Category Archives: 2019


Astro Academy: a series of once-a-week astronomy lessons aimed at both grade 11/12 (G11/12) female students from local high schools and recently-matriculated young women from the community. The latter will also be trained to run the above-mentioned Astro Club as Astro Club Facilitators (ACFs). ACFs will receive a bursary for their work in the Astro Club, […]

Data Science for Development conference

Dr. Vanessa McBride and Kevin Govender participated at the Data Science for Development conference hosted by UCT e-Research. The conference focused on exploring the practice, principles and opportunities of data science for development. Vanessa presented the work on the OAD’s data science toolkit. Presentation: Astronomy as a platform for data skills development Full programme is available […]

Astronomy in Africa business meeting

The Astronomy in Africa Business meeting was hosted at the South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town on 25-26 March 2019. The meeting focused on strategy, policy, and governance issues related to the field and plan the future of astronomy on the continent. It also relaunched the African Astronomical Society (AfAS), a professional astronomy society, […]

Celebration of Women and Girls in Astronomy and Science day

The UN International Day of Women & Girls in Science and the IAU Women and Girls in Astronomy Day was celebrated at the MM school in Cape Town. Astronomers and students from several institutions volunteered to run a day of activities with the girls at the school. NASA astronaut Ellen S. Baker visited the school […]