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Xinchang planetarium – Astronomy & Society Development

OAD Director Kevin Govender was invited to attend the South Africa-China Astronomy Bilateral meeting in Shanghai. A workshop on Astronomy for Development was held during which a special planetarium and science museum themed “Astronomy & Society Development” was opened in Xinchang. Xinchang Astronomical Science and Technology Museum Promo (English)

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Astrodev Workshop at DARA Annual Meeting

Dr. Vanessa McBride attended the Development in Africa through Radio Astronomy (DARA) annual network meeting and Steering Committee meeting in South Africa. She presented a workshop on how to design development projects. The DARA student cohort will be submitting proposals for development projects in AVN countries. The OAD will coordinate …

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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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African Leadership Congress 2018

OAD was invited to the 2018 African Leadership Congress on  on space science and technology for sustainable development in Abuja, Nigeria. It was a 3-Day Regional Conference To Promote Cooperation Among The African Countries In The Use Of Space Science And Technology. The theme was ‘Implementation Of The African Space Policy …

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SciDataCon 2018: Digital Frontiers of Global Science’

The OAD hosted a session entitled “From Galaxies to the Global Goals: using data skills for development” at SciDataCon in Gaborone, Botswana during 5-8 November 2018. The first panel discussion focussed on methodology transfer between astronomy and other sciences (e.g. medicine, economics) while the second session looked at various aspects …

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IAU General Assembly 2018

The XXXth General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union Vienna was held from August 20-31, 2018 in Vienna, Austria. For 2 weeks, the astronomy community from around the world gathered to discuss science, outreach, education, development in addition to administrative and business meetings.  Exhibition space: The OAD team was present at …

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IAU General Assembly: FM15

The 30th IAU General Assembly (GA) was held from 20-31 August 2018 in Vienna, Austria. The OAD organized the Focus Meeting 15 (FM15) on Astronomy for Development. More than 400 participants registered for FM15 which was held over 6 sessions between Tuesday 28th August and Friday 31st August 2018.  The IAU General …

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