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Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Dr Arno Janse van Vuuren from the Centre for High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM) at Nelson Mandela University won the award for the best oral presentation at the Radiation Effects in Insulators (REI-20) Conference held recently in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The best poster presentation was awarded to a Kazakh PhD student Anel Ibrayeva, who is part of the collaboration with the CHRTEM and the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions (FLNR) in Russia. Dr Janse van Vuuren performed the HRTEM analyses for Ms Ibrayeva.

During the REI-20 conference, Prof Neethling, Director of the Centre for HRTEM, visited the new Nazarbayev University to deliver a Memorandum of Cooperation signed between Nelson Mandela University and Nazarbayev University. This MoC includes training of Kazakhstan scientists and students at the Centre for HRTEM as well as research collaboration.

The 20th International Conference on Radiation Effects in Insulators (REI-20) was hosted in Central Asia for the first time and was dedicated to fundamental and applied research related to radiation effects in insulators and non-metallic materials. Since the inaugural 1981 REI conference in Arco, Italy, the REI conference series, held every two years, has been the prominent international forum to present and exchange information on the latest advances and achievements in the fields of radiation effects and ion beam modification in insulating materials.

Contact information
Prof Jan Neethling
Tel: +27 41 504 2143