ASSAP is an initiative that is aimed at producing a regular astronomy publication in Africa. It is built upon the success and the model of the Science Stars magazine , which is a South African initiative that promotes public awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to young people, adults and stakeholders, particularly in rural and township communities.
The concept of the African Science Stars magazine emerged to undertake an African-wide initiative, building on the success of the Science Stars project and expand it on continental scale in Africa using Astronomy as a tool for science awareness.
This project is funded under the umbrella of the African Astronomical Society (Afas)
AFRICAN SCIENCE STARS MAGAZINES
Profiles selected astronomers from SADC region to tell what they do in their institution and also their social life where possible.
Profiles astronomical sites, telescopes and facilities in the region.
Profiles universities astronomy programmes.
Profiles astronomy policy developments at a country level.
Profiles gastro-tourism and astro-tourist sites in the SADC region and activities such as star gazing, astrophotography, telescope making, etc.
Educate the public about the importance of preserving dark skies in the region.
Communicate the benefits of astronomy to society, technology and socio-economic development.
Promotes the preservation of indigenous astronomical knowledge.
Profiles space science initiatives that have direct links and relevance to astron
Shares information on career guidance, bursaries and career opportunities in the region.
Shares information on astronomy funding opportunities, projects, competitions (Astro-Quiz), etc in the region.