Author Archives: Ram Venugopal

Astro-tourism Guide Training in Malaysia

A diverse team, including a cultural anthropologist, a camera expert, an astrophysicist, and an entrepreneur, collaborated to train the inaugural batch of astronomy guides in Malaysia. The participants in this program come from various professional backgrounds such as city tour guides, naturalists, tourism operators, and amateurs. To equip them with profound knowledge and skills, we […]

IAU General Assembly 2024 will be Held in Africa and Open to the Public for the First Time

Press release by the National Organising Committee of the IAU General Assembly 2024 Registrations Now Open for the Historic International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly 2024 Promoting Open, Impactful, and Sustainable Science The National Organising Committee of the 32nd International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly (GA) is excited to announce that registrations are now officially […]

IAU OAD Newsletter #34 July-September 2023

Cover image of the OAD newsletter

The IAU OAD has published its latest newsletter for the July to September 2023 period. Highlights in the newsletter: Farewell to OAD Deputy Director Vanessa McBride Mental well-being among graduate students IAU General Assembly 2024 in Cape Town, South Africa Upcoming events – IAU 386 symposium: dark sky and astronomical heritage in boosting astro-tourism, Shaw-IAU […]

Farewell to Vanessa McBride Who Joins the International Science Council

Speech delivered by OAD Director Kevin Govender at Vanessa’s farewell on Monday, 23 October 2023 at the South African Astronomical Observatory   Photo by Moleboge Lekoloane Lebo   It is only on very special occasions that I actually write down the words of a speech. This is such an occasion. It is not a sad goodbye […]

Science engagement in Remote Areas of Pakistan

All children have a right to a high-quality education and equitable access to educational opportunities, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, or socioeconomic condition. Through informal physics and astronomy-related blended learning encounters, “Astro-Phy Quench” has engaged the students from marginalized and underprivileged backgrounds to develop science identity.  The project engaged a) secondary and higher secondary school […]