14th International Masterclasses @ iThemba LABS, Cape Town
Mar 28 @ 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
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International Masterclasses in particle physics give secondary school students the opportunity to discover the world of quarks and leptons for themselves, by performing measurements on real data from CERN, to meet active particle physics researchers, and to link up with like-minded students from other countries.

Each year about 10 000 high school students in 37 countries come to one of about 160 nearby universities or research centres for one day to attend these International Masterclasses. Lectures given by active scientists provide insight in topics and methods of basic research at the fundamental level of matter and forces, enabling the students to analyse real data from particle physics experiments by themselves. At the end of each day, like in an international research collaboration, the participants join in a video conference for discussion and combination of their results.

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Department of Nuclear Physics


Research & Training

iThemba LABS is located in South Africa near Cape Town.

Department of Nuclear Physics at iThemba LABS conducts research as well as train postgraduate students in several fields. The High Energy Physics team is part of the ALICE collaboration at CERN and is a member of the SA-CERN Programme Programme.

Department of Nuclear Physics

iThemba LABS
PO Box 722
Somerset West 7129
South Africa

Physical Address:
Old Faure Road

Directions to iThemba

Tel: +27 (21) 843 1000
Fax: +27 (21) 843 3525

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Zinhle Buthelezi
E-mail: Zinhle Buthelezi

Ambrose Yaga
E-mail: Ambrose Yaga

Colloquium: Ensuring the quality of life of South Africans through radioactivity measurements @ iThemba LABS, Cape Town
May 8 @ 11:00 am
SPEAKER: Dr. Milton van Rooy, NMISA, Rosebank, Cape Town
VENUE: iThemba LABS, Auditorium


Welcome to the Subatomic Physics Department Colloquium!

Please note that the colloquium will be streamed live at the following address:

iThemba LABS at the Minister’s Budget Speech at the Iziko Museum, Cape Town @ Iziko South African Museum
May 9 all-day

Hon. Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Faïҫal Azaiez, Director iThemba LABS and Dr Clive Naidoo, Head of Nuclear Medicine, iThemba LABS at the Minister’s Budget Speech on 9 May 2018 at the Iziko Museum, Cape Town.

Minister of Science and Technology  visit to CERN @ iThemba LABS, Cape Town
May 15 all-day

Seen below is Prof. Emmanuel Tsesmelis Head of Associate Member and Non-Member State Relations; Ms Vinny Pillay Minister Counsellor, South African Mission to the European Union; Prof. Eckhard Elsen Director for Research and Computing; Hon. Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane Minister of Science and Technology; Ms Charlotte Warakaulle Director for International Relations; Dr Zinhle Buthelezi Management of SA-CERN; Prof. Bruce Mellado Management of SA-CERN and Mr Daan du Toit Deputy Director-General: International Cooperation and Resource during the Minister’s visit to CERN.

Springer Nature Materials-Nanotechnology Workshop @ iThemba LABS, Cape Town
May 15 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Springer Nature will be hosting a Materials-Nanotechnology workshop at iThemba LABS,  targeting researchers from chemistry, physics, materials science and related engineering departments working in materials science and nanotechnology fields.

You are warmly invited to participate in the Materials-Nanotechnology workshop where our experts will showcase SpringerMaterials and Nano – covering different scientific use cases along with an interactive group session.  Senior Editors  will present opportunities for publishing in materials and nano science research fields.

The Workshop is presented by Springer Nature with the assistance of iThemba LABS.

Please register at the following link:

For any additional information please feel free to contact Philip de Kock, Licensing Manager, Southern Africa.
Springer Nature
M: +27 83 409 4022

FLUKA Course participants visit to iThemba LABS @ iThemba LABS, Cape Town
May 30 all-day
Public Lecture: Progress with Nuclear Fusion for Energy Generation @ iThemba LABS, Cape Town
Jun 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

SPEAKER: Prof W A Richter – iThemba LABS and Physics Department, Stellenbosch
VENUE: iThemba LABS, Auditorium
RSVP: 021 843 1021 or

Man cannot survive without energy, and the traditional sources on our planet are dwindling. The most promising alternative is thermonuclear fusion, the energy source of our Sun and the stars. However, to emulate the process on Earth requires immense inputs of technology and innovation, but success is looming on the horizon.

This fascinating lecture is open for the public to attend at no cost.

IEEE NPSS International School for Real Time @ iThemba LABS, Cape Town
Jul 7 – Jul 17 all-day
Physics Forum @ iThemba LABS, Cape Town
Jul 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Colloquium: The European Spallation Source as a new tool for discovery @ iThemba LABS, Cape Town
Jul 19 @ 10:00 am
SPEAKER: Dr. Christine Darve, European Spallation Source, Lund, Sweden
VENUE: iThemba LABS, Auditorium