The Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy recently welcomed eight international students for its inaugural edition of the Astronomy Summer Program for International Research Experience (Aspire). The goal of the programme is to offer research experience to students from countries or groups where opportunities to do research is scarce.
The Master and Bachelor level students will spend 10 weeks at the astronomy institute, working on individual research projects advised by postdoctoral fellows. The students comprise of six women and two men and come from: Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, El Salvador, Kenya, Pakistan, Venezuela, and Zambia.
The students gain research training at a world leading astronomy institute, while in return our postdocs gain skills in advising and mentoring that will aid them in their future research careers.
Ultimately, by actively engaging with students from groups and countries less represented at the Anton Pannekoek Institute, we hope for a knowledge exchange that will support the diversification and internationalisation of the API research group at all levels.