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.

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
 
DARA launches its e-Seminar Series: Monthly e-seminars: DARA project update, radio astronomy, starting a business advice, African programme updates and many more topics.
Congratulations to DARA's advanced student (now) 'Dr' Willice Obonyo from Kenya, on passing his viva. We wish you all the very best for the future.
Observing the Milky Way
with the Table-Top Radio Telescope

Speaker: Peter Wilkinson - University of Manchester

Date & Time: 8 July 2020, 11-12:30 UK BST

** Registration Now Open **

Space Science and Technology for Growth
- AVN and Colocation

Speaker: Carla Sharpe - SARAO

Date & Time: 24 June 2020, 11-12:30 UK BST

** View on-demand coming soon **

Reflections Ahead of Considering Starting a Business

Speaker: Steve Jones - University of Leeds

Date & Time:10  June 2020, 11-12:00 UK BST 

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SARAO Scholarships and Postdoctoral Fellowships

Calls open for Scholarship and Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2021

POSTPONED
Annual Network Meeting 2020: 18 - 20 May 2020
South Africa

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.

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Basic Training Unit 1 in Madagascar
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). 

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Essential Radio Astronomy

Online book - a fantastic free learning recourse from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

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Annual Network Meeting 2019

South Africa