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

2021 African Radio Interferometry Winter School

28 June 2021 to 2 July 2021 Free online workshop presented by the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), in collaboration with the Radio Astronomy Techniques and Technology (RATT) and Cavendish Laboratory and Kavli Institute for Cosmology in Cambridge / REACH project Guest speakers Dr Eloy de Lera Aceda – A presentation on the REACH telescope and scienceProf James Chibueze – … Read more

6th East African Astronomical Society (EAAS) Workshop

The sixth East African Astronomical Society (EAAS) workshop will be held from 20-22 May 2021 at University of Dodoma (UDOM), Dodoma, Tanzania. The main objectives of the EAAS workshop are to promote and enhance the development of Astronomy in East Africa region, to create a platform in networking young and senior scientific communities so as … Read more

Sub-Saharan Africa Astronomy Summer School

Galaxies, Extrasolar planets and Stellar physics: Gazing into the deep space, searching for new worlds, an insights into stellar interior physics. 6 – 17 September 2021  The ongoing activities of the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) telescope have accelerated the development of astronomy research on the African continent especially in the field of galactic studies. These activities are … Read more