NRF-iThemba LABS Hosts the 2023 African Nuclear Physics Conference


The iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator-Based Sciences (NRF-iThemba LABS) cordially invites the general public to participate in the African Nuclear Physics Conference (ANPC 2023), which will be held at the Kruger Gate Hotel in Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa. The conference will run from Wednesday, 29 November, to Sunday, 03 December 2023, with Honourable Buti Manamela, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Innovation, leading the opening ceremony. 

Welcoming addresses will also be delivered by Dr. Angus Paterson, Acting Deputy CEO of National Research Infrastructure Platforms at the National Research Foundation (NRF), and Professor Victor Tshivhase, Managing Director of NRF-iThemba LABS.

NRF-iThemba LABS is set to host around 80 leading scientists in nuclear physics research, joining both in-person and remotely from various institutions across Africa and worldwide. Among the African institutions attending are NRF-iThemba LABS, the University of the Western Cape, the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of Cape Town, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Ain Shams University in Egypt, and the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure in Nigeria. Global counterparts include the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Russia, Michigan State University’s Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, Peking University, Kyushu University, and the University of Brighton.

These experts will present their recent research and findings in nuclear physics. Some highlighted papers include studies on Photon Strength Function at iThemba LABS by Dr Kgashane Malatji from NRF-iThemba LABS, Medical Applications with Heavy/Radioactive Ion Beams by Charlot Vandevoorde from GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research, Nuclear structure via Coulomb excitation by Assistant Professor Akaa Daniel Ayangeakaa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and The Oslo Method at iThemba LABS by Vetle Wegner Ingeberg from the University of Oslo’s Department of Physics. Additionally, young researchers, including students and postdocs, can present their research to an international audience of experts.

“Prof. Tshivhase reflects, ‘This marks our third gathering for the African Nuclear Physics Conference, our inaugural meeting dating back to 2019. This upcoming assembly presents a chance to assess the growth and development within Africa’s nuclear physics research community. Our focus will delve into the strides taken and the persisting challenges that require attention. The conference intends to emphasise the significance of collaborations between African and global scientists, fostering new partnerships to advance nuclear physics research in Africa.”

N.B: Journalists are welcome to attend the opening and any other part of the conference.

Event Details

  • Venue: Kruger Gate Hotel, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa
  • Dates: 29 November to 03 December 2023
  • Time: 09:00 (GMT+2)

Kindly check here for more information regarding the event, 

For enquiries, please contact:

Bongani Nkosi, 

Media Relations Officer at the National Research Foundation

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