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Laser-based research and development at the CSIR:

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The African Laser Centre

Creating nodes of excellence in laser technology throughout Africa has the potential to develop much-needed research capacity, infrastructure, technology transfer and application, which will ultimately contribute to the prosperity of the continent.

With this in mind, the African Laser Centre (ALC) was launched in November 2003 as a fledgling programme within the CSIR National Laser Centre. The ALC is aimed at encouraging laser science and optics-related research collaboration between African researchers, and facilitating researcher and student exchanges between African institutes.

The ALC is a virtual centre of excellence, which consists of nodes of research institutes all over the African continent. Membership is open to all research institutes in Africa that are actively involved in laser and optics-related science and technology through R&D, education or training.

Currently the ALC comprises more than 25 members from South Africa, Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Morroco, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The ALC is an official NEPAD flagship programme.

 

 

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