Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy Basic Training Programme

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Africa is becoming the focus for the world of radio astronomy. It will host the mid-frequency Square Kilometre Array (SKA) – the next generation global radio astronomy facility that will be built initially in South Africa, and then rolled out across eight African partner countries, including Kenya. Prior to the SKA, a network of radio telescopes called the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network (AVN) is being built in the African partner countries. To support this effort the Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy project (DARA: www.dara-project.org) has setup a basic training programme with the aim of offering any suitably qualified person the opportunity to undertake the training and become familiar with the basics of astrophysics and radio astronomy and gain hands-on experience.

The programme will take place at the host institute: Technical University of Kenya. Hands-on training in radio astronomy will take place at the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) in South Africa or at Ghana Space Science & Technology Centre (GSSTI) in Ghana. The training will be provided by experts in radio astronomy from the UK, EU and South Africa. The programme is funded by the UK’s Newton Fund together with matching efforts from South Africa. Additional training in the industrial opportunities afforded by knowledge of radio astronomy techniques will be provided by experienced entrepreneurs from the satellite communications business.

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