Weekly Round-Up Of Space And Astronomy Opportunities For Africans

Weekly Round-Up Of Opportunities Within The African Space Industry (13)

Our Friday weekly round-up curates opportunities that are still open for application. The Opportunities portal aggregates job vacancies, internships, scholarships, calls for abstracts, fellowships, contests, exchange programmes and other opportunities that are available to Africans who are interested in space science and technology. Simply put, it’s an aggregator for space and astronomy-related opportunities for Africans.

Have you missed any opportunities this week? Check out the weekly round-up below.

Copernicus Master In Digital Earth Extends Application Deadline

Application deadline for Copernicus Master in Digital Earth has been extended till the 20th of January, 2020. Applications from European and International Candidates with a ‘Geospatial’ background are welcome.

The African Union-led Global Monitoring for Environment and Security and Africa (GMES and Africa) Programme uses Copernicus Satellite data and information for the management of land and marine-based resources in Africa. The GMES and Africa Programme encourage interested African Earth Observation experts to apply for the Copernicus Masters on Digital Earth scholarship.
Erasmus+ EMJMD scholarships are available for European and international students. 17 scholarships will be available for this intake (6 Programme Countries = EU, 11 Partner Countries). A maximum of 30 students will start their studies on Copernicus Master in Digital Earth starting from October 2020. Scholarship awarded students are expected to arrive at the University of Salzburg, in Salzburg, Austria is Mid-September 2020.
Click Copernicus Master In Digital Earth Extends Application Deadline to apply and get further information

Apply To Participate in The Open Geospatial Consortium’s Testbed-16 Innovation

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is calling for participation in its next major Innovation Initiative, Testbed-16.Testbed-16 will address some of the hottest geospatial IT topics of this new decade: Earth Observation Clouds; Data Integration, Interoperability & Analytics; Data Containers; and Security.

OGC Testbeds, an annual activity of OGC’s Innovation Program, is a fast-paced, multi-vendor, collaborative effort where participants follow a rapid prototyping approach to design, develop, and test solutions to sponsors’ location-related problems. OGC Testbeds give room for research and new ideas, while also exploring the “fitness for use” of existing standards and solutions.

OGC Testbed results, in the form of Engineering Reports, are provided to OGC’s Standards Program, where they are reviewed, revised, and potentially advanced as new international open standards. Organizations participating in Testbeds, therefore, gain a ‘first to market’ competitive advantage and early first-hand knowledge of the latest industry standards.

Each year, OGC Testbeds integrate requirements and ideas from a number of different sponsors. This pooling of ideas and requirements creates several symbiotic effects. In response to these ideas and requirements, Testbed-16 will address the following topics:

  • Earth Observation Clouds* and Jupyter Notebooks
  • Data Access and Processing API for Geospatial Data
  • Discrete Global Grid System
  • Aviation
  • Machine Learning
  • Full Motion Video and Moving Features
  • Analysis Ready Data
  • Data Centric Security and Federated Security
  • GeoPackage
  • OpenAPI

Funding is available to offset the cost of participation.

Deadline: The CFP submission deadline is February 9, 2020. The project will start with a kick-off meeting scheduled for early April 2020.

Click Apply To Participate in The Open Geospatial Consortium’s Testbed-16 Innovation to apply and get further information


Scholarships Available For New Generation of Global STEM Leaders

AFS and BP are expanding their partnership to include India, along with Brazil, Egypt, and the USA as a host of the BP Global STEM Academies, the four-week scholarship programs focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and global competence education. This is the third year that this extraordinary, full scholarship study abroad program for students and active global citizens who are energized to help solve some of today’s biggest global challenges.

Scholarship winners will enrich their STEM knowledge and skills through an interactive, hands-on curriculum, while developing critical global competencies, including problem-solving, analytical skills, intercultural understanding, and the ability to build bridges across cultures. The program culminates with team projects that offer potential solutions to real-world challenges, with an emphasis on climate change and the energy transition.

STEM programs like this are urgently needed as they help young people develop innovative solutions to global issues, understand multiple STEM concepts, and comfortably thrive in a diverse workforce. The Academies leverage BP’s deep expertise in STEM and AFS’s established track record in international education to develop the next generation of globally competent leaders, making this a high-demand program.

AFS is proud that 10 additional scholarships will be awarded to teens from Ghana, who will participate in the program for the first time this year. Another exciting development is the addition of India as a new destination for one of the Academies. Participants from Brazil, China, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, India, Mexico, South Africa, and the USA are eligible to apply for the 2020 Academies.

The Academies are designed to ensure that the STEM community is inclusive for all teens of all backgrounds – cultural, economic, etc. – such that international education opportunities are open to those who may not be able to afford to go abroad. The BP Global STEM Academy scholarships cover the full participation fee, transportation and living costs of all attendees.

DeadlineApplications are open until 9 March 2020.

Click Scholarships Available For New Generation of Global STEM Leaders to apply and get further information


Apply To Participate in IAC 2020 Next Generation Plenary Proposal

This year, the Next Generation Plenary will focus on how students and young professionals are participating in Public/Private Partnerships (PPP) to inspire and innovate for the next generation. Public/Private Partnerships are vital to the growing space economy and for the future of space exploration. Such partnerships are characterized by government organizations and private companies sharing cost, risk, and benefits of success. We want to know how you are participating in Public/Private Partnerships in your work or research.

Are you an entrepreneur who’s taking advantage of Public/Private Partnerships to start an innovative new company in the space sector? Are you a student conducting research to discover more about our universe or develop cutting edge technology? Perhaps you’re a young professional working for a government agency or private company on a Public/Private Partnership and you want to share your unique perspective? We want to know how Public/Private Partnerships have enabled you to inspire and innovate for the next generation, and we encourage you to apply today!

You are invited to share your ideas in a plenary panel with an audience of senior space leaders in government, industry, and academia at the International Astronautical Congress in Dubai 12-16 October 2020!

If approved by the IAF International Programme Committee (IPC), this event will take place during the week of 12-16 October 2020 in Dubai, at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) (www.iac2020.org).

The participants will engage in a panel discussion with other students and young professionals from around the world and interact with the audience while discussing their efforts to inspire and innovate for and contribute to the Next Generation through Public/Private Partnerships. The plenary will be moderated in a format similar to a talk show, interweaving clips from the panellists’ audition videos with questions and comments from the moderator, other panellists, and the audience.

The video clips will be used to enhance the audience’s understanding of the ideas of the plenary participants. This is an exciting opportunity that you do not want to miss!

To apply, you must be a student or young professional, aged from 21 to 35 years old on 1st January 2020.

Click Apply To Participate in IAC 2020 Next Generation Plenary Proposal to apply and get further information


Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity Available at the University of Cape Town, HEPCAT Group

The High Energy Physics, Cosmology & Astrophysics Theory (HEPCAT) group in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is offering a SARChI in Physical Cosmology postdoctoral fellowship starting in 2020 with Prof. Amanda Weltman.

The position is funded by the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) of the National Research Foundation. The research priorities of this position are on the science of the HIRAX experiment and the MeerKAT telescope, specifically cosmological parameter estimations with BAOs, understanding Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) and the cosmological implications of FRBs and using machine learning in astrophysics.

Applicants will use in-depth subject matter knowledge of radio pulsar and/or FRB astronomy to enable and deliver high-quality scientific publications from the MeerKAT telescope. In addition to the scientific exploitation of the sensitivity and capabilities of the MeerKAT and MeerLICHT telescopes, you will also have the opportunity to leverage other world-class multi-wavelength facilities for FRB science and cosmology. You will have the possibility to collaborate with the HIRAX team and the MeerTRAP team at the University of Manchester and this may involve regular travel between these institutes.

Applicants must have a track record of accomplishment and independence in their research. See more information on the activities of the HEPCAT group.

Deadline: February 16th, 2020.

Click Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity Available at the University of Cape Town, HEPCAT Group to apply and get further information



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New Report: The African space economy is now worth USD 7 billion and is projected to grow at a 7.3% compound annual growth rate to exceed USD 10 billion by 2024. Read the executive summary of the African Space Industry Report - 2019 Edition to learn more about the industry. You can order the report online.


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