20–22 OCTOBER 2020

KIRSTENBOSCH | CAPE TOWN

20–22 OCTOBER 2020

KIRSTENBOSCH | CAPE TOWN

20–22 OCTOBER 2020

KIRSTENBOSCH | CAPE TOWN

The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) is proud to present the SAAO 200 Symposium themed “Beyond 200 Years of Astronomy”

This year, 2020, marks the bicentenary of the SAAO and in light of its 200th anniversary, the Observatory is planning various events in 2020, including a Symposium organised and hosted by the SAAO, taking place at Kirstenbosch, in Cape Town, from 20 to 22 October 2020.

The Symposium will host an expected 300 attendees with strong representation by students and postdocs from South Africa and the rest of the continent. With participation from across Africa, through the African Astronomical Society, and by highlighting the incredible astronomical achievements of the past two centuries, we aim to excite and unite African astronomical research beyond South Africa and into the continent as a whole.

The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) is proud to present the SAAO 200 Symposium themed “Beyond 200 Years of Astronomy”

This year, 2020, marks the bicentenary of the SAAO and in light of its 200th anniversary, the Observatory is planning various events in 2020, including a Symposium organised and hosted by the SAAO, taking place at Kirstenbosch, in Cape Town, from 20 to 22 October 2020.

The Symposium will host an expected 300 attendees with strong representation by students and postdocs from South Africa and the rest of the continent. With participation from across Africa, through the African Astronomical Society, and by highlighting the incredible astronomical achievements of the past two centuries, we aim to excite and unite African astronomical research beyond South Africa and into the continent as a whole.

The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) is proud to present the SAAO 200 Symposium themed “Beyond 200 Years of Astronomy”

This year, 2020, marks the bicentenary of the SAAO and in light of its 200th anniversary, the Observatory is planning various events in 2020, including a Symposium organised and hosted by the SAAO, taking place at Kirstenbosch, in Cape Town, from 20 to 22 October 2020.

The Symposium will host an expected 300 attendees with strong representation by students and postdocs from South Africa and the rest of the continent. With participation from across Africa, through the African Astronomical Society, and by highlighting the incredible astronomical achievements of the past two centuries, we aim to excite and unite African astronomical research beyond South Africa and into the continent as a whole.

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Africa has a long and rich relationship with astronomy, dating back millennia with the unique geographical importance of Africa in global astronomy being recognised almost two centuries ago with the establishment of the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope on the 20th of October 1820. The observatory is known for the rich history it holds in the contributions in science as well as for its architecture

It now forms part of the current South African Astronomical Observatory, a national facility of the National Research Foundation and the national centre for optical and infrared astronomy in South Africa.

The Cape Town Observatory was formally declared a National Heritage Site by the South African Heritage and Resource Agency (SAHRA) in December 2018. This is a very exciting development for the SAAO, recognising the incredible achievements and their significance over the past two centuries, and ensuring this heritage is preserved.

Moreover, the beginning of the 21st century has seen a renewal of Africa’s strong heritage of astronomical excellence. South Africa is now home to the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere (SALT) and the largest and most powerful radio telescope in the southern hemisphere (MeerKAT) and will host a large part of the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project.

ABOUT US

Africa has a long and rich relationship with astronomy, dating back millennia with the unique geographical importance of Africa in global astronomy being recognised almost two centuries ago with the establishment of the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope on the 20th of October 1820. The observatory is known for the rich history it holds in the contributions in science as well as for its architecture

It now forms part of the current South African Astronomical Observatory, a national facility of the National Research Foundation and the national centre for optical and infrared astronomy in South Africa.

The Cape Town Observatory was formally declared a National Heritage Site by the South African Heritage and Resource Agency (SAHRA) in December 2018. This is a very exciting development for the SAAO, recognising the incredible achievements and their significance over the past two centuries, and ensuring this heritage is preserved.

Moreover, the beginning of the 21st century has seen a renewal of Africa’s strong heritage of astronomical excellence. South Africa is now home to the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere (SALT) and the largest and most powerful radio telescope in the southern hemisphere (MeerKAT) and will host a large part of the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project.

ABOUT US

Africa has a long and rich relationship with astronomy, dating back millennia with the unique geographical importance of Africa in global astronomy being recognised almost two centuries ago with the establishment of the Royal Observatory, Cape of Good Hope on the 20th of October 1820. The observatory is known for the rich history it holds in the contributions in science as well as for its architecture

It now forms part of the current South African Astronomical Observatory, a national facility of the National Research Foundation and the national centre for optical and infrared astronomy in South Africa.

The Cape Town Observatory was formally declared a National Heritage Site by the South African Heritage and Resource Agency (SAHRA) in December 2018. This is a very exciting development for the SAAO, recognising the incredible achievements and their significance over the past two centuries, and ensuring this heritage is preserved.

Moreover, the beginning of the 21st century has seen a renewal of Africa’s strong heritage of astronomical excellence. South Africa is now home to the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere (SALT) and the largest and most powerful radio telescope in the southern hemisphere (MeerKAT) and will host a large part of the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project.

CONFERENCE VENUE – KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDENS

Just a few minutes from the city centre of Cape Town and only 20 km from Cape Town International Airport is the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world, Kirstenbosch is the largest of a country-wide network of nine National Botanical Gardens administered by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, nestled against the eastern slopes of Cape Townʼs Table Mountain.

The SAAO 200 Symposium will take place in Kirstenboschʼs Conference and Exhibition Centre, located in the Visitorʼs Centre at the lower entrance to the Gardens.

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Address: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa

CONFERENCE VENUE – KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDENS

Just a few minutes from the city centre of Cape Town and only 20 km from Cape Town International Airport is the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world, Kirstenbosch is the largest of a country-wide network of nine National Botanical Gardens administered by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, nestled against the eastern slopes of Cape Townʼs Table Mountain.

The SAAO 200 Symposium will take place in Kirstenboschʼs Conference and Exhibition Centre, located in the Visitorʼs Centre at the lower entrance to the Gardens.

view venue

Address: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa

CONFERENCE VENUE – KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDENS

Just a few minutes from the city centre of Cape Town and only 20 km from Cape Town International Airport is the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world, Kirstenbosch is the largest of a country-wide network of nine National Botanical Gardens administered by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch, nestled against the eastern slopes of Cape Townʼs Table Mountain.

The SAAO 200 Symposium will take place in Kirstenboschʼs Conference and Exhibition Centre, located in the Visitorʼs Centre at the lower entrance to the Gardens.

view venue

Address: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa