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7 Ancient Cultures and How They Shaped Astronomy

This blog post was written by Jason Cook, Telescopic Watch. Content in the blog post is copyright of the writer and does not necessarily represent the views of the Office of Astronomy for Development. We as human beings are greatly attracted to beauty. And there is nothing more beautiful than the heavenly …

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Big Data in Astronomy: A Tool for Social Innovation

As the big data deluge continues across the world amidst privacy concerns, various groups are beginning to utilise it as a ‘force for good’. Astronomers are not far behind, applying their big data skills to tackle societal challenges. Challenges in public health, disaster management and environmental protection may be addressed …

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Columba Hypatia: Astronomy for Peace

Columba Hypatia is a OAD funded project used astronomy as a tool for promoting meaningful communication and a culture of peace and non-violence between the various communities living on the divided island of Cyprus. The island has been in a post-conflict environment for over 40 years, with its two main …

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Nature Astronomy Focus – Astronomy for development

Nature Astronomy has published a selection of News and Comment articles focusing on Astronomy in Africa. (use the links below to view them outside of the paywall)   Editorial   The potential of astronomy for socioeconomic development in Africa by the team at the Office of Astronomy for Development and Tawanda …

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Using Astronomy for Development

What is Astronomy for Development? A short introduction on how astronomy can influence society and how the tools of astronomy are being applied to solve challenges in food production, wildlife conservation, urban planning etc. Examples from projects funded by the OAD as well as other projects such as the STFC …

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OAD projects and their link to SDGs

OAD funds and coordinates projects that aim to use astronomy to impact on one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.   It may not be obvious to everyone how the tools, methods and content of the field of Astronomy are relevant to the SDGs. However, below are some …

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Office of Astronomy for Development: GAM2018

In the past, astronomy’s place in society was well understood. We relied on the moon and positions of stars to determine our calendars, we tracked the movements of planets and drew inspiration from the Milky Way. We raced to be first on the moon as a sign of progress and …

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Science for Development

It is important to note that the OAD forms part of a broader conversation around science-for-development. In exploring the world of “astronomy for development” it is ever more clear that all sciences have significant contributions that can be made in order to achieve global development goals. It is only through …

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