PHYSICS MATTERS — On-line Colloquia Series


PHYSICS MATTERS — On-line Colloquia Series

as a “Physics for Development” initiative in COVID times

Since November 2020, the APS Forum on International Physics (FIP) leads the PHYSICS MATTERS on-line colloquia series. The initial goal of these on-line colloquia as part of the “Physics for Development” program of FIP was to support international engagement for APS among students and early career physicists, targeting developing community audiences, especially in a time when, due to the COVID pandemic, travel is difficult or even impossible.

Watch the PHYSICS MATTERS trailer below

Credits: @CERN, video editor and director: Samuel Hertzog, authors: Paola Catapano and Luisa Cifarelli

The first phase of the PHYSICS MATTERS series took place in the fall of 2020 with 5 pre-recorded colloquia videos.
Since 2021, we have augmented the PHYSICS MATTERS series with more than 35 LIVE on-line colloquia. The colloquia series targets and involves research centers initially selected from within the partner countries of the SESAME project (Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) in Jordan, project supported by the APS.
FIP wants to enlarge the audience, to transfer knowledge between developed and developing communities, to build capacity and enable developing communities. The live events are organized in coordination with in-country physics societies and knowledgeable diaspora to ensure good video connections.
Of course, these colloquia and forums are free of charge and accessible to our open public, FIP friends. So, spread the word and stay tuned!

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Roadshow on synchrotron science and X-ray imaging techniques in Zimbabwe

Thursday February 29, 2024
16:00 CET  (10:00 ET)

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Kudakwashe Jakata obtained his PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa (SA), where he investigated thin films made by ion implantation and by RF magnetron deposition using optical spectroscopy techniques. He also worked in the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the same university as the Computed Tomography Scanner Manager. After this, he then took up a Post-doctoral Researcher position at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF). Then, he joined the Diamond Light Source working at the i13-2 Coherence beamline as a Senior Support Scientist.


We report on a visit to five universities in Zimbabwe and had a full day of lectures on synchrotron science and X-ray imaging techniques. This was done as part of the African Light Source initiative to increase the number of Zimbabwean scientists generating research ideas that can be executed at the home laboratories and make use of the available advanced light sources. The main goal was to have current senior undergraduate students and postgraduate students to start considering opportunities at synchrotrons and to increase the skills base and expertise in the country and on the continent. These students are the potential first users of a future African Light Source. The benefits for this are that we will then have students going to advanced light sources which benefits the African and Zimbabwean science community. The lectures were successful with high participation and possibilities for future projects.

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