Astronomie au Senegal is Organising Training on Python and Astronomy

Planète Univers Pedagogical Center (CP2U) of the Côte d'Azur Observatory, whose observation data will be used at the Astronomy School in Dakar.

Astronomie au Senegal is organising training on observation from robotic telescopes and data analysis in Python.

The training will consist of plenary sessions on scientific and technical topics in line with scientific foresight for astronomy in Senegal: analysis of observation data using telescopes, photometry, sensors, star occultations, variable stars. The practical work will make it possible to train in the Python programming language (free) and in the Python modules commonly used by astrophysicists by analysing data acquired with the Planète Univers Pedagogical Center (C2PU) of the Côte d’Azur Observatory.

The training will take place at the Cheikh Anta Diop University – the Virtual University of Senegal on the 26th-27th of May 2021. The training is open to Senegalese students at the Master’s level in scientific fields.

The objectives for the training include

  • Training in the analysis of observation data obtained with telescopes.
  • Training in Python programming and astronomical data processing with Astropy (python module dedicated to data analysis in Astronomy).


To take the training in the best conditions, the organisers recommend that interested persons have a laptop, with a minimum of 100 GB available and 8 GB of RAM.
To install Anaconda for python package management, the organisers also recommend one of the following operating systems on your computer:

– Windows 8 or newer

– macOS 10.13 or newer

– Linux (including Ubuntu, RedHat, CentOS 6+, and others).
interested persons can find more information on the minimum system requirements for your computer here.


Registration is open from May 1 to May 17, 2021. Furthermore, registration is free. The school will take care of lunch and a snack for observation evenings. Participants from Senegalese universities outside Dakar can be accommodated, if they wish, at the University’s home (maximum of 4 participants per university). The school will not cover transportations  and accommodation costs for non-Senegalese students
The result of your application for this training will be sent to you by e-mail by May 20, 2021, at the latest.

Interested eligible persons should apply for the training by filling the form here. Registration is free.

For more information regarding the training, please visit here.



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