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Benard Nsamba receives grant to organize an astronomy summer school in Uganda

04.05.2022 15:59

The German Volkswagenstiftung has awarded Branco Weiss Fellow Benard Nsamba a grant worth 82,100 euro to organize a “Sub-Saharan Africa Advanced Astronomy Summer School”. The summer school will be held from September 19 to September 30, 2022, at Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel in Kampala, Uganda. It is the first international astronomy summer school ever to be held in Uganda. Organizing partners are Mbarara University of Science and Technology (Uganda), Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik and Thüringer Landessternwarte Tautenburg (both Germany), and Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (Portugal).

The goal of the summer school is to invite experts to share the state-of-the-art techniques and methods currently employed in these scientific research areas. In addition, research areas such as exoplanet and stellar physics studies have strong synergies and therefore present opportunities for generating research ideas which cut across the two fields, thus creating avenues for networking and building substantial collaborations among researchers and students in these fields.

The grant is given by the Volkswagenstiftung under the initiative “Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa”.

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