Radio astronomy and big data - bringing STEM training to the developing world

Impact: Economic, Policy


The Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA) is a leading contributor to human capital development (HCD) around STEM training and infrastructure development in Africa and across the developing world. JBCA established the ‘Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy with Big Data’ (DARA Big Data) programme, and is a leading institute in the precursor DARA project, which deliver comprehensive programmes of STEM training and advancement opportunities across sub-Saharan Africa. These are underpinned by JBCA’s research in radio astronomy, including Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), and data science. The impact is global, with JBCA programmes working from Africa and the Americas (Colombia, Mexico) to Europe (Latvia) and Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Thailand). These have expanded STEM education and data science skills, thus helping to lay the foundations for these developing regions to thrive as
future data and science-driven economies
Impact date1 Aug 201331 Jul 2020
Category of impactEconomic, Policy
Impact levelAdoption

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities