Basic Training Updates 2018-19

Published 14 October 2019

In January 2019, students from Botswana and Namibia attended the unit 1 training in Windhoek. The course was delivered by Prof Garret Cotter along with two PhD students, Mr Jamie Davies and Mr Sam Spencer. The local host was Dr Rhodri Evans of the University of Namibia...read more

Published 14 October 2019

The workshop was held at Eduardo Mondlane University (EMU), in Maputo, from June 19 to June 26, 2019. Sonia Anton from University of Aveiro in Portugal, Dalmiro Maia from the University of Porto in Portugal, and Pietro Zucca from ASTRON in the Netherlands, taught the fundamentals of Radio-astronomy...read more

Published 07 October 2019

Unit 4 focussing on calibration and analysis of radio interferometric datasets took place at the University of Zambia in Lusaka, Zambia from July 1 to 12, 2019. The workshop was led by Mr Mubela Mutale and Dr Sarrvesh Sridhar...read more

Published 07 October 2019

Ten postgraduate students majoring in physics were selected to participate in the Basic Training Programme in Madagascar. Delivered by Dr Sandra Etoka from the University of Manchester and Dr Zara Randriamanakoto from the South African Astronomical Observatory...read more

Published 7 October 2019

Ten students with an interest in physics and astronomy participated in the unit 4 training that took place at the Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute (GSSTI) in Ghana between 1st July and 12th July 2019. The unit was presented by trainers Dr James Chibueze (North West University, South Africa) and Katie Hesterly (University of Manchester, UK) under the guidance of Prof Dickson Adomako (Director, GSSTI, Ghana). ... read more

Published 12 August 2019

The DARA Unit 4 Basic Training Programme on astronomical data analysis in Kenya was held between 1st July and 12th July 2019 at Technical University on Kenya (TUK). The unit trainers were both Kenyans, Dr. Naftali Kimani (Kenyatta University) and Mr. Willice Obonyo (PhD finalist at Leeds University-UK and a former DARA trainee)....read more

Published 10 July 2019

Thirty-nine (39) participants, five (5) from Botswana, ten (10) from Madagascar, ten (10) from Mozambique, four (4) from Namibia and five (5) from Zambia, all completed the four week observational and technical training at Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) in South Africa... read more

Eleven students with interests in physics and astronomy recently completed their unit-1 DARA training at the University of Zambia in Lusaka. The training event was organised by the Faculty of Natural Sciences at UNZA, under the guidance of Dr. Habatwa Mweene. Prof. Mark Birkinshaw from the University of Bristol provided lectures... read more

Twelve students attended the Unit 1 training at TUK in Nairobi from 15 October to 26 October 2018. To suit their differing backgrounds the course struck a balance between the essentials of astrophysics and an introduction to radio astronomy concepts. The latter was backed up with practical demonstrations of the radio frequency "interference" environment in a busy city and how radio astronomers calibrate their receivers... read more

Published: 5 November 2018

Unit 1 of DARA programme was presented in Maputo, Mozambique, by Professor Donald Kurtz of the University of Central Lancashire over two weeks in October 2017. This section of Unit 1 provided an introductory astrophysics course to 12 students, who included six Universidade... read more

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