EUNAWE South Africa<br />South African Astronomical Observatory, <br />a facility of the National Research Foundation<br />
Who is SAAO?<br />
South African Astronomical Observatory<br />Mission: to perform research in astronomy; To provide an international facilit...
Sutherland:<br />Good, dark astronomical site; used by SAAO for 30 years<br />Aseasonal with 75% nights useable<br />Media...
SuperWASP<br />BISON<br />IRAF<br />YSTAR<br />KELT<br />1m<br />.5m<br />.75m<br />Monet<br />1.9m<br />10m - SALT<br />
SA<br />US<br />UK<br />Germany<br />Poland<br />New Zealand<br />India<br />
African Facilities<br />SALT / SAAO<br />HESS<br />HartRAO / MeerKAT<br />
Electromagnetic Spectrum<br />HartRAO<br />SKA<br />SAAO<br />SALT<br />H.E.S.S.<br />
White Paper on Science and Technology 1996<br />“Scientific endeavour is not purely utilitarian in its objectives<br />and...
SA and EUNAWE<br />Importance of Astronomy and Space for South Africa<br />Importance of EU-South Africa Collaboration<br ...
SAAO and EUNAWE<br />SALT Collateral Benefits Programme<br />
SOUTHERN AFRICAN LARGE TELESCOPE<br />
Manager, SALT Collateral Benefits Programme: <br />SivuyileManxoyi<br />Cape Town<br />Sutherland<br />Education Officer S...
Management, <br />Stakeholder relations, <br />International<br />Strategy<br />Manager: SCBP<br />Socio-economic <br />De...
Collaborators<br /> <br /><ul><li>MPUMALANGA
Osizweni Education and Development Centre
KWAZULU-NATAL
Astronomy and Cosmology Research Unit (UKZN)
Gateway Science Centre
Unizul Science Centre
Olwazini Science Centre
ASSA Natal Midlands
ASSA Durban
 
EASTERN CAPE
Scifest on the Road
AstroSoc (Rhodes Astronomy Society)
 
NORTHERN CAPE
National Institute for Higher Education
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EUNAWE Presentation South Africa

  1. 1. EUNAWE South Africa<br />South African Astronomical Observatory, <br />a facility of the National Research Foundation<br />
  2. 2. Who is SAAO?<br />
  3. 3. South African Astronomical Observatory<br />Mission: to perform research in astronomy; To provide an international facility in Africa for such research; to educate and inform the community<br />Total staff: 117 <br />Scientists: Physics<br /> Astronomy<br /> Mathematics <br />Engineers/Technicians<br /> Electronics<br /> Mechanical<br /> Optical<br />Science Educators<br />History: dates from 1820<br />HQ: Cape Town, Western Cape<br />Observing Facilities: Sutherland, Northern Cape<br />
  4. 4. Sutherland:<br />Good, dark astronomical site; used by SAAO for 30 years<br />Aseasonal with 75% nights useable<br />Median seeing of 0.9 arcsec<br />~1800 m altitude<br />Where is Sutherland? <br />SAAO & SALT HQ<br />SAAO:<br />Host institution and SALT operator.<br />
  5. 5. SuperWASP<br />BISON<br />IRAF<br />YSTAR<br />KELT<br />1m<br />.5m<br />.75m<br />Monet<br />1.9m<br />10m - SALT<br />
  6. 6. SA<br />US<br />UK<br />Germany<br />Poland<br />New Zealand<br />India<br />
  7. 7. African Facilities<br />SALT / SAAO<br />HESS<br />HartRAO / MeerKAT<br />
  8. 8. Electromagnetic Spectrum<br />HartRAO<br />SKA<br />SAAO<br />SALT<br />H.E.S.S.<br />
  9. 9.
  10. 10. White Paper on Science and Technology 1996<br />“Scientific endeavour is not purely utilitarian in its objectives<br />and has important associated cultural and social values … <br />Not to offer ‘flagship’ sciences (such as physics and astronomy) <br />would be to take a negative view of our future - the view that we <br />are a second class nation, chained forever to the treadmill of <br />feeding and clothing ourselves.”<br />
  11. 11.
  12. 12. SA and EUNAWE<br />Importance of Astronomy and Space for South Africa<br />Importance of EU-South Africa Collaboration<br />Expertise in exploiting science and technology for education and capacity building<br />South Africa: a gateway to Sub-Saharan Africa<br />UNAWE is a priority in South Africa<br />
  13. 13. SAAO and EUNAWE<br />SALT Collateral Benefits Programme<br />
  14. 14. SOUTHERN AFRICAN LARGE TELESCOPE<br />
  15. 15. Manager, SALT Collateral Benefits Programme: <br />SivuyileManxoyi<br />Cape Town<br />Sutherland<br />Education Officer Sutherland: <br />Marilize du Plessis<br />Education Officer Cape Town: <br />Sivuyile Manxoyi<br />Public Outreach Officer: <br />Thembela Mantungwa<br />Visitor Centre and Logistics Officer: <br />Karel Klein<br />Technical and New Media Support:<br />Veronique Kazie-Ravat<br />Receptionist (contract): <br />Claudine Vernooi<br />Night Tour Guide (contract): <br />Glenda Stoffels<br />Outreach Astronomer: <br />EnricoOlivier<br />Day Tour Guide (contract): <br />Dave O Hearns<br />Logistics Support: <br />Cedric Jacobs<br />Administrative Support: <br />Natalie Jones<br />Weekend Tour Guide (contract): Willem Prins<br />Weekend Shop Assistant (contract): Juliana September<br />Yellow = Education<br />Blue = Public Awareness<br />Red = Community Development<br />Black = All of above<br />
  16. 16. Management, <br />Stakeholder relations, <br />International<br />Strategy<br />Manager: SCBP<br />Socio-economic <br />Development<br />Strategy<br />Admin Officer<br />Sutherland Manager<br />Education officer<br />Tour guide<br />Weekend / Holiday receptionist and shop assistant<br />Visitor centre and logistics officer<br />Receptionist and bookings officer<br />Education officer<br />Public outreach officer<br />Facilities and logistics officer<br />Public outreach astronomer<br />Technology coordinator<br />Tour guide<br />Tour guide<br />Education<br />Strategy<br />Public <br />Awareness<br />Strategy<br />Proposed Structure<br />Cape Town<br />Sutherland<br />Yellow = Education<br />Blue = Public Awareness<br />Red = Community Development<br />Black = All of above<br />
  17. 17. Collaborators<br /> <br /><ul><li>MPUMALANGA
  18. 18. Osizweni Education and Development Centre
  19. 19. KWAZULU-NATAL
  20. 20. Astronomy and Cosmology Research Unit (UKZN)
  21. 21. Gateway Science Centre
  22. 22. Unizul Science Centre
  23. 23. Olwazini Science Centre
  24. 24. ASSA Natal Midlands
  25. 25. ASSA Durban
  26. 26.  
  27. 27. EASTERN CAPE
  28. 28. Scifest on the Road
  29. 29. AstroSoc (Rhodes Astronomy Society)
  30. 30.  
  31. 31. NORTHERN CAPE
  32. 32. National Institute for Higher Education
  33. 33. Northern Cape Department of Education
  34. 34.  
  35. 35. NORTH WEST PROVINCE
  36. 36. University of the North West
  37. 37.  
  38. 38. NATIONAL
  39. 39. Astronomical Society of Southern Africa
  40. 40. South African Association of Science and Technology Centres
  41. 41. South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement</li></ul>GAUTENG:<br />Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory<br />SKA/MeerKAT<br />Johannesburg Planetarium<br />Johannesburg Observatory<br />Scibono Discovery Centre  <br />ASSA Pretoria<br />ASSA Johannesburg<br /> <br />FREE STATE<br />Boyden Observatory<br />ASSA Bloemfontein<br /> <br />WESTERN CAPE<br />Iziko Planetarium (Cape Town)<br />MTN Sciencentre<br />Hermanus Magnetic Observatory<br />ASSA Cape Town<br />ASSA Garden Route<br />LIMPOPO<br />University of Limpopo Science Centre<br />Giyani Science Centre<br />
  42. 42. Education<br />
  43. 43. Education<br />SOUTHERN AFRICAN LARGE TELESCOPE<br />Sutherland schools extra classes<br />Chemical cleanup in Northern Cape<br />Science shows and workshops in Karoo Hoogland<br />Science centre in Sutherland<br />After school learning facility in Sutherland<br />Educator workshops (UCT, US, UWC)<br />Astronomy in libraries project<br />Langa township project<br />National Science Week<br />Sasol TechnoX (award winning workshops)<br />World Space Week<br />Astronomy Quiz (winners in both provinces; finals at SAAO)<br />NRF Western Cape collaboration<br />UNAWE outreach – SA, Australia, Netherlands event<br />
  44. 44. Public Awareness<br />
  45. 45. Public Awareness<br />SOUTHERN AFRICAN LARGE TELESCOPE<br />Sutherland, Williston, Fraserburg festivals<br />Sutherland science centre for public<br />Sutherland development centre<br />SKA Undergrad programme<br />Langa Township Astronomy Project<br />Franschoekoutdoor festival<br />Namibian Science Week<br />Science Centre Accreditation Project<br />AMNH input into visitor facilities<br />Open nights<br />Astro-Picnics<br />Telescopes on Lion’s Head<br />Telescopes on the beach<br />
  46. 46. Socio-Economic Development<br />
  47. 47. Sutherland, Northern Cape<br />Rural SA<br />3800 people<br />80% unemployment<br />Alcohol abuse<br />Teen pregnancies<br />Domestic violence<br />Overcrowded housing<br />Racial divides<br />
  48. 48. SOUTHERN AFRICAN LARGE TELESCOPE<br />Socio-Economic Development<br />Tourism festivals<br />Tourism route<br />Sutherland drug and alcohol awareness programme<br />Sutherland Youth Club programme<br />Inter-governmental forum<br />Sutherland Reflections (Art meets Science)<br />Tech ops development plan<br />“Science, Technology and Community development centre” in Sutherland <br />jobs surrounding the centre; <br />establishment of Management Board; <br />MOA signed; <br />construction underway; <br />public meetings<br />
  49. 49. Science, Technology and Community development centre<br />(floor space: 20m x 6m)<br /><ul><li>Digital doorway
  50. 50. After school centre
  51. 51. Wireless mesh
  52. 52. Interns
  53. 53. Training during construction
  54. 54. Usage by SAAO/SALT staff
  55. 55. Management board</li></li></ul><li>International Activities<br />SOUTHERN AFRICAN LARGE TELESCOPE<br />Africa<br />Ten year plan for Africa<br />Seed Grants<br />Telescope donations for Africa<br />Visiting groups to SAAO<br />Regional development workshops<br />African Astronomical Society<br />Globally<br />Beyond IYA Exec Committee Working Group<br />IAU Commission 46<br />IYA2009 “Developing Astronomy Globally”<br />Seed grants (Macedonia, Nepal, Uganda, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Gabon, Rwanda, Uruguay, Tajikistan)<br />Global Telescope Donations<br />IAU Global Office of Astronomy for Development<br />
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  57. 57. Tasks for EUNAWE<br />T1: Train and empower primary school teachers in each partner country to provide inspiring lessons to young children, involving the Universe and space.<br />T2: Develop, translate and disseminate hands-on and inquiry-base educational resources in each of the partner countries, emphasising European and South African science and technology.<br />T3: Provide a network for the exchange of expertise and material between educators of young children in EU member states, Associated Countries and International Cooperation Partner Countries.<br />
  58. 58. Tasks for EUNAWE<br />T4: Expose substantial numbers of young children in the 6 participating countries to awareness of the Universe, emphasizing astronomy and space sciences for developing perspective and an appreciation of the rational method.<br />T5:  Foster interaction and exchange of best practice between professional scientists and primary level educators.<br />T6: Develop indicators and evaluation instruments for the programme and evaluate EUNAWE.<br />
  59. 59. Current Status<br />Press releases<br />Funds have been received<br />Financial management systems put into place<br />Collaborators informed<br />Project Manager advert sent through due process<br />Presentation of project at DST 18th April 2011<br />
  60. 60. Basic 2011 Timeline<br />End May, early June: PM appointed<br />June: Announcements and press releases<br />June: Communication with SA collaborators<br />July: Materials consolidation<br />August: Teacher workshop preparation<br />End September: Implementation<br />October: Followup<br />November: International workshop attendance<br />
  61. 61. EUNAWE South Africa<br />South African Astronomical Observatory, <br />a facility of the National Research Foundation<br />

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