Knowledge sharing for scientific communities 

The START partnership between African researchers and the technology and expertise available at Diamond Light Source will build the capacity and knowledge base in Africa of the research techniques available at a world-leading synchrotron. This will enable African researchers to expand their local expertise by training and developing synchrotron users and their research outputs for the benefit of their academic knowledge and wider societal impacts. START seeks to develop African scientific leadership and develop new knowledge communities between existing scientists and those at the start of their scientific careers.

Key collaborators for the START project include:

Diamond Light Source

Principal Investigator: Professor Chris Nicklin

Co-Investigator: Gwyndaf Evans


National Inst for Communicable Diseases

Co-Investigator: Professor Lynn Morris


North West University

Co-Investigator: Alberdina Aike van Dijk


Stellenbosch University

Co-Investigator: Erick Strauss


University of Cape Town


Bryan Sewell

Jeremy Woodward

Edward Sturrock

Michael Claeys

University of Pretoria 

Co-Investigator Wolf-Dieter Schubert 


University of the Free State 

Co-Investigator: Diederik Opperman 


University of the Witwatersrand 


Yasien Sayed 

David Billing 


 Addis Ababa University 

Co-Investigator: Teketel Yohannes Anshebo 

 Ain Shams University 

Co-Investigator: Ghada Bassioni 


Cardiff University 

Co-Investigator: Rochard Catlow 


National University of Lesotho 

Co-Investigator: Benedict Molibeli Taele 


University of Limpopo 

Co-Investigator: Phuti Ngoepe 


University of Oxford  

Co-Investigator: Moritz Riede 


University of Sheffield 

Co-Investigator David George Lidzey 


University of Southampton 

Co-Investigator: Peter Wells 


University of the Witwatersrand 

Co-Investigator: David Billing 


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