Author Archives: Ram Venugopal

Dark Sky Writing Retreat Rejuvenates Students

The OAD’s Astronomy for Mental Health team recently collaborated with the Centre for Sustainability Transitions (CST) in Stellenbosch to organize an innovative writing retreat for Master’s and PhD students. This unique blend of academia and night sky activities aimed to explore the potential of dark sky areas in enhancing concentration and fostering productivity, particularly in […]

Writing in a Universe of Peace and Chaos

written by Alboricah Rathupetsane, PhD student at the Centre for Sustainability Transitions, Stellenbosch University who participated in the writing retreat program in Sutherland, South Africa organised by the OAD’s Astro for Mental Health team A different kind of peace emerges from the vastness and emptiness of Sutherland. It is borne from the lack of embellishment […]

Abstract and Grant Submissions Open for IAU General Assembly 2024 in Africa

Announcement by the organising committee of the IAU General Assembly 2024 The National Organising Committee of the 32nd International Astronomical Union  General Assembly 2024 (IAU GA 2024) proudly announces the opening of abstract submissions and grant applications. This landmark event, hosted by the National Research Foundation, with strong support from the Department of Science and […]

OAD session at Science Forum South Africa: “Astronomy for a better world”

In this session we explore how the multiple facets of astronomy can be used as a tool for sustainable development. Modern astronomy tests the limits of our human ingenuity when it comes to developing the tools and methods with which to understand the universe and its contents. Yet, we also develop connections with astronomy through […]

International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development Closing Ceremony

“The International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD) was a unique opportunity to convince all stakeholders that, through a basic  understanding of nature, actions taken will be more effective, for the common good”, said Michel Spiro, Chair of the Steering Committee of IYBSSD, and President of the International Union of Pure and Applied […]