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