The African Planetarium Association (APA), African Astronomical Society (AfAS), and the Ethiopian Space Science and Geo-Spatial Institute (SSGI) are hosting the African Planetarium Association (APA) Biannual Workshop, which will be held concurrently with the IAU Symposium 386 on Dark Sky and Astronomical Heritage in Advancing Astrotourism. The hybrid two days workshop is scheduled for 11 – 12 November 2023 at the Ethiopian Science and Art Museum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The workshop, free to be attended by interested individuals, will connect all planetarians and interested parties across Africa to foster the development and expansion of the planetarium community by facilitating the exchange of knowledge, experiences, resources, and best practices.
The two days workshop programme will include:
- Presentations by African planetarians on their unique experiences;
- Powerful stories about using planetaria in education and inspiring young people in astronomy and science;
- Practical workshops addressing planetarium challenges;
- Invited talks from global planetarium experts;
- Panel Discussions and Q&A sessions; and
- Film showings at the newly built Ethiopian Planetarium in the Ethiopian Science and Art Museum, including Africa’s first two locally-produced full-dome films about African astronomy: “Rising Star” and “Sida Tsoatsoas.”
- Using Planetaria for education and promoting Science;
- Planetaria as a tool for Astrotourism;
- Building and maintaining a sustainable planetarium;
- Exploring scientific research within the planetarium setting; and
- Addressing planetarium challenges in Africa.
All submitted abstracts (for your presentation, workshop, or special session) must align with at least one of the themes.
Interested individuals can exhibit their works, business, or research related to planetaria.
Interested individuals must register and submit their abstracts here by 22 September 2023.
For more information, contact Sally Macfarlane.
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