Updates from OAD Regional Offices

Regional Offices Activities: July – Sep 2019 

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Andean

  • Planning the 4th Astronomia en los Andes Workshop to be held in Ecuador by the end of 2020
  • TF1 coordinator German Chaparro attended the Radio Astronomy for Development at the Big Data and Digital Technologies Workshop in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Arab

  • Weekly activities at the Jordanian Astronomical Society (JAS) Cultural Forum located at the AUASS Office in Amman
  • Under the Royal patronage in the presence of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, representing His Majesty King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein, Official inauguration of the permanent campus of the UN Regional Center for Space Science and Technology Education for Western Asia-Jordan (RCSSTE)
  • 1st RCSSTE-AUASS Summer School in Astrophysics and Space Science (RASSASS I) in collaboration with the Jordanian Astronomical Society, AW-ROAD & the Kottamia Astronomical Observatary, Amman-Jordan
  • MEARIM 2020 Meeting will be hosted by RCSSTE from 12-15 October 2020

East Africa

  • Dr. Solomon Belay received the Higher level award and recognition for the development of space science in Ethiopia and Astronomy research development in East Africa given by Abyssinia International Award
  • EA-ROAD along with Ethiopian Space Science Society and Ethiopian Space Science & Technology Institute (ESSTI) organized and celebrated the 50th year Anniversary of moon landing
  • East African ROAD is involved in the organization of  the African Astronomical Society science meeting (AfAS) , IAU356 symposium, and African Space  Leadership Congress(ASLC) all to be held in Addis Ababa in October and December 2019

East Asia

Europe

  • Planning underway for the Pale Blue Dot project with international collaborators
  • Preparations for twinning program with Regional Offices

Portuguese Language

  • Communicated on Eddington @ Sundy program at XXIX Astronomy and Astrophysics National meeting – ENAA 2019 and at European Planetary Sciences Congress and Division Planetary Sciences joint meeting, ODA8: The centennial of Eddington/Dyson expeditions that verified Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, on 18th of September

South East Asia

South West and Central Asia

  • Visit to Georgian Abastumani Astrophysical Observatory (AbAO) by Areg Mickaelian, Arus Harutyunyan and Gohar Davtyan as part of IAU100 Astro Tourism project
  • Regional Summer School on Space Sciences and Technologies (RSS SS&T); 20 students and 8 lecturers from Armenia, France, Netherlands, Russia and Austria
  • SWCA 3rd Regional Astronomical Workshop (SWCA-3RW) attended by 25 participants from Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Russia, Poland and USA
  • Astro Tourism Workshop- 25 participants from Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Turkey,  Kazakhstan, and Poland; talks also on Astronomical Education and Public Outreach

Southern Africa

  • Training workshops fom 30 September to 4 October 2019 in Zimbabwe for students
  • Astrolab Training from 18-22 November 2019 in South Africa for astronomy tutors.

West Africa

  • WAISSYA 2019 summer school will be held at Abuja, Nigeria from October 21 – November 02.
  • Celebrations of 50th anniversary of Moon landing organized at University of Nigeria, Nsukkaa
  • WAROAD is collaborating with astronomers fron Observatoire de la Cote d’Azur (OCA), France to develop Astronomy in West Africa