The 6th East African Astronomical Society (EAAS) Workshop

20 – 22 May 2021University of Dodoma (UDOM),Tanzania

“Astronomy for Science and Social Development”


The 6th EAASW concluded successfully and the organizers thank the participant for their active participations.

The EAAS workshop will be conducted virtually from 20-22 May 2021

THE SCHOOL IS POSTPONED UNTIL FIRST HALF OF 2022 when it can be done physically

The sixth East African Astronomical Society (EAAS) workshop will be held from 20-22 May 2021 at University of Dodoma (UDOM), Dodoma, Tanzania. The main objectives of the EAAS workshop are to promote and enhance the development of Astronomy in East Africa region, to create a platform in networking young and senior scientific communities so as to share their research findings as well as experiences. Consequently, the workshop provides an opportunity to establish regional and international collaboration in research, supervision and teaching of astronomy across the region. Prior to the EAAS workshop, the East Africa School of Astronomy (EA-SA) will provide training for undergraduate and postgraduate students pursuing programs related to Astronomy ahead of EAAS workshop. A total of 120 Participants are expected to attend the EAAS workshop of which 30 participants are young career researchers who are attending the EA- SA school.

The Objective of EAAS workshop

  • To discus on recent developments of scientific research outputs of Astronomy at regional level.
  • To create an avenue for networking and sharing of experiences amongst young scientific researchers and experienced researchers in the areas of astronomy and space science.
  • To promote and enhance the development of Astronomy in East Africa region and across Africa.
  • To impart relevant knowledge to students and create opportunities for further research in Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • To establish and strengths international and regional collaboration in research, supervision and teaching of Astronomy in the region.

Keynote Speakers

Teressa Lago, General Secretary, International Astronomical Union (IAU)
Jamal Mimouni, President, African Astronomical Society (AfAS)
Tidiane Outtare, Africa Union
Kevin Govender, Director, Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD)
Melvin Hoare, Leader, Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA)
Carla Puglia, Program Director, International Science Programme (ISP)
Takalani Nemaungani, Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), RSA
Petri Vaisanen, Director, South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO)
Declan Kirrane, The African-European Radio Astronomy Platform (AERAP)
Major General (Rtd) Thomas Chepkuto, CEO, Kenya Space Agency (KSA), Kenya
Minstry of Innovation and Technology (MINT), Ethiopia
Inma Dominguez, European Astronomical Society (EAS)

Plenary Speakers

Vanessa McBride, OAD & SAAO, South Africa
Ciro Pappalardo, PACE, Portugal
Shep Doleman, Harvard University, USA
David Baratoux, AFPIS, Côte d’Ivoire
Katrien Kolenberg,AFPIS, Belgium
Priscilla Muheki , MUST, Uganda
Somaya Saad, NRIAG, Egypt
Edward Guinan , Villanova Univ.USA
Pheneas Nkundabakura, UOR, Rwanda
Mirjana Povic, ESSTI, Ethiopia
Carolina Odman-Govender, UWC, SA
Markus Possel – IAU-OAE, Germany
Lina Canas , IAU-OAO, Japan
Niruj Mohan Ramanujam, AFAS, India
Susan Murabana, Traveling Telescope, Kenya
Connie walker, NOAO, USA
Gordon Macleod, Canada
Solomon Belay-Tessema, MiNT/ESSTI

Scientific Organizing Committee (SOC)

Dr. Noorali Jiwaji, Open University of Tanzania (OUT), Tanzania
Dr. Solomon Belay, Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI), Ethiopia
Dr. Mirjana Povic, ESSTI, Ethiopia
Prof. Edward Guinan- IAU-Villanova University, USA
Prof. Paul Baki – The Kenya Polytechnic University College, Kenya.
Dr. Edward Jurua – Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda.
Prof. Ernst van Groningen – International Science Program (ISP), Sweden
Dr. Pheneas Nkundabakura – Kigali Institute of Education, Rwanda.
Mr. Alemiye Mamo, East African Regional Office of Astronomy for Development (EA-ROAD), Ethiopia

Local Organizing Committee (LOC)

  1. Dr. Noorali Jiwaji, Open University of Tanzania, Tanzania
  2. Said Ally , Open University of Tanzania, Tanzania
  3. Dr. Emmanuel Sulungu, University of Dodoma (UDOM)
  4. Dr. Stanley Mwanga, University of Dodoma (UDOM)
  5. Mr. Daudi Mazengo, University of Dodoma (UDOM)


On average 120 participants are expected to attend the 6th EAAS workshop. Participants of the EAAS are coming from East Africa Region, hosting country, representative for West, East and North Africa countries, EA-SA students, invited speakers, international participants and supporters of EAAS.

Important Dates

Registration Opens: 15th February 2021

Abstract Submission Deadline: 07 April 2021

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