International Astronomical Union Symposium Opens in Addis Ababa

By Staff Reporter

International-Astronomical-Union October 7, 2019 ( -- The International Astronomical Union (IAU) symposium opens today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Remembering it’s establishment in 1919, the International Astronomical Union has celebrated its one hundred anniversary through hosting four-day symposium which starts today in the Capital of Ethiopia.

The Symposium was organized under the theme “100 years: under one sky,” and it is aimed at conducting scientific discussions about physics behind active galaxies that are luminous galaxies in the universe.

Mirjana Povic, Head of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute said hosting of such events will promote and safeguard the science of astronomy in all its aspects, including research, communication, education and development, through international cooperation.

‘The four-day symposium will provide the perfect platform to give all members of Society the chance to come and look at the activities of the Institute (IAU),’ Mirjana Povic said.

The symposium will also give more visibility to the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute that is a new research center.

The event is part of the global IAU 100 anniversary celebration project which can pave the way to initiate discussion and raise ideas on the status of special need education in Ethiopia, particularly in science.

According to the Head of Astronomy, the symposium is attended by more than hundred professionals in the field of astronomy.

In this regard the experts participating in the symposium are expected to assert inclusiveness and meaningful participation of all groups to make a lasting impact.

The Head of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute also indicated about the inspirations the experts can create for high school juniors and university students.

As part of the Growth and Transformation Plan, space science has been given more emphasis in Ethiopia.

After Ethiopia joined the International Astronomical Union recently, it has received exposure to the developments in the space science Sector.

On May 2019, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) has given Ethiopia the chance to name the newly discovered giant astronomical object.

The connection between Ethiopia and IAU is getting stronger through times as the country adopts greater emphasis on space science.

Being the third diplomatic hub, Ethiopia will also host the African Astronomical Society meeting on October 11, 2019 in its capital.

The meeting is reported to focus at collecting inputs to develop strategy for Astronomy in African to further improve astronomical science in the continent.  

The IAU has 13681 Individual Members in 107 countries worldwide. Of those countries 82 are National Members. In addition, the IAU collaborates with various scientific organizations all over the world.

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