Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy
A joint UK-South Africa Newton Fund human capital development project
to help drive economic development in Africa.
This project aims to develop high tech skills using radio astronomy in a number of African countries. Radio astronomy encompasses all of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills that underpin the emergence of a strong developed economy. The modern astronomer needs knowledge in physics, mathematics, chemistry and computing. To develop, maintain and run radio telescopes and instrumentation requires key skills in technology and engineering. The targeted countries will be acquiring radio telescopes to form the African VLBI Network as part of their participation in the South African Square Kilometre Array project. We aim to inspire and train a new and diverse generation of young people to engage with these skills. Our training programme engenders a research ethos as well as communication and diagnostic skills that are transferable to many aspects of a developing economy. The training team includes experienced entrepreneurs from the space sector to open the minds of the trainees to the possibilities in the industrial and commercial sectors. This Newton Fund programme will provide a pool of talented young people who have been inspired by astronomy to play a leading role in the emergence of new economies.
Two great minds assisting Ghana's economic growth - DARA & DARA Big Data PhD students win a STFC IAA to fund a project to build capacity for big data management for Ghana’s developing economy.
Congratulations to DARA’s advanced student Naomi Asabre Frimpong from Ghana, ‘Dr’ Frimpong, on passing her PhD viva. We wish you all the very best for the future.
A Centenary of the Discovery of Astrophysical Jets - Conference
Speaker: Associate Prof Roger Deane - University of Pretoria, SA
Date & Time: 12 August 2020, 17:00-18:30 UK BST
Speaker: Prof Peter Wilkinson - University of Manchester, UK
Date & Time: 8 July 2020, 11-12:30 UK BST
Speaker: Carla Sharpe - SARAO, SA
Date & Time: 24 June 2020, 11-12:30 UK BST
Annual Network Meeting 2020: 18 - 20 May 2020
The 2020 annual network meeting will take place in Muldersdrift near Johannesburg, South Africa. DARA invites its UK, SA and African partners to the meeting, together with the advanced training trainees and the 2019-20 basic training programme trainees.
17 - 27 February 2020
University of Antananarivo
Eleven Malagasy students from the Universite d’Antananarivo and the Ecole Normale Superior recently completed their training at the Institut et Observatorie de Geophysique d’Antananarivo (IOGA).