Essential Information

August 13th 2024, IAU General Assembly, Cape Town

3 sessions : 10:30 – 12:00; 13:30-15:00; 15:30-17:00

This Focus Meeting concentrates on the capacity and feasibility to build networks of remote/robotic telescopes for educational use at undergraduate and high school level (last years). Access to remote/robotic telescopes will contribute in building a critical mass of astronomers, but most importantly, it will contribute to STEM education.

The ultimate goal is to enhance the scientific capacity of Global South countries. Performing research-oriented, observation-based hands-on projects using remote/robotic telescopes allows young students to maintain and raise their interest in STEM-oriented disciplines. An inventory of the worldwide capacity of telescopes for such purpose, the content of the project and a thorough discussion of the opportunities in offering network facilities to universities in need, can mean an important step towards that higher mentioned goal.

Contact person: Michèle Gerbaldi

Sunrise at Sutherland, South Africa.
Sunrise at Sutherland, South Africa. Image courtesy: Bruno Letarte