January – March 2019 

Arab

East Africa

  • EA-ROAD organized Inspiring Stars Exhibition and Inclusion Workshop at Kotebe Metropolitan University (KMU) in collaboration with IAU-Inspiring star flagship program coordinator Dr. Wanda Diaz (OAD) , KMU, ESSTI and ESSS
  • EA-ROAD participated on the ‘Astronomy in Africa Business Meeting’ from 25-26 March 2019 in Cape Town and contributed to the establishment of the African Astronomical Society (AfAS)
  • EA-ROAD participated in the 14th General Assembly of the Ethiopian Space Science Society (ESSS) and the 1st ESSTI African Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences (AFIPS) International Workshop
  • EA-ROAD organized and celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11th  Feb 2019 at Addis Ababa Ethiopia, in collaboration with ESSTI and ESSS
  • Meetings were held to plan for the establishment of an Optical Observatory in Kenya
  • EA-ROAD in collaboration with ESSTI and ESSS organized a 100 hours of Astronomy event under the Ethiopian Sky from 11-13 Jan 2019 in Addis Ababa

East Asia

  • Development of mini-telescopes for science-related educational events by Yunnan Astronomical Observatories
  • Mars colony population modeling and population planning student research activities, funded by the Dubai Future Foundation, in Suzhou
  • Public lectures on “The Wandering Earth” by Dr. Xiaoying Pang (Wandering Earth is a Chinese sci-fi movie hit), in Suzhou
  • Solar eclipse and astronomical observatory visit by high school students and university students  to Chile in July 2019, in collaboration with the Guangdong Astronomy Network

Europe

  • Lobbying within the Netherlands to raise funds to employ ROAD project manager. Fund-raising successful to support project manager for 1 year

Portuguese Language

  • Comment in Nature Astronomy about PLOAD published on 25th of March, 2019, “Astronomy for development in Portuguese-speaking countries”. 
  • Eddington @ Sundy: 100 years later is one of the IAU100 projects celebrating the anniversary of the 1919 Solar Eclipse observations which experimentally confirmed Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity
  • 100 Hours of Astronomy: 43 events were promoted in 3 countries (25 in Brazil, 1 in Mozambique and 17 in Portugal)
  • São Tomé and Príncipe, Cape Verde, Mozambique, East Timor and Brazil participated in the Eratosthenes Experiment in which 77 countries participated. Brazil was the country with most schools enrolled worldwide, 238 (30% of total)

South East Asia

  • Special Talk by Sze-leung Cheung, OAO Coordinator, on Public Outreach Activities under OAO in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The talk was tailored for NARIT Public Outreach Team to get exposed to OAO approaches on public outreach in all aspects and engaged to some of common areas of interests.
  • 2nd Asian SKA Initiative on Neutron Stars (ASIONS) Meeting and SKA Workshop was held 26-30 January 2019 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with 45 participants (mainly from Southeast Asia)
  • High Optical Technology Workshop in Chiang Mai, Thailand from 24-28 March 2019 with 35 participants from Southeast Asia
  • Lao-Thai Basic Astronomy Training and Stargazing was held from 1-3 April 2019 for school teachers and students at National University of Laos

South West and Central Asia

  • Public lecture by Areg Mickaelian at Yerevan Phys-Math School “Astronomy in the World and in Armenia”, gifting Celestron 11cm telescope to the school
  • Founding Byurakan school pupils astronomical club and 1st (introductory) lesson at BAO
  • Gohar Davtyan appointed as IAU SWCA ROAD TF3 Coordinator and Meline Asryan appointed as BAO press-secretary
  • ArAS School Lectures program approved by Fund for Armenian Relief and new Celestron 28cm telescope for BAO excursions from Stepan Gishyan foundation

West Africa

  • Hosted the Ghana Dish Conversion Workshop (Jan 21-25, 2019), the first of a series of four workshops to be held in the year as being a part of the Development Through Radio Astronomy Global Network collaboration
  • Undergraduate astronomy programmes started in Burkina Faso; several talks were conducted and outreach to Universities, High Schools and Basic Schools
  • The 6th National Conference of Astronomical Society of Nigeria (ASN) was held last year at Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti
  • Nigeria acquired a 15cm Lunt Solar Telescope for solar studies; a planetarium was opened at Afe Babalola University; a space bus was acquired by Afe Babalola University