Bright Solutions for Africa.
First platform of X-ray techniques in Benin.
A PROMISING CONTEXT
The challenge of the development of scientific research in Africa is also economic: in a context of economic and financial crisis, the persistent waste of the talent and the labor force of our researchers, the lack of investment in infrastructure and means to resolve by ourselves our problems appear more and more absurd.
AN AMBITIOUS AND CONCRETE PROGRAM
X-TechLab est une plateforme dédiée à l’utilisation des Techniques du Rayonnement X au service de la recherche scientifique et technologique autour des problématiques de développement spécifiques au continent Africain. Elle est portée par l’Agence de Développement de Sèmè City (ADSC)Government agency responsible for the implementation of one of the flagship projects of the Government's Action Program, the International City of Innovation and Knowledge.
La plateforme s’est fixés deux principaux objectifs :
- Train the scientific community of Benin and the sub-region to integrate X-ray techniques into their research work.
- Contribute to the emergence at the continental level of a breeding-ground of experts who will be able to lead the future pan-African synchrotron and define its priority areas.
These objectives can be broken down into three specific missions for the platform's privileged interlocutors.
- Training: Two training sessions, of two weeks each, of training each year in May and November covering two axes: crystallography & X-ray diffraction and tomography & mathematical engineering. The training mission is aimed at the Beninese and African scientific community.
The 1st edition took place in 2019, in which involved around 100 learners - doctoral students and teacher-researchers in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry - from 8 countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Senegal and Togo) participated in these events. training by 18 international experts.
This first edition had a very promising result, namely the first structure original entirely solved in Benin by Dr Hyacinthe HAGNIMOHAN.
- Popularization of science: Implementation of systems to interest the younger generations. This is a fun way to put into practice the theoretical concepts taught in class. The first example is the organization of Practical Work (TP) with the Department of Chemistry of the Faculty of Science and Technology (FAST) of the University of Abomey-Calavi.
- Scientific mediation: Serve as a bridge between the scientific community and entrepreneurs. The challenge is to get researchers, startups, and professionals to work together to create Made in Africa innovation solutions, responding to real problems in African society.