APS : Sunday 31 March 2019
ALGIERS- Algerian Jamal Mimouni was appointed President of the African Astronomical Society (AFAS) relaunched after the “Astronomy in Africa Business” meeting, held on 25-26 March 2019,
said Sunday the Algerian Astronomical Association “Sirus” in a communiqué.
Hosted at the South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town, the meeting also resulted in the election of South African Lerothodi Leeuw as vice president of this new professional organization, whose general secretariat has been entrusted to Guinean Sarah
Abotsi-Masters, said the source.
The committee mandate is of three years, said the same source, added the source
The Cape Town meeting was marked by the participation of about 80 delegates from different countries, including astronomers and stakeholders from government and research institutions, added Sirius.
Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mozambique, Morocco and Egypt are among the countries having astronomical potential in addition to South Africa and Algeria, said the Algerian association.
The Aures future National Observatory, directed by Center of Research in Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Geophysics and placed under the auspices of the Directorate-General for Scientific Research, was also sketched out,” added the source.
“The scientific expertise and commitment to African Astronomy has recently gained fresh impetus with the selection of Cape Town to host, for the first time since the creation in 1919 of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the world’s largest astronomy conference, namely the
General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (AGU) in 2024,” concluded Sirius.