ASOSD 2013

First African Summer School on Optics and Applications to Sustainable Development (ASOSD) is organized by the Optical Society of Tunisia under the cosponsorship and endorsement of the ICO, ICTP, OSA, SPIE, LAM Network, NANOAFNET and ALC.

The summer school took place at Carthage Hannibal, Tunis from 31 August to 08 September 2013.

The summer school is intended to be the first of a series of schools/workshops that are going to be organised periodically by universities in African countries, in order to provide education and training for advanced graduate students, and postdocs faculty who would like to acquire sufficient knowledge to begin having an impact in research areas based on optics, laser science and technology.

The motivation of the organisation of the meeting is to highlight the importance of optics, its scientific study, its role in culture and art, and the application of light-based technologies for global development. Light is at the origin of all life, it plays a central role in human activities, and has revolutionized society through medicine and communications, entertainment and culture. As light becomes a key cross-cutting discipline of science in the 21st century, it is essential that its importance is fully appreciated. It is equally vital that the brightest young minds from all areas of the world continue to be attracted to careers in this field.

Different topics will be covered by the summer school:                   

     1. Optical communications, optical fibers and lasers;         

     2. Industrial applications and laser material processing;

     3. Optics and environment;

     4. Biophotonics, biomedical applications and optical diagnosis techniques;

     5. Optics and energy;

     6. Theoretical methods and experimental techniques.


Invited Speakers

El-Hachemi Amara (CDTA, Algeria)

Title of the lecture: Laser material processing.

Abdelfattah Barhdadi (University of Mohammed V-Agdal, Morrocco)

Title of the lecture: Photovoltaic conversion under high concentration for clean energy production.

– Zohra Ben Lakhdar (Tunis El Manar University, Tunisia)

Title of the lecture: ICO activities.

Maria Luisa Calvo Padilla (Universidad Complutense de MadridSpain)

Titles of the lectures: Foundations of radiometry.
                                       Some applications of Fourier Transform spectroscopy to microspectrometers.

Rim Cherif (Tunis El Manar University, Tunisia)

Title of the lecturePublishing articles in peer reviewed journals.

– Ndumiso Cingo (CSIR, South Africa)

Title of the lecture: The African Laser Centre – Past, Present and a very bright Future.

Manuel Filipe P. C. M. Costa (Universidade do Minho, Portugal)

Title of the lectureOptical non invasive microtopographic inspection of surfaces.

John Dudley (University of Franche-Comté, France)

Title of the lectureTowards an International Year of Light 2015.

Alain Fort (CNRS IPCMS, France)

Title of the lecture: Nonlinear optics in organics and applications.

Philippe Gallion (TELECOM ParisTech, France)

Title of the lecture: Optical communication basics , WDM and FTTH networking.

Andrew Leitch (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa)

Title of the lectureTBA.

Malik Maaza (iThemba LABS, Algeria/South Africa)

Title of the lecture: Nanophotonics: Intrinsic properties tunability and optical multifunctionality.

– Paul Motalane (CSIR, South Africa)

Title of the lecture: African Laser Centre: Building photonics in Africa.

Joe Niemela (ICTP Trieste, Italy)

Title of the lecture: Optics activities in ICTP.

Salah Obayya (Zewail City of Science and Technology, Egypt)

Title of the lecture: Finite element analysis of photonic devices.

Barbara Previtali (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

Title of the lecture: Potentialities of the new high brilliance laser sources in industry and their  applications.

Laurence Pruvost (University Paris-Sud, France)

Title of the lecture: Orbital angular momentum of light and somes applications : laser shaping with a Spatial light modulators                                                                                                   Laguerre-Gaussian modes, application and interaction with cold atoms.

Abderrahim Ramdane (CNRS Laboratory for Photonics and Nanostructures, Algeria/France)

Title of the lecture: Semiconductor Quantum dots for green photonics.

Roberta Ramponi (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

Title of the lecture: Femtosecond laser micromachining and its applications to the realization of biomedical and photonic devices.

Marco Santagiustina (University of Padova, Italy)

Title of the lectureOptical fiber sensing: state of the art and future directions.

– Mourad Telmini (Tunis El Manar University, Tunisia)

Title of the lectureLaser applications in Metrology.

Ahmadou Wague (Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal)

Title of the lecture: Laser spectroscopy and applications at the laboratoire Atomes Lasers.

Maria J. Yzuel (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain)

Titles of the lectures: Optical Image Processing and Holography.
                                       Diffractive Optics with Spatial Light Modulators.

 – Mourad Zghal (Sup’Com, University of Carthage, Tunisia)



Mourad Zghal, President of the Optical Society of Tunisia


Ecole Supérieure des Communications de Tunis (Sup’Com)

Université de Carthage

Cité Technologique des Communications – Rte de Raoued km 3,5

2083 El Ghazala Ariana Tunisia

Tel: +216 71 857 000 (#1025) – Fax: +216 71 856 829.


Amine Ben Salem


Ecole Supérieure des Communications de Tunis (Sup’Com) –

Université de Carthage

Cité Technologique des Communications – Rte de Raoued km 3,5

2083 El Ghazala Ariana Tunisia

Tel: +216 22 789 265, Fax: +216 71 856 829.

Organising Committee (Optical Society of Tunisia)

Amira Baili;

Amine Ben Salem;

Rim Cherif;

Sonia Elwardi;

Amor Gueddana;

Abir Hraghi;

Haikel Jelassi;

Youssef Majdi;

Mouhanned Tounsi;

Mourad Zghal.




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