Astronomy during National Science Week 2012
One of the many tasks of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of the South African government is to promote public awareness of science, technology, and innovation. One such initiative is the annual National Science Week (NSW), which this year takes place from July 30 to August 04, at venues throughout the nation.
For National Science Week 2012 (NSW 2012) officials at DST decided that astronomy should be implicitly included in the week's celebrations. To this end, the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) has been tasked to co-ordinate the efforts.
On Tuesday, June 26, a meeting was held at the SAASTA offices in Pretoria to discuss ways of increasing the visibilty of astronomy during NSW 2012. Invited attendees included Constant Volschenk, Kechil Kirkham, Ian Glass, Graham Geary, Kerry Paterson, Kenny Nevill, Neil Viljoen, Ed Foster, Kos Coronaios, Michael Poll and Auke Slotegraaf.
Erna Taljaard (National Project Coordinator; SAASTA) outlined the procedure for submitting proposals for outreach activities, and clarified the type of activities the agency would support.
All the delegates I spoke to were excited about the project, and I can imagine kilojoules of brain-energy being spent on coming up with creative ideas for outreach efforts.
The deadline for submission of proposals is Monday, July 02.
DST has an obligation to ensure that South Afican citizens understand, appreciate and enjoy astronomy.
Pics by Ed Foster and Auke Slotegraaf
nothing more to see. please move along.