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University of the Western Cape Honours IDIA Associate Director Carolina Ödman-Govender

The University of the Western Cape (UWC), a partner of the Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy, in their effort to celebrate the United Nations’ International Day of Women and Girls in Science has honoured Associate Professor Carolina Ödman-Govender for her contribution to science in general, and astronomy in particular. The article celebrates five women at …

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DARA Big Data Policy fellows at the Science Forum South Africa.

IDIA is a co-proposer of the DARA Big Data programme. Part of the initiative is the DARA Big Data Africa School held earlier this year. Another element is the DARA Big Data Science Policy Fellows who will take part in a dedicated session at the Science Forum South Africa in Pretoria in December 2018. More …

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IDIA-supported hackathon for International Data Week

International Data Week (IDW) 2018 is taking place 5-8 Novembre 2018. A global movement mobilizing data scientists and researchers, representatives from industry and policy makers, IDW stimulates the adoption of data-driven research in every field. Part of IDW2018, the international SciDataCon conference is taking place in Botswana this year. The theme for this year’s conference is …

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IDIA is getting a new website

We are building a new website for the Institute. While we are doing so, information on this website will be incomplete. Is there something you cannot find? Get in touch! Email us at communications@idia.ac.za. You can also reach us on our twitter account @Big_IDIA. Thank you for your patience. In the meantime, here are existing websites …

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Warm send-off for Prof. Ishwara Chandra

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 …

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IDIA partners with the SARAO Big Data Africa school.

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 …

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MeerKAT Science book published

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 …

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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 (30th) General Assembly, which took place in VIenna, Austria in …

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