Dr.Natascha Förster Schreiber is a worldleading astronomer and expert in the formation and evolution of galaxies. She holds a PhD Magna Cum Laude from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Recognized internationally through prestigious fellowships and work at Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics. Pioneered research revealing rapid maturation of galaxies in early Universe, doubling estimates of massive galaxies. Introduced paradigm shift with findings on early galaxy regularity and galactic winds' impact on star formation. Instrumental in developing high-tech instruments and shaping scientific case for future observing facilities like the Extremely Large Telescope.
E-ELT and Africa
International Lunar Exploration
Prof. Zouhair Benkhaldoun is an astronomer and astrophysicist who actively involved in astronomical research and education at Cadi Ayyad university. He has published numerous scientific papers and his involved in several international collaborations in the field of astronomy. As a director of Oukaimeden Observatory, he is engaged in a wide range of scientific activities and research projects. He is also actively involved in promoting astronomy education and outreach in Morocco.
The space sciences: an opportunity for African astronomy
Prof. Robert Szabo serves as an astronomer and director at the Konkoly Observatory in Budapest, overseeing Hungary's largest astronomical institute with a team of over 60 researchers. The institute boasts multiple ERC grants, GINOP projects, Lendület, Élvonal projects, and various other initiatives. Prof. Szabo's primary research focuses on stellar pulsations, delving into the intricate "voices" of stars. These oscillations yield valuable insights into stellar structure and internal processes, akin to how seismic waves help geophysicists map Earth's interior. Through observation, analysis, and interpretation of these pulsations, astrophysicists gain unprecedented access to the inner workings of distant celestial bodies.
Variable stars in the era of space photometry and large sky surveys
Gaia astronomy/Variables Stars
Success and challenges in the astronomy Outreach programme in Morocco
Professor Russ Taylor has extensive expertise in radio astronomy, in particular wide-field polarization, cosmic magnetism and Big Data, and has played a prominent role in the SKA project since its inception. He is interested in using MeerKAT to detect polarised signals from the low luminosity AGN and star forming galaxies as an initial step toward the SKA key science area of the evolution of cosmic magnetism.
SuperMIGHTEE: Exploring the Deep GHz Universe with MeerKAT and the GMRT
Dr. Milam works in the Astrochemistry Laboratory at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She is an expert in rotational spectroscopy, observations, and laboratory modeling of astrochemistry and molecular astrophysics of the interstellar medium, evolved stars, star formation regions, and comets. Her observational focus is on the compositional studies of primitive bodies, namely comets and interstellar objects, and uses ground- and space-based facilities to understand their connection to the formation and evolution of planetary systems. She also has a laboratory dedicated to simulating interstellar/cometary/planetary ices and detect trace species employing the same techniques used for remote observations to help constrain the chemical complexity of the ices, the amount of processing that occurs, and interpret past and present data from missions that observe ice features. Dr. Milam has been working on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) as Deputy Project Scientist for Planetary Science since 2014. Under this role she has helped enable observations within our own solar system from Near-Earth Asteroids to the farthest reaches of the Kuiper belt and even the brightest objects in the infrared sky (e.g. Mars). In 2021, she was honored with asteroid 40706 (1999 RO240) was renamed to 40706 Milam. She received the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 2022 for her work on enabling Solar System Science with JWST.
Planetary Science with JWST
Mike Simmons is the founder and former leader of Astronomers Without Borders.
Dr Sinenhlanhla Precious Sikhosana is a second-year South African Radio Astronomy postdoctoral fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Astrophysics Research Centre (ARC). Her research interests include studying non-thermal astrophysical processes and magnetic fields in galaxy clusters. Her research involves collecting data from multiple multi-wavelength telescopes, such as MeerKAT, GMRT, VLA, Chandra, and SALT.
The Space Odyssey with Ritu and Precious
The Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Science – Achievements and perspectives