Astronomy in Africa Science Business Meeting

Astronomy in Africa Science Business Meeting Astronomy in Africa Science Business Meeting
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    Mr. Alemiye Mamo
    Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute

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    Astronomy, Africa

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About the Meeting

Astronomy in Africa science business meeting, to be held from 10-11 October 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is aimed to promote the African Astronomical Society (AfAS) to the science community and to highlight the astronomy in Ethiopia to the AfAS and international community.

The meeting will be lead by AfAS Science Committee and  focus on the business of the science for AfAS, the role of AfAS as far as the science is concerned ,  discussion  on the science goals of AfAS,  and   development of AfAS  science Strategy  for Professional Astronomy.

The Science business  meeting of AfAS will bring together African Astronomical professionals and other international astronomy community to discuss on scientific issues , consult on science strategy of AfAS and how they could be engaged in AfAS activities and contribute towards achievement of its vision and mission. Besides developing Science business strategy of AfAS the scientific meeting is used as a platform in creating partnership and collaboration with international scientific bodies as well as IAU356 symposium participants.

The Astronomy in Africa science business meeting is hosted by Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI) and co-organized by with African Astronomical Society (AfAs), East Africa Regional office of Astronomy for Development (EA-ROAD), Ethiopian Space Science Society (ESSS) and Ministry of innovation and Technology (MiNT). It is a continuation of the Astronomy in Africa business meeting that was hosted at the South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town from 25-26 March 2019.

Sessions of the meeting

The AfAS Science Business meeting has the following 4 basic sessions:

  • Session 1: AfAS Science Strategy
  • Session 2. Current status of Astronomy in Africa
  • Session 3: Forum discussion about AfAS’s Science business strategy
  • Sesstion4: Scientific Partnership and Collaboration

Format of Meetings

The Science business meeting will comprise a series of invited and contributed talks, discussion and reflection on Science  business Strategy of AfAS, Interactive networking sessions that aims to stimulate conversations and scientific collaborations via  IAU  Symposium, flash talks and working/back sessions.


In the African Astronomy Science meeting, around 100 participants are expected to attend the meeting.

The participants  of the meeting  will come from the following groups :Astronomers based in Africa; Astronomers from the African Diaspora; Astronomers from around the world willing to collaborate with African astronomers; Astronomy instrumentation scientists and engineers; Astronomy educators and communicators; Data scientists and ICT professionals related to all the above groups; Students related to all the above groups; Amateur Astronomers related to all the above groups; Relevant government officials; Funding agencies ;Relevant industry partners; Invited  Individuals  and organization who are involved in development of African Astronomical Society (AfAS)