2021 African Radio Interferometry Winter School

28 June 2021 to 2 July 2021

Please Note:

The Africa Radio Interferometry Winter School has reached it’s capacity registrations. We regret that we cannot accept any more registrations at the moment.

We look forward to seeing you next year.

Free online workshop presented by the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), in collaboration with the Radio Astronomy Techniques and Technology (RATT) and Cavendish Laboratory and Kavli Institute for Cosmology in Cambridge / REACH project

Guest speakers
James Chibueze – Black hole jets bent by magnetic fields
Anastasia Fialkov – Cosmic Dawn and the Epoch of Re-ionization (theory)
Gianni Bernardi – Observations of the 21-cm line from cosmic Hydrogen
Marta Spinelli – The challenge of Foregrounds
Eloy de Lera Acedo – Experiment design and the Radio Experiment for the Analysis of Cosmic Hydrogen (REACH)


The African Radio Interferometry Winter School focuses on the theoretical and introductory tutorial aspects of radio interferometry. The introductory level of the workshop makes it well suited to students and young professionals, as well as scientists and engineers interested in acquiring a basic working knowledge of radio astronomy.

The workshop is wholly a remote attendance workshop that will be presented over 5 days running from 9am to 6pm — timezone Africa/Johannesburg (UTC + 2).

Remote lectures will be presented via webinar with Q&A sessions after each presentation, as well as discussions sessions as necessary.

Practical hands-on exercises are provided via Google colab python notebooks and will be self-education based and completed at the attendees own pace. All tutorials use MeerKAT public data or other public training data sets.

Topics covered in this year’s workshop

  • Flagging, calibration and imaging of continuum and spectral line data
  • Time domain pulsar sciences
  • Extracting information from astronomical data and interpreting the results
  • Introducing to radio astronomy data processing
  • Hands-on projects to challenge participant’s problem solving skills

The general structure of the workshop

Morning sessions will be webinar presentations focused on the fundamentals of radio interferometry. Tutorials using python notebooks exercises will follow in the afternoons, followed by some select MeerKAT specific topics to close off each day.

Afternoons are also available for discussion and Q&A sessions.

Invited presentations on more general radio astronomy topics will be presented in the late afternoons of some days, while Friday will be dedicated to radio astronomy science topics.

Last Updated on March 30, 2023