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African - European Astronomy Partnership Seminar and Networking Reception

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On the occasion of the visit to Brussels by the Director-General of the South Department of Science and Technology, Dr Phil Mjwara, for the centenary celebration of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the Department and the African European Radio Astronomy Platform (AERAP), have the pleasure to invite you to a short seminar on opportunities for and successes of African - European cooperation in astronomy, followed by a networking reception.



16:30 Welcome and Context

Ms Vinny Pillay, South Africa’s Senior Science and Technology Representative to the EU


16:35 The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) project - a unique global astronomy partnership including Africa and Europe Dr Simon Berry, SKA Organisation


16:55 Cooperation between AVN and JIV ERIC - connecting African and European VLBI research infrastructure Dr Francisco Colomer, JIV ERIC


17:15 Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA) - human capital development for the big data economy Dr Anna Scaife, University of Manchester


17:35 Reflections on AERAP: Strategic partnerships between South Africa and the Netherlands Dr Arnold van Ardenne, ASTRON


17:55 Concluding remarks

Mr Declan Kirrane, AERAP Coordinator


18:00 Networking receptionDate: Wednesday 10 April 2019

Time: 16:30 - 18:00 followed by reception

Venue: South African Mission to the EU, Rue Montoyer 17-19, Brussels, Belgium

Contact: Ms Francoise Dassy, francoise.dassy@belgacom.net




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