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IAU General Assembly 2015 – Focus Meeting 20

FM 20: Astronomy for Development The OAD coordinated a Focus Meeting (FM20) at the 2015 IAU General Assembly titled “Astronomy for Development.” The meeting took place on 13-14 August 2015. Please visit for more information. Overview This Focus Meeting was about the global developmental impact that all aspects related to astronomy can deliver. It focused on impact […]

IAU General Assembly 2015 – New Regional Offices Signing Event

The International Astronomical Union’s (IAU) Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) has established new coordinating offices in Armenia, Colombia, Jordan, Nigeria and Portugal. Supporting the use of astronomy as a tool for development in specific regions and languages, the new partnerships form part of the IAU’s decadal strategic plan — which aims to realise the […]

IAU General Assembly 2015

The OAD shared a booth with the Office of Astronomy Outreach at the IAU General Assembly 2015 in Honolulu, Hawaii. For two weeks, we coordinated all our activities from the stand. It acted as the meeting point for our global network and for several Astronomy for Development discussions. Our team, along with the OAO, explained the […]

South African Budget Vote Exhibition 2015

The OAD was invited to the 2015 South African Budget Vote Exhibition held in Cape Town. The Department of Science and Technology (DST) announced its key priorities for the 2015/2016 financial year at the annual Budget Vote. Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor toured the exhibit area. The OAD team, given space at the NRF booth, briefly talked […]

Scifest Africa 2015

A team from the OAD comprising the director, Kevin Govender, Bonaventure Okere from the Nigerian Centre for Basic Space Sciences, Wanda Diaz from the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and OAD visiting fellow, Ramasamy Venugopal travelled to Grahamstown to participate in Scifest Africa 2015. Scifest Africa is South Africa’s National Science Festival, held every year at […]