THE FOURTH EAST AFRICAN ASTRONOMY WORKSHOP -2014

Sponsored by

Ministry of Education- Rwanda


University of Rwanda -College of Education



University of Rwanda-
College of Science and Technology


IAU-OAD (Office for Astronomy Development)


International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)




International Science programme (ISP) -Upsala University





June 30- July 04, 2014

University of Rwanda -College of Education







 

Background

The series of workshops in Astronomy in East Africa began in 2009 during the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009). The first workshop was held in November 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya and was supported largely by the International Astronomical Union/ Teaching for Astronomy Development (IAU/TAD), Developing Astronomy Globally (DAG), SAAO, University of Nairobi and the International Science Programmes (ISP- Upsalla University). Most of the resource persons were largely drawn from outside the region, including USA and South Africa. The second workshop was held in February 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the resource persons were drawn largely from the East African region with only two others from South Africa, led by the Director of OAD, Mr. Kevin Govender and Dr. Petri Vaisanen of SAAO. The sponsorship came from the IAU, SAAO and the Ethiopian Space Science. Society. The third workshop was held in November 2012 in Kampala, Uganda. The resource persons were drawn from IAU/OAD, SAAO, SA SKA, African VLBI network project and from South Africa DST.

The fourth workshop, being organized by the East African Astronomical Society (EAAS) is scheduled from 30 June to 04 July  2014 at University of Rwanda -College of Education (former Kigali Institute of Education), Kigali-Rwanda.

The purpose of these workshops is to strengthen capacity building in Astronomy and Astrophysics and Space Science in general and also provide a forum for astronomers from the region to train young and upcoming scientists. It provides an opportunity for exchange of ideas, cross border co-supervision and sharing of resources. There already exists a Bachelor’s degree programme in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Nairobi, Kenya and a number of other universities in the region are in the process of curriculum development of the same. The Ethiopian Space Science Society is running two 1-m class optical telescopes at Entoto Observatory near Addis Ababa. There is project to transform old telecom dishes into radioastronomy antennas to make a strong VLBI African network.

None of the individual countries have enough manpower and the resources to run programmes in astronomy on their own and this calls for networking and sharing of expertise to teach and supervise students across East Africa.

Theme: The Role of Astronomy in Socio-Economic Transformation

Objectives of the Workshop: 

The main objectives of the conference will be to:

  • Strengthen the vision and understanding of the importance of research in astronomy to the development of mankind

  • To create an opportunity for senior and young astronomers as well as potential astronomers to interact with young professionals in the astronomy discipline.

  • To create a forum for the astronomers and other scientists in the Eastern African region to interact and share knowledge and experiences in astronomy.

  • Create an opportunity for collaboration among the astronomers in the Eastern African region.

  • Keeping the Eastern African astronomical fraternity informed about the latest developments in the fields of astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology.

  • Enhance and develop more ways of cooperation among Eastern African astronomers and institutions involved with the development of astronomy in the region.

Topics for conference sessions

The conference will cover the following areas:

  1. Solar system and exo-planets

  2. Stellar Astrophysics

  3. High energy astrophysics and compact objects

  4. Cosmology

  5. Galaxies and Interstellar medium

  6. Data reduction and analysis from virtual observatories

  7. Acheoastronomy (the study of cultural beliefs and practices relating to the sky)

  8. Solar physics

  9. Astronomy Education/outreach

  10. Astronomy and Human Space Technology



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