StarScientist is an initiative sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to promote science and scientific literacy in Madagascar and South Africa. It also aims to strengthen scientific and cultural ties between Germany , Madagascar, and South Africa. The main goals of this initiative are centered around:
raising awareness of the different support programs of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
promoting scientific literacy
developing a positive attitude towards science
fostering scientific collaboration
giving career guidance to students
transferring skills through experience sharing
advancing Astronomy in Madagascar and South Africa.
This initiative was originally concocted by Dr. Roger Ianjamasimanana, a postdoctoral fellow in Radio Astronomy. Dr. Ianjamasimanana received his PhD in Astronomy from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2014. He spent time in Germany at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) as a Humboldt fellow before returning to South Africa as a postdoctoral fellow. His research interests include the formation and evolution of nearby galaxies, the mechanisms of star formation and the cosmic web. For a full CV, click here
You are most welcome to contribute to the long-term development of this project. There are various ways to get involved:
I am grateful for the funding from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation as part of the Alumni Award for Innovative Networking Initiatives. The Award aims to foster academic and cultural ties between Germany and the Humboldt Alumni’s countries of origin and strengthen local collaboration. If you want to know more about this program, click here.