3rd Workshop on the Implementation of the AERAP Framework Programme for Cooperation

General Info

Start date:2013-11-04

End date:

After workshops in June (Brussels) and July (Cape Town), the AERAP stakeholders will continue working on the implementation of the AERAP Framework Programme for Cooperation during a meeting on 4 and 5 November 2013 in Brussels.

Following the previous implementation workshops that have been held in Brussels and Cape Town, this meeting will have a dual focus. Firstly, the workshop will consider and elaborate the first AERAP Implementation Plan. This plan will detail in an operational manner activities which require support in order to implement selected key actions identified in the AERAP Framework Programme for Cooperation. A draft copy of the Implementation Plan will be circulated prior to the workshop and no later than on 28 October 2013. 

The second objective of the workshop will be to inform the AERAP community of these different funding opportunities which will become available during coming months.

Four thematic working sessions are planned which will respectively dealing with: 

  • Support for the establishment of an African VLBI Network (AVN) through research infrastructure investment as well as education and training programmes for astronomers, engineers and technicians organised within the context of Africa-EU cooperation.
  • Development of a wide-band, mid-frequency aperture array through African-European cooperation including scientific training which could support preparations for Africa’s hosting of these components in the 2nd phase of the Square Kilometre Array.
  • Human Capital Development including, among others, the establishment of a network of African-European centres for radio-astronomy education and training as well as the development of post-graduate curricula for radio astronomy and related disciplines.
  • Big Data for radio astronomy including, among others, the development of the Big Data Africa Programme (network of centres with focus on skills development in Big Data technologies and techniques).

The aim of these working sessions will be to initiate the development of specific project proposals to implement these projects or programmes. The goal is to optimally prepare the AERAP community for relevant funding opportunities which will become accessible in 2014. Information on these opportunities will also be provided. 


Registration form

A provisional agenda is available in the Downloads section.

All scientists, engineers, industry representatives and policy makers interested in African-European radio astronomy cooperation and/or science capacity building in Africa are welcome to attend this meeting.

The workshop will consist of an all-day session on 4 November and a half-day session on 5 November. A meeting with members of the European Parliament is foreseen on Tuesday.

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

If you have any question, please contact aerap@aerap.org.