Monday, 3 August 2015

Prof. Jean Cleymans, head of the SA-CERN consortium, visits Wits

Professor Jean Cleymans, head of the SA-CERN consortium, visits the School of Physics of the University of the Witwatersrand. Wits is actively involved in CERN activities contributing to the four   directions in the consortium: ALICE, ATLAS, Isolde and Theory.

Prof. Cleymans visited the various facilities used at Wits for CERN-related activities. This includes synergistic activities with Nuclear and Radiation physics, Material Sciences, Electrical and Information engineering. Overall, over 50 people are involved in CERN activities, ranging from undergraduate, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, to technical and academic staff. Most of people involved in the program are students.

After visiting the facilities we had a meeting with people involved with the CERN programme at Wits. Below is a picture that includes Professor Joao Rodrigues, the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Sciences and former Head of the School. Dr Xifeng Ruan, Dr Luis March and Kehinde Tomiwa were connected remotely. Missing in the picture are Prof. Zeblon Vilakazi, two post-doctoral fellows at ALICE, a PhD student from Isolde, Vincent Govender, Jonathan Padavatan,  and ATLAS students Shell-may Liao, Guillermo Hamity, Titus Masike, Marc Sacks and Kamela Sekonya, among others:

Prof. Jean Cleymans and Prof. Bruce Mellado addressing the audience. In the background, Dr. Xifeng Ruan, Dr. Luis March, and Kehinde Tomima, based abroad.

Some of the Wits academic staff involved at SA-CERN with Prof. Jean Cleymans. From left to right, Prof. Elias Sideras-Haddad, Dr. Deepak Kar, Prof. Deena Naidoo, Prof. Bruce Mellado, Prof. Alan Cornell.

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