PROGRAMME

PROGRAMME

PROGRAMME

In light of its bicentenary, the SAAO is planning various events in 2020, including the unveiling of the site as a National Heritage Site, the “Beyond 200 Years of Astronomy” Symposium and a large Astronomy Festival.

In light of its bicentenary, the SAAO is planning various events in 2020, including the unveiling of the site as a National Heritage Site, the “Beyond 200 Years of Astronomy” Symposium and a large Astronomy Festival.

In light of its bicentenary, the SAAO is planning various events in 2020, including the unveiling of the site as a National Heritage Site, the “Beyond 200 Years of Astronomy” Symposium and a large Astronomy Festival.

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

Unveiling of the National Heritage Site

The events will kick off with the ministerial unveiling of the National Heritage site which will be held on the morning of the 20 October 2020, 200 years to the day since the establisment. Attendees are invited to join in this exciting event before the official symposium begins.

 

SAAO Symposium

The Symposium will include themes in:

• African ethnoastronomy and indigenous knowledge
• History of Astronomy in Africa
• Contributions to global astronomy
• Developments in African Research Astronomy in recent decades
• Astronomy and Society

Astronomy Festival

We will also be hosting Astrofest 2020, a large Astronomy Science Festival which aims to further enhance and support science promotion, communication and engagement activities.

Unveiling of the National Heritage Site

The events will kick off with the ministerial unveiling of the National Heritage site which will be held on the morning of the 20 October 2020, 200 years to the day since the establisment. Attendees are invited to join in this exciting event before the official symposium begins.

 

SAAO Symposium

The Symposium will include themes in:

• African ethnoastronomy and indigenous knowledge
• History of Astronomy in Africa
• Contributions to global astronomy
• Developments in African Research Astronomy in recent decades
• Astronomy and Society

Astronomy Festival

We will also be hosting Astrofest 2020, a large Astronomy Science Festival which aims to further enhance and support science promotion, communication and engagement activities.

Unveiling of the National Heritage Site

The events will kick off with the ministerial unveiling of the National Heritage site which will be held on the morning of the 20 October 2020, 200 years to the day since the establisment. Attendees are invited to join in this exciting event before the official symposium begins.

 

SAAO Symposium

The Symposium will include themes in:

• African ethnoastronomy and indigenous knowledge
• History of Astronomy in Africa
• Contributions to global astronomy
• Developments in African Research Astronomy in recent decades
• Astronomy and Society

Astronomy Festival

We will also be hosting Astrofest 2020, a large Astronomy Science Festival which aims to further enhance and support science promotion, communication and engagement activities.

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SPEAKERS

Dr Rob Adam
Dr David Buckley
Prof Garret Cotter
Ms Theresa De Young
Prof Roger Deane
Mr Phillip Diamond (TBC)
Prof Saul Dubow
Dr Bernard Fanaroff
Dr Ian Glass
Mr Kevin Govender
Dr Tana Joseph (TBC)
Prof Lerothodi Leeuw
Prof Roy Maartens
Mr Sivuyile Manxoyi
Prof Jamal Mimouni

Dr Moses Mogotsi
Dr Shazrene Mohamed
Dr Itumeleng Monagang
Prof John Parkington
Dr Zara Randriamanakoto
Ms Carla Sharpe
Dr Rosalind Skelton
Prof Keith Snedegar (TBC)
Prof Chris Sterken (TBC)
Dr Roger Stewart
Prof Petri Vaisanen
Prof Amanda Weltman
Prof Patricia Whitelock
Prof Patrick Woudt

SPEAKERS

SPEAKERS

SOCIAL

SOCIAL

SOCIAL

Welcome Reception

Tuesday | 20 OCTOBER 2020

Time: 17:00 – 19:00

Venue: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Recommended dress: Business casual

The Welcome Reception promises the opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and friends in astronomy. Cocktail snacks and beverages will be served. And with the evening wrapping up by 19:00 there will be time to enjoy dinner at one of Cape Townʼs many interesting restaurants.

Gala Dinner

Thursday | 22 OCTOBER 2020

Time: 18:00 – 22:00

Venue: Moyo @ Kirstenbosch

Recommended dress: Business casual

The Gala Dinner is the finale to the SAAO 200 Symposium and will showcase African cuisine and entertainment in a beautiful setting within the gardens of Kirstenbosch.

Welcome Reception

Tuesday | 20 OCTOBER 2020

Time: 17:00 – 19:00

Venue: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Recommended dress: Business casual

The Welcome Reception promises the opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and friends in astronomy. Cocktail snacks and beverages will be served. And with the evening wrapping up by 19:00 there will be time to enjoy dinner at one of Cape Townʼs many interesting restaurants.

Gala Dinner

Thursday | 22 OCTOBER 2020

Time: 18:00 – 22:00

Venue: Moyo @ Kirstenbosch

Recommended dress: Business casual

The Gala Dinner is the finale to the SAAO 200 Symposium and will showcase African cuisine and entertainment in a beautiful setting within the gardens of Kirstenbosch.

Welcome Reception

Tuesday | 20 OCTOBER 2020

Time: 17:00 – 19:00

Venue: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Recommended dress: Business casual

The Welcome Reception promises the opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and friends in astronomy. Cocktail snacks and beverages will be served. And with the evening wrapping up by 19:00 there will be time to enjoy dinner at one of Cape Townʼs many interesting restaurants.

Gala Dinner

Thursday | 22 OCTOBER 2020

Time: 18:00 – 22:00

Venue: Moyo @ Kirstenbosch

Recommended dress: Business casual

The Gala Dinner is the finale to the SAAO 200 Symposium and will showcase African cuisine and entertainment in a beautiful setting within the gardens of Kirstenbosch.

ASTROFEST

Running from 21-24 October 2020 the festival will host workshops aimed at learners and educators, exhibits from SAAO departments and other institutions involved in Astronomy, Science and Innovation, and a large public component. This will consist of public lectures and events such as stargazing. We encourage all attendees to get involved in this excellent opportunity to engage with the South African public and communicate our incredible science with them.

Click here to get involved with the Astrofest 2020.

We would like to encourage all attendees to use this opportunity to contribute to science engagement in South Africa by volunteering to assist with one or more of the below:

• Public Lectures
• Hands-On Workshops
• Stargazing
• Additional Events (Astropubs, quizzes, etc)
• General Volunteer

ASTROFEST

Running from 21-24 October 2020 the festival will host workshops aimed at learners and educators, exhibits from SAAO departments and other institutions involved in Astronomy, Science and Innovation, and a large public component. This will consist of public lectures and events such as stargazing. We encourage all attendees to get involved in this excellent opportunity to engage with the South African public and communicate our incredible science with them.

Click here to get involved with the Astrofest 2020.

We would like to encourage all attendees to use this opportunity to contribute to science engagement in South Africa by volunteering to assist with one or more of the below:

• Public Lectures
• Hands-On Workshops
• Stargazing
• Additional Events (Astropubs, quizzes, etc)
• General Volunteer

Running from 21-24 October 2020 the festival will host workshops aimed at learners and educators, exhibits from SAAO departments and other institutions involved in Astronomy, Science and Innovation, and a large public component. This will consist of public lectures and events such as stargazing. We encourage all attendees to get involved in this excellent opportunity to engage with the South African public and communicate our incredible science with them.

Click here to get involved with the Astrofest 2020.

We would like to encourage all attendees to use this opportunity to contribute to science engagement in South Africa by volunteering to assist with one or more of the below:

• Public Lectures
• Hands-On Workshops
• Stargazing
• Additional Events (Astropubs, quizzes, etc)
• General Volunteer