Zambia Unit 1  

Professor Mark Birkinshaw, University of Bristol, UK

21 January - 1 February 2019

University of Zambia, Zambia

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, workshops, and problems classes on topics in astronomy and astrophysics ranging from the properties of planets to the large-scale structure of the Universe. The students also benefited from a visit to the Mwembeshi antenna, near Lusaka, which is planned to be converted into astronomical use. Students coped well with fast-paced coverage of the topics and are motivated to continue learning about radio astrophysical techniques in later DARA units.