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Namibian JEDI Workshop on Astronomy and Space Science

25 Jun 2014

Our Mysterious Cosmos

Public Lecture by Prof Bruce Bassett


We have learned a great deal about the Universe in the past 100 years but a number of surprising mysteries have come to dominate the headlines. In this talk we will review the latest advances in our understanding of the origin and evolution of our cosmos, and highlight the continuing mysteries that will be addressed by the SKA and other new astronomical facilities.


About Prof Bruce Bassett, (UCT, SAAO, AIMS): After obtaining BSc and MSc in Applied Mathematics from the University of Cape Town (UCT), Bruce Bassett went to SISSA in Trieste for the PhD, followed by a post-doc at Oxford and a year later, in 1999, moved as a senior lecturer to what became the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at Portsmouth University. After a few years he took a sabbatical at Kyoto University and then returned to Cape Town to a joint position between the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) and the Mathematics and Applied Mathematics Department at the UCT where he is a Full Professor. Since the middle of 2010, he is also jointly in the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) as a senior researcher helping to establish cosmology at the research centre.

The National Commission for Research, Science and Technology (NCRST), has sponsored N$50 000 to the University of Namibia to host Namibia’s first ever Astronomy and Space Science Workshop taking place 30 June to 3 July 2014, under the Joint Exchange Development Initiative (JEDI). This workshop will be for Namibian and South African students aspiring to become future astronomers and space scientists.