MIDPREP is an EU funded FP7 program, coordinated by ASTRON enabling knowledge and staff exchange between two leading European institutes in research and three South African partners. The programme ran from September 1, 2013 till August 31, 2016. The project was kicked off in September 2013 in Mauritius in combination with the bi-annual IEEE conference Africon and a special URSI BEJ session, where all partners in the program were represented, http://www.ursi-nederland.nl/africon.htm

The partners collaborate in developing and building radio astronomy instrumentation e.g. through the Square Kilometre Array precursor MeerKAT in the Karoo as framework for (inter)national human-capital, research and infrastructure. In Europe novel approaches to radio astronomy i.e. Aperture Array technology as used in the Low Frequency Array ("LOFAR")and Wideband Single Pixel Feed Receivers give insight in gaps to be filled and requirements for future radio telescopes. For the SKA as the world largest radio telescope operating in the next decade, with a large part to be realised in the Karoo, a common long term focus is developing requiring intensified knowledge exchange.
Specifically, MIDPREP organizes for strengthening relevant research networks through exchange of experienced and early-stage radio scientists and engineers between South African institutes to and from Sweden and the Netherlands. Through that, MIDPREP aims at a common design view on site related aspects for radio telescopes, to advance radio-optics, calibration, ICT, processing and technology views and (possibly "green") designs on MID-SKA centred in the Karoo.

Knowledge from the project was disseminated to a larger community by annual workshops.

1st workshop - http://www.astron.nl/midaa2014/
2nd workshop - http://www.astron.nl/midprep2015/index.php
3rd workshop - http://www.astron.nl/midaa2016/


Group photo 3e MIDPREP workshop in Cape Town
Group photo 3rd MIDPREP workshop
in Cape Town
Pancake Party
Pancake Party
Jacki Gilmore awarded PhD for her work on Dense Dipole Arrays
Jacki Gilmore awarded PhD for her work on Dense Dipole Arrays


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