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Emmanuel Proven-Adzri

is an astrophysicist at the Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute (GSSTI), Ghana Atomic Energy Commission.


He was a Royal Society-Leverhulme (UK) Africa postdoc fellow at the University of Leeds, UK and GSSTI. He completed his PhD in Physics (Astronomy) from the University of Ghana, having worked under the supervision of Prof. M.G. Hoare from the University of Leeds, UK. His PhD focused on methanol masers, an astrophysical signpost from the regions where stars are being formed in faraway outer space.


His research interests include methanol masers, star formation, galaxy evolution, radio telescope instrumentation, applications of high-performance computing (HPC), big data, machine learning, computational science, and engineering.  

His research interests focuses on methanol masers and star formation, astronomy instrumentation and data science. His current research work is monitoring a sample of methanol masers to determine their periodicity, science commissioning of the 32-meter radio telescope for single dish and Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) operations. He is currently the Manager of the Ghana Radio Astronomy Observatory (GRAO) at Kutunse near Accra. He is also involved with training Young Africans with basic skills in Astronomy and data science through the DARA and PRAGSAC projects, High-Performance Computing, and DARA Big Data Newton Funded Projects.


Theophilus Ansah-Narh

is a Senior research scientist in Astrophysics and Data Science at the Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission. His research interests focus on applying statistical and artificial intelligence models to analyse big data projects in areas such as Radio Astronomy, Nuclear Power Systems, Agriculture, Medical Imaging, Groundwater Modelling, and Financial Modelling. His current research work is to develop mathematical models and simulations to measure the sensitivity of radio telescopes toward different direction in the sky in order to ease the detection of  21-cm and CO signals, improve the quality of galaxy cluster images and, improve the opportunity of extracting scientifically relevant features from big noisy datasets. He is currently the Manager for Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics Centre and also involved with Young Africans with basic skills in Radio Astronomy, High Performance Computing, and Big Data techniques Newton Fund Project. He has over 20 publications to his credit.


Nia Imara

is an artist and astrophysicist whose body of work reflects her love for vibrant color, people, and their stories. 

Nia is the founder/director of Onaketa, a nonprofit that provides free STEM tutoring and other educational resources to black and brown youth

After becoming the first black woman to receive her PhD in astrophysics from UC Berkeley, Nia did her postdoctoral research at Harvard University. She is currently a professor of astronomy at UC Santa Cruz, where she investigates how stars are born in the Milky Way and other galaxies throughout the universe. She is the programs director for the University of California -Santa Cruz – GRAO astronomy development project.

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