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Points of Contact Wanted!

We are looking for points of contact, that is, reporters, who can help us answer the question, "What new activities in physics are going on in Africa?" The Editors will send you a request for an update prior to each issue of the newsletter. Please contact Oversight Board members, Dr. J. E. Gubernatis ( or Prof. Nithaya Chetty (, to volunteer or to request more information. Thanks.
Fractal Light from Lasers
Light fractals are simple patterns repeating at smaller and smaller scales. This phenomenon has been established to exist in 3D experimentally, as opposed to the 20-year long prediction of 2D, with the application of laser resonators of highly polished spherical mirrors.
A Tale of Success
Kenyan PhD student wins research grant in Computational Materials Research at the University of Cantabria.


"QPythonist” Students Learn Computational Science and Engineering through Android Smartphones
QPython on Android phones has been adopted for teaching and learning computational science and engineering.
Storm Watch on the Coasts of Southern Africa
Intense tropical cyclones are emerging in the South Indian Ocean. Category 5 cyclones cause catastrophic damage, and their occurrence appears to be increasing.
Working Towards an African Crystallographic Association
Crystallography is a vital science for the development of technology in Africa. This Association will enhance communication among crystallographers on the continent, and grow expertise.
Opinion: EU Strategy for Particle Physics
An argument on the importance of the African continent’s participation in developing European strategies for particle physics and its associated symposia.  
Faster Networks for Research and Education
The African Research and Education Network met in Kampala, Uganda, 17-18 June 2019.
News from ASESMA: African School on Electronic Structure Methods and Applications
ASESMA is now online, has started regional schools, and is planning a symposium and school in conjunction with the upcoming meeting of the African Materials Research Society.

The First Conference Dedicated to Young African Scientists in North America
Are you an expatriate African scientist, and you wonder if and how you could return to Africa? Join the discussion in Montreal, 27-29 May 2020.

Save the Date: Upcoming Events

Quantum Africa 5
2-6 September 2019 
Stellenbosch, South Africa


ICO & IUPAP-C17 Topical Meeting on Optics and Applications to Sustainable Development
4-7 September 2019 
Gammarth, Tunisia 

International Conference on High Level Physics and Solutions to Real Life Problems in Developing Countries
25-30 November 2019
Dschang, Cameroon

10th International Conference of the African Material Research Society (AMRS)
10-13 December 2019
Arusha, Tanzania

This conference will be preceded by a workshop from 8-9 December 2019 meant for training and empowering graduate students and early career materials researchers.

Young African Scientists in North America (YAS-NA) Conference
27-29 May 2020
Montreal, Canada

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Editorial Board
Northern Africa  
Editor: Prof. Mourad Zghal (University of Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia) 
Southern Africa  
Editor in Chief: Prof. Irvy (Igle) Gledhill (University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Associate Editor: Dr. Iyabo Usman (University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Eastern Africa
Editor: Prof. George Amolo (Technical University of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya)
Associate Editor: Dr. Victor Odari (Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kakamega, Kenya)
Western Africa
Editor: Prof. Moses Jojo Eghan (University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana)
Associate Editor: Prof. Diouma Kobor (University Assane Seck, Ziguinchor, Sénégal)
Central Africa
Editor: Prof. Collince Fouokeng (Institut Universitaire de la Côte, Douala, Cameroon)

Oversight Board
·  Prof. Nithaya Chetty (University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa) Vice President, IUPAP
·  Dr. Jim E. Gubernatis (Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA) Member, Committee on International Scientific Affairs, American Physical Society
·  Prof. Ahmadou Wagué (Dakar Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Sénégal) International Councilor, American Physical Society

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