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African Astronomical Society relaunched, New Executive Committee members elected

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Group photo of participants in the meeting on March 25, 2019. Photo credits: Charles Takalani
Astronomers, researchers, representatives from government and research institutions recently gathered in Cape Town for the Astronomy in Africa Business Meeting. It brought together the key players in astronomy from around Africa to discuss strategic, policy, and governance issues related to the field as well as chart a course for the future of astronomy on the continent.

After an intense two days of presentations and discussions, the meeting adopted a new constitution for the African Astronomical Society (AfAS); accepted an offer of the South African government to host a staffed secretariat for the first 3 years; and elected an Executive Committee to take the organisation forward.

The adopted Constitution: AfAS constitution-adopted-26-03-2019

The new members of the AfAS Executive Committee:

  1. President: Jamal Mimouni (Algeria)
  2. Vice-President: Lerothodi Leeuw (South Africa)
  3. General Secretary: Sarah Abotsi-Masters (Ghana)
  4. Assistant General Secretary: Charles Takalani (South Africa)
  5. Public Relations and Education Officer: Olayinka Fagbemiro (Nigeria)
  6. Early Career Representative: Zara Randriamanakoto (Madagascar)
  7. Additional Member #1: Palesa Nombula (South Africa)
  8. Additional Member #2: Etsegenet Getachew (Ethiopia)

This Executive Committee has now been entrusted to work hard for the continent and take the African Astronomical Society forward!

For more information, visit Astronomy in Africa 2019 website




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