LAMISTAD Symposium

(Latin American International Synchrotron for Technology, Analysis and Development)

Synchrotron for sustainable development

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This symposium is part of the programme of the XVIII International Congress of Science, organised by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology of the Dominican Republic. In this sense, it is part of a trilogy of symposia: the first two were, respectively, “Pospandemia. Perspectives for Latin American science and the role of regional integration and international cooperation” and “Megaprojects, accelerators of integration and development”.

The project to create a synchrotron in the Greater Caribbean is an excellent example of a megaproject for the region, which will promote, and in fact has already promoted at this initial stage, greater regional integration, and will require international support for its realisation.

Our countries may not feel the need to use synchrotron light because they have not had it until now. The day this changes, there will be other irreversible changes in our industries, in our hospitals, in our agriculture.

For this reason, we invite the Latin American and African scientific communities to participate in person or virtually in this activity.



Date: 29 May, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm (Colombian time)

Venue: Auditorio de la Biblioteca, Universidad de Córdoba, Montería, Colombia.

Local coordinators: 

  • Dr. Camilo Delgado (Universidad Distrital FJC)
  • Dr. Hernán Garrido (Universidad de Córdoba)

Main topic: Justificación de la creación de un Sincrotrón para la región del Gran Caribe y mostrar las aplicaciones de un sincrotrón en el marco de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible.

Proposed agenda: 

  • 8:30 am – 8:59 am: Registration of participants.
  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am: Opening with representatives of the University of Cordoba, congressmen, senators, ministers, representatives of the academy.
  • 10:00 am – 10:40 am: Synchrotron as sustainable energy source for African countries (Dr. Jean Pierre Mfuamba Mulumba, Associate Professor at Ecole de Télécommunication et Télédétection spatiale ETS Université Pédagogique Nationale UPN/ /Kinshasa république démocratique du Congo).
  • 10:45 am – 11:00 am: Coffee Break
  • 11:15 am – 11:50 am: A Synchrotron Light Source for the Socio-Economic Development of Africa. (Dr. Sekazi Mtingwa, Administrative Judge with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Principal Partner of TriSEED Consultants in the United States).
  • 12:00 m – 1:00 pm: Panel discussion with academia, industry, congressmen, civil society open to interventions from the audience.

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Date: 30 May, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Jamaica time)

Venue: Faculty of Science and Technology, Kingston, Jamaica.

Local coordinators: 

  • Dr. Marvadeen Singh-Wilmot (Faculty of Science and Technology, The UWI Mona)

Main topic: Synchrotron Light: Energising Modern Advanced Economies in the Caribbean Islands

Proposed agenda: 

  • 9:00 am – 9:20 am: Welcome and opening remarks
    • Dr. Marvadeen Singh-Wilmot, Member of the Interim Executive Committee, Greater Caribbean Light Source.
    • Professor Leo Violini, Director Emeritus, International Center of Physics (CIF), Bogota.
    • Dr. Charah Watson, Executive Director Scientific Research Council Jamaica
  • 9:20 am – 9:50 am: Synchrotron Light 101 (Dr. Robert Blyth, CLS Science Projects Manager)
  • 9:50 am – 10:20 am: Synchrotron Light Sources: Stimuli for Socio Economic Development in Small Island States of the Greater Caribbean Region (Professor Sekazi Mtingwa Chair, Director of Synchrotron Training, Lightsources for Africa, the Americas, Asia, Middle East and Pacific (LAAAMP))
  • 10:20 am – 10:50 am: The CLS in Agriculture and Environmental Related Applications (Dr. Chithra Karunakaran Agricultural Engineer and Manager of Environmental and Earth Sciences, Canadian Light Source (CLS), Canada)
  • 10:50 am – 11:20 am: Application of Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction Techniques in Studying Materials Synthesis and Processing. (Dr. Sanjit Ghose, Beamline Scientist, NSLS-II, Brookhaven National Lab, New York, USA)
  • 11:20 am – 11:30 am: Video highlights from National Synchrotron Light Source-II (NSLS-II) and Canadian Light Source (CLS)
  • 11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Applications of Synchrotron Light in Life Sciences (Dr. Vivian Stojanoff, Beamline Scientist, Structural Biology Program, Brookhaven National Lab, New York, USA)
  • 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Caribbean Science at AdLSs
    • Dr. Zeyar Min (Head of Division, Research Development and Consultancy, Lecturer of Chemistry at University of Technology (UTECH), Jamaica)
    • Dr. Marvadeen Singh-Wilmot
    • Dr. Richard Taylor (Senior Lecturer, Inorganic Materials Chemistry, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus)
  • 12:30 pm – 12:50 pm: Questions and Answers.
  • 12:50 pm – 1:00 pm: Closing remarks (Dr. Alison Gajadhar Managing, Director of KMA Consulting Ltd, St. Lucia)
  • 1:00 pm – 1:40 pm: Lunch Break
  • 1:40 am – 3:00 pm: Workshop Beamline Proposal Writing (Prof Qun Shen, NSLS-II Deputy Director for Science, National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) and Senior Physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory)

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Workshop (from 1:40 pm to 3:00 pm): Link

Date: 31 May, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Spain time)

Venue: Universitat Politècnica de València

Local coordinators:

  • Dr. Juan Ángel Sans Tresserras (Universitat Politècnica de València)
  • Dr. Pedro José Fernández de Córdoba Castellá (Universitat Politècnica de València)

Main topic: Investigadores latinoamericanos trabajando en Sincrotrones Europeos.

Proposed agenda:

  • 3:00 pm – 3:35 pmESRF-EBS: New scientific opportunities (Dr. Gema Martínez-Críado, Director of Research at European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble (France)).
  • 3:35 pm – 4:10 pm: Opportunities at Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste for Latin American researchers (Dr. Frederico Alabarse, Beamline scientist at Elettra Sincrotrone (Italy)).
  • 4:10 pm – 4:45 pm: The ID21 X-ray Microscopy beamline at ESRF: Applications in Environment and Artistic materials (Dr. Hiram Castillo-Michel, Beamline scientist in ID21 beamline at ESRF (France)).
  • 4:45 pm – 5:20 pm: La radiación sincrotrón y el sincrotrón Soleil (Dr. Oscar Blanco, Postdoctoral researcher at SOLEIL synchrotron (France)).
  • 5:20 pm – 5:55 pm: New opportunities on the studies of mater at extreme conditions in the ESRF-EBS. (Dr. Gaston Garbarino, Beamline scientist in ID12b at ESRF (France)).
  • 5:55 pm – 6:30 pm: Opportunities, recent results, and my personal experience in large facilities (Dr. Joao Elias Figueiredo Soares Rodrigues, Postdoctoral researcher in MSPD beamline at ALBA synchrotron (Spain)).
  • 6:30 pm – 7:05 pm: Experiences in several synchrotrons as a user and as staff using infrared spectroscopy and X-ray microscopy (Dr. Diana E. Bedolla. Elettra Sincrotrone (Italy)).

Online Meeting (Teams): Link 

Date: 1 June, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm (Mexico time)

Venue: Centro académico cultural, Campus UNAM Juriquilla, Querétaro, Querétaro.

Local coordinators:

  • Dr. Víctor M. Castaño

Main topic: Uso del sincrotrón para estudios y preservación del patrimonio cultural.

Proposed agenda:

  • 9:00 am – 9:20 am: Introduction (Víctor Castaño, UNAM)
  • 9:20 am – 9:50 am: Diseño de fármacos basados en la estructura 3D de proteínas empleando Radiación Sincrotrón (Abel Moreno, UNAM)
  • 9:50 am – 10:20 am: Nanocrytals of PbS, CDS and HgS grown in species of Candida characterized by different chemical techniques and Synchrotron radiation (Mayra Cuéllar, Universidad de Guanajuato)
  • 10:20 am – 10:50 am: Análisis composicional de artefactos arqueológicos para entender el pasado (Denisse Argote, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia)
  • 10:50 am – 11:20 am: Materiales avanzados y su impacto en el desarrollo de biomateriales para la regeneración tisular (Ventura Rodríguez, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo)
  • 11:20 am – 12:00 pm: Coffee, comments, questions and interactions (All participants)
  • 12:00 pm – 12:20 pm: Conclusions (Victor Castaño, UNAM)


Date: 2 June, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (El Salvador time).

Venue: Auditorio (playground) SNBX, Torre Futura, Colonia Escalón, San Salvador

Local coordinators:

  • Dr. Carlos Rudamas, Universidad de El Salvador
  • Dr. Alejandro Alvarado, Secretaría de Innovación, Presidencia de la República de El Salvador

Main topic: Aplicaciones de la luz sincrotrón

Proposed agenda:

  • 9:00 am – 9:05 am: Welcome to the event and words from the sponsor (Ricardo Sanchez, SANDBOX)
  • 9:05 am – 9:20 am: Introduction to the Minisymposium (Dr. Carlos Rudamas, RCN Coordinator)
  • 9:20 am – 9:25 am: Remarks by the Rector of the University of El Salvador (Dr. Roger Arias)
  • 9:25 am – 9:30 am: Remarks on the event (Dr. Galileo Violini)
  • 9:30 am – 10:00 am: Applications of Synchrotron light in Biology and Chemistry (Dr. Mayra Cuellar, University of Guanajuato)
  • 10:00 am – 10:05 am: Remarks on the event (Dr. Daniel Méndez, Secretary of Innovation of the Presidency of the Republic of El Salvador)
  • 10:05 am – 10:35 am: Synchrotron Light Applications in Physics (Dr. Samuel Gallego, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility)
  • 10:35 am – 11:05 am: Applications of the Synchrotron beamline in High Resolution Diffraction in different Materials (Dr. Catalin Popescu, Spanish Synchrotron ALBA)
  • 11:05 am – 11:35 am: Synchrotron Light Applications in Industry (Dr. Harry Westfahl Jr., Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS))
  • 11:35 am – 12:00 pm: Social gathering of participants to discuss possibilities for cooperation (On-site participants)

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Date: 5 June, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm (Dominican Republic time)

Venue: Orientation Hall, Pedro Mir Library, Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo.

Local coordinators:

  • Professor Galileo Violini
  • Dr. Denia Cid

Main theme: Applications of synchrotrons in agriculture, climate and health.

Proposed agenda of the event:

  • 8:30 am – 9:00 am: Registration of attendees.
  • 9:00 am – 9:10 am: Welcome and presentation of the symposium.
  • 9:10 am – 9:20 am: Speech by Minister Franklin García Fermín, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology.
  • 9:20 am – 9:30 am: Speech by Vice-Minister Genaro Rodríguez, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology.
  • 9:30 am – 9:40 am: Remarks by Executive Vice-President Max Puig, National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism (CNCCMDL).
  • 9:40 am – 10:00 am: Importance of X-ray diffraction for the economic and industrial development of Latin American countries (Carolina Santa Cruz, International Science Council).
  • 10:00 am – 10:20 am: Synchrotrons, climate, agriculture and food – The case of the Wider Caribbean (Galileo Violini, director emeritus of the International Physics Centre of Bogota (CIF)).
  • 10:20 am – 10:40 am: Salt tolerance and rare earth elements correlation in O. Sativa Rice using INAA & PIXE supported with Machine learning analysis. (Alassane Traoré, Institut de Technologie Nucléaire Appliquée, Université Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar- Sénégal)
  • 10:40 am – 11:00 am: The contribution of frontier technologies to the eradication of extreme poverty: the case of Diabetes (Victor del Rio,Sr. Industry Research Fellow RMIT University)
  • 11:00 am – 11:20 am: Social development and Science and Technology indicators (Placido Gómez, retired Professor, University of Puerto Rico).
  • 11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Closing and conclusions of the symposium. (Denia Cid, National Council for Climate Change, Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra).

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