Monthly Archives: February 2017
2017 marks 30 years of operation of the Separated Sector Cyclotron.
A celebratory event is being planned for later in the year.
The neutron physics group from the nuclear physics department of iThemba LABS hosted a Neutron metrology workshop on 16 February. The current collaboration is between iThemba LABS – NMISA – UCT (SA), IRSN (France), PTB (Germany). The collaboration’s first objective is to assess the possibility of upgrading the quasi-monoenergetic neutron beam facility of iThemba LABS to meet the requirements of a metrology facility for neutron beams in the energy range of 30 MeV – 200MeV. There were presentations and discussions on technicalities around achieving this objective. Amongst those attending the workshop were Dr Faiçal Azaiez (iThemba LABS director), Dr Jörn Stenger (Deputy President PTB), Dr Wynand Louw (Research Director, NMISA), Dr Andy Buffler (Physics Department, UCT), and Mr Nndwakhulu Mukhufhi (CEO, NMISA).
Meet the Communications Team:
The Director has put together a Communications Team to drive communications for iThemba LABS, both internally and externally – to improve visibility of iThemba LABS and to improve communication to staff.
The members of this team are:
Dr Faiҫal Azaiez
Mr Vincent Spannenberg
Dr Rudzani Nemutudi
Ms Naomi Haasbroek
Ms Michelle van der Ventel-Bark
Mr William Duckitt
Mr Ambrose Yaga
The Team has the following brief:
- Promotion of the NRF brand
- To develop a communication strategy
- To increase visibility of iThemba LABS
- Positioning iThemba LABS as the hub for the subatomic physics community in South Africa
- To improve internal communication
Various tools, both print and online, will be utilized to strengthen the key messages. The website and brochures will be redesigned and updated.
Each department will have a communications champion who would be responsible for collecting newsworthy information and highlights for sharing on the various platforms such as the website and newsletter.
Any ideas on how we can improve communication at iThemba LABS would be welcome!
PRaVDA is a consortium of 6 universities (Lincoln, Liverpool, Birmingham, Surrey, Warwick, Cape Town), 4 NHS Trusts/Foundation Trusts, Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden, and iThemba LABS, South Africa. It is supported by a translational grant from The Wellcome Trust. PRaVDA is represented in the IET’s “One Hundred Objects that Changed the World” exhibition at Savoy Place and has been exhibited at The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.
The iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator-Based Sciences is a group of multi-disciplinary research laboratories administered by the National Research Foundation. Dr Faiçal Azaiez, Managing Director, discusses their core service offerings, strategic objectives and scientific achievements.