Founded in 1820, the SAAO is the national centre for optical and infrared astronomy in South Africa. Its primary role is to conduct fundamental research in astronomy and astrophysics by providing a world-class facility to scientists. The SAAO also promotes astronomy and astrophysics in Southern Africa, by sharing research findings and discoveries, and participating in education and outreach activities to inform and enthuse citizens about physics and astronomy.
Unveiling of the National Heritage Site: 20 October 2020
The events will kick off with the virtual unveiling of the National Heritage site which will be held on the morning of the 20 October 2020, 200 years to the day since the establishment. Attendees are invited to join this exciting event online before the official symposium begins.
SAAO Virtual Symposium: 20-23 October 2020
• African ethnoastronomy and indigenous knowledge
• History of Astronomy in Africa
• Contributions to global astronomy
• Developments in African Research Astronomy in recent decades
• Astronomy and Society