Celebrating Asteroid Day Across Africa

Africa is celebrating Asteroid Day with a series of events starting on June 30th. Join us in the celebration from wherever you are! Thanks for our colleagues from AfAS who have compiled this list. BENIN Sirius Astro-Club, Benin will organise its first event at the University of Abomey-Calavi on 30 Junehttps://www.facebook.com/Sirius-Astro-Club-Bénin-104882745154428/ BOTSWANA Astronomical Society of … Read more

IAU GA organisers represent!

The International Astronomical Union recently held its elections for members to lead the various scientific bodies organised as divisions and commissions. Drs Lucia Marchetti and Carolina Odman, both members of the Education, Outreach and Communications Sub-Committee were elected to Division J “Galaxies and Cosmology” and Commission C2 “Communicating Astronomy to the Public”. We congratulate them … Read more

Passing of Prof. Habatwa Mweene

Quoted from the African Astronomical Society: We recently learned, with great sadness, that Prof Habatwa Mweene passed away. He succumbed to COVID-19 on 21 June 2021. This is a tremendous loss for the community and he will be remembered for his contributions to the development of the fields of Physics and Astronomy in Zambia and … Read more

Towards the First IAU-General Assembly on the African Continent in 2024, and Beyond

Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Summit 14 – 18 June 2021: AfAS-IAU-OAD session on Africa-EU Astronomy Collaborations: “Towards the First IAU-General Assembly on the African Continent in 2024, and Beyond” taking place on 16 June 2021 (9:00am – 11:00am CAT/CEST) The Africa-Europe Science and Innovation Summit will be held virtually from June 14 to June 18, … Read more

Save the date! 27-29 October 2021: Forum on Astronomy in Africa and the IAU GA2024

The International Astronomical Union, which has been in existence for over 100 years, is the world’s largest body of professional astronomers. Every three years it holds a General Assembly, bringing together astronomers from around the world. This meeting will take place for the first time on the African continent in 2024. Cape Town has been … Read more

25 May – Africa Day

25 May 2021 – Dear colleagues and friends Africa day – an opportunity to imagine! We are three short years away from Africa hosting the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union in 2024. This meeting, arguably one of the biggest on the astronomy conference calendar, will draw the attention of the global astronomy community … Read more

Memorandum of Agreement to strengthen development through astronomy in Africa

Cape Town, 26 May 2021 — The African Astronomical Society (AfAS) and the Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) have signed a five-year partnership Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that sees the two collaborating towards bringing together complementary resources, networks and expertise to advance development through astronomy throughout the African Continent. “We are pleased to formalise an existing … Read more

Dr. Charles Takalana in the news

In this great interview, Dr. Takalana, who also coordinates the African Astronomical Society Secretariat, shares his passion for the stars and the spirit of inquiry that has drive him to reach a PhD in Astronomy. He, like so many in his position, is working very hard at spreading the benefits of astronomy to the people. … Read more

Pressures on Blue-Skies Research

Our colleague Vanessa McBride has written an Article in The Conversation Africa about the budgetary pressures that curiosity-driven science is facing while governments attempt to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. While she laments the shortening of resources, she also celebrates the many ways in which scientists – and astronomers – have proven agile and adapted their … Read more