General Background of Astronomy in East Africa
In the past one decade, astronomy and space science showed significant development in East African region. The following are some of the big steps that the region has gone through in creating a foundation for the Astronomy and Space Science development in the region. The establishment of space agencies and institutes (such as the Kenya Space Agency (KENSA) and Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI)), formulation of space policies (such as African Space Policy and Ethiopian Space policy); developing infrastructures for optical and radio telescopes (Entoto Observatory in Ethiopia, Mt. Meru Astronomical Observatory in Tanzania, and Mt. Nyiro and Mt. Kulal in Kenya); hosting SKA node of African Very Long Interferometry Network (VLBI) in Kenya; developing Astronomy and Astrophysics curriculum at undergraduate and postgraduate levels; establishment of East African Astrophysics Research Network (EAARN), East Africa Astronomical Societies(EAAS) and East Africa Regional office of Astronomy for development (EA-ROAD) are some of the realities that can witness the development of Astronomy and Space science in the East Africa region.
About East Africa Astronomical Society (EAAS)
East African Astronomy society established in November 2010 in Nairobi, Kenya, with a mission of promoting both professional astronomy as well as public understanding of astronomy in the region. Since its establishment five round workshops had been carried out at Nairobi, Kenya, in 2010; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2011; Mukono, Uganda in 2012 , Kigali, Rwanda in 2014 and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2015 respectively. The 6th round EAAS workshop is going to be held in Tanzania from 15-22 May 2021 with the theme of ‘ Astronomy for regional collaboration.