Astronomy for attaining sustainable development goals in Africa

Education and its contribution to science, technology, and innovation are the key points for combating poverty in the long term. Education is also a key point for empowering girls and women, which is fundamental for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Astronomy is a powerful tool to promote education and science but, in addition to that, it is also one of the leading sciences for bringing strong technological developments and innovation. Africa has amazing potential due to natural and human resources for scientific research in astronomy. The status of astronomy and space science in Africa changed significantly over the past years, becoming emerging fields across the continent, and never before it was more possible to use astronomy for development as it is nowadays. This talk will summarise different activities carried out for education, science, and technological development in Ethiopia, East Africa, and across the continent, and show how through them we can fight poverty in the long term, and increase in future our possibilities of attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the benefit of our all society.

20/01/2022 - 12:30
Dra. Mirjana Povic
¹Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute, Ethiopia ²Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia, Spain ³Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda