Category Archives: LAMPS: Leveraging local AstronoMy site to Promote STEM in Madagascar

Madagascar STEM Non-profit Completes a Successful OAD Project

Madagascar STEM non-profit completes LAMPS project

A team of female scientists from Ikala STEM (Women in STEM – Madagascar) implemented LAMPS, a project to directly address the inequality between urban and rural Madagascar in accessing quality STEM education and to showcase the relevance of science in everyday life. Originally planned to be held in the AVN-host city of Arivonimamo, this OAD-funded […]

Two OAD Projects Shortlisted for Nature Awards for Inspiring Women in Science

Nature Awards for Inspiring Women in Science

Two IAU OAD-funded projects are on the shortlist of the Nature Research Awards for Inspiring Women in Science in the Science Outreach Category. The aim of the awards for inspiring women in science, in partnership with The Estée Lauder Companies, is to celebrate and support the achievements of women in science, and of all those […]

OAD Project Leader In ‘200 Young South Africans’ List 2021

Zara Randriamanakoto, one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans in 2021 is a postdoctoral researcher at the South African Astronomical Observatory. She also cofounded the Ikala STEM non-profit organisation that rallies about 300 women scientists across four continents to inspire mainly girls and women to consider a career in STEM. Through Ikala […]

LAMPS Project Online Activities in Madagascar, 7-12 June 2021

Join the e-LAMPS online event next week for French and Malagasy high school and college students. Message from Ikala STEM: Ny ekipan’ny Ikala STEM Sub-Saharan African Chapter dia faly manasa antsika mpanaraka ny pejy fa indrindra ianareo mpianatra eny amin’ny kolejy sy lisea hanatrika ny hetsika e-LAMPS mandritra izao hamehana ara-pahasalamana izao. Ny lohahevitra? « […]


The fields of STEM have long been recognized as key factors for socio-economic development. Although emphasized in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, acknowledging STEM as source of development remains a challenge for Madagascar. From a very young age, many struggle to see the direct relevance of STEM in daily lives and assume it as a […]