Past events (international conferences and workshops) related to Planetary and Space Sciences in Africa

This list is certainly incomplete, and I am happy to correct possible omissions. Contact me at with the conference information to make sure the conference will be listed here.


The Fourth Arab Impact Cratering and Astrogeology Conference (AICACII), Algiers, Algeria, 9 – 12 Mai 2017.

Fourth edition of the Algerian Conference on Astronomy and Astrophysics (ACAA), Abbes Leghrour University (Khenchela, Algeria) between March 27th and March 29th, 2017.


Astronomy in Senegal – Projects for the emergence of Research Programs in Astronomy in Senegal. University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal. 26 Juillet 2016.

35th International Geological Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, (with Planetary sciences sessions)

First Arab Winter School of Astrophysics – Oukaimeden Observatory, Cadi Ayad University Marrakech Morocco 28th November-3 December 2016.


Summer School on Statistical Data Analysis and Data Mining in Astronomy (Office of Astronomy for Development).


77th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society (September 2014, 420 participants), Casablanca, Morocco.

The Third Arab Impact Cratering and Astrogeology Conference (AICACIII) – joint with Meteoretical Society Meeting. Casablanca, Morocco.

Fourth East African Astronomy workshop (Office of Astronomy for Development), Kigali, Rwanda.

West African International Summer School for Young Astronomers (Office of Astronomy for Development), Nsukka, Nigeria.

March (2 days) & October (1 day): NASA/SAAO Workshops in support of the Asteroid Grand Challenge. ~30 researchers and students from the USA, South Africa, Ethiopia, Zambia, Namibia, Gabon, Burkina Faso, and Sudan. South African Astronomical Observatory, Cape Town (in person attendance at the SAAO site in Cape town, virtual attendance for most U.S.A. participants).


Astronomy Lecture for University Teachers and Students in Ghana (Office of Astronomy for Development), Accra, Ghana.


The Second Arab Impact Cratering and Astrogeology Conference (AICACII) November 2011, 100 participants, Casablanca, Morocco.

Session Meteorites and Impact craters during the 23rd Colloquium of African Geology, Johannesburg, 2011.


Large Meteorite Impacts and Planetary Evolution IV. Vredefort dome, South Africa.


Desert Meteorite workshop August 2006, 80 participants. Casablanca, Morocco.


62nd Meteoretical Society Meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa.