Spellbinding skies of Cape Town charm the participants of ROADs as the 3rd Face-to-Face Meeting of ROADs kicks off.

3rd Face-to-Face Meeting of Regional Offices of Astronomy for Development (ROADs)

2-4 March 2016 

Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) Building, South Africa Astronomical Observatory (SAAO)

Cape Town, South Africa

March 2, 2016

Spellbinding skies of Cape Town charm the participants of ROADs as the 3rd Face-to-Face Meeting of ROADs kicks off.

 

Today Prof. Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, Executive Director of NARIT leads NARIT team to convene in the 3rd Face-to-Face Meeting of ROADs at SAAO in Cape Town, South Africa. The meeting is held once a year as part of OAD’s annual follow-up workshop to talk with all ROAD representatives from all regions namely; Andean, Arab, East Africa, East Asia, South East Asia, Southern Africa, West Africa together with Portuguese Language Office of Astronomy for Development (PLOAD) and Office of Astronomy for Outreach (OAO), making it the largest Face-to-Face meeting so far since the establishment of OAD in 2009. OAD has embraced a new ROAD - South West Asia ROAD (SWAROAD) to its family as SWAROAD inked the agreement with OAD to host the node at the 29th General Assembly in Honolulu, Hawaii late last year. This marks the OAD’s achievement in reaching out to different regions across the globe to put astronomy as main agenda and priority in certain less privileged areas in the world in terms of astronomical infrastructure and education development.

 

 

NARIT has been appointed to host SEA ROAD at the 28th General Assembly in Beijing, PRC in 2012, serving the whole Southeast Asia region as one of the main tools to synergize and integrate. During the meeting, NARIT reports its contributions of last year activities and plans for the next year. Brief news on the endorsement of the International Training Centre in Astronomy (ITCA) under the Auspices of UNESCO has also been introduced to the participants, adding some exciting atmosphere to the audience. Further detailed information presentation on ITCA shall be unfolded later as the meeting continues.

This year sees a very challenging endeavor of OAD to push forward its business plan for 2016 – 2021, which requires collaborative inputs from all ROADs. The business plan will dominantly aim at common interests of similar projects with great impacts to the community as a whole and inter regional collaborations among ROADs. These preparatory attempts for the aforementioned plan shall be intensely discussed during the next 2 days by OAD, ROADs and OAD Steering Committee.

Stay tuned for more news and updates as the 3rd Face-to-Face Meeting of Regional Offices of Astronomy for Development continues.