22-30 July 2021
North-West University
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
More Information Coming Soon

10 years of Astronomy for Development

29 Jul 2021, 11:30
Potchefstroom Campus (North-West University)

Potchefstroom Campus

North-West University

Oral Presentation Track E - Physics for Development, Education and Outreach Physics for Development, Education and Outreach


Kevindran Govender (South African Astronomical Observatory)


As a branch of Physics, Astronomy has put significant effort and resources into using all aspects of the field to stimulate global development. This talk will reflect on the first decade of the International Astronomical Union's Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD). Established in April 2011, the OAD is a partnership between the IAU and the South African National Research Foundation, mandated to use astronomy to stimulate development globally. Over the past decade the OAD has established 11 regional offices and language centres and funded over 200 projects targeting audiences in over 100 countries, which includes 43 COVID-related projects. We will discuss the OAD's activities, challenges and impact over the years, as well as plans for the future.

Apply to be considered for a student ; award (Yes / No)?


Level for award;(Hons, MSc, PhD, N/A)?


Primary authors

Kevindran Govender (South African Astronomical Observatory) Vanessa McBride (University of Cape Town & SAAO)

Presentation Materials