lausi (ELETTRA), Gihan Kamel (SESAME), others to be announced

Programme to be announced 


LAAMP kick-off event at the 29th General Assembly of the IUPAP

Venue: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Date: 11-13 October

Chair: Sandro Scandolo (IUPAP)

Programme to be announced 


CALL for APPLICATIONS for Faculty-Student Teams to Spend Two (2) Months during June-December 2017 at Participating Advanced Light Sources

DEADLINE: 21 April 2017

Who is Eligible?

Faculty: Employed as a full-time faculty member at an accredited Ph.D. granting university that is located in Africa, the Caribbean, Mexico or the Middle East.  Accompanied by one’s Ph.D. student research advisee.  Interested in using AdLSs to further one’s research and training endeavors.  Previous experience with using AdLSs is limited to a year or less.  Ablitity to spend two (2) months during June-December 2017 as a full-time visitor in residence at an AdLS that is a LAAMP collaborative partner.

Student: Registered as full-time Ph.D. student at an accredited university that is located in Africa, the Caribbean, Mexico or the Middle East.  Accompanied by one’s faculty research advisor.  Interested in using AdLSs in one’s dissertation research.  Ablitity to spend two (2) months during Summer 2017 as a full-time visitor in residence at an AdLS that is a LAAMP collaborative partner.

Amount of Financial Support

LAAMP will provide 2,000 Euros per person to cover transportation costs. Any excess ill be applied to accommodation and subsistence. The remainder of accommodation and subsistence should be negotiated with the host AdLS and other sources of support.

Deliverables

At the conclusion of the visit to the host AdLS, the Faculty-Student Team should provide the following:
1. Maximum 10-page description of the research conducted, including any publications that result. All publications should acknowledge the support provided by IUPAP-IUCr LAAMP within the ICSU Grants Programme 2016-2019.

2. Maximum 3-page report that evaluates the non-scientific aspects of the visit, including positive experiences as well as ways that the visit could be enhanced in the future.

Click here to download the application form

Note: Final funding is dependent upon suitable arrangements being made with a LAAMP AdLS Collaborative Partner.

Posted 31 March 2017

Lead Institutions

International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP)

Contact name & Designation: Prof. Bruce McKellar, President
Email address: bhjmckellar@mac.com 

International Union of Crystallography (IUCr)

Contact name & Designation: Prof. Marvin L. Hackert, President
Email address: execsec@iucr.org 

Supporting and Collaborative Partners

International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS)

Contact name & Designation: Prof. B.V.R. Chowdari
Email address: chowdari@ntu.edu.sg

ICSU Regional Office for Africa

Contact name & Designation: Dr Daniel Nyanganyura, Acting Director
Email address: d.nyanganyura@icsu-africa.org

ICSU Regional Office for Latin America & the Caribbean

Contact name & Designation: Prof. Manuel Limonta, Director
Email address: manuel.limonta@icsu-latin-america-caribbean.org

UNESCO - Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building

Contact name & Designation: Prof. Romain Murenzi, Director
Email address: murenzi@twas.org

International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)

Contact name & Designation: Prof. Sandro Scandolo, Head, Scientific Programmes & Outreach
Email address: scandolo@ictp.it

TWAS

Contact name & Designation: Prof. Mohamed H.A. Hassan, Executive Director a.i.
Email address: edoffice@twas.org

SESAME Light Source

Contact name & Designation: Dr Giorgio Paolucci, Scientific Director
Email address: giorgio.paolucci@sesame.org.jo

African Light Source (AfLS) Steering Committee

Contact name & Designation: Prof. Simon H. Connell, Chair
Email address: simonhconnell@gmail.com

Cuban Light Source Initiative

Contact name & Designation: Prof. Fidel Antonio Castro Smirnov, Advisor to the President of the University of Informatics Sciences, Havana
Email address: fsmirnov@yahoo.com

Puerto Rican Light Source Initiative

Contact name & Designation: Prof. Carlos Cabrera, Chair
Email address: carlos.cabrera2@upr.edu

European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)

Contact name & Designation: Prof. Ed Mitchell, Head of Business Development
Email address: mitchell@esrf.fr

Canadian Light Source

Contact name & Designation: Prof. Robert Lamb, CEO
Email address: robert.lamb@lightsource.ca

Lightsources.org

Contact names: Andrea Lausi, Chair (ELETTRA)
Email address: andrea.lausi@elettra.eu

ALBA Light Source

Contact name & Designation: Dr Miguel Angel Garcia Aranda, Scientific Director
Email address: cbiscari@cells.es

Elettra Light Source

Contact name & Designation: Prof. Alfonso Franciosi, President and CEO
Email address: alfonso.franciosi@elettra.eu

Advanced Photon Source (APS), Argonne National Lab (ANL)

Contact name & Designation: Dr Stephen Streiffer, Director
Email address: aps-director@aps.anl.gov

National Synchrotron Light Source-II (NSLS-II), Brookhaven National Lab (BNL)

Contact name & Designation: Dr Qun Shen, NSLS-II Deputy Director for Science
Email address: qshen@bnl.gov

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Contact name & Designation: Prof. Kelly Gaffney, Director (SSRL)
Email address: kgaffney@slac.stanford.edu

Photon Factory, Institute of Materials Structure Science (IMSS) of KEK

Contact name & Designation: Prof. Hitoshi Abe
Email address: hitoshi.abe@kek.jp

DELTA Light Source

Contact name & Designation: Prof. Shaukat Khan, Director
Email address: shaukat.khan@tu-dortmund.de

Sociedad Mexicana de Física

Contact name & Designation: Dr Dario Nuñez, President
Email address: nunez@nucleares.unam.mx

European Physical Society (EPS)

Contact name & Designation: Dr Christophe Rossel, President
Email address: rsl@zurich.ibm.com

Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies (AAPPS)

Contact name & Designation: Prof. Seunghwan Kim, President
Email address: swan@postech.ac.kr

Interdisciplinary Consortium for Research and Educational Access in Science & Engineering (INCREASE)

Contact name & Designation: Prof. Eric Sheppard, Chair of Executive Committee
Email address: eric.sheppard@hamptonu.edu

Triangle Science, Education & Economic Development (TriSEED Consultants), LLC

Contact name & Designation: Prof. Sekazi Mtingwa, Principal Partner
Email address: sekazi.mtingwa@gmail.com

Laboratory for Physics and Applications of High Brightness Beams

Contact name & Designation: Prof. James Rosenzweig
Email address: rosen@physics.ucla.edu

Executive Committee

scandolo
zema
mtingwa
Sandro Scandolo (Chair)
  ICTP Trieste, Italy
Chair of the IUPAP C13 Commission for Development

Michele Zema
University of Pavia, Italy
IUCr Outreach officer
Sekazi Mtingwa
  TriSEED Consultants, LLC, Hillsborough, NC, USA
IUPAP C13 Commission for Development

Budget Manager 

Maitri Bobba, IUPAP Chef d’IUPAP Secrétariat

Regional AdLS Usage & Strategic Plan Committees

Africa

Simon Connell (Chair), University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Ahmadou Wague, University of Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal
Brian Masara, SA Inst of Physics, Zimbabwe
Prosper Ngabonziza, Department of Solid State Quantum Electronics, Rwanda
George Amulele (tbc), Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Ernie Malamud, Fermilab, University of Nevada, Reno, USA
Djamel Bradai, University of Sciences and Technology Houari Boumediene, Algeria
Jean-Pierre Ezin, Université d'Abomey-Calabi, Benin

Caribbean

Carlos Cabrera (Chair), University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras
Other members to be nominated

Mexico

Matías Moreno (Chair), La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Mayra Cuellar, Universidad de Guanajuato
Tomás Viveros, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa 
José Ignacio Jiménez, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México

Middle East

Özgül Öztürk (Chair), Universität Siegen, Germany
Roy Beck-Barkai, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Musa Mutlu Can, Instanbul University, Turkey
Ahmed Farghaly, Damanhur University, Damanhur, Egypt
Jamal Ghabboun, Bethlehem University, Palestine
Kirsi Lorentz, The Cyprus Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus

Brochure Committee

Executive Subcommittee

Chair: Ernie Malamud, Fermilab (Retired)
Communications Director: Andrea Lausi, ELETTRA and Lightsources.org
Budget Manager: Brian Masara, South African Institute of Physics

Other Members

List of Representatives from Users in the Regions
List of Representatives from Operating Light Sources

Steering Committee (Advisory to the Executive Committee)

John Baglin, IUMRS and IBM
Carlos CabreraPuerto Rican Light Source Initiative
Simon ConnellAfrican Light Source
Andrea LausiELETTRA and Lightsources.org
Manuel LimontaDirector, ICSU Regional Office for Latin America & Caribbean
Ernie MalamudFermilab (Retired)
Ed MitchellESRF
Matías MorenoMexican Light Source Initiative
Daniel Nyanganyura, Director, ICSU Regional Office for Africa
Özgül ÖztürkUniversität Siegen, Germany
Giorgio Paolucci, Scientific Director, SESAME
Eric SheppardINCREASE and Hampton University
Fidel Antonio Castro Smirnov, Cuban Light Source Initiative

Institutional Observers and Contact Persons

Advanced Photon Source: Stephen StreifferDirector
ALBA: Miguel Angel Garcia Aranda, Scientific Director
Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies: Seunghwan KimPresident
Canadian Light Source: Robert LambCEO
DELTA: Shaukat KhanDirector
ELETTRA: Alfonso Franciosi, President and CEO
European Physical Society: David LeeSecretary General
NSLS-II: Qun ShenDeputy Director for Science
UCLA: Jaime RosenzweigProfessor
UNESCO, Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building: Juste Jean-Paul Ngome AbiagaDeputy Executive Secretary
Photon Factory: Hitoshi Abe, Professor
Sociedad Mexicana de Física: Dario NuñezPresident
SSRL: Kelly Gaffney, Director