Letter from the USAfri Committee

July 1, 2020

Dear USAfri participants,

Our revised plan is to hold the first workshop June 14-18, 2021. It will be in-person as much as possible, but certainly a large virtual component. The in-person part will be in Africa at one or more locations where there is good broadband access for a live virtual workshop. Hopefully some Americans can attend and the online workshop has the great benefit that everyone can participate!

The second workshop and visits to institutions in the US will be in 2022. It will be in concert with the US Electronic Structure Workshop at a date to be determined.

A new effort is to work with the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP). Together with Stephon Alexander, president of NSBP, we have identified ways the initiative can benefit everyone through interaction of Black Physicists in the US and Africa. Please think about what you (we) can do!

Looking forward to success of USAfri and even more positive interactions through better use of virtual workshops and communication!

Richard Martin for the committee Omololu Akin-Ojo, Renata Wentzcovitch, Sinead Griffin and myself

About the U.S.-Africa Initiative in Electronic Structure

The U.S.– Africa Initiative in Electronic Structure (USAfri) aims to create a platform for exchange between African and U.S. physicists with opportunities to have a major impact on research and education in Africa. Electronic Structure is a natural choice because it is an essential part of research with applications in many fields, and there is a network of capable researchers in Africa generated by sustained efforts over the past 10 years.

USAfri is partnering with several groups focused on physics in Africa:

For 2020-2021, USAfri is developing two workshops, one in Africa where participants meet one another to identify common interests, and one a year later in the U.S. followed by individual visits of Africans to research groups and user facilities in the U.S. to further develop potential working relationships.

The USAfrica Initiative Project Leaders are:

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