1. EAAS program content

  • Astronomy scientific Session (The research are focused on Observational , Instrumentation, theoretical ,Computational and Data Science Astronomy & Astrophysics  fields)
  • Development of Astronomy in the region( Astronomy Education , Communication and Outreach, Cultural astronomy, Economical benefit of Astronomy)
  • Business Session (Discuss administrative issues related with the East Africa Astronomical society)
  • Panel Discussion (on challenges, opportunities of Astronomy  development  in the region and the way forward )

2. Sessions and thematic areas 

Session 1: Scientific research findings on Astronomy & Astrophysics

Thematic Areas:

  • Planetary Astronomy: Solar system , Near Earth objects and  Extra-solar system
    • Plenary Speakers: David Baratoux AFIPS, and Priscilla Muheki , MUST, Uganda
  • Stellar Astronomy & Astrophysics and Time-domain astronomy
    • Plenary Speakers: Somaya Saad, NRIAG, Egypt and Edward Guinan , Villanova Univ. USA
  • Galactic, Extra Galactic & Interstellar Medium Astronomy
    • Plenary Speakers: Pheneas Nkundabakura, UOR, Rwanda and Mirjana Povic, ESSTI, Ethiopia
  • High energy astrophysics and astroparticles, Cosmology and distant Universe
    • Plenary Speaker: Shep Doleman, Harvard University, USA

Session 2:  Astronomy Education & Development

Thematic Areas:

  • Educational Activities and Professional Developments in Astronomy
  • Local language Usage of Astronomy in Curriculum and Text books ( such as Kiswahili Usage in Astronomy)
    • Plenary Speakers: Carolina Odman-Govender, UWC, SA and Markus  IAU-OAE, Germany

Session 3: Astronomy communication and Outreach

Thematic Areas:

  • Best Practices in Public Outreach
  • Challenges in communicating astronomy to the public
    • Plenary Speakers: Lina Canas , IAU-OAO, Japan and Niruj Mohan Ramanujam, AFAS, India

Session 4 : Astro-Tourism, Dark Sky , Cultural Astronomy and Heritages

Thematic Areas:

  • Cultural and Ethno-Astronomy
  • Astro-Tourism
  • Dark sky and light pollution
    • Plenary Speakers: Susan Murabana, Traveling Telescope, Kenya and Connie walker, NOAO, USA

Session 5: Development of Astronomy and its Economical contribution in the region

Thematic Areas:

  • Astronomy for science and socio economic development
  • Astronomical instrumentation and infrastructure development (Optical and radio telescope development)
  • Data Science in Astronomy and its future prospect in supporting the economy( Big Data, Machine Learning and Image Analysis )
  • Status of Astronomy in boosting the regional development (capacity building, infrastructure development, etc)
    • Plenary Speakers: Gordon Macleod, Canada and Solomon Belay-Tessema, MiNT/ESSTI

Session 6: Panel Discussion

Thematic Areas:

  • Challenges and opportunities of Astronomy development in the region 

Session 7: Business Session

Administrative issues of EAAS and future plans

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