The East African OAD regional node

One of the tasks of Office of Astronomy for development (OAD) after its establishment has been establishing regional nodes that promote astronomy in their respective regions and work closely with IAU and OAD. As part of this effort, already two regional offices in South East Asia (coordinated by The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT)) and South Asia (coordinated by a consortium of Chinese institutes) are already established.

Coordinated by the Ethiopian Space Science Society (ESSS), the Ethiopian Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), made a bid to OAD to host the regional office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in order to organize astronomy activity in the region.

After a detail process of evaluating the bid, earlier this month (May 2013), the OAD accepted Ethiopia’s bid to host the office and very soon there will be official agreement and signing between OAD and the Ethiopian Space Science Society representing the MOE and MOST.