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!
The last two weeks were very dense in terms of the preparation for the future of our facility but also on our current scientific and technical activities. We would like to mention only a few highlights:
- The preparation of the infrastructure to house the newly procured Tandetron accelerator at the Material Research Department has been advancing very well, and the installation schedule remains within the planned time line.
- Our future project; the South African Isotope Facility (SAIF) has been presented to, and positively received by the NRF board. We are working now on producing the detailed document describing the motivations and objectives of the project as well as its cost in order to be proposed as the basis document for the NRF board to advance the motivation for the funding request. The director will soon have the opportunity to present the project to all iThemba LABS colleagues.
- The process of preparation of our long range plan and priorities has been in motion in the past few months and will be completed at the end of February when every department will be delivering a first draft of their vision of their road map. As part of this process, we had the opportunity to organize a very rich and interesting workshop dedicated to the discussion of the future activities of the Medical Radiation Department.
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.