Expansion of the project to Southeast Asia has been approved by ICSU. The project will soon be renamed LAAAMP.

A request from partner institutions IUPAP and IUCr to permit the expenditure of funds from the grant entitled "Utilisation of Light Source and Crystallographic Sciences to Facilitate the Enhancement of Knowledge and Improve the Economic and Social Conditions in Targeted Regions of the World" for countries in Southeast Asia has been approved by ICSU.

The project originally targeted Africa, the Americas and Middle-East. However, there are many countries in SE Asia, and South and Central Asia, which do not have advanced light sources and could benefit from this project. Since some of those countries have rapidly expanding economies, these efforts may well bear fruit by assisting them in establishing their own advanced light sources. 

The project LAAMP will therefore be renamed LAAAMP, acronym for Lightsources for Africa, the Americas, Asia and Middle-East Project. A new logo is being designed and the website will soon reflect this transition. Existing AdLS facilities in Asia are expected to join the project as partners, and an AdLS Usage and Strategic Plan Committee for SE Asia will be appointed. Moreover, a call for researchers' 2-month training visits to LAAMP partnering AdLSs will soon be announced for FAculty-STudent (FAST) teams from SE Asia.

Posted 07 Feb 2018