The annual student summer school at iThemba LABS commenced on Thursday the 10th of January with in attendance 24 students representing a total of ten HEI’s (Higher Education institutions) from across the country. Organized under the training umbrella of SAINTS (Southern African Institute of Nuclear Technology and Sciences), the iThemba LABS annual summer school does not only offer experiential hands-on training  for students across a wide range of  Accelerator Based Science and related SET (Science Engineering and  Technology) fields, but is also used as a precursor from where a limited number of students are selected on merit to participate at the SA-JINR Practice Summer school which is held in June at the JINR laboratories in Dubna, Russia.  The current iThemba LABS Student Summer School lasts for three weeks, and is scheduled to end on Tuesday the 29th January 2019.  In addition to lectures given by the iThemba LABS staff, the summer school also drew lecturers from partnering academic institutions, viz UCT, UWC, and Stellenbosch University.   Three lecturers from the JINR also contributed to the summer school program.