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 SCINDA 2009 Workshop : Livingstone Zambia
The Scintillation Network Decision Aid (SCINDA) 2009 meeting will take part in conjunction with theIHY-Africa 2009 meeting, and sessions concerning the SCINDA participants will take place on the Sunday (7 June 2009) and Monday (8 June 2009) preceding the IHY-Africa workshop. Please download the [ Annoucement ] and [Registrtion Form]

 EGY-Africa Activities and Links
eGY-Africa is a community of scientists from Africa and elsewhere who are concerned about improving Internet capabilities in African Universities and institutions. eGY-Africa was initiated as an Electronic Geophysical Year (eGY) effort to reduce the Digital Divide, with cooperation from the International Heliophysical Year (IHY) community. The main sponsor is the International Union of Geodesy & Geophysics (IUGG), with additional support from the International Association of Geomagnetism & Aeronomy (IAGA), NASA, the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado (LASP), and CODATA.   eGY-Africa seeks to achieve better Internet and Grid access for scientists (and others) in universities and similar research and education institutions in Africa so they can participate on equal terms with the rest of the world as we move into the information era. The belief is that strengthening the tertiary education and research sector in this way is a necessary step towards making African communities wealthier, safer, and more sustainable.


 SCINDA 2007 Workshop : Addis Ababa Ethiopia, 11-16 November 2007

NC A&T State University organized the second International IHY-Africa SCINDA Workshop in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, during the period of November  11-16, 2007. The workshop is sponsored by a grant obtained from the European Office for Aerospace Research and Development (EOARD) and United States Air Force. Scientists from Ethiopia, Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Cape Verde, USA and Malaysia will participate in the workshop. The overall goals of the workshop are to establish space science expertise and develop a network of space weather observations across Africa.. The workshop will cover equatorial aeronomy and the physics of low latitude ionospheric disturbances that affect space-based communication and navigation systems.  The workshop will provide instruction on the deployment, operation and interpretation of SCINDA sensors and their associated data.  In the end the participants will setup a GPS TEC/scintillation system on-line at their home institution at the conclusion of the workshop. Low latitude ionospheric disturbances can routinely degrade satellite communications, GPS navigation and other space-based RF systems. The proposed workshop squarely addresses those impacts by providing the requisite training to install and operate sensors that provide real-time warnings of scintillation impacts on DoD systems. We anticipate that as many as 7 new observing sites will be established as a direct result of the workshop. We wish to thank the following for their generous support: European Office of Aerospace Research (http://www.london.af.mil) and Development and United States Air Force Research Laboratory. 


IHY-Africa Space Weather Science and Education Workshop : Addis Ababa Ethiopia, 12-16 November 2007

The workshop  followed the 2nd Africa SCINDA Workshop on Sunday 11th November.  Both. meetings will be held at the Ghion Hotel. The Workshop is under the auspices of IHY, in cooperation and collaboration with several other international and African national programs, including CAWSES, eGY, AMMA, and AFREF.  The workshop is sponsored by several US and International Agencies. The purpose of the workshop is to facilitate scientific interaction and promote space science in Africa, with a strong educational focus.  The space science community is currently exploring ways to increase the observational infrastructure in the African sector, and to encourage scientists in Sub-Saharan Africa to become involved in the science objectives, and to host instrumentation at their institutions.  The new observational infrastructure will facilitate the study of space weather, spark interest in space science education and research, and encourage the next generation to become interested in the space sciences.

IHY-Africa SCINDA 2006  Espargos Cape Verde:

NC A&T State University, in collaboration with US Air Force Research Laboratory and Instituto Nacional De Meteorologica E. Geofisica will organize the first International SCINDA Workshop in Cape Verde, during the period of July 10-14., 2006. The workshop is sponsored by a grant obtained from the European Office for Aerospace Research and Development (EOARD). Scientists from Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Cape Verde, USA and Malaysia will participate in the workshop. The overall goals of the workshop are to establish space science expertise and develop a network of space weather observations across Africa.. The workshop will cover equatorial aeronomy and the physics of low latitude ionospheric disturbances that affect space-based communication and navigation systems. The workshop will provide instruction on the deployment, operation and interpretation of SCINDA sensors and their associated data.  In the end the participants will setup a GPS TEC/scintillation system on-line at their home institution at the conclusion of the workshop. Low latitude ionospheric disturbances can routinely degrade satellite communications, GPS navigation and other space-based RF systems. The proposed workshop squarely addresses those impacts by providing the requisite training to install and operate sensors that provide real-time warnings of scintillation impacts on DoD systems. We anticipate that as many as 7 new observing sites will be established as a direct result of the workshop. We wish to thank the following for their contribution to the success of this conference: European Office of Aerospace Research and Development, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, United States Air Force Research Laboratory (http://www.london.af.mil)


The 2010 International Space Weather Initiative School in Space Physics

The IHY (for more information see http://ihy2007.org/index.html) has successfully conducted many programs that have not only popularized space science all over the world and but also created favorable conditions for joint research and training in some sort of global framework. African scientists have successfully participated in the IHY and many research level scientific instruments have been installed in many parts of Africa in the framework of the IHY. In oder to make maximum use of these and other similar initiatives and establish strong space research groups in Africa, a high level training of young students and researchers is very crucial. The present summer school is a continuation of the African Regional IHY School, which was conducted in November 10-22, 2008 in Nigeria and it will the first ISWI (International Space Weather Initiative)- Africa School on Space Physics.

African Student  Astrophysical  Research and Observation (ASTARO)

The dream of exploring outer space is nature's gift to humanity. Beyond cultures, and language barriers people the beauty and complexity of the skies above them inspire you and old. Before the advent of telescopes thinkers documented the motion of stars and planets, the sun, the moon and the Earth. It is the discovery of Keppler's laws followed by Newton's law of Universal gravitation that led to everything we know about space travel today. Space travel and exploration inspires people to think beyond their immediate locality. They travel through space using their own imagination as their vehicle, always asking the most fundamental question of humanity, "are we alone?" Writers and storytellers capture this imagination in science fictions. This imagination and the desire for knowledge about outer space have been pushing the leading edge discovery in many areas of science. The motivaton of ASTARO is to engage African and African American students, their peers and their teachers in astrophysical observaion and research.

IYA- Africa 2009  African Scientific Network Initiatives


The African Scientific Network is sponsoring this website to document to facilitate  the activities of its collaborators in Africa. While this activity is redundant  we believe there are activities that may not  captured by the IYA2009. For example issues that are related to ethnoastronomy, archaeastronomy and the like. Collaborators in Africa will do the same activities as listed in the IAY2009 but with an additional twist of documenting starlores.


Africa K12 Communities-Ethiopian School Development Projects


Technology workshop for Teachers and Students Inspired by International Astronomical Year 2009
Sponsored by: AASDO Contact: Dr. Abebe Kebede  email: abkebede@gmail.com Tel: 336-285-2113

K12 outreach programs and activities are the cornerstone for improving the quality of student education, to enhance the breath and depth of knowledge, functional literacy, and improve the science and math skills of high school graduates in subsaharan Africa. Participants will be introduced to activities developed by professionals at the university, community college and high school level working in collaboration. The main intent of the workshop is to inspire students to study science and math, and to train teachers about and on the most current classroom technologies for teaching and learning. It is hoped that this workshop will tangibly increase the number of university students majoring in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). In particular, the workshop will:

 • address competencies of  teachers and students in technology assisted teaching and learing
• introduce new teaching and learning technologies for science applicable to the high school classroom (e.g. logger pro)
 

Related activities

Space School Africa (SSA) is an initiative from the South Africa-based National Youth Development Trust (NYDT), offering school- and college-age students from South Africa itself and wider in Africa, the opportunity to learn more about and experience aspects of the outer-atmospheric environment.  <>
The SSA programme is centered around "design and fly" concepts with leadership development being a critical part of the programme - participation is mainly done in teams of six students. To develop such skills, every year participants are taken to a "survival boot camp" - in 2007, participants went to Tswaing, a meteorite crater.


 50th Annivesary of the Addis Ababa University Geophysical Observatory, November 1-4, 2007

The Geophysical Observatory of Addis Abeba University was established on November 2, 1957, during the International Geophysical Year (IGY). Due to its strategic location in close proximity with the Magnetic Equator and the most active sector of the East African Rift System, the observatory’s work in the fields of geomagnetism and seismology have remained of central importance in the development of earth science in these fields in the region. .