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August 13th & 15th 2024, IAU General Assembly, Cape Town

6 sessions : 10:30 – 12:00; 13:30 – 15:00; 15:30 – 17:00 (times for both days)

The call is now open for abstracts and grants for this Focus Meeting. All applications are made via the IAU General Assembly website.

Deadline for submission is 1 March 2024.


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