UPDATED: SAAO Virtual Symposium; Call for Contributors Extended


The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAOO) will be hosting the SAAO200 Symposium in celebration of SAAO’s 200 years of existence. The virtual symposium will happen between 20 and 23 October 2020. 

The symposium will involve a lot of activities including national and international presentations, virtual exhibitions, speech, and idea cultivation. 

In a release by the Director of SAAO, Petri Vaisanen, he mentioned that “this occasion grants us the opportunity not merely to recall our scientific achievements but more importantly to celebrate together our country’s and our continent’s rich cultural heritage as well as to look forward  ‘Beyond 200 Years of Astronomy’.  We see this future full of opportunity, inclusivity, inspiration, and pride in the excellence of decidedly African Astronomy at the forefront of a cutting-edge global pursuit of exploring our Universe.”

“The theme of the symposium and the presentations will cover a wide range of topics, including, among others, current and future science, the history of astronomy on the continent, as well as cultural and sociological aspects of astronomy. In addition, the symposium also aims to highlight our developing plans for the transformation of the observatory.”

To participate in the symposium, you can register here. Registration is free.

As part of activities for the SAAO symposium, SAAO is calling on innovators and enthusiasts in Astronomy to submit their papers, speeches and presentations to be exhibited during the event. Interested persons can check here for more information.

For visual posters, submissions deadline has now been extended to 6 September 2020. Please note that oral presentations are closed.

For clarifications, virtual posters will consist of an online PDF made available online in the week before the Symposium along with an optional pre-recorded talk of 5 minutes. 

You will then be requested to make yourself available for the virtual poster session which would allow attendees to request to ask you questions and you will be directed to a Zoom room for those interactions.

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