RAS-OAD grants provide mobility funding with the goal of establishing or nurturing research, educational and/or development related collaborations between the United Kingdom (UK) and countries where astronomy research is not well established.
More information on the grant: RAS-OAD grant
2018 Grant Recipients (Feb):
1. Sarah Eve Roberts (Cardiff University, UK) will present a training workshop on AstroLab, an enquiry-based lab for science undergraduates, at the University of Zululand (hosted by Thulani Jili) in June 2018. This will involve demonstrations to physics students and lecturers from across sub-Saharan African in using robotic telescopes, such as the Las Cumbres Observatory.
2. Ikechukwu Obi (CBSS, Nigeria) will undertake a research visit to the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics. Obi will be hosted by Robert Beswick and Anita Richards and will learn techniques on data reduction of eMERLIN data from the LEMMINGS galaxy survey. It is hoped that this visit will be the catalyst for future strategic connections between the UK and Nigeria in radio astronomy.
3. Katherine Blundell (Oxford University, UK) participated in the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa’s symposium in Cape Town in March 2018, and was hosted by Case Rijsdijk. The aim of the visit was to stimulate collaborations between professional and amateur astronomers in light of the large sky surveys that will come online in the next decade. Prof. Blundell also interacted with school girls in Cape Town, where one of the Global Jet Watch telescopes is located.
4. Mikako Matsuura (Cardiff University, UK) will lecture at an astronomy boot camp for Vietnamese postgraduate students in July 2018, while also attending an international conference in Quy Nhon. She is hosted by Prof. Pham Ngoc Diep, who is working to grow astronomy as a discipline within Vietnam.
5. Alemiye Mamo Yacob (ESSTI, Ethiopia), Edward Jurua (MUST, Uganda), Pheneas Nkundabakura (University of Rwanda), Ann Njeri Ngendo (University of Nairobi, Kenya), Sohan Jheeta (Science Communication Ltd), Bonaventure Okere (CBSS & WA-ROAD, Nigeria) and Prospery Simpemba (SA-ROAD) were awarded travel grants to represent Africa Europe collaborations in a special session at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science in Liverpool, UK during April 2018. They were generously hosted by Dr Matt Darnley of Liverpool John Moore’s University. Existing collaborations ranged from science topics, such as research on the African VLBI to efforts in human capacity development in astronomy.
2017 Grant Recipients:
OAD-IUCAA Visiting Fellowships
Geoffrey Okeng’o travelled from Kenya to India in February 2015 under the OAD-IUCAA visiting fellowships for African individuals – his time in India was to be spent on a combination of research and outreach experiential learning.
More information: OAD-IUCAA visiting fellowships
NWO-OAD Visiting Experts
The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a grant under the NWO-OAD Visiting Experts Scheme. This grant was awarded to Prof. Simon Portegies Zwart and Dr. Jarle Brinchmann for a two week visit to Colombia under the AstroTwinCoLo Twinning Programme. For two weeks, they will give lectures to advanced undergraduate students as well as a number of public lectures.
Lectures that were given by Leiden professor Simon Portegies and Jarle Brinchmann:-
AstroTwinCoLo, 2015 – Computational Astrophysics –
AstroTwinCoLo, 2015 – Galaxy Formation –
More information: NWO-OAD Visiting Experts Scheme