News and Events

Early Science MIGHTEE Workshop held at UWC

MIGHTEE is one of the eight MeerKAT Large Survey projects (MLSPs) who are using the first observations with the MeerKAT radio telescope in the Northern Cape. There is a strong South African collaboration on MIGHTEE and this workshop was the first time the majority of those involved came together. With MeerKAT, radio astronomers are able …

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Welcome to Astronomy and Bioinformatics User Support Specialists for ilifu

We are glad to welcome two new user support specialists for the users on the Ilifu Data Intensive Research Cloud facility. Dr. Jordan Collier and Mr. Dane Kennedy will be joining the IDIA team as Astronomy and Bioinformatics User Support specialists. Their roles will involve the provision of technical support to the astronomy and bioinformatics communities, …

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superMIGHTEE 2019 Announcement

Dear Colleagues, We will be holding a meeting of the superMIGHTEE collaboration at Kruger Park 05 – 07 June 2019. SUPERMIGHTEE is a collaboration between the MeerKAT MIGHTEE project and colleagues at NCRA-TIFR in India to co-observe the MIGHTEE deep fields with the upgraded GMRT from 250-850 MHz. With interferometer baselines almost four times larger …

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IDIA Welcomes a New Team Member

The Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy at the University of the Western Cape is proud to announce that a new team member has joined us as a postdoctoral research fellow, Dr. Fangxia An. Dr. An will be working with IDIA Researcher Dr. Mattia Vaccari on the HELP­-IDIA Panchromatic PrOject (HIPPO) on developing techniques to best …

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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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