n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - News note : the 2016 edinburgh medal awarded jointly to Kevin Govender and the IAU

Volume 75, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



The medal will be jointly awarded to Kevin Govender from IAU's Office of Astronomy for Development and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) on Wednesday 30 March at the 2016 Edinburgh International Science Festival, to recognise their wide-reaching contribution to science. It is awarded jointly for the creation and practical establishment of the Office of Astronomy for Development, which integrates the pursuit of scientific knowledge with social development for and with those most in need. Under the pioneering stewardship of Kevin Govender, the Office of Astronomy for Development, hosted at the South African Astronomical Observatory in partnership with the National Research Foundation and the South African Department of Science and Technology, has successfully harnessed astronomy in the service of global education and capacity building.

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