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
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
The ALC is an official NEPAD flagship programme.