African Synchrotron Initiative

The AAS African Synchrotron Initiative (ASI) Think Tank

African Synchrotron is an inter-regional/inter-gov project. It is an accelerator that generates X-rays for research, with several applications in different disciplines and for many private companies: medicine, biophysics, drugs, material for industry, genomic, cristallography, art, cosmetics etc. Africa is the only continent without any synchrotron light source facility. At its 32nd ordinary session, 23–24 January 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the African Union Executive Council calls upon member states to support a Pan-African Synchrotron Initiative. Therefore, the realization of a large facility or several  middle size ones in Africa , is a priority.

In 2019, the African Academy of Science (AAS) formed a committee for African Synchrotron Initiative (ASI) and has recently launched the project and constituted an executive committee chaired by Prof. Shaaban Khalil from Egypt. This project is of the order of one billion dollar for an inter-regional large facility.  This can be afforded as contributions from African countries  and international partners, scientific and economic organizations and foundations.

The challenge for ASI  is to prepare the ground for the prospects, the scientific goals and the technical design and discuss with African nations and governments, the importance of the facility (locally and regionnaly) and its impact on society: science, technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, industry, employment and growth.



  • Thursday, January 20
    • 12:00 PM 2:00 PM
      Kickoff meeting - 20 Jan. 2022: ASI Kickoff meeting
      Convener: Shaaban Khalil Ibrahim (ENHEP Egyptian Network of High Energy Physics (EG))
      • 12:00 PM
        Introduction of members 10m
      • 12:10 PM
        ASI think tank project overview 20m
        Speaker: Shaaban Khalil Ibrahim (ENHEP Egyptian Network of High Energy Physics (EG))
      • 12:30 PM
        ToR presentation and approval 20m
      • 12:50 PM
        Dividing the roadmap into axes and forming a committee to oversee each axis 20m
      • 1:10 PM
        Set a regular meeting time and date for the committee 20m
      • 1:30 PM
        AOB 30m