The DARA project (Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy) is led by the University of Leeds School of Physics and Astronomy and supported by Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd. as an industry partner, as well as partners including the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory, the South African National Space Agency and the Universities of Hertfordshire, Manchester, Oxford, Bristol and Central Lancashire.
The project aims to develop high tech skills through training in radio astronomy in a number of African countries: Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia. University of Leeds Professor Melvin Hoare spearheaded the program in 2015 with funding from the Newton Fund, which uses the UK’s Overseas Development Assistance budget for scientific collaboration with developing countries. Since its founding, the DARA project has trained 140 students in partner African countries with another 120 set to be trained in coming years.
In supporting African Students and Young professionals, DARA is sponsoring 5 delegates from 5 countries to attend the 2nd African Space Generation Workshop organized by the Space Generation Advisory Council.
The two-day regional workshop will bring together around 100 delegates, students (bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree candidates), young professionals and industry representatives to examine, consider and collaboratively stimulate interdisciplinary perspectives on space and scientific matters in the African region. Participants from diverse fields will have the opportunity to interact with experts from academia, businesses and space agencies through plenary and panel sessions, keynotes and working group discussions.
The scholarship recipients are:
Ms Tumo FortunateKedumele – Botswana
Mr. Forson Albert – Ghana.
Mr Frans Ndeyanale – Namibia
Mr BONFACE OSORO – Kenya
Ms Chileshe Mutale – Zambia