Astronomy in Africa

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) (2021)

MP4 Video; Size: 927MB; Duration: 01:08:56

Please cite as: Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), (2021). Astronomy in Africa. [Online] Available at:

Astronomy is one of the most challenging of all scientific endeavours, requiring technologies and skills that are usually beyond the reach of what is currently available. As such it is a field that pushes the boundaries of human capacity and moves us into new realms of discovery, technology and thought. In this talk Kevin Govender and Vanessa McBride reflect on Astronomy in Africa and explore how this continent has become a global player, if not leader, in this field, and what this means for how the world sees us. They touch on the exciting science being done in Africa; the incredible infrastructure both current and planned; the vibrant and growing network of African astronomers; and the opportunities presented by events like the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), which is to be held for the first time in Africa in 2024.

Author and contributor ORCIDs: Soodyall, Himla ORCID; Govender, Kevin ORCID; McBride, Vanessa ORCID
Publisher: Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)
Peer review status: Non-Peer Reviewed