Boosting Africa into the forefront of science and technology

 The mission of the ALC is to enable African nations to collaborate with each other and to play a major role internationally in utilising light to advance science and technology, thereby contributing to the strengthening of their economies, their global competitiveness, education and welfare of their people. This co-operation will take place in the spirit of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development and the African Union.



The Laser Research Institute (LRI) was founded in 2000 as a centre for laser science and technology.

A dynamic group of academic staff and post graduate students is advancing laser science inder the banner of the LRI. We offer an honours course in Laser Physics and have positions for MSc and PhD studenst available.

The LAM Network was created in 1991 during the first international workshop on Lasers and Applications held in Dakar , Senegal, with the participation of more than twenty African countries . This first international workshop was supported by the International Center for Theoterical Physics, (Trieste, Italy), the Senegalese Gouvernmental and University autohrities and the French Embassy in Senegal. Presentrly the LAM Network is sponsored by The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP, Trieste Italy), and the International Science Program (ISP, Uppsala University, Sweden). In addition LAM meetings ( Schools, Workshops conferences ) in Africa are supported by Governments and local university authorities and companies in the hosting countries.

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SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies.

Serving more than 225,600 constituents from approximately 150 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth.

SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions, and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific.

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The Laser and Fibre Optics Centre (LAFOC) located at the Department of Physics of the University of Cape Coast has been existence since March 1993 as an affiliated centre of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP). It is one of two ICTP regional centres of excellence in applied optics (lasers) and spectroscopy that were established with financial assistance from the governments of Italy and Sweden and the ICTP to serve the West African Sub-Region: one in Cape Coast, Ghana, for the support of the Anglophone countries and the other in Dakar, Senegal, for the Francophone countries.

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The CSIR is one of the leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa. Constituted by an Act of Parliament in 1945 as a science council, the CSIR undertakes directed and multidisciplinary research, technological innovation as well as industrial and scientific development to improve the quality of life of the country’s people. The CSIR is committed to supporting innovation in South Africa to improve national competitiveness in the global economy. Science and technology services and solutions are provided in support of various stakeholders, and opportunities are identified where new technologies can be further developed and exploited in the private and public sectors for commercial and social benefit. The CSIR’s shareholder is the South African Parliament, held in proxy by the Minister of Science and Technology.

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