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Dr. Solomon Assefa, Vice President, IBM Research - Africa & Emerging Market Solutions
Interview of Dr. Solomon Assefa conducted by Prof. Nithaya Chetty, Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
African Strategy for Fundamental and Applied Physics (ASFAP)
The ASFAP initiative´s vision is to develop a strategy to foster the growth of research in physical sciences, conduct research at the highest international standards, develop high-level scientific programs engaging African scientists, and promote science as a fundamental force for African social progress.
MeerKAT Telescope Discovers Radio Bubbles at Center of Our Galaxy
South Africa’s MeerKAT has produced images that show the aftermath of a major energetic event near the center of the Milky Way.
Brief Analysis of the Presence of African Universities in the Shanghai Ranking 2020
Ranking of African universities in ARWU Shanghai edition of 2020 is presented and briefly analyzed with a historical overview.
Greenex Energy Limited: A Success of Two Siblings in Providing Off-Grid Solar Energy access in Kenya
Experiences of efforts by two siblings to provide energy support to citizens in rural and semi-arid Kenya.
The Alumni of the African School of Fundamental Physics and Applications (ASP)
Since the first edition of ASP in August 2010 in Stellenbosch, South Africa, the school has produced over 400 alumni. “Where are they now?” “What happens to the students after they attend ASP?”
2nd Annual Meeting of the West African Physical Society by the Senegalese Physical Society
The Senegalese Physical Society (SPS) organized the 2nd Congress of the West African Physical Society (WAPS/SOAPHYS) in Dakar, Senegal, November 26-28, 2020.
Laser and Fibre Optics Centre: A Hub for Basic and Applied Optics Research
The Laser and Fibre Optics Centre (LAFOC), an affiliate center of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), focuses primarily on increasing the use of optics/lasers and on the training of scientists at the post-graduate level (M.Phil. and Ph.D.) in the use of optics/laser physics in biophysics and environmental monitoring applications. It also serves as a resource center for visits by scientists from international, regional, and local optics communities.
Some News about Future Newsletters
A new feature of the remaining three newsletters of this year will be a focus on the special topics of quantum computing and information, African women in physics, and medical physics.

Upcoming Events and Activities

6th African School on Electronic Structure Methods and Applications ASESMA-2020 
31 May - 12 June 2021
In 2021, ASESMA will be held as an ICTP Virtual school. 
The school is organized by Omolulu Akin-Ojo (EAIFR), G. Gebreyesus Hagoss (University of Ghana), Sinéad Griffin (LBNL), Richard Martin (Stanford University), Shobhana Narasimhan (JNCASR Bangalore), Steve Ndengue (EAIFR), and Nicola Seriani (ICTP), with the technical support of EAIFR and ICTP. More information will soon be available under:

Basic School on Optics: Hands-on Optics Training for School Teachers: For Life Sciences, Environmental Monitoring, Agriculture produce authentication
14-18 June 2021
Cape Coast, Ghana, Will be held Virtual (
The School is organized by EGHAN Moses Jojo, BUAH - BASSUAH Paul K., AMOAKO George, ANDERSON Benjamin, SACKEY Sonko Samuel, EDZIAH Raymond, OPOKU – ANSAH Jerry, MENSAH K. Patrick, BAAH Sefa - Ntiri, TATCHIE Ebenezer Teye, AMUAH Charles Lloyd. Y.,  OSEI WUSU ADUEMING Peter, (all of University of Cape Coast, Department of Physics, Laser and Fibre Optics Centre - LAFOC), with the Support of ICTP-OEA, College Agriculture and Natural Sciences (CANS), College of Distance Education (CODE), Institute of Education and Centre for Coastal Management (CCM), Department of Physics and School of Physical Sciences (SPS)
For more information contact:;
16th International Conference on the Dark Side of the Universe
12-16 July 2021
EAIFR, Kigali, Rwanda 
ICTP-EAIFR is looking forward to hosting the 16th International Conference on the Dark Side of the Universe in July 2021. The Dark Side of the Universe (DSU) is a series of international workshops in cosmology and astroparticle physics.

The workshops bring together a wide range of theorists and experimentalists to discuss current ideas on models of the dark sector of the universe and relate them to ongoing and future experiments. Topics covered include: dark matter, dark energy, cosmic rays, neutrino physics, large-scale structure, black holes, gravitational waves, physics beyond the standard model, and more.

2021 Gene Golub SIAM Summer School on Theory and Practice of Deep Learning 
19-30 July 2021
AIMS South Africa in Muizenberg, South Africa
The focus of the school will be the theory, implementation, and application of deep learning based on neural nets with many layers. Students will learn the mathematical underpinnings of deep learning using a combination of functional analysis and optimization theory. They will be introduced to applications that include computer vision, nonlinear programming, and forecasting, in addition to attending lectures by practitioners of deep learning in industry.

CIMPA School – Mathematical and Statistical Methods for Data Science
19-30 July 2021
AIMS South Africa in Muizenberg, South Africa

ASP2020 African School of Fundamental Physics and Applications
9-27 August 2021
Marrakesh, Morocco
The ASP2020 was to be held in July 2020, at Faculté des Sciences Semlalia, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakesh, Morocco. The new dates for an in-person event are 9-27 August 2021. (If the pandemic threat persists, then a virtual event would be announced by the end of the year.)

Main topics: Nuclear and Particle Physics; Astrophysics and Cosmology;  Accelerators, Radiation and Medical Physics; Materials Physics; High-Performance Computing; Physics Education; Physics Communication; Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency; Quantum Information.

The Third African Synchrotron Light Source Conference AfLS3
15-20 November 2021
Kigali, Rwanda
The AfLS3 and the AfPS2020 were due to be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 16 - 21 November 2020. However, due to the current COVID-19 global scenario, this is postponed provisionally to AfLS3 from 15 - 20 November 2021.
The third African light source conference will review the light source based science and further progress the vision of an African Light Source.

INPC2022 — 28th International Nuclear Physics Conference
11-16 September 2022
Cape Town, South Africa
Event website:

Federation of African Medical Physics Organizations 2020 Conference
The Executive Committee of the Federation of African Medical Physics Organizations is hopeful of staging the event in the 4th Quarter of 2021. The postponed date will be communicated in due course. 

ICTP Conference Notice
PLEASE NOTE: Due to ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 virus, ICTP conferences, schools and workshops that were to be held in Trieste this year are cancelled. Some activities will be conducted online. Please note that some of the activities that have been cancelled this year will, in fact, be postponed until next year. Please check ICTP's Scientific Calendar frequently for updates.

Your Online Resources

Physics World Webinars
Physics World Webinars from the Institute of Physics 

APS Career Guidance Webinars
Career Guidance Webinars Archive of the American Physical Society

SPS Career Webinars 
Society of Physics Students Archived Career Webinars

ICTP Virtual Seminars
ICTP is expanding its free, online, interactive streaming options for its seminars and colloquia to mitigate some of the effects of isolation during the COVID-19 emergency and beyond.

NITheP webinars and mini-schools
The South African National Institute of Theoretical Physics offers colloquia, webinars, and mini-schools. Upcoming events | Recordings of past events |Mini-schools 

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)
The TWAS site lists deadlines for Fellowships, Prizes and Awards, Research Grants, Visiting Scientists, and Scientific Meetings.


For funding and education opportunities, we’d like to draw your attention to the following websites. Note that we do not verify or endorse the content of these websites and that several of them contain aggregated advertisements from other sources. Some sites are not strictly physics-related and may list opportunities where closing dates have expired. Suggestions for this column are welcome.
The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)
Upcoming funding or educational opportunities from the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).

TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences (Individuals, Groups)
Deadline: 14 April 2021
Under this scheme, grants are awarded to promising high-level research projects in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics carried out by individual scientists in one of the S&T-lagging countries identified by TWAS.

TWAS-SN Bose Postgraduate Fellowship Programme
Deadline:  31 May 2021
TWAS and the S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences in Kolkata, India have agreed to offer fellowships to young foreign scientists from developing countries who wish to pursue research towards a Ph.D. in physical sciences. 

TWAS-CSIR India Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme 
Deadline: 31 July 2021
For young scientists from developing countries (other than India) who wish to pursue postdoctoral research in emerging areas in science and technology for which facilities are available in laboratories and institutes of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of India.
TWAS-CSIR India Postgraduate Fellowship Programme 
Deadline: 31 July 2021
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of India and TWAS have established a number of fellowships for foreign scholars from developing countries who wish to pursue research toward a Ph.D. in emerging areas of science and technology for which facilities are available in the laboratories and institutes of the CSIR.
TWAS Research Grants
Deadlines Vary
TWAS Prizes and Awards
Deadlines Vary
Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)
Upcoming funding or educational opportunities from the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD).

OWSD Ph.D. Fellowships 
Deadline for submission: 15 April 2021
The Fellowship is offered to women scientists from science- and technology-lagging countries (STLCs) to undertake Ph.D. research in the natural, engineering, and information technology sciences at a host institute in another developing country in the Global South.


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