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Wednesday, March 6 • 9:30am - 12:30pm
Science For Global Development: Astronomy - A Case Study LIMITED

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This workshop will discuss the rationale for using astronomy as a tool for development and the lessons that may be relevant to other disciplines.

In recent years there has been increasing emphasis on science and technology as a tool for global development and capacity building. Astronomy has been in the forefront of such efforts, particularly in Africa. This workshop will discuss the rationale for using astronomy as a development aid and the lessons from astronomy that may be relevant to other disciplines.

09h30 Welcome Speech by Bill Newton Dunn                                                                     
09h45 Rationale for astronomy as a development tool by Prof. George Miley
10h05 The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development by Kevin Govender
10h25 Astronomy for technological capacity building by Anita Loots (tbc)
10h45 Coffee Break                                                                                      
11h00 Astronomy and Industry by Harry Van Dorenmalen                                                             
11h20 Astronomy for human capacity building – universities and research by Jean Pierre de Greve          
11h40 Astronomy for human capacity building – schools and children by Pedro Russo
12h00 Experiences from the CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory by Niall Smith
12h10 Discussion                   


Speakers
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Harry Van Dorenmalen

Chairman of IBM Europe, IBM Europe
Speech topic: Astronomy and Industry  Harry van Dorenmalen was appointed chairman of IBM Europe on October 1, 2010. He represents IBM to European institutions and other authorities such as NATO and the European Defence Agency on issues of international public policy and business regulation. In this role he also oversees the company's corporate citizenship, environmental affairs, intellectual property, standards development, venture... Read More →
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Kevindran Govender

Director, IAU Office of Astronomy for Development
Using astronomy as a tool to make the world a better place! We try to do this through university level education; school level education and public outreach. Speech topic: The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development Kevin Govender is currently the Director of the International Astronomical Union’s Office of Astronomy for Development. During his previous position as the Manager of the SALT (Southern African Large Telescope) Collateral... Read More →
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Jean-Pierre De Greve

Professor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Speech topic: Astronomy for human capacity building – universities and research | Professor in Astrophysics, Former Vice-rector for International Relations. Chair of the university’s Working Group on Science Coimmunication. Member of the Steering Committee of UNICA, the network of Universities of European Capital Cities. Member of the Scientific Committee of Flanders Technology International (FTI) and of the Science Center Technopolis... Read More →
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Anita Loots

Associate Director of SKA Africa
Speech topic: Astronomy for technological capacity building                              |                                | Anita Loots is a registered... Read More →
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Bill Newton Dunn MEP

Member of the European Parliament
Session contribution: Welcome speech
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George Miley

Speech topic: Rationale for astronomy as a development tool  | Irishman George Miley is Professor of Astronomy at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He carries out research into distant radio galaxies and has co-authored more than 300 refereed papers. He was the initiator of the Low Frequency Array, a European radio telescope centered in the Netherlands now nearing completion. | | As Vice President of the International Union, he... Read More →
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Pedro Russo

University of Leiden
Speech topic: EU Universe Awareness Project Astronomy for human capacity building – schools and | children Pedro Russo is presently the International Project Manager (IPM) of the FP7 EU Universe Awareness project. He is passionately committed to using astronomy as an educational tool. Pedro is Chair of the Schools and Children Task Force of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Astronomy for Development programme and Vice President of... Read More →
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Niall Smith

Head of Research, Cork Institute of Technology
Speech topic: Experiences from the CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory My research interests lie in (i) in using astronomy to communicate STEM on a global scale and (ii) high time resolution astrophysics. I co-founded an observatory and science centre at Blackrock Castle in Cork, Ireland (www.bco.ie) and our mission is to enthuse young and old about the value and importance of STEM through the medium of astronomy. As Head of Research at Cork... Read More →


Wednesday March 6, 2013 9:30am - 12:30pm
European Parliament A5G3

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