44ISYA South Africa

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The 44th International School for Young Astronomers (ISYA), program of the International Astronomical Union, was hosted at SAAO, Cape Town, South Africa, between 20th of November and 9th of December, 2023. We received 28 students, mostly at MSc level, nationals of: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We had 10 lecturers: 3 from South Africa, 2 from USA, 1 from Australia, 1 from Mexico, 1 from Netherlands, 1 from Norway, 1 from Spain.

Group photo of students and lecturers during the 1st week of the school at the SAAO premises.


Visit of General Secretary Piero Benvenuti to the school


ISYA alumni at ISYA schools. ISYAs have been organized since 1967. At 44ISYA in South Africa we had Danièl Gronewald (SAAO, alumna from 34ISYA in South Africa) serve as local director, Juan Rafael Martínez Galarza (CfA-Harvard, alumnus from 28ISYA in Mexico) as lecturer and Antoine Mahoro (SAAO, alumnus from 39 ISYA in Ethiopia) as project tutor. They are in the front row with the 44ISYA students at the back.


Cultural night: students dressed in their national/ethnical attires.


Student activities




Sutherland: hands-on observations

Weekend tours


Team ISYA Program directors by the sea


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