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The iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator-Based Sciences is a group of multi-disciplinary research laboratories administered by the National Research Foundation. Based at two sites in the Western Cape and Gauteng, these provide facilities for:

  • Basic and applied research using particle beams
  • Particle radiotherapy for the treatment of cancer
  • The supply of accelerator-produced radioactive isotopes for nuclear medicine and research

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iThemba in the Media

iThemba in the Media

Read all about the happenings at the LABS. iThemba is being featured in various online and printed magazines & newspapers, and websites.

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Community Interaction

iThemba LABS, through the Division for Community Interaction and Training (CIT), is committed to positively impact the lives of young people in SA.

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Virtual Tour

ViTL Equipment

Take a closer look at the equipment that is being used at the LABS.

Conferences & Events



    • Kruger 2016
      4 – 9 December 2016, Protea Hotel, Kruger Gate, SA



    • INTDS2016
      13 – 18 November 2016, iThemba LABS, SA


More about iThemba

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More News

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National Research Foundation (NRF) Newsletter. Read more …

South African Agency for Science & Technology Advancement (SAASTA) Newsletter April 2016. Read more …





Internships @iThemba

Profile Dr. Förtsch


Profile of Dr Siegfried Förtsch (iThemba LABS) with SA-ALICE, in the CERN ALICE newsletter

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Profile Dr Marchisone


Profile of Dr Massimiliano Marchisone, a Post Doctoral fellow (WITS and iThemba LABS) with SA-ALICE, in the CERN ALICE newsletter

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Physics Masterclasses


The International Masterclasses in particle physics was held at iThemba LABS. These classes give secondary school students the opportunity to discover the world of quarks and leptons for themselves.
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Symposium Van De Graaff


Symposium: “50 years’ service
of the Van de Graaff Accelerator”
iThemba LABS recently hosted a Symposium to commemorate 50 years of service of the 5.5 CN Van de Graaff accelerator to the scientific community in low energy physics and nuclear analysis.

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AMS Research


Africa's fast-track into AMS research:
An Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) laboratory in Gauteng is being used to find breakthroughs in Alzheimer's and cancer research.

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