Category Archives: Events

‘Colour the Cosmos’ at Science Forum 2023

By Dominic Vertue and Joyful Mdhluli At Science Forum South Africa 2023, the Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) extended an invitation to participants, urging them to “Colour the Cosmos” and craft their own exoplanet for a chance to win a telescope. This engaging activity attracted individuals of all ages who enthusiastically painted or drew. […]

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 […]

OAD at the XXXI IAU General Assembly

The XXXI General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) was held from 2-11 August, 2022 in Busan, Korea and online. It was the first hybrid General Assembly, with around 1200 in-person participants and around 700 attending online. The conference included seven symposia, 10 multi-session Focus Meetings, as well as meetings of IAU Offices, Divisions, […]

Big Data Mini-School and Hackathon in Mauritius

big data hackathon Mauritius

DARA Big Data, in conjunction with the University of Mauritius (UOM), IAU OAD and IDIA, are organising a Big Data School and Hackathon event, from June 21-24 on campus at the UOM. The event will feature presentations from industry experts, tutorials in data science and machine learning and a sentiment analysis hackathon where participants can […]

Registration Open for Africa Women in Data Science Event #IWD2022

Africa Women in Data Science Event

The OAD and its partners are organizing the “Africa Women in Data Science” event from 8-10 March 2022, which coincides with International Women’s Day. The event is organized by DARA Big Data (Development in Africa through Radio Astronomy) supported by Newton Fund, the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory, the Inter-University Institute For Data Intensive Astronomy […]