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Italy-South Africa radio astronomy Workshop



Italy-South Africa radio astronomy Workshop

The Italian Embassy in Pretoria and the South African Department of Science and Technology, with further contributions from the Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy, INAF (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica) and SARAO (South African Radio Astronomical Observatory) are organizing the workshop “Enhancing the collaboration in radio-astronomy between Italy and South Africa” to be held in Pretoria the 24th and 25th October 2018.

Radio astronomy is a key area of investment in Italy and South Africa. The ongoing developments in technology and computing capacity are anticipating a major expansion of our knowledge in radio astrophysics and opening new opportunities for industrial cooperation. Italy and South Africa have a longstanding tradition of collaboration in all these areas, and the aim of the workshop is to further strengthen and expand the existing successful collaborations between the two countries.

The meeting will focus on four key areas:

- SKA and Very Long Baseline Interferometry operations: African VLBI Network

and Italian VLBI Network, VLBI with MeerKAT

- SKA challenges: Big data and cloud computing; big data and data analytics;

artificial intelligence for astronomy

- The added value of industrial partnership

- Joint human capital development initiatives in radio astronomy.

All relevant information, including registration and abstract submission, can be found at the workshop web page: