The Development of PALOP Knowledge in Radio Astronomy (DOPPLER), a project to promote a sustainable development agenda through human capacity development and scientific excellence, has kicked off with Portuguese and Mozambican institutions identifying key strategic opportunities in order to improve quality of life in Mozambique.

DOPPLER will contribute towards “brain gain” in Africa and in particular Mozambique by fostering staff mobility and student training, including MSc training with Mozambican-Portuguese joint supervision, on areas of radio astronomy, earth observations and big data. In particular, DOPPLER will provide industry specific training leveraging the Portuguese SKA experiences towards high-tech projects. DOPPLER aims to improve quality of life through scientific and technological demonstrations in schools, universities and industries.

DOPPLER is a project coordinated by the University of Aveiro and counts with the participation of the Institute of Telecommunications, the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto, the University of Coimbra (Portugal), Eduardo Mondlane University and the Non-Governamental Organisation Osuwela (Mozambique). DOPPLER is funded by the Aga Khan Development Network and the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation.

A number of facilities including computing clusters and radiotelescopes like the 9-m radio telescope in Pampilhosa da Serra, Portugal will be used for advanced training. This radiotelescope is in the process of being repurposed and commissioned for training and educational programs in Portugal to complement the double radiotelescope interferometer in Mozambique to be installed in the near future.

About the Aga Khan Development Network:

The agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network are private, international, non-denominational development organisations. They work to improve the welfare and prospects of people in the developing world, particularly in Asia and Africa. Some programmes, such as specific research, education and cultural programmes, span both the developed and developing worlds. While each agency pursues its own mandate, all of them work together within the overarching framework of the Network so that their different pursuits interact and reinforce one another.

About the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation:

Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia is the Portuguese public agency that supports science, technology and innovation, in all scientific domains, under responsibility of the Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education. Since October 2013, FCT administers the Portuguese NREN Fundação para a Computação Científica Nacional (FCCN), [Foundation for National Scientific Computation].

Report provided by Domingos Barbosa and Valerio Ribeiro