Opening Address

Deputy Minister of Science and Techonology, Derek Hanekom, opens the MEARIM II conference this morning, 11 April 2011.

Fourth Announcement

With the meeting now only a week away, this last announcement is being sent only to those who have registered.  The SOC/LOC are very pleased that we are currently expecting around 180 attendees!

Third Announcement
 We have now been able to respond to those who requested some form of financial assistance.  This has taken longer than we had anticipated, and necessitates making the following changes to the previously announced deadlines: 
  • 4  March 2011    Early-bird registration closes
  • 15 March 201     Hotel room bookings at conference rates (see 2nd announcement)
Second Announcement

Building on MEARIM I, the astronomical community of the Middle-East and Africa will meet in Cape Town in 2011 to explore the advancement of the astronomical capabilities in the region. It has been brought to our attention that the first announcement was not received by all, so here follows the details of the conference again. Please note the extended deadlines for both abstract submission and financial support applications.

First Announcement
The last decade has seen revolutionary advances in astronomical capabilities within the Middle-East and Africa.  In particular, the completion of HESS and SALT, together with the construction of KAT-7 and the bid to host the SKA, has transformed the region, bringing world-class capability in ultra-high energy gamma-rays, optical/near-IR and radio wavelengths to southern Africa.  The timing is thus ideal for MEARIM II, to build on these developments and to exploit them for the benefit of the entire region.  The latter requires huge effort on the education and outreach front, which will be a significant topic at the meeting.