Sharing knowledge on lightning in Africa

(Caption: Location of World Wide Lightning Location Network (LWWLLN) sensors. Copyright Dr Andrew Collier.)

The Lightning Interest Group for Health, Technology, and Science (LIGHTS) is a multi-disciplinary group which provides a platform for lightning researchers to share their knowledge on lightning physics and related sciences within an African context. It is envisaged that the inter-institution partnerships and collaborations will generate new knowledge and opportunities. The steering committee of the event includes representatives from the University of the Witwatersrand, University of Pretoria, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Eskom, and the South African Weather Services. The LIGHTS group also aims to provide practical lightning safety tips and broad lightning safety education through open public engagements.


Take note

  • The Lightning Interest Group for Health, Technology and Science (LIGHTS) has been formed.
  • The inaugural forum was hosted at the University of the Witwatersrand in March.
  • Understanding lightning phenomena and proper protection has a measureable socio-economic impact.


Published as:

LIGHTS, Lightning Interest Group for Health, Technology and Science

By M Grant, University of the Witwatersrand

Electricity+Control, April 2012 (pgs 18 - 20)