SARAO gears up to participate in the 32nd IAU General Assembly to be held in Cape Town

Nearly six years ago in Vienna, Austria, SARAO played an instrumental role in ensuring that the 32nd General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) was to be hosted in Cape Town, South Africa.

Now, with less than four months to go before it is held on African soil for the first time in its more than 100-year history, SARAO is in the final stages of preparing to play a pivotal role in the hosting of the XXXII IAU GA 2024 once more, when the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and with strong support from the South African government and astronomy stakeholders across the African continent, welcomes the world to South Africa.

The 2024 IAU GA will be held from 6 to 15 August 2024 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), adopting an open-access format in which individuals around the globe will have the unprecedented opportunity to remotely access live talks presented at the Assembly.

Not only will SARAO host a large exhibition space in the exhibition hall, but it will also host a number of events to engage the astronomy education community, stakeholders, business partners, academia and government.

Two of the events will be the NRF National Facilities Library and Information Services – Open Access and Open Science Meeting on Wednesday, 7 August 2024 at the SAAO Auditorium in Observatory; and the Multi-wavelength Astrometry Focus Meeting on Wednesday, 14 August 2024 at the CTICC. An invitation-only Women’s Day Breakfast for women in science, engineering and technology will be held and hosted by the SARAO Managing Director, Pontsho Maruping, while SARAO will simultaneously host events on its site in the Northern Cape during the two weeks of the XXXII IAU GA 2024.

The full programme of the XXXII IAU GA 24 is available at https://astronomy2024.org/; read more about the exhibition, SARAO’s side-events and focus meetings. Watch www.sarao.ac.za for more information on SARAO’s programme at the IAU GA 2024.