A two day Workshop entitled


to be held at the

Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory

3rd and 4th December 2001

First Announcement and Call for Papers

Issued 24th August 2001

Photographs of the conference can be seen here. A preliminary programme of the workshop is available.

Aim of Workshop:

  • To bring together all those in Africa working in the field of pulsar astrophysics.
  • To facilitate the birth and growth of research groups studying particular aspects of Pulsar Astrophysics.
  • To discuss the future of pulsar studies in Africa.


  • Observations/Experimental
  • Radio
  • X-ray
  • Gamma Ray
  • Optical
  • Instrumentation
  • Dedicated Radio Pulsar Telescope
  • Theory/Models
  • Interstellar Medium
    Please add to these topics

    Suggested Format of Workshop:

    oral presentation of duration:
    15 min or
    30 min or
    40 min or
    50 min

    plus max 15 min question/discussion time.

    Time will be allocated for discussion groups on selected topics.

    Facilities available for workshop:

  • lecture room (60 seats)
  • overhead projector
  • slide projector
  • digital projector
  • flip charts
    Comments on current format and content are welcome.

    Local Organiser:

    Beate Woermann
    Local Organiser
    Pulsar Studies in Africa
    PO Box 443
    South Africa

    phone: (+27) 012 326 0742 (W)
    fax: (+27) 012 326 0756
    e-mail: beate@hartrao.ac.za.

    Download the plain text Registration Form, complete it and e-mail to beate@hartrao.ac.za.


    Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) will provide finger lunches and host a braai/barbeque on Monday evening (3rd Dec).

    There is no conference fee


    Accommodation is available on site: 6 single rooms and 3 double rooms. We provide breakfast cereal, bread etc. We prefer to give this on-site accommodation to those that have very limited financial support for the workshop. There are many guest houses and lodges within 30 km of HartRAO where others can be accommodated.

    Information on how to get to HartRAO is available. HartRAO lies in the Buffer Zone of the world heritage site "The Cradle of Humankind". There are quite a few places for accommodation available in this area. Go to Map Location on the website ValleyofAncestors to see where accomodation is available outside HartRAO. Note that the Highlander has closed, which would have been the nearest to HartRAO. Also note that the roads NOT shaded with grey colour are dirt roads and therefore need to be traversed slowly. If you do suffer from hayfever or allergies check that the room does not have a thatched grass roof as such suffers may experience difficulties with the grass smell.

    The page giving accomodation in the ValleyofAncestors does not work with Netscape. To get to the various accomodation pages go to hotels or guest houses or bed-and-breakfast or resorts or backpackers or self_catering. Unfortunately the pages do not list tariffs.

    I have collected tariffs (not guaranteed) for some of these -

    Glenburn Lodge:

    Single (One person) R330.00
    Double (per person sharing) R250.0

    Special Minimum of 2 nights stay (This may be only for weekends):
    One person R295.00
    Double per person sharing R225.00

    Kenjara Lodge Country Retreat:

    Bed & Breakfast:
    Per person Single R160.00
    Double (per person sharing) R145.00

    The Garden Lodge:

    Bed & Breakfast:
    per person single R285.00
    Double per person sharing R170.00

    Sterkfontein Heritage Lodge:

    Standard Rooms (B&B, Vat inclu.)
    per person R275.00
    Double per person sharing R210.00

    Apricot Hill Farm:

    (quite a long drive on dirt road following little B&B signs)

    Bed & Breakfast:
    per person single R195.00
    Double per person sharing R150.00

    Misty Hill Country Hotel:

    Only Lowest Price quoted

    Standard Rooms:
    Single Per Person R487.00
    Twin Room Per Person Sharing R278.00

    Croco Lodge:

    Has quite a range of prices

    Cheapest is;
    Single R245.00
    Double R345.00

    Places NOT on the ValleyofAncestors website are:

    Amanzingwe Bush Lodge:

    The cheapest rooms are:
    per person single R325.00
    Double per person sharing R300.00

    Magalies Berg Conference Centre:

    Per Person Single R160.00
    VIP room Per Person R220.00

    Alpha Conference Centre:

    B&B per Person per Night R165.50
    Bed only Per Person per Night R126.50
    Please send all communication on this workshop to the local organiser.