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This is an Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility project of Leiden University’s Faculty of Science with two Colombian universities, Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Universidad de Antioquia.

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Types of mobility:

  • Staff & student exchange

Project duration:

  • 2022-2025

Project summary

The European Regional Office of Astronomy for Development (E-ROAD) at the Faculty of Science, Leiden University, regards collaboration and exchange with the ROAD office in Colombia as an important strategic goal. Both offices are part of a global network, the International Astronomical Union (IAU), and one of the aims is to strengthen bonds with sister offices by sharing the research and management expertise available in each region. This will equip astronomers in low-income countries with the necessary technical and soft skills and therefore stimulate capacity building. The project will thus contribute to sustainable development.

Collaboration and exchange between the E-ROAD in Leiden and the Andean ROAD in Colombia will increase Colombian research capacity in astronomy and related technological fields, including project management, and will build capacity in skills that can be applied both within and outside academia. The E-ROAD, in return, can learn from the track record of “astronomy for development” activities at the ROAD in Colombia, which has more experience in this field.

Universidad de Antioquia has the only undergraduate Astronomy programme in the country. The University is also involved in a collaboration with Leiden University called AstroTwinCoLO, in which researchers from Leiden University visit Medellín to teach courses on undergraduate-level astronomy in a summer school. However, there is a significant strategic need in improving master-level student and researcher mobility to increase the impact of the research done at the University. The ICM project plays a role in filling this need.

The 2022 project builds on previous successful collaboration between Leiden and Colombia through the ICM programme. For more information about the previous project, take a look at the 2020 project page.

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