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2019

OAD presentation at NRF South Africa

OAD’s Dr Vanessa McBride and Kevin Govender gave a staff presentation at the headquarters of the South African National Research Foundation in Pretoria. They talked about the work of the OAD, the African Astronomical Society, and the IAU General Assembly in 2024 which will be hosted for the first time …

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Data Science for Development conference

Dr. Vanessa McBride and Kevin Govender participated at the Data Science for Development conference hosted by UCT e-Research. The conference focused on exploring the practice, principles and opportunities of data science for development. Vanessa presented the work on the OAD’s data science toolkit. Presentation: Astronomy as a platform for data skills …

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Astronomy in Africa business meeting

The Astronomy in Africa Business meeting was hosted at the South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town on 25-26 March 2019. The meeting focused on strategy, policy, and governance issues related to the field and plan the future of astronomy on the continent. It also relaunched the African Astronomical Society …

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DAP project wins Techstars Global Startup Weekend in Pakistan

Team members of the DAP project founded a social enterprise called Cosmic Perspective, a sustainable and consistent platform to conduct Astronomy education and outreach in Pakistan in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. The idea was pitched at the Techstars Global Startup Weekend (TGSW) event in Lahore hosted by the …

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Call for volunteers

The Molo Mhlaba primary school in Khayelitsha (www.molomhlaba.org) is incredibly excited to announce the launch of its Astronomy Program, which aims to: 1. Develop 20 astronomy-focused classes aimed at primary school students; 2. Recruit, train, and employ Khayelitsha-based, female high-school graduates to run these classes both at Molo Mhlaba and …

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Results of the 2018 Annual Call for Proposals

The OAD is pleased to announce the results of its 2018 annual call for proposals. Twenty projects will receive funding from the IAU in 2019 to address challenges using astronomy-related interventions. Projects funded include a school program in India that will use astronomy to dispel potentially harmful superstition; education programs …

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