Partner programs

RAS-OAD grant

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:

1. Dr Megan Argo, University of Central Lancashire, attended the Story of Space Festival in Goa, India during November 2017. She presented an art/science public event at the festival called “Cycle the Solar System” involving a bike tour, scientific talks about the solar system and art installations made by artist Nick Sayers along the tour. Dr Argo also presented workshops on both astronomy and communication during her stay and was hosted by Jaya Ramchandani, the co-founder of the festival.
2. Dr Amin Aminaei, University of Oxford, visited the Insitute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM), Iran during December 2017 to present workshops, courses and a general lecture for the public on various aspects relating to both the methodology and science related to low frequency radio telescopes. The visit is hosted by Dr Habib Khosroshahi from IPM.
During his visit, Dr Aminaei helped to organise a Radio Astronomy School on December 16-17, 2017 at IPM.  It included both theory and practical sessions with the focus on the research and development in low frequency radio astronomy.  
3. Professor Don Kurtz, University of Central Lancashire, will visit Mbarara University of Science & Technology (MUST) in Uganda during March 2018 to give lectures on astroseismology to undergraduate students and the general public. Together with Dr Edward Jurua from MUST, Prof. Kurtz will offer workshops for students on how to use their physics knowledge to answer questions relating to space science.
4. Dr Dimitris Stamatellos, University of Central Lancashire, will visit the International Center for Inter-disciplinary Science and Education (ICISE) in Vietnam in May 2018. The goal of the visit is to set up links with ICISE which will allow joint supervision of Vietnamese astronomy students in astronomy. The visit will also include lectures at both undergraduate level and for the public and is hosted by Dr Quang Nguyen Luong, an adjunct scientist working on massive stars formation at ICISE.

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