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SKA Gets Horizon 2020 Grant
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SKA Gets Horizon 2020 Grant

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The Square Kilometre Array project has received €5 million from the European Union’s research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020. “The EU-allocated funding will help support the detailed design of the infrastructure required at the two SKA telescope co-host sites – the Murchison region of Western Australia and the Karoo region of South Africa – and adds to the €150 million currently being invested globally in the project’s pre-construction phase,” according to an article published on the project’s website. “The SKA continues to be seen as an important global project by the European Union, and this funding will allow us to complete critical design activities,” says Simon Berry who is policy development director at the SKA Global Headquarters. [Image credit: Flickr, Government ZA]

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SKA Africa Partners Plan Radio Astronomy Fund
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SKA Africa Partners Plan Radio Astronomy Fund

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A new fund has been proposed to enhance Africa’s radio astronomy capacity, according to an article published by SciDev.Net. Funds will be dedicated to providing training for scientists based in SKA Africa partner countries, to build their knowledge in radio astronomy. The plan was proposed during a recent partner meeting held in November 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya, to assess their progress and forge a way forward. [Image credit: SKA Africa]

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An Optimistic Look at African Science
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An Optimistic Look at African Science

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African scientists are returning to the continent to work on leading edge programmes, like the Square Kilometre Array, says an article published by The Economist. “The number of scientific papers produced by Africans has tripled in the past decade,” the article says, quoting data from Reed-Elsevier. “More funding and better internet connectivity are helping. Access to scientific literature offered by public-private partnerships like Research4Life, a UN-led initiative that makes research papers freely available in poor countries, has helped, too. A new generation of African politicians with technical training is promoting innovation,” it says. [Image credit: Flickr, Steve Dorman]

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Seminar: Africa-EU Radio Astronomy Cooperation
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Seminar: Africa-EU Radio Astronomy Cooperation

The African European Radio Astronomy Platform will hold a seminar on research cooperation and economic growth during the 4th Africa-EU Summit. The seminar will include discussion of active bi-regional cooperation initiatives, including the Square Kilometre Array. [Image credit: Flickr, Ea Wortman]

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UK Funds SA’s SKA Project
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UK Funds SA’s SKA Project

The UK has contributed R1.7 billion to oversee the first phase of South Africa’s Square Kilometre Array Project.

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Africa's Co-hosting of the Square Kilometre Array
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Africa's Co-hosting of the Square Kilometre Array

Presentation by Daan du Toit of the Department of Science and Technology, South Africa, at the CAAST-Net Plus Workshop on Research Infrastructures (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: 26-27 June 2013). [Image credit: DST]

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