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IDIA was privileged to have Associate Professor Ishwara Chandra from the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics ( NCRA ) in Pune, India as a sabbatical visitor for one year. In a warm send-off the the UCT Astronomy department on September 20, Prof. Russ Taylor mentioned how Prof. Chandra's research contributed to the group's deep imaging efforts, and thanked Prof. Chandra for his many contributions and interactions with, among others, students. Prof. Chandra expressed how much fun this...
Last week saw the DARA Big Data Africa School 2018 take place in a scenic mountainside resort near Cape Town, South Africa. 27 young scientists, most of them master’s students in fields as diverse as mechanical engineering or physics attended the school, part of the Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA) Big Data programme, a joint initiative between the UK and South Africa. In addition to expert lecturers from world leaders in big data in science and industry, the students formed...
The week of 10 - 17 September 2018 sees the 2nd Big Data Africa school take place near Cape Town. Organised by SARAO as part of the Newton Fund 's DARA Big Data project, the school brings 27 students from 8 African countries together with lecturers, local and international, to take part in an intense, hands-in academic school where they get first hand experience with big data. IDIA has partnered with the school and the students develop and run projects on the IDIA research cloud. The projects...
The proceedings of a scientific workshop focusing on the science to be carried out with the MeerKAT telescope have been published into a book. The opus, entitled,"MeerKAT Science: On the Pathway to the SKA" is available through IDIA. In 2016, the Principal Investigators of the MeerKAT Large Survey Projects who have been awarded the lion's share of the telescope's first 5 years of operations, got together with collaborators to discuss the ground-breaking science made possible by the MeerKAT,...
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IDIA Associate Director Carolina Ödman wins prestigious Special International Astronomical Union Award for astronomy outreach, development and education The International Astronomical Union (IAU) last week awarded Associate Director of the Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA), Associate Professor Carolina Ödman, a special prize for her pioneering work in astronomy outreach, development and education. This award was given as part of the IAU XXX (30 th ) General Assembly, which took...
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South Africa has won the bid to host the 2024 General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU). It will be the first time this assembly is held on African soil in what will be the 105th year of existence of this prestigious global association of professional astronomers. The decision was announced by the newly elected President of the IAU, Prof. Ewine van Dishoeck, at the association's General Assembly currently under way in Vienna. The IAU was founded in 1919 with a mission to...
On July 23 2018, we invited members of the media and of the astronomy community to an event at the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome to celebrate the IDIA Research Cloud. See the video we prepared for the event.

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