Lunch Session LS7  5 April 2018

Open discussion around Africa-Europe research collaborations


    This lunch session and special session SS23 have been supported financially by the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) and Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD - IAU), European Astronomical Society (EAS), International Science Programme (ISP), Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA), and local African and European institutions of participants. SS23 and LS7 SOC members appreciate it very much.

Aims and scope

This lunch session is a continuation of special session SS23 and will focus on three main objectives:

  • to discuss the current status and future plans regarding the scientific and technological development of astronomy and space science in Africa and to address opportunities, achievements, difficulties and needs;
  • to discuss current European - African research programmes; and
  • to discuss new European - African research collaborations and partnerships, and to motivate European institutions and research groups to take a more active role/participation in the joint development of science in Africa.
  • Programme

    • 13:15 - 13:45 - Presentations of round table representatives
    • 13:45 - 14:15 - Open discussion

    Invited speakers

      Round table representatives:
    • Vanessa McBride - IAU-OAD, South Africa
    • Melvin Hoare - DARA representative, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
    • Nana Ama Browne Klutse - GSSTC, Ghana
    • Ernst Van Groningen - ISP representative, Uppsala University, Sweden
    • Takalani Nemaungani - DST, South Africa
    • Mike Bode - EAS special representative to the EU, BIUST, Botswana
    • George Miley - European ROAD representative, Leiden University, Netherlands

    Scientific organisers

    • Mirjana Povic (ESSTI, Ethiopia and IAA-CSIC, Spain) - Chair
    • Vanessa McBride (IAU-OAD, South Africa) - Co-chair
    • Kevindran Govender (IAU-OAD, South Africa)
    • Ernst van Groningen (Uppsala University, Sweden)
    • Phil Charles (RAS, United Kingdom)
    • Nana Ama Browne Klutse (GSSTI, Ghana)

    Mirjana Povic (mpovic @, Vanessa McBride (vanessa @

    Updated on Wed Mar 21 10:26:46 CET 2018