African VLBI Network Training Site


International Lecturers: 2019 AVN DARA Training




Mr Daniel Hayden (DH):     <invited talk>

Currently I am working as the system engineer for the SKA1 Low telescope, which is the low frequency array that will be built in the Australian desert (while the mid frequency array will be built in SA in the Karoo). I live close to hills, dry stone walls and many sheep, and I can see a 70m radio telescope from the window where I work.


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Dr David Mayer (DM)):      <invited talk>

David Mayer studied Advanced Geodesy and Geophysics and obtained his Master's degree from the Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien) in 2015. Continuing his studies at the TU Wien, he finished his Ph.D. Since 2019 he has been employed by the Austrian Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying (BEV) where he supervises a data and analysis center of the EUREF Permanent GNSS Network.



Dr Maria Karbon (MK):    <invited talk>  

Maria Karbon obtained her Diploma in Geodesy & Geophysics from the Technische Universität Wien in 2009, where she also worked as a project assistant until the end of 2012 and obtained her PhD. From 2013 until mid-2017, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam. After that she joined the VLBI group at the University of Bonn, Germany for 18 months, and later moved to the Paris Observatory.

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Mr Matthias Schartner (MS):     <invited talk>

Matthias Schartner is a PhD student at the Technische Universität Wien (TUW). He studied Geodesy and Geoinformation and obtained his Master’s degree from the TU Wien in 2016. Shortly before completing his Master's degree, he started working for the research group, Higher Geodesy, where he is actively involved in developing the Vienna VLBI and Satellite software (VieVS) and the scheduling tool, VieSched++. 



Mrs Namakau Mwiya (NM):     <student invited talk>

Namakau Mwiya is currently pursuing an MSc degree in Mathematics at the University of Zambia with research in geodetic and astronomical VLBI simulations. She holds a BSc degree in Mathematics and Statistics. Namakau is among the first of the AVN students to pursue studies in geodetic and astronomical data analysis.

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Dr Patrick Charlot (PC):     <invited talk>

Patrick Charlot has worked in the field of geodetic, astrometric and astrophysical VLBI for more than 30 years, originally at Paris Observatory (where he obtained a Ph. D. in 1989) and since 1998 at the University of Bordeaux in the southwest of France. He also stayed as a postdoc fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (USA) in 1989-1990. Patrick was Director of the Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Bordeaux (formerly Bordeaux Observatory) from 2008 to 2015.