Expression of Interest: Hosting Astronomers Across Africa

We’re thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity tied to the upcoming International Astronomical Union General Assembly in 2024 (IAU GA 2024), which offers a unique chance for people from all over the world to connect with counterparts in Africa for education, outreach and research collaborations. As we prepare for the first IAU General Assembly on the African continent (scheduled for 6 – 15 August 2024 in Cape Town), part of our objective is to foster networking opportunities, shed light on the potential career prospects in this field, and to engage as many individuals as possible to raise awareness in Africa about the captivating world of astronomy. To achieve this we need a collective effort and participation from all quarters.

In this context, the Outreach and Education Committee and the Science Committee for the African Astronomical Society (AfAS) and the IAU GA 2024 are seeking organisations willing to host international guests for science, outreach and education activities during the month of August 2024; before, during, and after the IAU General Assembly.

Our guests will be traveling from across the globe to attend the IAU GA 2024 in Cape Town. We want to offer them the chance to visit other African countries and various cities in South Africa for science collaborations, education and outreach activities and general networking opportunities, not to mention sharing the beauty of our continent with them.

This presents an incredible opportunity to create a real impact, inspiring communities to ensure that the benefits of astronomy and scientific exploration are accessible to all. We invite organisations and institutions interested in hosting astronomers, and who are passionate about enhancing scientific literacy, to join us in this meaningful initiative. Together, we can spark curiosity, foster learning, and unlock the potential of young minds throughout Africa.

If you’re interested in becoming a host, kindly complete the expression of interest form. Hosts will be selected by the African Astronomical Society and the GA 2024 National Organising Committee. For any inquiries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at