A one-week Geant4 Monte Carlo toolkit simulation training course has been held in Accra, Ghana from 12-16 December 2022 funding from the French embassy in Ghana in 2022 as a step to promote French- Ghana scientific collaboration. The project was coordinated by partners from the Université Paris Saclay and the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission. The course received a high level of interest attracting participants from a diverse range of scientific fields, including medical physics, chemistry, radiotherapy, radiography, and geophysics. This highlights the broad applicability of Geant4, and the potential for it to be used in a wide range of scientific research in Africa.
The opening ceremony was graced by the Director-General of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (Prof. Samuel Boakye Dampare), the Dean of Graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences (Prof. Joseph Richmond Fianko), a representative from the French embassy in Ghana and attaché for Scientific and Higher Education Cooperation of the French Embassy in Ghana (Dr Florent ENGELMANN), and many others.
Dr Daniel Adjei, a Research Engineer of the ELYSE picosecond electron at the Institut de Chimie Physique of the Université Paris Saclay was the resource person for this training course. Daniel introduced the participants to C++ programming language, which is a requirement for using Geant4, as well as basic knowledge of Monte Carlo simulation techniques. The course also provided participants with hands-on experience using the Geant4 toolkit, allowing them to gain an understanding of how it works and how it can be applied in different research areas. The evaluation of the course was positive, with participants expressing a high level of enthusiasm for improving their understanding and usage of Geant4.