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(REF AS15) The Unique Role of Astronomy in Advancing the SDGs

September 15, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT

15 September 2021 15.00 – 17.30 CEST
Organised under auspices of Intelligence in Science and AERAP by the
International Astronomical Union Office of Astronomy for Development and its European Regional Office3
15 September 2021 15.00 – 17.30 CEST

15.00 – 15.05 Welcome and context
Kevin Govender, Director IAU Office of Astronomy for Development

15.05 – 15.10 Astronomy for Development – The IAU Role
Debra Elmegreen, IAU President (Vassar College, USA)

15.10 – 15.40 Introduction to Astronomy for Development4
Grace Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa and Honorary Professor of Astronomy for Development at Leiden University
15.40 – 15.55 Astronomy and the SDGs
Chiara Moenter (Windesheim College / Leiden University)

15.55 – 16.15 Radio Astronomy Skills, Technology and Facilities in advancing the SDGs
Anna Scaife (University of Manchester, UK)

16.15. – 16.35 Optical astronomy Skills, Technology and Facilities in advancing the SDGs
Xavier Barcons, Director General European Southern Observatory

16.35 – 16.50 Astronomy and Climate Action
Leonard Burtscher, Astronomers for Planet Earth (Leiden University)

16.50 – 17.05 Astrotourism and Economic Development
Sonal Asgotraa, Project Manager, Astrostays

17.05 – 17.15 Summary of OAD projects
Ramasamy Venugopal (IAU Office of Astronomy for Development, Cape Town)

17.15 – 17.25 Description of 5 selected projects, each for 2 min – prerecorded

17.25 – 17.30 Short closing remarks, with concluding resolution
George Miley, Previous IAU Vice President

1 Complementary to the UN GA 75 Dialogue – Astronomy: A Unique Educational Tool for furthering the SDGs and Stimulating a Global Perspective

2 Funded with partial support of Grant 483.20.005 from NWO, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
3 Partnership between the European Astronomical Society and Leiden University
4 Prerecorded. Lecture given at University College Dublin on the occasion of the award of an honorary doctorate to her by the National University of Ireland.


September 15, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT
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