Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy Phase 2

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leeds
Department Name: Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

We will conduct a training programme in radio astronomy in Africa that will help to drive economic growth. South Africa is hosting part of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) - the major next generation radio telescope and the first big science project on the African continent. A network of up to 2000 dishes will eventually spread out across southern Africa to give the telescope its powerful resolution to see small structures in the sky. To this aim South Africa is partnering with eight other countries in Africa that will host these outstations. However, there is virtually no astronomy activity in these countries at present and so SKA-SA are building the African VLBI Network (AVN) as a precursor instrument and very useful addition to the world's radio astronomy networks in its own right. The AVN will consist of 30 m class radio dishes in each partner country, either converted from defunct telecommunications dishes or newly built ones. The UK team has experience in the conversion of old telecommunications dishes for radio astronomy purposes through its involvement in a similar project at the Goonhilly Earth Station in Cornwall.

The UK team, together with SA colleagues, will provide a basic training in the AVN countries so that the local people can use and help run the radio telescopes there. The STEM skills learnt as part of this training can be applied to a range of industries such as telecommunications, space science, land management and computing. Therefore the training will result in a pool of local talent who can help to drive economic growth in the AVN countries. An integral part of the training programme will be interaction with entrepreneurs who have experience of setting up businesses using related technologies. Advanced training will take the form of a number of MSc and PhD bursaries. The students will undertake research training using the interferometric radio telescopes and spend time in both the UK and SA to help forge strong research links. A virtual centre of excellence will be established that pulls the various strands of training, research and industry together.

Showcasing the radio astronomy facilities in these countries and demonstrating how the skills and technologies used in radio astronomy can be applied to many areas of industry and commerce can lead to a general upskilling of the population.

Planned Impact

Industries in the AVN countries that rely on having people with advanced STEM knowledge and with drive and ambition will benefit from this programme through having a pool of trained and motivated individuals. Overall this programme aims to provide a basic training for 240 young people across Africa and an advanced training to 13 students. As in any country not all of these will go on to become academics, the majority will go into industry and commerce taking their advanced knowledge and skills with them. Economic activity as a whole will benefit as some of these people start their own businesses inspired by the entrepreneurs they have met during the training programme. These could be in diverse fields such as telecommunications, space science, geodetic applications such as land management or climate change, or computing and big data challenges. Showcasing the hosting of major international scientific facilities such as the AVN and SKA on the African continent will raise the aspiration of the population as Africa demonstrates that it can take its place on the modern scientific stage in the 21st century.

Publications

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Bowler Sue (2017) Africa: radio astronomy for development in Astronomy and Geophysics

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Hoare M (2018) UK aid for African radio astronomy in Nature Astronomy

 
Description Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy Phase 2 - Extension
Amount £453,741 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/T001798/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2019 
End 03/2021
 
Description STFC GCRF Foundation
Amount £344,896 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/R002878/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 12/2019
 
Description STFC Official Development Assistance (ODA) Institutional Award
Amount £130,000 (GBP)
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2018 
End 12/2018
 
Description DARA 
Organisation Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution This partnership has come together to deliver training in radio astronomy to countries in Africa that are part of the African VLBI Network and African partner countries with South Africa in the SKA project. Hoare leads the project and the project is managed from Leeds. Leeds organised the recruitment of PhD/MSc students for UK partners.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from collaborating institutions are delivering some of the training in Africa. All UK partners will be hosting PhD or MSc students from the participating African countries.
Impact The collaboration has delivered an up-skilled cohort of young people with knowledge of radio astronomy, research and computing skills and an awareness of how these could translate in to the commercial sector, especially in the space sector. Links have been made between the academic institutions and the space industry in the UK and SA. Well-equipped computer labs have been established in each country. English skills have been provided where required. Collaborations at individual university level are being made between the six UK university partners and the six host sites for the in-country astrophysics training in African partner institutions. The partners were all part of the original application and all feed in to the development of the project over time via meetings at the DARA annual network meeting and Steering Committee meetings. Each partner has a collaborative agreement with the University of Leeds governing the relationship.
Start Year 2015
 
Description DARA 
Organisation Eduardo Mondlane University
Country Mozambique 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This partnership has come together to deliver training in radio astronomy to countries in Africa that are part of the African VLBI Network and African partner countries with South Africa in the SKA project. Hoare leads the project and the project is managed from Leeds. Leeds organised the recruitment of PhD/MSc students for UK partners.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from collaborating institutions are delivering some of the training in Africa. All UK partners will be hosting PhD or MSc students from the participating African countries.
Impact The collaboration has delivered an up-skilled cohort of young people with knowledge of radio astronomy, research and computing skills and an awareness of how these could translate in to the commercial sector, especially in the space sector. Links have been made between the academic institutions and the space industry in the UK and SA. Well-equipped computer labs have been established in each country. English skills have been provided where required. Collaborations at individual university level are being made between the six UK university partners and the six host sites for the in-country astrophysics training in African partner institutions. The partners were all part of the original application and all feed in to the development of the project over time via meetings at the DARA annual network meeting and Steering Committee meetings. Each partner has a collaborative agreement with the University of Leeds governing the relationship.
Start Year 2015
 
Description DARA 
Organisation Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute
Country Ghana 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This partnership has come together to deliver training in radio astronomy to countries in Africa that are part of the African VLBI Network and African partner countries with South Africa in the SKA project. Hoare leads the project and the project is managed from Leeds. Leeds organised the recruitment of PhD/MSc students for UK partners.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from collaborating institutions are delivering some of the training in Africa. All UK partners will be hosting PhD or MSc students from the participating African countries.
Impact The collaboration has delivered an up-skilled cohort of young people with knowledge of radio astronomy, research and computing skills and an awareness of how these could translate in to the commercial sector, especially in the space sector. Links have been made between the academic institutions and the space industry in the UK and SA. Well-equipped computer labs have been established in each country. English skills have been provided where required. Collaborations at individual university level are being made between the six UK university partners and the six host sites for the in-country astrophysics training in African partner institutions. The partners were all part of the original application and all feed in to the development of the project over time via meetings at the DARA annual network meeting and Steering Committee meetings. Each partner has a collaborative agreement with the University of Leeds governing the relationship.
Start Year 2015
 
Description DARA 
Organisation Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution This partnership has come together to deliver training in radio astronomy to countries in Africa that are part of the African VLBI Network and African partner countries with South Africa in the SKA project. Hoare leads the project and the project is managed from Leeds. Leeds organised the recruitment of PhD/MSc students for UK partners.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from collaborating institutions are delivering some of the training in Africa. All UK partners will be hosting PhD or MSc students from the participating African countries.
Impact The collaboration has delivered an up-skilled cohort of young people with knowledge of radio astronomy, research and computing skills and an awareness of how these could translate in to the commercial sector, especially in the space sector. Links have been made between the academic institutions and the space industry in the UK and SA. Well-equipped computer labs have been established in each country. English skills have been provided where required. Collaborations at individual university level are being made between the six UK university partners and the six host sites for the in-country astrophysics training in African partner institutions. The partners were all part of the original application and all feed in to the development of the project over time via meetings at the DARA annual network meeting and Steering Committee meetings. Each partner has a collaborative agreement with the University of Leeds governing the relationship.
Start Year 2015
 
Description DARA 
Organisation Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This partnership has come together to deliver training in radio astronomy to countries in Africa that are part of the African VLBI Network and African partner countries with South Africa in the SKA project. Hoare leads the project and the project is managed from Leeds. Leeds organised the recruitment of PhD/MSc students for UK partners.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from collaborating institutions are delivering some of the training in Africa. All UK partners will be hosting PhD or MSc students from the participating African countries.
Impact The collaboration has delivered an up-skilled cohort of young people with knowledge of radio astronomy, research and computing skills and an awareness of how these could translate in to the commercial sector, especially in the space sector. Links have been made between the academic institutions and the space industry in the UK and SA. Well-equipped computer labs have been established in each country. English skills have been provided where required. Collaborations at individual university level are being made between the six UK university partners and the six host sites for the in-country astrophysics training in African partner institutions. The partners were all part of the original application and all feed in to the development of the project over time via meetings at the DARA annual network meeting and Steering Committee meetings. Each partner has a collaborative agreement with the University of Leeds governing the relationship.
Start Year 2015
 
Description DARA 
Organisation Institute and Observatory of Geophysics of Antananarivo
Country Madagascar 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This partnership has come together to deliver training in radio astronomy to countries in Africa that are part of the African VLBI Network and African partner countries with South Africa in the SKA project. Hoare leads the project and the project is managed from Leeds. Leeds organised the recruitment of PhD/MSc students for UK partners.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from collaborating institutions are delivering some of the training in Africa. All UK partners will be hosting PhD or MSc students from the participating African countries.
Impact The collaboration has delivered an up-skilled cohort of young people with knowledge of radio astronomy, research and computing skills and an awareness of how these could translate in to the commercial sector, especially in the space sector. Links have been made between the academic institutions and the space industry in the UK and SA. Well-equipped computer labs have been established in each country. English skills have been provided where required. Collaborations at individual university level are being made between the six UK university partners and the six host sites for the in-country astrophysics training in African partner institutions. The partners were all part of the original application and all feed in to the development of the project over time via meetings at the DARA annual network meeting and Steering Committee meetings. Each partner has a collaborative agreement with the University of Leeds governing the relationship.
Start Year 2015
 
Description DARA 
Organisation North-West University
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This partnership has come together to deliver training in radio astronomy to countries in Africa that are part of the African VLBI Network and African partner countries with South Africa in the SKA project. Hoare leads the project and the project is managed from Leeds. Leeds organised the recruitment of PhD/MSc students for UK partners.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from collaborating institutions are delivering some of the training in Africa. All UK partners will be hosting PhD or MSc students from the participating African countries.
Impact The collaboration has delivered an up-skilled cohort of young people with knowledge of radio astronomy, research and computing skills and an awareness of how these could translate in to the commercial sector, especially in the space sector. Links have been made between the academic institutions and the space industry in the UK and SA. Well-equipped computer labs have been established in each country. English skills have been provided where required. Collaborations at individual university level are being made between the six UK university partners and the six host sites for the in-country astrophysics training in African partner institutions. The partners were all part of the original application and all feed in to the development of the project over time via meetings at the DARA annual network meeting and Steering Committee meetings. Each partner has a collaborative agreement with the University of Leeds governing the relationship.
Start Year 2015
 
Description DARA 
Organisation Rhodes University
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This partnership has come together to deliver training in radio astronomy to countries in Africa that are part of the African VLBI Network and African partner countries with South Africa in the SKA project. Hoare leads the project and the project is managed from Leeds. Leeds organised the recruitment of PhD/MSc students for UK partners.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from collaborating institutions are delivering some of the training in Africa. All UK partners will be hosting PhD or MSc students from the participating African countries.
Impact The collaboration has delivered an up-skilled cohort of young people with knowledge of radio astronomy, research and computing skills and an awareness of how these could translate in to the commercial sector, especially in the space sector. Links have been made between the academic institutions and the space industry in the UK and SA. Well-equipped computer labs have been established in each country. English skills have been provided where required. Collaborations at individual university level are being made between the six UK university partners and the six host sites for the in-country astrophysics training in African partner institutions. The partners were all part of the original application and all feed in to the development of the project over time via meetings at the DARA annual network meeting and Steering Committee meetings. Each partner has a collaborative agreement with the University of Leeds governing the relationship.
Start Year 2015
 
Description DARA 
Organisation Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Africa
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This partnership has come together to deliver training in radio astronomy to countries in Africa that are part of the African VLBI Network and African partner countries with South Africa in the SKA project. Hoare leads the project and the project is managed from Leeds. Leeds organised the recruitment of PhD/MSc students for UK partners.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from collaborating institutions are delivering some of the training in Africa. All UK partners will be hosting PhD or MSc students from the participating African countries.
Impact The collaboration has delivered an up-skilled cohort of young people with knowledge of radio astronomy, research and computing skills and an awareness of how these could translate in to the commercial sector, especially in the space sector. Links have been made between the academic institutions and the space industry in the UK and SA. Well-equipped computer labs have been established in each country. English skills have been provided where required. Collaborations at individual university level are being made between the six UK university partners and the six host sites for the in-country astrophysics training in African partner institutions. The partners were all part of the original application and all feed in to the development of the project over time via meetings at the DARA annual network meeting and Steering Committee meetings. Each partner has a collaborative agreement with the University of Leeds governing the relationship.
Start Year 2015
 
Description DARA 
Organisation Technical University of Kenya
Country Kenya 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This partnership has come together to deliver training in radio astronomy to countries in Africa that are part of the African VLBI Network and African partner countries with South Africa in the SKA project. Hoare leads the project and the project is managed from Leeds. Leeds organised the recruitment of PhD/MSc students for UK partners.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from collaborating institutions are delivering some of the training in Africa. All UK partners will be hosting PhD or MSc students from the participating African countries.
Impact The collaboration has delivered an up-skilled cohort of young people with knowledge of radio astronomy, research and computing skills and an awareness of how these could translate in to the commercial sector, especially in the space sector. Links have been made between the academic institutions and the space industry in the UK and SA. Well-equipped computer labs have been established in each country. English skills have been provided where required. Collaborations at individual university level are being made between the six UK university partners and the six host sites for the in-country astrophysics training in African partner institutions. The partners were all part of the original application and all feed in to the development of the project over time via meetings at the DARA annual network meeting and Steering Committee meetings. Each partner has a collaborative agreement with the University of Leeds governing the relationship.
Start Year 2015
 
Description DARA 
Organisation The Botswana International University of Science & Technology
Country Botswana 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This partnership has come together to deliver training in radio astronomy to countries in Africa that are part of the African VLBI Network and African partner countries with South Africa in the SKA project. Hoare leads the project and the project is managed from Leeds. Leeds organised the recruitment of PhD/MSc students for UK partners.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from collaborating institutions are delivering some of the training in Africa. All UK partners will be hosting PhD or MSc students from the participating African countries.
Impact The collaboration has delivered an up-skilled cohort of young people with knowledge of radio astronomy, research and computing skills and an awareness of how these could translate in to the commercial sector, especially in the space sector. Links have been made between the academic institutions and the space industry in the UK and SA. Well-equipped computer labs have been established in each country. English skills have been provided where required. Collaborations at individual university level are being made between the six UK university partners and the six host sites for the in-country astrophysics training in African partner institutions. The partners were all part of the original application and all feed in to the development of the project over time via meetings at the DARA annual network meeting and Steering Committee meetings. Each partner has a collaborative agreement with the University of Leeds governing the relationship.
Start Year 2015
 
Description DARA 
Organisation University of Bristol
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This partnership has come together to deliver training in radio astronomy to countries in Africa that are part of the African VLBI Network and African partner countries with South Africa in the SKA project. Hoare leads the project and the project is managed from Leeds. Leeds organised the recruitment of PhD/MSc students for UK partners.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from collaborating institutions are delivering some of the training in Africa. All UK partners will be hosting PhD or MSc students from the participating African countries.
Impact The collaboration has delivered an up-skilled cohort of young people with knowledge of radio astronomy, research and computing skills and an awareness of how these could translate in to the commercial sector, especially in the space sector. Links have been made between the academic institutions and the space industry in the UK and SA. Well-equipped computer labs have been established in each country. English skills have been provided where required. Collaborations at individual university level are being made between the six UK university partners and the six host sites for the in-country astrophysics training in African partner institutions. The partners were all part of the original application and all feed in to the development of the project over time via meetings at the DARA annual network meeting and Steering Committee meetings. Each partner has a collaborative agreement with the University of Leeds governing the relationship.
Start Year 2015
 
Description DARA 
Organisation University of Cape Town
Department Department of Astronomy
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This partnership has come together to deliver training in radio astronomy to countries in Africa that are part of the African VLBI Network and African partner countries with South Africa in the SKA project. Hoare leads the project and the project is managed from Leeds. Leeds organised the recruitment of PhD/MSc students for UK partners.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from collaborating institutions are delivering some of the training in Africa. All UK partners will be hosting PhD or MSc students from the participating African countries.
Impact The collaboration has delivered an up-skilled cohort of young people with knowledge of radio astronomy, research and computing skills and an awareness of how these could translate in to the commercial sector, especially in the space sector. Links have been made between the academic institutions and the space industry in the UK and SA. Well-equipped computer labs have been established in each country. English skills have been provided where required. Collaborations at individual university level are being made between the six UK university partners and the six host sites for the in-country astrophysics training in African partner institutions. The partners were all part of the original application and all feed in to the development of the project over time via meetings at the DARA annual network meeting and Steering Committee meetings. Each partner has a collaborative agreement with the University of Leeds governing the relationship.
Start Year 2015
 
Description DARA 
Organisation University of Central Lancashire
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This partnership has come together to deliver training in radio astronomy to countries in Africa that are part of the African VLBI Network and African partner countries with South Africa in the SKA project. Hoare leads the project and the project is managed from Leeds. Leeds organised the recruitment of PhD/MSc students for UK partners.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from collaborating institutions are delivering some of the training in Africa. All UK partners will be hosting PhD or MSc students from the participating African countries.
Impact The collaboration has delivered an up-skilled cohort of young people with knowledge of radio astronomy, research and computing skills and an awareness of how these could translate in to the commercial sector, especially in the space sector. Links have been made between the academic institutions and the space industry in the UK and SA. Well-equipped computer labs have been established in each country. English skills have been provided where required. Collaborations at individual university level are being made between the six UK university partners and the six host sites for the in-country astrophysics training in African partner institutions. The partners were all part of the original application and all feed in to the development of the project over time via meetings at the DARA annual network meeting and Steering Committee meetings. Each partner has a collaborative agreement with the University of Leeds governing the relationship.
Start Year 2015
 
Description DARA 
Organisation University of Hertfordshire
Department Centre for Astrophysics Research (CAR)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This partnership has come together to deliver training in radio astronomy to countries in Africa that are part of the African VLBI Network and African partner countries with South Africa in the SKA project. Hoare leads the project and the project is managed from Leeds. Leeds organised the recruitment of PhD/MSc students for UK partners.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from collaborating institutions are delivering some of the training in Africa. All UK partners will be hosting PhD or MSc students from the participating African countries.
Impact The collaboration has delivered an up-skilled cohort of young people with knowledge of radio astronomy, research and computing skills and an awareness of how these could translate in to the commercial sector, especially in the space sector. Links have been made between the academic institutions and the space industry in the UK and SA. Well-equipped computer labs have been established in each country. English skills have been provided where required. Collaborations at individual university level are being made between the six UK university partners and the six host sites for the in-country astrophysics training in African partner institutions. The partners were all part of the original application and all feed in to the development of the project over time via meetings at the DARA annual network meeting and Steering Committee meetings. Each partner has a collaborative agreement with the University of Leeds governing the relationship.
Start Year 2015
 
Description DARA 
Organisation University of Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This partnership has come together to deliver training in radio astronomy to countries in Africa that are part of the African VLBI Network and African partner countries with South Africa in the SKA project. Hoare leads the project and the project is managed from Leeds. Leeds organised the recruitment of PhD/MSc students for UK partners.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from collaborating institutions are delivering some of the training in Africa. All UK partners will be hosting PhD or MSc students from the participating African countries.
Impact The collaboration has delivered an up-skilled cohort of young people with knowledge of radio astronomy, research and computing skills and an awareness of how these could translate in to the commercial sector, especially in the space sector. Links have been made between the academic institutions and the space industry in the UK and SA. Well-equipped computer labs have been established in each country. English skills have been provided where required. Collaborations at individual university level are being made between the six UK university partners and the six host sites for the in-country astrophysics training in African partner institutions. The partners were all part of the original application and all feed in to the development of the project over time via meetings at the DARA annual network meeting and Steering Committee meetings. Each partner has a collaborative agreement with the University of Leeds governing the relationship.
Start Year 2015
 
Description DARA 
Organisation University of Mauritius
Country Mauritius 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This partnership has come together to deliver training in radio astronomy to countries in Africa that are part of the African VLBI Network and African partner countries with South Africa in the SKA project. Hoare leads the project and the project is managed from Leeds. Leeds organised the recruitment of PhD/MSc students for UK partners.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from collaborating institutions are delivering some of the training in Africa. All UK partners will be hosting PhD or MSc students from the participating African countries.
Impact The collaboration has delivered an up-skilled cohort of young people with knowledge of radio astronomy, research and computing skills and an awareness of how these could translate in to the commercial sector, especially in the space sector. Links have been made between the academic institutions and the space industry in the UK and SA. Well-equipped computer labs have been established in each country. English skills have been provided where required. Collaborations at individual university level are being made between the six UK university partners and the six host sites for the in-country astrophysics training in African partner institutions. The partners were all part of the original application and all feed in to the development of the project over time via meetings at the DARA annual network meeting and Steering Committee meetings. Each partner has a collaborative agreement with the University of Leeds governing the relationship.
Start Year 2015
 
Description DARA 
Organisation University of Namibia
Country Namibia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This partnership has come together to deliver training in radio astronomy to countries in Africa that are part of the African VLBI Network and African partner countries with South Africa in the SKA project. Hoare leads the project and the project is managed from Leeds. Leeds organised the recruitment of PhD/MSc students for UK partners.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from collaborating institutions are delivering some of the training in Africa. All UK partners will be hosting PhD or MSc students from the participating African countries.
Impact The collaboration has delivered an up-skilled cohort of young people with knowledge of radio astronomy, research and computing skills and an awareness of how these could translate in to the commercial sector, especially in the space sector. Links have been made between the academic institutions and the space industry in the UK and SA. Well-equipped computer labs have been established in each country. English skills have been provided where required. Collaborations at individual university level are being made between the six UK university partners and the six host sites for the in-country astrophysics training in African partner institutions. The partners were all part of the original application and all feed in to the development of the project over time via meetings at the DARA annual network meeting and Steering Committee meetings. Each partner has a collaborative agreement with the University of Leeds governing the relationship.
Start Year 2015
 
Description DARA 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This partnership has come together to deliver training in radio astronomy to countries in Africa that are part of the African VLBI Network and African partner countries with South Africa in the SKA project. Hoare leads the project and the project is managed from Leeds. Leeds organised the recruitment of PhD/MSc students for UK partners.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from collaborating institutions are delivering some of the training in Africa. All UK partners will be hosting PhD or MSc students from the participating African countries.
Impact The collaboration has delivered an up-skilled cohort of young people with knowledge of radio astronomy, research and computing skills and an awareness of how these could translate in to the commercial sector, especially in the space sector. Links have been made between the academic institutions and the space industry in the UK and SA. Well-equipped computer labs have been established in each country. English skills have been provided where required. Collaborations at individual university level are being made between the six UK university partners and the six host sites for the in-country astrophysics training in African partner institutions. The partners were all part of the original application and all feed in to the development of the project over time via meetings at the DARA annual network meeting and Steering Committee meetings. Each partner has a collaborative agreement with the University of Leeds governing the relationship.
Start Year 2015
 
Description DARA 
Organisation University of Pretoria
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This partnership has come together to deliver training in radio astronomy to countries in Africa that are part of the African VLBI Network and African partner countries with South Africa in the SKA project. Hoare leads the project and the project is managed from Leeds. Leeds organised the recruitment of PhD/MSc students for UK partners.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from collaborating institutions are delivering some of the training in Africa. All UK partners will be hosting PhD or MSc students from the participating African countries.
Impact The collaboration has delivered an up-skilled cohort of young people with knowledge of radio astronomy, research and computing skills and an awareness of how these could translate in to the commercial sector, especially in the space sector. Links have been made between the academic institutions and the space industry in the UK and SA. Well-equipped computer labs have been established in each country. English skills have been provided where required. Collaborations at individual university level are being made between the six UK university partners and the six host sites for the in-country astrophysics training in African partner institutions. The partners were all part of the original application and all feed in to the development of the project over time via meetings at the DARA annual network meeting and Steering Committee meetings. Each partner has a collaborative agreement with the University of Leeds governing the relationship.
Start Year 2015
 
Description DARA 
Organisation University of South Florida
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This partnership has come together to deliver training in radio astronomy to countries in Africa that are part of the African VLBI Network and African partner countries with South Africa in the SKA project. Hoare leads the project and the project is managed from Leeds. Leeds organised the recruitment of PhD/MSc students for UK partners.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from collaborating institutions are delivering some of the training in Africa. All UK partners will be hosting PhD or MSc students from the participating African countries.
Impact The collaboration has delivered an up-skilled cohort of young people with knowledge of radio astronomy, research and computing skills and an awareness of how these could translate in to the commercial sector, especially in the space sector. Links have been made between the academic institutions and the space industry in the UK and SA. Well-equipped computer labs have been established in each country. English skills have been provided where required. Collaborations at individual university level are being made between the six UK university partners and the six host sites for the in-country astrophysics training in African partner institutions. The partners were all part of the original application and all feed in to the development of the project over time via meetings at the DARA annual network meeting and Steering Committee meetings. Each partner has a collaborative agreement with the University of Leeds governing the relationship.
Start Year 2015
 
Description DARA 
Organisation University of Zambia
Country Zambia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This partnership has come together to deliver training in radio astronomy to countries in Africa that are part of the African VLBI Network and African partner countries with South Africa in the SKA project. Hoare leads the project and the project is managed from Leeds. Leeds organised the recruitment of PhD/MSc students for UK partners.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from collaborating institutions are delivering some of the training in Africa. All UK partners will be hosting PhD or MSc students from the participating African countries.
Impact The collaboration has delivered an up-skilled cohort of young people with knowledge of radio astronomy, research and computing skills and an awareness of how these could translate in to the commercial sector, especially in the space sector. Links have been made between the academic institutions and the space industry in the UK and SA. Well-equipped computer labs have been established in each country. English skills have been provided where required. Collaborations at individual university level are being made between the six UK university partners and the six host sites for the in-country astrophysics training in African partner institutions. The partners were all part of the original application and all feed in to the development of the project over time via meetings at the DARA annual network meeting and Steering Committee meetings. Each partner has a collaborative agreement with the University of Leeds governing the relationship.
Start Year 2015
 
Description DARA 
Organisation University of the Western Cape
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This partnership has come together to deliver training in radio astronomy to countries in Africa that are part of the African VLBI Network and African partner countries with South Africa in the SKA project. Hoare leads the project and the project is managed from Leeds. Leeds organised the recruitment of PhD/MSc students for UK partners.
Collaborator Contribution Staff from collaborating institutions are delivering some of the training in Africa. All UK partners will be hosting PhD or MSc students from the participating African countries.
Impact The collaboration has delivered an up-skilled cohort of young people with knowledge of radio astronomy, research and computing skills and an awareness of how these could translate in to the commercial sector, especially in the space sector. Links have been made between the academic institutions and the space industry in the UK and SA. Well-equipped computer labs have been established in each country. English skills have been provided where required. Collaborations at individual university level are being made between the six UK university partners and the six host sites for the in-country astrophysics training in African partner institutions. The partners were all part of the original application and all feed in to the development of the project over time via meetings at the DARA annual network meeting and Steering Committee meetings. Each partner has a collaborative agreement with the University of Leeds governing the relationship.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Astro-Camping in Botswana 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The astro-camping night brought together students in STEM fields with village elders to learn about modern vs indigenous, cultural astronomy. Eight students attended the event on a hilltop at Paje River Camp. Discussions and stargazing were complemented by the screening of Cosmic Africa -- a movie featuring Prof. Thebe Medupe. This part has resulted in a quarterly collaboration between Botswana International University of Science and Technology 's (BIUST) Physics and Astronomy club.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Astronomy and Geophysics article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An article on DARA was written for the Astronomy and Geophysics - house magazine for the Royal Astronomical Society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://academic.oup.com/astrogeo/article/58/3/3.29/3861226
 
Description DARA Twitter Feed 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Twiiter feed from the DARA project website
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://twitter.com/dara_project
 
Description Elimisha Msichana, Elimisha Jamii 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact DARA funded PhD student at University of Manchester Ann Njeri Ng'Endo created the Elimisha Msichana, Elimisha Jamii (Swahili for Educate a girl, Educate the entire community) project. She setup a scheme to mentor 14-19 year-old schoolgirls through their high school education, so-far this has reached over 800 schoolgirls, plus parents, teachers and local leaders in 10 schools in Kitale, Kenya.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Joint media statement on the outcomes of the 5th Ministerial Meeting of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) African Partner Countries 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact DARA was highlighted in the joint media statement on the outcomes of the 5th Ministerial Meeting of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) African Partner Countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.dst.gov.za/index.php/media-room/latest-news/2653-joint-media-statement-on-the-outcomes-o...
 
Description Kenya Outreach Project 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact In preparation for the upcoming one metre optical telescope observatory being built in Samburu County, DARA students from the Technical University of Kenya travelled for eight hours outside of Nairobi to visit four schools to introduce astronomy through fun and engaging activities, including talks on careers available in radio astronomy and a chance at observing using an optical telescope. In addition, the team interviewed members of Rendille, a Cushitic nomad community in northern Kenya, and a member of the Samburu tribes who outlined the communities' astronomical beliefs as part of ethno-astronomy data collection to aid in further outreach work in the local area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MadAstroMag in Madagascar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact DARA trainees in Madagascar developed a magazine to circulate to local schools that provide information and orientation to high school learners so that they have ideas about their future career and academic goals and inform about the local Astronomy activities and the SKA/AVN project. Topics covered in the magazine included astronomy, physics, chemistry, engineering, geophysics and agronomy. 620 copies were delivered to 7 schools in Morondava, Madagascar, reaching 1900 high school pupils. During each school visit the project team presented the overall concept of the magazine, followed by a question and answer session with students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Madagascar Outreach Project 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact DARA trainees in Madagascar went to the town of Arivonimamo, the site for Madagascar's potential radio observatory, and carried out five days of outreach to over 1000 young people, with 250 students taking part in four activities on each day that promoted astrophysics and radio astronomy in Madagascar.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Merseyside Astronomy Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Hoare presented a talk on DARA and African radio astronomy at the Merseyside Astronomy Day 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description NatureJobs Blog - Isaac 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A DARA MSc student wrote about his experiences in NatureJobs blog.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://blogs.nature.com/naturejobs/2018/02/28/african-astronomy-and-how-one-student-broke-into-the-f...
 
Description NatureJobs Blog - Naomi 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article by DARA PhD student in NatureJobs blog about her experiences as a DARA student.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://blogs.nature.com/naturejobs/2018/02/26/a-student-shaping-the-future-of-african-astronomy/
 
Description PRAGSAC in Ghana 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Former and current DARA trainees in Ghana gave an introduction to astronomy to 800 students in 7 different junior high schools in Accra to raise STEM awareness. Astronomy clubs were started in each school as well as workshops for the teachers and a visit to the Ghana Radio Astronomy Observatory.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://pragsac.org/
 
Description Pint of Science Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Hoare presented a talk on DARA and African radio astronomy at a Pint of Science event in Leeds in April 2018. About 40 members of the general public were present and there was a good discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presidential launch of Ghana telescope 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The President of Ghana inaugurated the newly converted radio antenna in Ghana. During his speech he announced a four-fold increase in spending on science in Ghana and explicitly made the link between space science and economic development. This was a major media event with coverage world wide. Prof Hoare attended on behalf of DARA.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://presidency.gov.gh/index.php/2017/08/24/president-akufo-addo-launches-ghana-radio-astronomy-ob...
 
Description SSPI Podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Podcast with the Director of Research at Space & Satellite Professionals, Lou Zacharilla on the occasion of DARA winning the SSPI Better Satellite World award in 2018. Interview with Prof Melvin Hoare (DARA PI), MR Ian Jones (CEO, Goonhilly Earth Sation Ltd) and DARA PhD students Naomi Frimpong and Saul Piri. Audience is mostly from the space and satellite industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sayari in Kenya 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Eight DARA trainees undertook a development project to train guides from two game lodges based in the Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya. Two four-day long trainings were conducted concurrently at Governor's Camp Mara and Ashnil Mara Camp. Ten lodge guides were trained in basic optical astronomy, ethno-astronomy, light pollution awareness and telescope operation enabling them to educate tourists visiting the game parks and reserves. Each lodge was also provided with a telescope. The trained guides will also conduct outreach sessions within the local community to educate them about conservation and light pollution.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://sayarikenya.org/
 
Description Science in Parliament article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Hoare wrote an article on DARA for the Science in Parliament magazine Winter 2018 edition that is circulated to MPs in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.scienceinparliament.org.uk/
 
Description Times Higher Education article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An article on the DARA project was written with input from Prof Hoare for the Times Higher Education newspaper.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/africa-calling-stars-sky-and-greater-good
 
Description Tour of Ghanaian Universities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Prof Hoare and a DARA PhD student conducted a tour of 6 Ghanaian universities to advertise the work of the DARA project and publicise the opportunities for students in the area of radio astronomy and development in Ghana.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://ucc.edu.gh/news/students-asked-embrace-study-astronomy
 
Description Tour of Zambian Universities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Prof Hoare (DARA PI), Saul Piri (Zambian DARA PhD student) and Steve Jones (DARA Business Consultant) visited four Zambian universities to advertise the opportunities within the DARA training project, radio astronomy and SKA, and space related business. Audiences of around 100 students in each location. Discussions with senior university management about astrophysics teaching and research were also had. Many questions and discussion were sparked.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description UK Space article on DARA SSPI award 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The award of the SSPI Better Satellite World award was covered by UK Space and numerous other space industry new outlets.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ukspace.org/news-item/dara-project-wins-better-satellite-world-award
 
Description University of Namibia web article 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact An article for the University of Namibia website on the basic training programme taking part there.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.unam.edu.na/news/building-capacity-in-radio-astronomy-in-namibia
 
Description Zambia Shooting Stars Outreach Project 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact DARA trainees at University of Zambia's set up the Shooting Stars outreach project and visited three secondary schools to raise awareness of radio astronomy, DARA and Zambia's part in the SKA. Their school visits were covered in the local radio and TV news outlets, with the lead of the project appeared on the local morning show. A radio astronomy public engagement event was also held in the town shopping centre where hard-to-reach members of the general public gained an understanding of radio astronomy's impact to the Zambian economy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.facebook.com/UNZA.Shootingstars.DARAproject