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Big science projects can help reverse Africa's brain drain

from SciDev.Net

African scientists and governments need to work together to secure the development of world-class science facilities that will persuade the most talented African scientists to come home — that will be the message that Dr. Bernie Fanaroff, director South Africa's SKA Project Office, will deliver at an event in London June 16. The most exciting example of Africa taking a new global leadership role in science may be the SKA. In July, the KAT-7 radio telescope comes online. Designed and constructed in South Africa using a newly developed manufacturing process, the KAT-7 has been delivered ahead of schedule and on budget. The KAT-7 and its planned successor, the 64-dish MeerKAT telescopes are part of Africa's bid to host the SKA. more

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