05-04-2012Agreement with Netherlands organisation to provide astronomy boost in developing world

The International Astronomical Union's Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) has signed an agreement with The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Board of Physical Sciences (NWO) to facilitate the travel of Dutch experts to developing countries in order to stimulate "astronomy-for-development" activities.

In a time when the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) is the hot topic in the astronomy community, this agreement recognises the importance that astronomy plays in global development.Kevin Govender, Director of the OAD: "Regardless of where the SKA is built we must keep the bigger picture in mind - that such an amazing facility will be for all of humankind - and agreements such as this between the NWO and the OAD seeks to address this bigger picture"

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