Initially the areas of teaching and research will be in condensed matter physics, geophysics and particle physics and cosmology. Other areas currently being considered are high performance computing, computational sciences and space physics.

There is a long-term vision to systematically identify and cover the parts of physics, mathematics and interdisciplinary areas relevant for a strong core in basic science while also attending to the priorities of the region and the continent in general.

Condensed Matter Physics

From solids to liquids to the exotic superconducting phase of materials, condensed matter physics investigates phases of matter to understand them better.

Physics of the solid earth

Research in physics of the solid earth uses seismology, space geodesy, tectonics and numerical experiments to understand the following topics: mechanics of earthquakes and faulting, structure and rheology of the lithosphere in active earthquake and volcanic regions, physics of transient deformation, and active tectonics and earthquake hazard.

High energy, cosmology and astroparticle physics

High energy, cosmology and astroparticle physics explore the elementary constituents of matter and energy, the interactions between them, and the nature of space and time.