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Bi-communal Astronomy Workshop for Youth

1st April, 2017


Call for Applications


The Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) in collaboration with the science education initiative GalileoMobile, is hosting a bi-communal Astronomy Workshop for Youth, as part of the “Columba-Hypatia: Astronomyfor Peace” project on April 1st. This will be the first in a series of monthly events held at the Home for Cooperation (H4C).


The Project takes its name from the "Columba" constellation, meaning "dove" in Latin, the well-known symbol for peace. Its second name commemorates "Hypatia of Alexandria" the famous mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher, who lived in Egypt in the early days of the Byzantine Empire, who despite being a woman became head of the Neoplatonist School in Alexandria.


The overall goal of the project is twofold:

1) To inspire young people, through astronomy, to be curious about the world we live in, about science and the cosmos

2) To promote interaction, meaningful communication, understanding and, eventually, a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence across borders.


During the event, youth between 13 and 18 years old from across the divide will engage with a professional astronomer to discover how our own Solar System formed, before moving on to discuss the recent exciting discovery of TRAPPIST-1: the first known system of seven Earth-sized planets to be orbiting a single star. Participants will talk about the methods and techniques that astronomers used to make this discovery and think about the chances of finding life on these planets. The event will finish on the roof of the H4C, where participants will have the opportunity to use a telescope to observe the beautiful night sky. The workshop will also encourage the formation of lasting bonds between participants from both communities, thus fosteringinteraction between youth from across the divide.


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In order to apply, please fill out and send the application (downloadable here), and send it to Loizos Loukaidis at [email protected] or +357 22 445 740 (ext. 106) / +90 548 834 5740


Our big thanks go to our donors and collaborators, the International Astronomical Union’s Office of Astronomy for Development, Meade Telescopes, Universe Awareness and the European Southern Observatory. 

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