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Science diplomacy and international development

dinsdag 27 februari 2018
Anna van Buerenplein
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595 DG Den Haag

In February, the South African Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor will visit Leiden University as honorary Oort Visiting Professor of Astronomy for Development. On 27 February, she will lead an interdisciplinary symposium on Science Diplomacy and Development at the Leiden University Campus in the Hague.

Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor

Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor has been South Africa's Minister of Science and Technology from 2009 until 2012 and again from 2014 until now. Minister Pandor is considered an inspirational and charismatic ambassador of science as a tool for development, particularly in the field of astronomy. She has received several awards for her accomplishments, including the Grand Cross of Merit by the German government, the Science Diplomacy Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and honorary doctorates from Stellenbosch University, Nova University Lisbon and University College Dublin.

Lecture and symposium

During the sympoisum minister Pandor will give a lecture on Science Diplomacy and the Square Kilometer Array. This will be followed by several short talks on the theme of Science Diplomacy and Development. The event is being organised jointly by the European Commission Space Awareness project, Leiden Observatory, the Leiden African Studies Centre, the Leiden University Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs and the Leiden University Hague Campus.


Chair: Judi Mesman, Dean of Leiden University College, The Hague
The programme is preliminary and might be subject to change.

10.00 Introduction       
10.15 Science Diplomacy and Square Kilometre Array

Prof. Naledi Pandor, South African Minister of Science and Technology

11.00 Coffee  
11.30 AWTI Report on Science Diplomacy Dr. Sjoukje Heimovaara, Member Government Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (AWTI)
President-commissaris, Royal Santen
11.45 NWO and Science Diplomacy   

Prof. Wim van den Doel, NWO Executive Board, Chair of Social and Humanities Domain, Professor Contemporary History, Leiden University

12.00 Square Kilometre Array and Technology Transfer Prof. Carole Jackson, Director Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON)
12.15 IAU Astronomy for Development Programme

Dr. Pedro Russo, Assistant Professor, Astronomy and Science Communication, Leiden University

12.30 Discussion  
13.00 End  



To attend tis event, please register. Admission tickets will be distributed by email before the event.


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