Category Archives: Sub-Saharan Africa

Overview: Astro Tourism Development in Tanzania

Astrotourism Tanzania

Tourism is a leading source of revenue for the Tanzanian Government (17% GDP, 25% foreign exchange). Basically, one-third of the country hosts dark skies in game parks and nature reserves; and geographic location near equator allows 90% of the night sky to be seen between dusk and dawn; and 16-ton Mbozi meteorite in Mbeya can […]

Overview: Astrolab 2022

Astrolab 2022

The project inspires students by providing an opportunity for them to do research on remotely accessed telescopes which they would otherwise not do because of lack of astronomy infrastructure at their African universities. There is often scarce funding for start-up training programs to build capacity to implement the practical component of the designed curricula. In […]

Overview: Acornhoek Physics Summer School

Acornhoek Physics Summer School

South Africa’s public education sector is performing extremely poorly in international benchmarks for mathematics and science (TIMSS 2019). Our main goal is to develop a sustainable model that addresses the challenges faced by many students in mathematics and science, mostly in rural areas, creates interest for science in young people through astronomy and digitises education. […]

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 […]