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Meeting of minds
8 December 2014 - SKA SA-supported PhD and MSc students, postdoctoral fellows and senior local and international researchers met in Stellenbosch for the ninth SKA SA postgraduate bursary conference, from 4 to 8 December.

8th Annual SKA SA Postgraduate Bursary Conference kicks off in Stellenbosch
26 November 2013 - "You must rise to the task and deliver on the belief we have placed in you, and the investment we have made in you collectively." With these words of inspiration, Dr Thomas auf der Heyde, deputy director-general of the South African Department of Science and Technology, concluded his opening remarks to the 215 delegates who are gathered this week in Stellenbosch for the 8th annual SKA Africa Postgraduate Bursary Conference.

Top SKA academics and students to meet in Stellenbosch
21 November 2013 - Next week, 215 delegates will participate in the 8th annual postgraduate bursary conference of South Africa's SKA project, taking place from 25 - 28 November in Stellenbosch. South African students and researchers working on the SKA project will share the stage with invited speakers from African partner countries and SKA leaders from Europe, China and Australia.

Memorial lecture honours legacy of Steve Rawlings
30 November 2012 - The inaugural Steve Rawlings Memorial Lecture was held at the 7th SKA Africa Postgraduate Bursary Conference in Stellenbosch on Thursday 29 November 2012.

Young, vibrant South Africans are the SKA's backbone
28 November 2012 - The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) team consists mostly of young South African scientists and engineers. "It is a demonstration of what South Africans are capable off," said Dr Bernie Fanaroff, Project Director of the SKA. Fanaroff was invited to deliver the annual distinguished John Orr Memorial Lecture at Wits University on Wednesday night, 27 November 2012. His lecture was entitled The SKA - a Science and Engineering Challenge and Opportunity.

International flavour at annual SKA Africa Postgraduate Bursary Conference
28 November 2012 - The annual SKA Africa Postgraduate Bursary Conference isn't just about presentations and updates on research projects. It also provides a chance for old acquaintances from across the world to meet up again, for valuable networking and for friendships to be strengthened.

Minister challenges students at sixth annual SKA SA Postgraduate Bursary Conference
24 November 2011 - With a challenge to produce exceptional research publications, and the hope that a Nobel Prize winner will come from the group of students being supported by the South African Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project, Mrs Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology, opened the 6th SKA SA Postgraduate Bursary Conference, on Monday evening in Stellenbosch.

SA students star at SA SKA postgraduate conference
6 December 2010 - The annual South African SKA postgraduate conference, now in its fifth year, is not only an excellent showcase for the high level of South African science students, but is fast becoming an extremely valuable meeting place for local and international researchers and students working together in fields such as astronomy, electrical engineering, astrophysics, applied mathematics and cosmology.

Building vital capacity for the world's biggest radio telescope (SKA)
2 December 2009 - While the MeerKAT telescope is being constructed in the Northern Cape, the South African SKA Youth into Science and Engineering Programme is feeding a steady stream of high-level expertise into the continent's SET system that will help Africa push the boundaries of radio astronomy and related sciences and technologies.

The SA SKA Project Postgraduate Bursary Conference a huge success
6 December 2008 - "I firmly believe that we should provide good, inspirational teachers and lecturers, but we also need to offer opportunities to young scientists. SKA is one of these projects that offer huge possibilities where they can develop the skills that they have acquired. I have all reason to believe that the next Nobel prize winner could come from the ranks of the SA SKA team," said Minister Mosibudi Mangena, Minister of Science and Technology, at the opening ceremony of the third annual SA SKA postgraduate bursary conference held from 1 5 December 2008 in Stellenbosch.

Students impress at second SKA Bursary Conference
10 December 2007 - About 80 delegates, including 27 postgraduate astronomy and engineering SA SKA bursary holders, attended the 2nd Annual Postgraduate Bursary Conference of South Africa's SKA / MeerKAT project.