Open Day Program

15 November 2021 at the Earth and Environmental Science Dept. of the Botswana International University of Science and Technology-BIUST, Palapye, Botswana. The workshop will be held in the hybrid mode: online (instructors and all applicants outside Botswana) and on-site in Palapye for applicants from Botswana that would like to be physical presence.


The  Satellite for Space Science and Technology in Africa Workshop will enable post-doc and career scientists to design satellite missions tackling scientific themes and specific target objects. The objective of the workshop is to discuss and reconcile recent methodological advances in the validation and application of global satellite. The workshop aims to provide ample opportunities to all those who are interested particularly multi-disciplinary academics, engineers, and researcher etc. The dedicated Satellites and Space Programme is pulling together space scientists, technologists, industry and mission designers to conceive novel scientific satellite perspective and accelerate the Space and Satellite research Africa's transition into social and economic impact.

Note: Due to COVID-19, the physical presence is only allowed to applicants from Botswana and is limited by the ongoing regulation at BIUST.

OPEN DAY - Welcome (09:00-10:20 CAT)

Chair Barbara Cavalazzi

  • 09:00 - 09:10

    Welcome Remarks

    Prof. O. Totolo, BIUST Vice-Chancellor
  • 09:10 - 09:20

    Overview of R&I at BIUST

    Prof. A. Ogwu, BIUST DVC RD&I
  • 09:20 - 09:35

    Workshop opening (Keynote)

    Mr. F. Berna, Head of Cooperation, Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Botswana
  • 09:35 - 09:50

    Overview of Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructures

    Prof. N. Mason, Coordinator
  • 09:50 - 10:05

    Overview of Africa-Europe Science Innovation Platform

    Prof. D. Kirrane, Coordinator
  • 10:05 - 10:20

    Overview of PAPPSN Infra-Africa EU Project

    Dr. F. Franchi, Coordinator
  • 10:20 - 10:50

    Coffee Break

OPEN DAY - Morning session (10:50-12:30 CAT)

Chair Fulvio Franchi

  • 10:50 - 11:00

    Global Collaboration & Integration Development - Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructures

    Prof. B. Cavalazzi, University of Bologna
  • 11:00 - 11:20

    Space Science in Nigeria

    Dr. H. Akoma, Centre for Satellite Technology Development, Nigeria
  • 11.20 - 11.55

    Satellite Earth Observation, Dr. R. Longo, ASI, Italy

    Dr. L. Fasano, Italian Space Agency, Italy
  • 11:55 - 12:30

    UN-SPIDER´s contributions to disaster management in Africa: enhancing the use of space technologies

    Mr. J. C. Villagran de Leon, United Nations, Germany
  • 12:30 - 15:20

    Lunch Break

OPEN DAY - Afternoon session (15:20-17:00 CAT)

Chair Anita Heward, Europlanet 2024 Research Infrastructures

  • 15:20 - 15:40

    Space sustainability - Securing our common future on Earth and our shared destiny in Space

    Dr. P. Martinez, Secure Word Foundation, US
  • 15.40 - 16:00

    The Europlanet Research Infrastructures 2024 Facilities

    Prof. G. Davies, Vrije University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 16:00 - 16:20

    Satellite and Space Science in Ethiopia

    Dr. Yeshurun, ESSTI, Ethiopia
  • 16:20 - 16:40

    Satellite and Space Science Activities of the Italian Space Agency

    Dr. J. Munzer, ASI-Malindi-UCM, Italy
  • 16:40 - 17:00

    Satellite and Space Science in South Africa

    Mr N. Mohlamonyane, SANSA’s Strategic Manager, South Africa