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Galaxy Forum Africa 11 - Govender

  1. 1. International Astronomical Union Global Office of Astronomy for Development – focus on Africa Kevin Govender [email_address] @govender OAD Galaxy Forum Cape Town www.astronomyfordevelopment.org
  2. 2. “ Exploring the Universe for the benefit of humankind” Astronomy for a better world!
  3. 3. Enhancing activities IAU Commission 55: Communicating Astronomy with the Public www.communicatingastronomy.org
  4. 4. OAD Regional Coordinators Astronomy for Universities and Research Astronomy for Schools Astronomy for the public OAD Steering Committee Office of Astronomy for Development
  5. 5. The OAD implementation plan… Vision : Astronomy for a better world!   Mission: To help further the use of astronomy as a tool for development by mobilizing the human and financial resources necessary in order to realize its scientific, technological and cultural benefits to society. IAU OAD astronomy for a better world
  6. 6. Elements of Astronomy Development…
  7. 7. Why South Africa? <ul><li>Vision in Science and Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Strong astronomy community </li></ul><ul><li>Well established observatory </li></ul><ul><li>Strong outreach community </li></ul><ul><li>Sub-Saharan Africa – focus area </li></ul><ul><li>Track record of development activities </li></ul><ul><li>Bridge for “North-South” collaborations </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent governmental support </li></ul>
  8. 8. October 14, 2011 www.astronomy2009.org.za
  9. 10. October 14, 2011 www.astronomy2009.org.za African Facilities SALT / SAAO HESS HartRAO / MeerKAT
  10. 11. October 14, 2011 www.astronomy2009.org.za Astronomy for Development <ul><li>Education (especially Maths and Science) </li></ul><ul><li>Development of Research </li></ul><ul><li>Public Understanding of Science </li></ul><ul><li>Development of Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Astronomy for job creation (especially tourism) </li></ul>
  11. 12. October 14, 2011 www.astronomy2009.org.za Theme Vision Astronomy for Education The continent of Africa, with an ever-growing astronomy research community, united in the fields of education and outreach, working together and sharing resources, such that the people of Africa are educated, especially in the fields of science, engineering and technology. A Plan for Africa
  12. 13. October 14, 2011 www.astronomy2009.org.za Core Missions <ul><li>Enhance the teaching and interest in Maths and Science in schools </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance the teaching and research in astronomy in universities </li></ul><ul><li>Increase the awareness and knowledge of science amongst the public </li></ul><ul><li>Support and encourage an African network </li></ul>A Plan for Africa
  13. 14. October 14, 2011 www.astronomy2009.org.za A plan for Africa by Africa <ul><li>Algeria </li></ul><ul><li>Angola </li></ul><ul><li>Congo </li></ul><ul><li>Egypt </li></ul><ul><li>Ethiopia </li></ul><ul><li>Gabon </li></ul><ul><li>Kenya </li></ul><ul><li>Lesotho </li></ul><ul><li>Malawi </li></ul><ul><li>Mauritius </li></ul><ul><li>Morocco </li></ul><ul><li>Mozambique </li></ul>13. Namibia 14. Nigeria 15. Rwanda 16. South Africa 17. Sudan 18. Swaziland 19. Tanzania 20. Tunisia 21. Uganda 22. Zambia 23. Zimbabwe
  14. 15. Astronomy in Africa Survey <ul><ul><li>Professional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Universities, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academics, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Astronomical Facilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outreach programmes, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Astronomy in media, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Astronomy and science in general culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education programmes, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Astronomy in classroom, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maths and science challenges </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. Astronomy in Africa Survey www.astronomy2009.org.za     professional public schools 1 South Africa 1 1 1 2 Morocco 2 2 3 3 Tunisia 3 2 2 4 Egypt 2 3 3 5 Sudan 4 2 3 6 Nigeria 2 1 1 7 Ghana 3 3 3 8 Ethiopia 2 2 3 9 Gabon 3 2 3 10 Uganda 3 3 3 11 Kenya 3 3 3 12 Rwanda 3 4 3 13 Tanzania 3 2 3 14 Zambia 3 3 3 15 Malawi 3 3 3 16 Mozambique 3 4 3 17 Namibia 3 3 4 18 Madagascar 2 3 4
  16. 17. 1-1-1 2-2-3 3-2-2 2-3-3 3-3-3 2-2-3 3-4-3 3-3-3 3-2-3 3-3-3 2-1-1 3-2-3 4-2-3 3-3-3 3-3-3 3-4-3 2-3-4 3-3-4
  17. 18. www.developingastronomy.org
  18. 19. IYA Cornerstone 11: Developing Astronomy Globally Grants Summary Table www.developingastronomy.org Country Summary of proposal Rwanda distribute galileoscopes to 5 schools and education department; outreach; conferences for the schools; aim to stimulate astronomy in Rwanda Kenya buy telescopes and travel; astronomy outreach and gathering information on indigenous astronomy; university of nairobi Macedonia Astronomy caravan; outreach with lectures and stargazing; run by astronomy club Nepal teacher training; student training; observation; posters; outreach to 5 locations; submitted by lecturer and SPOC Uganda schools outreach; schools conference; general public talks and outreach Tajikistan travelling astronomy lectures and viewing; submitted by institute of astronomy Mongolia workshop on developing astronomy in mongolia targeted at researchers, amateurs, governments, herders Uruguay distribute galileoscopes to schools Ethiopia expand existing programme for universities to 3 new universities (outreach, workshops, stargazing) Nigeria outreach in the form of workshops for schools Gabon outreach at big IYA event with telescopes, projector Nicaragua teacher training sessions for 3 days
  19. 20. Astronomy Stimulation Visits IYA Cornerstone 11: Developing Astronomy Globally Developing Astronomy Globally www.developingastronomy.org <ul><ul><li>Feed into activities of Commission 46 TAD (Teaching Astronomy for Development) programme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>East Africa visit pilot ( Kenya ): </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students and lecturers from each country meet in Nairobi </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Astronomy school for Physics students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outreach training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outreach activities with students (schools, public) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High level meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establishment of student societies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establish links with regional strengths </li></ul></ul>Ethiopia Mozambique Ghana
  20. 21. Celestron Telescope Donations IYA Cornerstone 11: Developing Astronomy Globally Developing Astronomy Globally www.developingastronomy.org Region 1: North America 1 + 10 Region 2: Latin America 4 + 25 Region 3: Europe 1 + 15 Region 4: Middle East and North Africa 2 + 20 Region 5: Sub-Saharan Africa 5 + 30 Region 6: Central Asia 3 + 20 Region 7: Far East and South-East Asia 2 + 20 Region 8: Oceania 2 + 20 Recommendations…
  21. 22. Global Offline Resource Consolidation IYA Cornerstone 11: Developing Astronomy Globally Developing Astronomy Globally www.developingastronomy.org <ul><ul><li>Targeted at countries who may not have high bandwidth: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contemporary Lab Exercises in Astronomy (CLEA) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AstroCD (Stellarium, Celestia, Virtual Tour, resources) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dark Skies resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>100 Hours (AW80T clips, Guidelines for Amateur groups) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IYA opening talks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FETTU images </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cosmic Diary snapshot </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>She is an Astronomer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GTTP resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UNAWE resources </li></ul></ul>
  22. 25. www.astronomyfordevelopment.org [email_address] Astronomy for a better world!
  23. 26. <ul><li>“ At the heart of Astronomy (and Space Science) is human curiosity. It has given rise to the field, it sustains the field, and it leads us to expand the field. Can we honestly say we live up to the goal of satisfying human curiosity if we do not impart what we learn to all humans on the planet?” </li></ul>
  24. 28. The OAD implementation plan… IAU OAD astronomy for a better world
  25. 29. OAD Regional Coordinators Astronomy for Universities and Research Astronomy for Schools Astronomy for the public OAD Steering Committee
  26. 30. The OAD implementation plan… Vision : Astronomy for a better world!   Mission: To help further the use of astronomy as a tool for development by mobilizing the human and financial resources necessary in order to realize its scientific, technological and cultural benefits to society. IAU OAD astronomy for a better world
  27. 31. <ul><ul><li>Guiding Principles: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Bottom-up” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Development focus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transparent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dynamic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Humble </li></ul></ul>The OAD implementation plan… IAU OAD astronomy for a better world
  28. 32. <ul><ul><li>Roles: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Implementation of the SP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic advice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordination and Facilitation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding and Infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Implementation of special projects </li></ul></ul>The OAD implementation plan… IAU OAD astronomy for a better world
  29. 33. <ul><ul><li>Tasks: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication Channels (website, lists) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteers (lecturers, exchanges) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding (mobility, schools, equipment) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional Nodes (networks) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sector Task Forces (coordinators) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Databases (course sharing, materials, info) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building on IYA (experience) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New Activities (e.g. VO) </li></ul></ul>The OAD implementation plan… IAU OAD astronomy for a better world
  30. 34. <ul><ul><li>Transition: </li></ul></ul>The OAD implementation plan… OAD-era Activities: OAD Astronomy for Universities and Research Research Visits Institute Twinning Research Lectures Regional Schools OAD Steering Committee Regional Coordinators Astronomy for Children and Schools Teacher Training Schools Primary Education Secondary Education Astronomy for the Public Inspirational Lectures Outreach Planetaria Telescopes OAD Stakeholders Workshop 12-14 December 2011 Cape Town, South Africa
  31. 35. <ul><ul><li>The Team at the Office: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Director </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Officer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Administrative Assistant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interns / Volunteers </li></ul></ul>The OAD implementation plan… IAU OAD astronomy for a better world
  32. 37. www.astronomyfordevelopment.org [email_address] Astronomy for a better world!

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