The AVN is a network of VLBI-capable radio telescopes on the African continent, that will strengthen the science which the international VLBI community can do.
The AVN will help to develop the skills, regulations and institutional capacity needed in SKA partner countries to optimise African participation in the SKA and enable participation in SKA pathfinder technology development and science.
The AVN programme will transfer skills and knowledge in African partner countries to build, maintain, operate and use radio telescopes.
It will bring new science opportunities to Africa on a relatively short time scale and develop radio astronomy science communities in the SKA partner countries.
Designed to do important science
A vital part of the effort towards building SKA on the African Continent over the next decade is the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) Network (AVN). The recent annual SKA African Partner Countries Ministerial Meeting held in Pretoria, provided political and strategic leadership to African SKA partner countries on the AVN, SKA and other relevant astronomy programmes and initiatives.
The SKA AVN partners of South Africa are: Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zambia.
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