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Friday, June 18 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
Astronomy - a Unique Engine for Education and Development

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Abstract:
Astronomy is an effective tool for international development because it combines fundamental science and cutting-edge technology with culture and inspiration. Putting this into practice is the pioneering mission of the International Astronomical Union’s Office of Astronomy for Development in Cape Town, its network of 11 regional offices throughout the world and is the topic of this session.
The talks will focus on the unique contribution that astronomy, its technology and its inspirational power, can make in advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG4 (Education), SDG9 (Infrastructure & Innovation), SDG13 (Climate Action) and SDG16 (Peaceful inclusive societies). Particular attention will be paid to how exposing children from a very young age to the beauty and enormity of the Universe can contribute to forming their value systems, developing their sense of globalism and fostering universal solidarity. This unique approach can help counteract the several global threats that face the survival of our planet.
The session will conclude with a discussion about how astronomy can most effectively be used to advance the SDGs within Africa and Europe and how policy-makers can stimulate relevant fundamental actions to accomplish this most effectively.

 11:00 - 11:15  THE POWER OF ASTRONOMY FOR DEVELOPMENT 
 Kevin Govender, 
 Director IAU Office of Astronomy for Development
 
11:15 - 11:30   MESSAGE TO UN GA75 DIALOGUE
 Minister Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor,
 South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (prerecorded),
 11:30 - 11:35  MESSAGE TO UN GA75 DIALOGUE
 Barry Andrews, MEP 
 European Parliamentary Delegation for Relations with South Africa  (prerecorded)
 
11:35 - 11:50   PALE BLUE DOT - IGNITING THE SPARK OF GLOBALISM AND RESPECT FOR THE SDGS IN VERY YOUNG CHILDREN
 Cecilia Scorza
 Faculty of Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.
 
11:50 - 12:05   ASTROTOURISM FOR SUSTAINABLE SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
 Sonal Asgotraa and Paras Loomba
 Global Himalayan Expedition AstroStays Project
 
12:05 - 12:20   Astronomy driving developments in "Big Data" and Advanced Computing
 Nikhita Madhanpal
 DARA Big Data Fellow, IAU Office of Astronomy for Development
 
12:20 - 13:00   Discussion: Astronomy for Development: European African Collaborations - Horizon Europe and Beyond 
 Panel from IAU Regional IAU OAD offices in Europe and Africa
 

Speakers
avatar for Valente A. Cuambe

Valente A. Cuambe

Representer, Portuguese Language Office of Astronomy for Development (PLOAD)
Valente A. Cuambe completed a PhD degree in Astrophysics at National Institute of Space research in Brazil. His main interest is the high energy phenomena occurring on the Sun. He is currently representing the Portuguese Language Office of Astronomy for Development (PLOAD) activities... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Govender

Kevin Govender

Director, IAU Office of Astronomy for Development
Founding and current director of IAU Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD), which was established in 2011, now with 11 regional offices and language centres globally. Previously Manager of the Southern African Large Telescope’s Collateral Benefits Programme at the South African... Read More →
avatar for George Miley

George Miley

Emeritus Professor, Leiden University
Title of talk: LOFAR-EUNAME. A new Model for Combining Science with Capacity BuildingGeorge Miley is Emeritus Professor of Astronomy at Leiden University in the Netherlands and has authored several hundred papers on radio galaxies and quasars. He is a graduate of University College... Read More →
avatar for Sara Anjos

Sara Anjos

PhD candidate, University of Minho and at the University of Leiden
Sara Anjos is a PhD candidate jointly at the University of Minho and at the University of Leiden. Her research interests focus on Science-Technology-Society Studies, particularly on public engagement with Astronomy. Holds a four years university degree in Astronomy, an MSc in Science... Read More →
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Alemiye Mamo Yacob

Astronomer and science communicator, East African regional office of astronomy for Development (EA-ROD) Ethiopian Space Science & Technology Institute (ESSTI) Ethiopia
East African regional office of astronomy for Development (EA-ROD) Ethiopian Space Science & Technology Institute (ESSTI) Ethiopia Mr. Alemiye Mamo is Astronomer and science communicator by profession. He is among the few individual who laid foundation for space Science development... Read More →
avatar for Bethelhem Girma

Bethelhem Girma

Assistant Researcher, Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute and EA-ROAD office
Hello! My name is Bethelhem and I am from Ethiopia. I am an aeronautical engineering graduate from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. I am currently working as an assistant researcher at the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute and EA-ROAD office.  Our... Read More →
avatar for Cecilia Scorza

Cecilia Scorza

Astrophysicist and Educationalist
Cecilia Scorza is an astrophysicist and educationalist. She studied physics and astronomy in Mérida, Venezuela. In 1993, she received her doctorate in Astronomy from the University of Heidelberg. Since 2001 she has dedicated herself to educational and public outreach work. In 2005... Read More →
avatar for Paras Loomba

Paras Loomba

Founder, Global Himalayan Expedition
Paras is the founder of Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE), a social Impact tourismenterprise, that takes travelers from all over the globe to the remote villages ofHimalayas and provides these villages with access to clean energy using Solar Grids.Over last 9 years, Paras has led... Read More →
avatar for Sonal Asgotraa

Sonal Asgotraa

Program Leader, Astrostays
Sonal Asgotraa is Project Manager of the Global Himalayan Expedition’s Astronomy for Livelihood Initiative called “Astrostays”. During the past 3 years, Sonal has worked to create a unique community-centric Astro-tourism model that leverages astronomy to create sustainable socioeconomic... Read More →
avatar for Nikhita Madhanpall

Nikhita Madhanpall

OAD-DARA Big Data Fellow, South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town
Nikhita works at the South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town as an OAD-DARA Big Data Fellow. Her role is to develop data science and machine learning hackathons and workshops across the SKA partner countries, with the aim of increasing African data-intensive research skills... Read More →


Friday June 18, 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm CEST
Virtual Room: South Africa