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CAP Conference 2018

Communicating Astronomy with the Public conference (CAP) 2018 was held from March 24-28 in Fukuoka, Japan. More than 400 participants from 53 countries participated in one of the largest CAP conferences ever. The OAD was represented by Dr Wanda Diaz-Merced and Ramasamy Venugopal. Dr. Merced gave a keynote on “Human …

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OAD Awards at Science Forum South Africa 2017

At the Science Forum South Africa 2017, the Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, presented awards of recognition to Phil Charles, Patricia Whitelock, Khotso Mokhele, and Kevin Govender, for their contributions in South Africa being selected as the host of the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development.  The recorded …

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Science Forum South Africa 2017

The OAD participated in the 2017 Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) in Pretoria, South Africa. SFSA aims to create a platform for a vibrant debate on the role of science, technology and innovation in society and promote international STI partnerships. The third SFSA was held from 7 – 8 December …

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Dot Astronomy 9 conference

Astronomy is driven forward by new technology, and today, software is developing more rapidly than it ever has. How can new technologies help astronomical research, education, and outreach? How can new developments in machine learning, web interfaces, and software impact our work? How can new ideas and techniques in education …

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Keynote at Aoraki Mackenzie Starlight Festival

Kevin Govender was one of the keynote speakers at the Aoraki Mackenzie Starlight Festival held from 13-15 October 2017 at Aoraki/Mt.Cook National Park in New Zealand. Kevin talked about the inspiration of the starlit skies to inspire young people to reach their potential through science and education. During this visit he also …

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Space Awareness Workshop

International Workshop on Space Education Addressed by Ethiopian State Minister of Science and Technology His Excellency, the Ethiopian State Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Afework Kassu addressed a gathering of officials, dignitaries, education experts and teachers from Africa and Europe on October 7, 2017 in Addis Ababa. It marked …

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Data and Development

The OAD is engaging with development economists from the RESEP centre (Research on Socio-Economic Policy) at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. ReSEP is a group of researchers in the Department of Economics that has a long term research focus on issues of poverty, income distribution, social mobility, economic development and social policy.  Through a series …

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MEARIM-IV (Middle East and Africa Regional IAU Meeting)

The fourth Middle East and African IAU Regional meeting (MEARIM), was jointly hosted by Entoto Observatory & Research Center(EORC) and East African Regional Office of Astronomy for Development (ROAD-IAU) from 22-25 May 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with the theme of “Exploring our Universe for the benefit of Humankind”. The aim …

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