Successful discussions in South Africa
In November the 6th International Conference on Collective Motion in Nuclei under Extreme Conditions (COMEX) took place in Cape Town in the Republic of South Afrika. It was opened by the South African Minister of Science and Technology Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, who took the opportunity to meet with a delegation of representatives of nuclear physics laboratories from all over the world. The meeting was led by Professor Faïҫal Azaiez, the Director of iThemba LABS, which is a South African research institution for accelerator science.
During the meeting, Professor Paolo Giubellino, the Scientific Managing Director of FAIR and GSI, had the opportunity to present the FAIR project and its science prospects, and to address the possibility of enhanced collaboration between South Africa and GSI/FAIR, which was welcomed by the Minister. The ministry, iThemba LABS and FAIR will now work together to develop a roadmap of collaboration, that might eventually lead to the direct involvement of South Africa in FAIR. South Africa has a strong tradition in nuclear physics and has just approved a major expansion of its facilities at iThemba LABS. It is therefore a partner of great potential for FAIR.
The iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences (iThemba LABS) is a multidisciplinary research facility that is based on the development, operation and use of particle accelerators and related research equipment. iThemba LABS brings together scientists working in the physical, medical and biological sciences. The facilities provide opportunities for research in subatomic physics, material research, radiobiology, and the research and development of unique radioisotopes for nuclear medicine and industrial applications. iThemba LABS have various collaboration agreements and joint training programs with higher education institutions and research laboratories around the world. (cp)