The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has signed an agreement with partners in Ethiopia to host an East African regional node of the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development. This will be the first regional node to be established on the African continent and will be driven locally by the Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ethiopian Ministry of Education, the Ethiopian Space Science Society and the Addis Ababa University.
The Director of the Union's Office of Astronomy for Development, Kevin Govender said the was very excited by "this collaboration with our Ethiopian colleagues, not only because of the visionary leadership shown within the country in terms of science and technology but also because of the exemplary projects they have embarked on, such as the Entoto Observatory and Space Science Research Centre.
We have worked closely with the region for several years now and this agreement is a significant milestone for the growth and development of astronomy in East Africa." The International Astronomical Union's assistant general secretary, Piero Benvenuti, added that the IAU was strongly committed to the science of astronomy and to the many educational and developmental benefits that astronomy provided. So far, the IAU has established regional nodes in China for the East Asia region and in Thailand for the South East Asia region.