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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                   

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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... Read More →
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Kevin Govender

Director, Chair IAU-GA2024 NOC
Founding and current director of IAU Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD), which was established in 2011, now with 11 regional offices and language centres globally. Previously Manager of the Southern African Large Telescope’s Collateral Benefits Programme at the South African... 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... 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 professional engineer with extensive international experience working on technology-rich... Read More →

Bill Newton Dunn MEP

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

Emeritus Professor, Leiden University
Title of talk: LOFAR-EUNAME. A new Model for Combining Science with Capacity BuildingGeorge Miley is Emeritus Professor of Astronomy at Leiden University in the Netherlands and has authored several hundred papers on radio galaxies and quasars. He is a graduate of University College... Read More →
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Pedro Russo

Assistant Professor + Astronomy&Society Group / Board of Directors, Leiden University/Ciência Viva
Pedro Russo is a University Professor in Astronomy & Society at Leiden University, the Netherlands and a member of the board of directors of Ciência Viva, the Portuguese National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture. Pedro leads the Astronomy&Society Group. Dr. Russo was... Read More →
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Niall Smith

Head of Research - Cork, Munster Technological University
Speech topic: Experiences from MTU Blackrock Castle ObservatoryMy 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... Read More →

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

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