Second Biennial African School on Fundamental Physics and its Applications
Bobby Samir Acharya(Universita degli Studi di Udine (IT)), Christine Darve(Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (US)), Dick Greenwood Jr(Louisiana Technical University (US)), Jonathan R. Ellis(CERN), Ketevi Adikle Assamagan(Brookhaven National Laboratory (US)), Steve Guy Muanza(Universite d'Aix - Marseille II (FR))
We will visit 2 locations:
Kakum National Park:
Cape Coast Castle:
The bus will depart at 5:30am. The journey will take about 3 hours. We will have breakfast when I arrive. Please be ready to get on the bus at 5:30am.
In the framework of the ASP2012, we propose a special forum/outreach day addressed to the scientific personnel and the government officials of Ghana.
Throughout the 3-week long school of physics, students are learning variety of topics, including Theoretical Subatomic Physics, Experimental Subatomic Physics, Accelerators and Technology, Information Technology and the GRID. As a complement to this event, we propose to take the opportunity provided by the key-visiting experts to connect with scientific experts and Ghanaian Government. There will hopefully develop pockets of capacity from which the HEP footprint in Africa can be expanded. During the Forum Day, we would like to:
1) discuss the education and capacity building in Ghana. The strategic planning on the local and central governments of Ghana towards capacity building.
2) have a poster presentation by the students of ASP2012.
Introduction remarks and ASP2012
Christine Darve(ESS), Peter Amoako-Yirenkyi(PMB/KNUST)
Address from the Ghana Officials – Policy Leader
Physics and its Medical Applications in Africa
Chief among its activities is the operation of a k=200 separate sector cyclotron which provides proton beams of energies up to 200 MeV. These beams are used for fundamental nuclear physics research in the intermediate energy region, isotope production and medical physics applications. The main emphasis of the latter is the neutron and proton therapy treatment programme. To this end, iThemba LABS is the only hadron therapy centre in Africa and in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the very few (in not the only) centre where patients can be treated with high-energy neutrons and protons. Patients from all over South Africa as well as neighbouring countries have been treated on these facilities. Currently, plans are in advance for the extension/upgrade of the facilities to include a dedicated radiation treatment centre. In this presentation I will outline details of the programmes (in nuclear and medical physics research) and give outlook on the role iThemba LABS will play in the area in accelerator bases sciences – both in the Country and the rest of the African continent.
Manjit Dosanjh, Zeblon Vilakazi
The Transformation and Re-shaping of Physics in SA
This talk reviews the history of Physics in SA. Its a colonial history, but it is followed by a period of great hope and a trajectory of growth.
Our history exhibits the exclusion of the majority from full participation due to the apartheid policies practiced until 1994. With the advent of democracy, there followed a very successful process of transformation. This was not enough to ensure the success of the discipline. At the same time, there was a world-wide slump in attracting new young talent and funding into physics. More was necessary. Together with the government, the physicists themselves assessed their profession and developed recommendations, together with the help of international colleagues. These recommendations have been implemented. Physics in South Africa now experiences unprecedented growth and optimism for the future. South Africa would like to build its networks within Africa, to participate in the African scientific renaissance, and the full contribution to the global science collaborative effort. What may yet come out of Africa ?
Simon Connell(President - South African Institute of Physics)
The Road Map for Discoveries – The Large Hadron Collider and the Higgs Boson
Albert DE ROECK
The Road Map for Discoveries for Africa
The value of discovery science can be easily seen in the impact of basic research on education, infrastructure, international collaborations and contributions to human kind.
A roadmap will be presented that discusses a few recent discoveries associated with High Energy Physics that are becoming an important part of the way nations plan to go forward.
The SESAME Project and the Impact of Synchrotron Radiation on Science and Society in Developing Countries
At present there are more than 60 synchrotron radiation light sources in operation in 20 countries around the world, with more in construction and design (see: www.lightsources.org). Although most facilities are in technologically advanced countries, there is significant activity in the developing world. Light source projects in Brazil, Korea, and Taiwan have been in operation for more than 15 years. The value of these project has resulted in the funding of newer, higher performance facilities in each of these countries. SESAME, a UNESCO sponsored project, modeled on CERN, is constructing a light source in Jordan as a collaboration involving nine Middle East countries (www.sesame.org.jo). It has been called a "model project for other regions.
The Road map of Applied Physics with compact accelerator based systems
Particle Accelerators played a crucial role in science over the last century both in developing fundamental knowledge and in pushing applications of high social impact as by-products of the technologies in turn developed to fulfill High Energy Physics requirements. We will give a few examples of how compact and moderate costly accelerators may have a crucial role in countries under development to stimulate the growth of knowledge and expertise at University campus level, exploiting emerging technologies in the field of advanced radiation sources for use in medicine, biology, material science and, eventually, nuclear applications.
Raising Hope and Scientists: Building School in Africa
The access to the scientific knowledge starts with raising youth kids in a friendly environment. We will introduce here the effort of a small foundation dedicated to build new school infrastructures in Africa. This effort was successful in Guinea, soon in Gambia, and has been initiated in Ghana.
AfricaGrid: Main Ideas - Storage and science workflows
Lecture: Introduction to Analysis Example tutorial
Prof.Patrick Skubic(University of Oklahoma)
Tutorial: Analysis Example
Dick Greenwood Jr(Louisiana Tech University (US)), Prof.Jae Yu(University of Texas at Arlington (US)), Julia Ann Gray(State University of New York (US)), Prof.Patrick Skubic(University of Oklahoma)
Analysis Example Continued
Students evaluate the School of Physics and the AfricaGrid Workshop
Prof.Jae Yu(University of Texas at Arlington (US))