Armenian Astronomical Society together with the Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory (BAO) has been active in organizing international summer schools for young astronomers and joint workshops with Georgian and Iranian astronomers. Very often they precede each other to give chance to the students to participate in both events. After the establishment of the IAU SWCA ROAD, we are strongly interested to involve students and senior astronomers from SWCA ROAD countries in all our events.
This time, on 10 -16 September 2018 we organize a regional summer school “Techniques and Tools for using Astronomy for Development ” , where students from Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgizstan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Israel, Azerbaijan, Russia and Ukraine, as well as from Arabic countries will participate, altogether 25 participants. On 17-21 Sep 2018, a regional astronomical workshop “Astronomy for Development in our Developing World” will follow to involve senior astronomers as well. The lecturers will be internationally renowned scientists from Europe and elsewhere. There will be a number of astronomical topics and organizational ones related to regional collaboration, joint use of the telescopes, future events, etc. The project will also follow the equality between male and female astronomers, so females will be especially supported to participate.