The University of Ghana has endorsed the Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Science

Another great news for the AFIPS today ! The University of Ghana, which is one of the best universities in West Africa, has officially endorsed the AFIPS.

It is a good occasion to invite more African Institutions, Research Centers and Universities to consider an endorsement of this initiative, whereas researchers, lecturers and students are also invited to join this African network of Planetary and Space scientists.

We hope that new collaborations will develop between African Institutions and the University of Ghana, for research and education programs in Planetary and Space Sciences in Africa.

Here is below a copy of the letter of endorsement

Endorsement AfrPSS

Lousiana State University has endorsed the Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Science

The Louisiana State University – College of Science (LSU) has endorsed the Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences. This new endorsement by a major University in U.S.A. has been possible thanks to the presentation of the AFIPS by Suniti Karunatillake to the dean, associate dean for research and director of administrative services of LSU, who have “appreciated the opportunity to build exciting new collaborative ventures via the Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences.”

LSU_Endorsement

The Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences on RFI

The broadcast “Atour de la question” by Caroline Lachowsky with Maram KAIRE and David BARATOUX is now available on RFI.

http://www.rfi.fr/emission/20171106-quelle-astronomie-le-continent

The interview took place at the Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire Cheikh Anta Diop.

This interview was the occasion to discuss the Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences, and more generally the on-going efforts of African and international scientists to promote Planetary and Space Sciences in Africa, and the role of this scientific activity on Africa development.

Planetary Sciences at the next Colloquium of African Geology

The 27th Colloquium of Africa Geology will be held at the University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal 21st July – 28th July 2018. The Colloquium of African Geology (CAG) is a major biennial meeting organized under the auspices of the Geological Society of Africa (GSAf).

Like in the previous CAG27 meetings, contributions from all fields of geology are welcome. The AFIPS is happy to mention that contributions from Planetary sciences are also welcome and noted as a sub-theme of S01 – Crustal Evolution of Africa value (S01.6 – Africa’s contributions to Planetary sciences). Expected contributions include in particular studies of African impact craters, investigations of planetary analogues in Africa, and research on meteorites.

Deadline for abstract submission: December, 31st, 2017

CAG2018

Website of the meeting: http://cag27.web.ua.pt

A reserve of dark sky of the Oukaimeden observatory in Morocco

The Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Science is a partner of the project of a dark sky reserve for the limiting light pollution in the region of the Oukaimeden observatory.

The project, led by Prof. Zouhair Benkhaldoun, and entitled “The International Research of dark sky of the National Park of the Toubkal (Atlas Dark Sky) has now been pre-selected to the call “for Socially Responsible projects” of the University Cadi Ayyad. The final proposal shall be submitted by the end of the year (31/12/2017). Continue reading “A reserve of dark sky of the Oukaimeden observatory in Morocco”

Call for application: master research internship on Mars

The Laboratory of Planetology of Nantes and the Laboratory Geosciences Environnement Toulouse invite applications for a M2R (Second year of master) research internship in planetary sciences (6 months).

Applications of African master students are encouraged. Prerequisites include good knowledge of GIS software and experience with remote sensing data sets.

The internship is part of the ANR research program “Mars-Prime” (Mars Primitive).

The details of the application are available in french and english.

Contact: Nicolas Mangold (Nicolas.Mangold@univ-nantes.fr) and David Baratoux (david.baratoux@ird.fr)

The Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences on RFI

Maram KAIRE and David BARATOUX will participate to the RFI radio programme “Autour de la question” (Around the question) by Caroline Lachowsky.

The interview will take place at the Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire Cheikn Anta Diop and will be broadcasted on Monday 06/11, 14h10 (UTC).

This interview will be the occasion to discuss the Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences, and more generally the on-going efforts of African and international scientists to promote Planetary and Space Sciences in Africa, and the role of this scientific activity on Africa development.

You will be able to listen to the broadcast from the following link (in french):

http://www.rfi.fr/emission/20171106-quelle-astronomie-le-continent

The Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences has its first sponsors

The European Association of Geochemistry (EAG) and the Geochemical Society (GS) have decided to support the African Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences. This starting grant will allow us to run at least two workshops in 2018, and hopefully more when more sponsors decide to joint our project. Continue reading “The Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences has its first sponsors”

A reserve of dark sky of the Oukaimeden observatory in Morocco

The Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Science is a partner of the project of a dark sky reserve for the limiting light pollution in the region of the Oukaimeden observatory.

A project, led by Prof. Zouhair Benkhaldoun, and entitled “The International Research of dark sky of the National Park of the Toubkal (Atlas Dark Sky) has been just submitted to the call “for Socially Responsible projects” of the University Cadi Ayyad. Continue reading “A reserve of dark sky of the Oukaimeden observatory in Morocco”