7-11 July 2014
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
<a href="http://events.saip.org.za/internalPage.py?pageId=16&confId=34"><font color=#0000ff>SAIP2014 Proceedings published on 17 April 2015</font></a>

A Boost to Astronomy in Southern Africa

8 Jul 2014, 10:00
D Les 203

D Les 203

Oral Presentation Track D1 - Astrophysics Astro


Mr Prospery C Simpemba (Copperbelt University/University of Witwatersrand)

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Southern Africa is home to world class astronomical research on the African continent. We explore the new developments that give the region a boost in advancing astronomy. The Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) has been established in South Africa to coordinate global astronomy developments. A bid to host the Southern Africa Regional Office of Astronomy for Development (SAROAD) in Zambia at the Copperbelt University has been successful. The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) Project has taken shape and is already adding immense value to human capital development and research. We also highlight the High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) in Namibia and the proposed hosting of Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA). These developments put Southern Africa in the lime light, providing many possibilities for regional economic and human capital development.

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Mr Prospery C Simpemba (Copperbelt University/University of Witwatersrand)


Mr Claudio M. Paulo (University of Witwatersrand) Mr Isak D. Davids (University of Namibia) Mr Joseph Simfukwe (Copperbelt University) Dr Kaumba Chinyama (Copperbelt University) Mr Kevin Govender (IAU Office of Astronomy for Development) Dr Michael Backes (University of Namibia) Prof. Sergio Colafrancesco (University of Witwatersrand)

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