Regional Offices Activities; January – March 2016

Andean Region

  • Andean Region is organizing Massive Open Online Courses in Spanish for TF1 and TF3.
  • The region maintains a public repository of documents at https://github.com/AndeanROAD

Arab World and Arabic Language

  • Arab ROAD and LOAD, hosted by Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences, has a dedicated website at http://aw-road.auass.com/

East Africa

  • East Africa ROAD organized a public lecture in space science and technology areas by the chairperson of African Union Commission

East Asia and Chinese Language

  • On 28 March 2016, Yunnan Astronomical Observatory, the Astronomical Society of Yunnan province, and the journal “Geography of Remote Regions” jointly organized public outreach and donation activities in remote areas in Yunnan province
  • The Chinese Ministry of Education approved the establishment of a new Department of Astronomy at China West Normal University in Nanchong (Sichuan province, western China). The EA-ROAD director has been appointed a joint professor at the new department, where he will consult on curriculum development
  • East Asia ROAD is engaged in astrophysics curriculum development at the National University of Mongolia, where a new astrophysics “minor” degree will soon be established.

Portuguese Language

  • Portuguese LOAD held its inaugural conference where memorandums of understanding were signed with representatives from Portugal, Brazil, São Tome and Principe, Cape Verde and Mozambique.
  • The website of PLOAD was launched at the inauguration – http://pload.org/

South East Asia

  • SEA ROAD co-sponsored a Radio Astronomy Winter School with Korea University of Science & Technology and Graduate University for Advance Studies

South West and Central Asia

  • South West Asia ROAD and Armenian Astronomical Society held a conference on “Scientific Tourism in the South West Asian Region” for better collaboration between science and tourism.The conference was organized with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
  • From March 27 to April 2,SWA ROAD had a mission to Georgia. The first part of the mission was spent in Tbilisi and the second part in Abastumani. A two-day workshop was organized at Ilia State University.
  • Another workshop was organized in Abastumani Astrophysical Observatory on March 31 – April 1.

Southern Africa

  • Southern African ROAD hosted a visiting expert, Dr. Sohan Jheeta, who gave astronomy talks at the Copperbelt University, Mukuba Secondary School, Munali Secondary School and at the University of Zambia and also in Malawi.
  • One of the major outcomes of his visit is the start of collaboration in astronomy outreach in which a mobile telescope will be source for use in Zambia and another in Malawi.

West Africa

  • West African ROAD has started discussion with a non governmental organization on using astronomy to promote peace in the region.
  • Letters have been sent to West African countries embassies/high Commissions in Abuja seeking attention for meeting to deliberate on how WAROAD can contribute to the development of Astronomy in various countries.
  • WAROAD is planning a regional celebration of Asteroid Day on June 30, 2016. This is aimed at sensitizing the general public on the dangers inherent in the Near Earth Object falls. In the month of March 2016, a suspected meteorite object landed in Nigeria, causing panic and false beliefs.