The African Astronomical Society (AfAS) is inviting the public to the special session (SS1) on “Africa-Europe collaborations towards the impact of 2024 IAU GA on astronomy developments” at the 2023 annual meeting of the European Astronomical Society (EAS) that will take place in Poland, from 10 to 14 July 2023. In addition, all information about the SS1 session can be accessed here.
This will be the 4th edition of the Africa-Europe research collaborations session organised in general bi-annually under the EAS annual meetings. This year, with SS1, AfAS aims to have a general reflection about the current status of Africa-Europe collaborations in astronomy to set the stage for the 2024 IAU General Assembly (GA), the first to be held in Africa.
AfAS expects this event to enhance astronomy developments across the continent, from research and infrastructure developments to education and outreach, strengthening the initiatives already running. Furthermore, the event is expected to enhance international collaborations between Africa, Europe and the rest of the world by contributing to astronomy developments in those countries with little astronomy structure.
Many expectations and enthusiasm surround the 2024 GA, which can be seen in the community-developed constantly-updated Vision 2024 document that is freely available and summarises all of the objectives of the 2024 GA.
The main topics to be covered under SS1 are:
- Science and infrastructure developments.
- Education, outreach and public awareness.
- Astronomy for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and strategies for bringing astronomy everywhere. Engagement with policy-makers.
- The call for abstracts for SS1 is now open until 1 March 2023 under any of these three topics through the EAS system here.
- Visit here to register for the event.
- Check here for registration fee waivers and/or travel grants (deadline March 1st)
Visit the AfAS website for additional information.
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