First ANNOUNCEMENT of The fourth East African Astronomy Workshop (EAAW-IV)
University of Rwanda -College of Education (Former Kigali Institute of Education)
Kigali-Rwanda June 30- July 04, 2014
The astronomical community of the East Africa will meet in Kigali (June 30 – July 04) to explore the advancement of the astronomy in the region.
The registration is now open.
The series of workshops in Astronomy in East Africa began in 2009 during the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009). The first workshop was held in November 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya and was supported largely by the International Astronomical Union/ Teaching for Astronomy Development (IAU/TAD), Developing Astronomy Globally (DAG), SAAO, University of Nairobi and the International Science Programmes (ISP- Upsalla University). Most of the resource persons were largely drawn from outside the region, including USA and South Africa. The second workshop was held in February 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the resource persons were drawn largely from the East African region with only two others from South Africa, led by the Director of OAD, Mr. Kevin Govender and Dr. Petri Vaisanen of SAAO. The sponsorship came from the IAU, SAAO and the Ethiopian Space Science. Society. The third workshop was held in November 2012 in Kampala, Uganda. The resource persons were drawn from IAU/OAD, SAAO, SA SKA, African VLBI network project and from South Africa DST.
The fourth workshop, being organized by the East African Astronomical Society (EAAS) is scheduled from June 30 up to July 04 2014 at University of Rwanda- College of Education (former Kigali Institute of Education), Kigali-Rwanda. The purpose of these workshops is to strengthen capacity building in Astronomy and Astrophysics and Space Science in general and also provide a forum for astronomers from the region to train young and upcoming scientists. It provides an opportunity for exchange of ideas, cross border co-supervision and sharing of resources. There already exists a Bachelor’s degree programme in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Nairobi, Kenya and a number of other universities in the region are in the process of curriculum development of the same. The Ethiopian Space Science Society is running two 1-m class optical telescopes at Entoto Observatory near Addis Ababa. There is project to transform old telecom dishes into radioastronomy antennas to make a strong VLBI African network. None of the individual countries have enough manpower and the resources to run programmes in astronomy on their own and this calls for networking and sharing of expertise to teach and supervise students across East Africa.
The Local Organisation has started to work on organization. Details can be found at the conference web site: https://sites.google.com/site/eaasconference2014/
The main conference supporters are the IAU-OAD, the Ministry of Education-Rwanda, The University of Rwanda (College of Education and College of Science and Technology), The ICTP, ISP -Upsala University and others.
SCIENCE SESSION TOPICS
- Solar system and exo-planets
- Stellar Astrophysics
- High energy astrophysics and compact objects
- Galaxies and Interstellar medium
- Data reduction and analysis from virtual observatories
- Solar physics
- Astronomy Education/outreach
- Astronomy and Human Space Technology
Participants would arrive by Monday June 30 afternoon. It is then planned to cover the sessions listed above over the following 4 days, with the mid-week (Wednesday) afternoon free for excursions and other activities. In order to maximise interactions between different fields, all presentations will be to the whole group.
The deadline for registration is March 01, 2014.
1 February 2014 Registration opens
1 March 2014 Registration closes
The abstract registration dates will be announced later.
CONFERENCE HOTEL AND ACCOMMODATION
The conference will take place at the La Palisse Hotel, very close to the airport. Some Public talks will be scheduled at University of Rwanda -College of Education.
Full details on the Hotel can be found at http://lapalissehotel.com/
Students will share rooms.
LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Please contact the LOC at firstname.lastname@example.org , if you have any queries.