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Strengthening international scientific collaboration and teaching at the Oukaimeden Observatory in Morocco


In the two years of this project, we will use the positive momentum of activity around the recently established Oukaimeden Observatory (OO) to help it grow as an important pole for the development of astronomy research and science education in Morocco and in the wider African region. Astronomy is a unique and cost-effective tool for furthering sustainable global development, because of its technological scientific and cultural dimensions. Our project’s goals are twofold and complementary: 1. To establish the scientific collaboration between Moroccan and Belgian researchers, involving researchers from the wider African region (Senegal), in the theme of variable stars and planetary science, including the development of a spectropolarimetric instrument at OO. 2. To increase scientific literacy at multiple levels, through joint teaching material and online tutorials to improve efficient teaching. In addition, outreach projects merging astrophysics and environmental awareness will be carried out through dedicated, gender-attentive teacher-training workshops, in collaboration with the Atlas Dark Sky initiative.

Intervention type

South Initiatives


01/01/2019 - 31/12/2020

This project is being implemented in:
Flemish promoter Katrien Kolenberg
Local promoter Abdelmajid Benhida
Local partner institution Universiteit Antwerpen
Local partner institution Université Cadi Ayyad
Budget € 67.798