The first meeting of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the workshop on conversion of ex-telecommunication earth station antennas into functional radio telescopes was held in Accra.

The Workshop will be hosted by GSSTI in collaboration with the Development through Radio Astronomy Global Network with support from the Global Challenges Research Fund, United Kingdom. It is scheduled to take place at the AH Hotel, East Legon, Accra-Ghana, during 20th– 26thJanuary 2019.

The focus of the workshop will be to share engineering expertise in antenna conversions, telescope controls and receiver systems with emphasis on how the skills involved can be transferred to the local population for socio-economic benefits. A team of experts that led the conversions of ex-telecommunication antennas in Ghana, Latvia, Australia, Japan and Peru, will be the main speakers at the Workshop.

Mr. Eric Aggrey, a member of the LOC disclosed that Ghana is the second country in Africa to convert such a disused telecommunication dish into a radio telescope for scientific (astronomical) research, training, education and astro-tourism purposes.

Speaking at the meeting, the chairman of the LOC, Dr. Bernard Duah Asabere, said this workshop will place Ghana amongst the elite in the world of astronomy and related technology transfers for socio-economic gains.

He encouraged members of the team to work hard and in unity to make the program a success to lift the flags of GSSTI, GAEC and Ghana higher.

By: OCPA, GAEC