Thanks to funding provided by the Foundation of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), and UNESCO, the AfricaArray Programme of the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) was able to organize the 2013 edition of the AfricaArray International Geophysical Field Course in South Africa from 22 June to 13 July 2013.
The course was designed to give students the fundamental tools to confidently design and conduct a geophysical project to solve real field problems using modern geophysical equipment. Up to 28 students from 14 African countries attended the course.
In a context where many African universities have poor capacity to organise geological and geophysical field training for their graduates, this course is becoming very popular; the intake of this year came out of a very competitive selection process with nearly 100 applications. This clearly indicates a need for practical hands on geophysics and geological field programs in Africa.
This project initiated at the African Network of Earth Science Institutions (ANESI) launch in January 2013 in Addis Ababa clearly demonstrates the important role of institutional networking in promoting students (and staffs) exchange among African universities and in supporting those institutions with limited capacity.