Our training programme

X-TechLab training consists of two annual sessions. Each of these two sessions focuses on two areas of training: " Crystallography and X-ray Diffraction Techniques " and " Mathematical Engineering and X-ray Imaging". 

E & F Training

After a successful first edition, this year's edition should confirm the positive impact of the X-TechLab platform's training courses on the scientific community in May 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic forced us to postpone this session but above all reminded us of the urgency for the contnent to develop solutions and protocols adapted to its realities.

The November training session is of a special nature; everywhere in the world physical contact between people and movement is limited to the strict minimum, the observance of a social distance is obligatory as well as the systematic wearing of masks in all places and the regular disinfection of hands.

In a particularly vulnerable continent and as a pan-African
platform, our challenge is to be able to accomplish its training mission while responding to new societal demands and promoting the participation of all African countries.

We are offering a new training format combining online training with pre-sessional training with a significant portion dedicated to applied research work, cthis project will allow for the efficient training, in a short time at a lower cost of a large majority of scientists from different African countries. This project further draws its relevance from the fact that the landscape of training and scientific research in Benin and Africa in general reveals a lack notorious lack of technical platforms. Apart from X-TechLab, no laboratory in Benin has diffractometers or a microtomograph. A reality common to the majority of African countries.

Let's emphasize that since the language of training is English, scientific English training has been provided free of charge to the French-speaking attendees.


Scientific English training

                    The Technical English learning programme is Module I of the X-TechLab's X-ray techniques training programme. As English is the language of instruction for X-TechLab training courses, it appeared necessary to set up an English language upgrading programme for the French-speaking target group taking part in the training. The objective is to help the French-speaking candidates to better understand the lessons given in English while improving their language skills. 

  Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, the learner should be able to :

- pronounce correctly, in English, the terms used in crystallography, in X-ray diffraction techniques, or in X-ray tomography and mathematical engineering ;

- be able to write correctly, in English, the terminologies specific to X-ray techniques ;

- be able to understand without difficulty the courses given during the X-TechLab training sessions.

     participation conditions

                 This first edition of the training course in English is completely free of charge. All those who have shown an interest in the activities of the X-TechLab by registering for one of the training programmes "Crystallography and X-ray diffraction techniques" and "Mathematical engineering and X-imaging" are eligible. The English course will take place every day from 19 October to 13 November 2020. After registration, the candidate will receive an email from X-TechLab within a few days, which will direct him/her to the class of the day via the X-TechLab platform and the Edmodo LMS.

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Professor Gervais CHAPUIS whose "Crystallography Online Dictionary" has been widely used in the context of the scientific English courses.


Crystallography and X-ray techniques

Areas intended for structural studies applied to various issues of interest in life sciences, agriculture, environment and energy.

Our lecturers

  • José Manuel MERINO ALVAREZ, Professor, Université Autonome de Madrid, Espagne, josem.merino@uam.es
  • Eberhardt Josué FRIEDRICH KERNAHAN, PhD, Université Autonome de Madrid, Espagne, josue.friedrich@uam.es
  • Thomas BLANTON, PhD, Executive Director, International Centre for Diffraction Data, tblanton@icdd.com
  • Philip Oladijo, Professor, Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Botswana, oladijop@biust.ac.bw
  • Michele ZEMA, PhD, Université de Pavia, Italie, IUCr Executive Outreach Officer, michele.zema@unipv.it
  • Suzanna WARD, Head of the Cambridge Structural Database, Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, ward@ccdc.cam.ac.uk
  • Thierry d’ALMEIDA, Research Director, Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA), France, Thierry.DALMEIDA@cea.fr
  • Etienne SAGBO, PhD, Université d’Abomey-Calavi, esagbo@yahoo.fr
  • Marielle AGBAHOUNGBATA, PhD, X-TechLab, Agence de Développement de Sèmè City, m.agbahoungbata@xtechlab.co

Mathematical engineering and X-ray Imaging

Development and implementation of a methodology for the development of innovative, ecological materials adapted to the local environment. This methodology implements a chain comprising the acquisition of 2D images allowing the 3D reconstruction of the interior of the samples, the extraction of morphological data using mathematical methods and numerical calculations.

Our lecturers