The Cadi Ayyad University (Marrakech) officially endorses the AFIPS

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The Cadi Ayyad University (UCA) has officially announced its support for the AFIPS Initiative through a letter of endorsement from its president Prof. Abdellatif Miraoui.

The UCA is very active at the African scale in the sciences of the Universe. It hosts in particular a very dynamic astronomical observatory (Observatory of Oukaimeden, in the Altas Mountains) led by our colleague Prof. Zouhair BENKHALDOUN, who is also a membe of the AFIPS.

Oukaimeden Observatory (Cadi Ayyad University)

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L’Université Cadi Ayyad (Marrakech) rejoint officiellement l’AFIPS

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L’université Cadi Ayyad (UCA) vient d’acter officiellement son soutien à l’Initiative AFIPS à travers une lettre de son président le Pr. Abdellatif Miraoui.

L’université Cadi Ayyad est très active à l’échelle Africaine dans les sciences de l’Univers. Elle abrite en particulier un observatoire astronomique très dynamique dirigé par notre collègue Prof. Zouhair BENKHALDOUN, qui est aussi membre de l’AFIPS.

Observatoire de l’Oukaimeden (Université Cadi Ayyad)

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The Hassan II University of Casablanca has endorsed the Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences

The Hassan II University of Casablanca has now made official its commitment to support the development of Planetary and Space Sciences in Africa. The Hassan II University, and particularly the GAIA Laboratory (Géosciences appliquées à l’ingénierie de l’aménagement), run by the Prof. Hasnaa Chennaoui-Aoudjehane, has been active in the studies of meteorites and impact craters in Morocco since many years. The members of this laboratory make also very regular actions for the promotion of planetary sciences to the public, such as conferences, talks in the media and articles in popular science journals (e.g., recent article about a unique impact structure in Morocco, “What a Moroccan crater reveals about a rare double whammy from the skies“, in The Conversation – Africa). The Hassan II university is also at the origin of the introduction of dedicated curricula in Planetary sciences in the national scale. Continue reading “The Hassan II University of Casablanca has endorsed the Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences”


Call for participation to the Pan African STEM Video Game Challenge 2018

The Africa Initiative for Planetary and Spaces Sciences (AFIPS) and the Pan African STEM Video Game challenge 2018 have decided to join forces to engage African students with STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Planetary and space scientists across the world are invited to contribute to this event that will take place in Africa.
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Portraits – Mayssa El Yazidi, 25 ans, Tunisie


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Le développement de la recherche scientifique dans le domaine des sciences des Planètes et de l’Espace en Afrique repose en grande partie sur quelques individus qui consacrent leur vie à cet objectif, avec passion. L’Initiative Africaine pour les Sciences des Planètes et de l’Espace, qui a suscité un intérêt international, souhaite donner à ces hommes et ses femmes l’occasion de les rendre plus visibles en partageant leurs expériences sur internet.

Nous donnons la parole aujourd’hui à Mayssa El yazidi, une jeune femme Tunisienne, passionnée par l’Astronomie, et la planète Mars. Mayssa a accepté de répondre à quelques questions, dont les réponses sont retranscrites ici. Nous espérons que cet échange sera source d’encouragement pour tous les jeunes qui se passionnent pour les recherches dans ce domaine.

Observation du soleil par les lunettes solaire ( 30.05.2017, Carthage, Tunisie)

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The University of Ghana has endorsed the Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Science

Another great news for the AFIPS today ! The University of Ghana, which is one of the best universities in West Africa, has officially endorsed the AFIPS.

It is a good occasion to invite more African Institutions, Research Centers and Universities to consider an endorsement of this initiative, whereas researchers, lecturers and students are also invited to join this African network of Planetary and Space scientists.

We hope that new collaborations will develop between African Institutions and the University of Ghana, for research and education programs in Planetary and Space Sciences in Africa.

Here is below a copy of the letter of endorsement

Endorsement AfrPSS

Lousiana State University has endorsed the Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Science

The Louisiana State University – College of Science (LSU) has endorsed the Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences. This new endorsement by a major University in U.S.A. has been possible thanks to the presentation of the AFIPS by Suniti Karunatillake to the dean, associate dean for research and director of administrative services of LSU, who have “appreciated the opportunity to build exciting new collaborative ventures via the Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences.”