Webinar about the image of the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way

The African Astronomical Society is organising a public webinar on the recently released image of the black hole in the centre of our Galaxy by the Event Horizon Telescope. This epochal image was everywhere in the media and all of us would like to know more about it, and what it represents. This webinar on the … Read more

Newly elected Executive Committee member of the African Astronomical Society

We extend our congratulations to the newly elected committee and look forward to our close partnership in realising the African vision of the IAU GA in 2024. Prof. Thebe Rodney Medupe is a professor of Astronomy at the North-West University, South Africa. He obtained his PhD in Astronomy from the University of Cape Town in … Read more

Special session at the African Astronomical Society Annual Meeting

The special session builds on the progress made at the Forum on Astronomy in Africa in October 2021. The programme is as follows: 15:15 Welcome & overview15:25 Update from Science Committee15:30 Update from Africa Committee15:35 Update from Outreach Committee15:40 Call for proposals to implement Vision 202415:50 Discussion16:10  Meeting summary16:15 Close How to join the session: Gearing up for the GA in 2024Wednesday 16 … Read more

FIRST EVER AFRICAN WOMEN IN ASTRONOMY AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Cape Town – 2 March 2022 Two exceptional women in science are being recognised by the inaugural awards of the African Network of Women in Astronomy. The early career award goes to Dr. Marie Korsaga, Burkina Faso’s first woman astronomer and the senior award goes to Prof. Renée Kraan-Korteweg from South Africa. The awards, worth … Read more

10 December: Come hear about the JWST, by JWST scientists

JWST stands for James Webb Space Telescope. This is the new generation telescope that will overtake the Hubble Space Telescope after over 30 years of incredible astronomical images and science. The JWST is due to launch on 22 December this year, and a lot is at stake. To learn more about this feat of science … Read more

OUT NOW: African Science Stars, Special Astronomy and Space issue

Science Stars is pleased to announce the availability of the second issue of its quarterly African Science Stars magazine. Physical copies of the magazine are currently being distributed whilst the full magazine can also be downloaded online in PDF format. Acknowledging the rise of Astronomy in Africa this latest issue delves deep into African Science … Read more

Africa Forum Participants List

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(in alphabetical order by name – total of 430 registered participants – visualize the distribution on map below list) Name Institution Country Abbas Endisha Misurata university Libya Abdelhafid Bani Naec morocco Morocco Abdoulaye Ba Ba Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar Sénégal ABDU ALI AMEDE Woldia University Ethiopia Abhijeet  Bhardwaj American Physics Society India Aboulahris … Read more

Interview about AfAS in Scientia Magazine

Scientia Magazine features a rich issue about Astronomy in Africa and the African Astronomical Society. They interview the President, Prof. Jamal Mimouni and describe a lot of astronomy activities taking place on our continent. From Research to Outreach and efforts to strengthen women’s participation, all sources of inspiration for the present and the future of … 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