Rwanda Astrophysics, Space and Climate Science Research Group (RASCSRG)

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Rwanda Astrophysics, Space and Climate Science Research Group (RASCSRG) to be funded for the next three years (2015-2017)

Posted on 06 October 2014

The Internatioanl Programme for Physical Science (IPPS) reference meeting held in Kigali (UR-CST, 01-03 Oct 2014) confirmed continuing support to the Rwanda Astrophysics, Space and Climate Science Research Group (RASCSRG) for the next three years (2015-2017). During the next three years, the aim is to build research capacity in Astrophysics, space and climate science through training Masters students in the areas of Astrophysics, Space Science, Atmospheric physics and Climate Science.

The IPPS Reference Meeting Group photo(01-03 October at Kigali)

Posted on 02 October 2014

The inaugural meeting of the Rwanda Astrophysics, Space and Climate Science Research group (RASCSRG) [30 September 2014. Venue: UR-CST Board room]

Posted on 30 September 2014

An inaugural meeting of the Rwanda Astrophysics, Space and Climate Science Research group (RASCSRG) at the University of Rwanda was held at University of Rwanda - College of Science and Technology. During the meeting the Rwanda Astrophysics, Space and Climate Science Research group (RASCSRG) was officially launched.

The IPPS Reference Meeting (01-03 October at Kigali)

Posted on 01 September 2014

The International Science Program (ISP) section Physics (IPPS) is organising the 2014 IPPS reference group meeting at the University of Rwanda -College of Science and Technology from 1 to 3 October 2014 (Venue: La Palisse Hotel). The reference group evaluates applications submitted to ISP (Rwanda submitted an application for the next 3 years funding) at their annual meetings. The reference groups also have an advisory role in ISP's day-to-day scientific work, for instance by making site visits to collaborating research groups and networks. They will be scientific sessions on 1 and 02 October. Members of the Research group and other scientists who are interested in the topics which will be developed are invited to attend these sessions. All you need to know on this meeting are posted at here

Schedule of the Research group Activities during 2014

Posted on 1 August 2014

SN Month Activities Cost (SEK) Comments
1 May Research visit in Germany + Spain by Dr. Pheneas Nkundabakura 26,250 SEK Dr. Pheneas Nkundabakura (UR-CE) spent one month in Labs at the Universtity of Wurzburg (Germany) and at the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalucia (IAA- Spain) for his research on gamma-rays from AGN-Blazars
2 May Research visit in Spain by the student Mahoro Antoine, accompanying his supervisor Dr Pheneas Nkundabakura 14,474 SEK Mr. Antoine Mahoro (UR-CE) spent two weeks at the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalucia (IAA- Spain) for his research on properties of AGN
3 August Develop Curricula of Physics, Astrophysics and Space Science 22,491 SEK The activity will involve a one week retraite to draft 3 curricula. The cost includes the amount which was supposed (refer to the budget) to be used for buying the writing pads for participants at the Fourth East African Astronomical society (30 June-04 July 2014)
4 August Support to a student starting MSc studies at Mbarara University of Science and Technology -First semester 19,095 SEK The support is given in installment. First semester: ½ tuition, ½ accommodation, ½ living expenses, Full bus ticket and full insurance
5 August Research visit in Italy (ICTP) by Dr. Uwamahoro Jean 17,500 SEK Dr. Uwamahoro Jean (UR-CE) will spend one month in one of the Labs of ICTP (Italy) for his research on ionosphere
6 August Research visit in Belgium by Prof. Bonfils and his student 30,348 SEK Prof. Bonfils Safari and his student will spend two weeks in Belgium for his research on Atmospheric Physics
7 September Attending an international conference 8,487 SEK A staff member (not yet nominated-TBA) will attend an international conference to present his results
8 October Student Research training in Space Science 15,500 SEK A student will go for training to learn the maintenance of CALLISTO (already installed at UR-CE for taking solar data) in Austria
9 October Support the publication of the Fourth East African Astronomical society proceedings 25,350 SEK This amount will be paid to proof read and edit the proceedings in the Rwanda online journal owned by the UR-CST (Huye)
10 December Support to a student in MSc studies at Mbarara University of Science and Technology for the second semester 18,405 SEK This is the second installment. Second semester: ½ tuition, ½ accommodation, ½ living expenses.
Total 183,526 SEK

The Fourth East African Astronomical society workshop (30 June-04 July at Kigali/Rwanda)

Posted on 05 July 2014

The series of workshops in Astronomy in East Africa began in 2009 during the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009). The first workshop was held in November 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya and was supported largely by the International Astronomical Union/ Teaching for Astronomy Development (IAU/TAD), Developing Astronomy Globally (DAG), SAAO, University of Nairobi and the International Science Programmes (ISP- Upsalla University). Most of the resource persons were largely drawn from outside the region, including USA and South Africa. The second workshop was held in February 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the resource persons were drawn largely from the East African region with only two others from South Africa, led by the Director of OAD, Mr. Kevin Govender and Dr. Petri Vaisanen of SAAO. The sponsorship came from the IAU, SAAO and the Ethiopian Space Science. Society. The third workshop was held in November 2012 in Kampala, Uganda. The resource persons were drawn from IAU/OAD, SAAO, SA SKA, African VLBI network project and from South Africa DST. The fourth workshop, being organized by the East African Astronomical Society (EAAS) is scheduled from 30 June to 04 July 2014 at University of Rwanda -College of Education (former Kigali Institute of Education), Kigali-Rwanda. The purpose of these workshops is to strengthen capacity building in Astronomy and Astrophysics and Space Science in general and also provide a forum for astronomers from the region to train young and upcoming scientists. It provides an opportunity for exchange of ideas, cross border co-supervision and sharing of resources. There already exists a Bachelor’s degree programme in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Nairobi, Kenya and a number of other universities in the region are in the process of curriculum development of the same. The Ethiopian Space Science Society is running two 1-m class optical telescopes at Entoto Observatory near Addis Ababa. There is project to transform old telecom dishes into radioastronomy antennas to make a strong VLBI African network. None of the individual countries have enough manpower and the resources to run programmes in astronomy on their own and this calls for networking and sharing of expertise to teach and supervise students across East Africa. All you need to know on this meeting are posted at here . Download the preliminary report here

The School on Space (30 June-01 July at Kigali/Rwanda)

Posted on 15 July 2014

An African School on Space Science took place in Rwanda, Kigali City (University of Rwanda –Head Quarters) from 30th June to 11th July 2014. The School was jointly organized by the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP, Italy), the Institute of Scientific Research of Boston College (B.C , USA) and the University of Rwanda (UR) College of Science and Technology(CST). The school obtained financial support from various institutions and space science programs including: The Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), The Ministry of Education (MINEDUC-Republic of Rwanda), The Institute of Scientific Research, Boston College (ISR-BC), The International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG), The University of Rwanda, The University of Rwanda, College of Science and Technology (UR-CST), The University of Rwanda, College of Education (UR-CE), The Scientific Committee of The Solar-Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP), The Japanese Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS) and The Institute of Navigation (USA). The school gathered 63 participants including Lecturers and students from all over the world, with the majority of students coming from the East-African Region. The School covered topics related to the physical phenomena of the solar-magnetosphere - ionospheric coupling and their impact on the near-Earth space environment. The school created an opportunity for senior and young space scientists to interact and share knowledge in space science. On the other hand, the school strengthened the vision and understanding of the importance of research in space science with particular focus on space weather and its impact on our everyday life. Participants in the school could be aware on how solar explosive phenomena can influence the functioning and reliability of spaceborne and ground-based systems and services or directly endanger human health. Services that can be disrupted include telecommunications (i.e cell phones), navigation and all Global Navigation satellite Systems (GPS) related applications. For this important purpose, the school allowed participants an opportunity to gain hands on experience in data analysis of the multiple space-borne and ground based array of instruments. It should be noted that during this workshop event, one space research instrument was given and installed at the University of Rwanda, college of Education. The instrument is now fully functioning and will be operated by local space scientists to monitor solar bursts and thereby be able to predict their potential influence on the near-Earth environment. This year 2014, it was a privilege for Rwanda to host this international scientific event not only because the ICTP celebrates its 50th anniversary, but also because Rwanda has been selected among many other contenders countries to host the African branch of ICTP. For Rwandans scientists and science students, this is a local boost towards advancement of Science, technology and research. The closing ceremonies of the African School on Space Science were horored by the Honorable Minister of Education, Republic of Rwanda. Download the preliminary report here .