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Tunisia Hosts First African Summer School on Optics and Applications to Sustainable Development
Date:11/6/2013

TUNIS, Tunisia (PRWEB) November 06, 2013

More than 60 graduate and post-doctoral students and 20 speakers from several countries attended the recent first African Summer School on Optics and Applications to Sustainable Development (ASOSD) in Tunis.

Organized by the Optical Society of Tunisia and supported by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, the International Commission for Optics (ICO), International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the African Laser, Atomic, Molecular and Optical Sciences Network (LAM), the Optical Society (OSA), and several other organizations, the school ran 31 August through 8 September.

The workshop series is being organized by universities throughout Africa to provide education and training for advanced graduate students and post-doctoral faculty in optics, laser science and technology. A second workshop is being planned for 2015.

Students and speakers at this year’s event were from Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Cameroon, Kenya, Portugal, South Africa, Nigeria, Italy, and France.

Topics included optical communications, optical fibers and lasers; industrial applications and laser material processing; optics and the environment; optics and energy; biophotonics, biomedical applications and optical diagnosis techniques; and theoretical methods and experimental techniques.

Among the speakers, Zohra Ben Lakhdar of Tunis El Manar University gave an overview of ICO activities.

John Dudley of the Université de Franche-Comté spoke on progress “Towards an International Year of Light 2015.” Dudley is president of the European Physical Society and has been heading up the initiative working for United Nations endorsement and launch of an International Year of Light.

Other invited speakers included:

  •     Rim Cherif (assistant professor, Faculty of Sciences, Tunis El Ma
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