International Astronomical Union (IAU) Gala Night
I attended the event along with students from UP Diliman,UP Los Banos, RTU, and DLSU. A planetarium show entitled “New Horizons” entertained us before proceeding to the talks of the two guest speakers.
Dr. Kevin Govender, Director of the IAU Office for Astronomy Development gave a talk about IAU strategies to establish Astronomy Education, Research, and Outreach in developing countries. While Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, Head of the Astrophysics Laboratory, Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics in the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB), discussed important points on how to pursue Astronomy as a profession.
I am very happy that Philippines is becoming visible in the field of Astronomy to the international community – most especially to the IAU. I am hoping that in the near future, more Filipinos will realize the value of Science in our lives. I look forward to seeing the younger generation pursue Astronomy in the country and make a difference!
To the stars!
note: photos from MA Rivera, Paolo Dala, and Mic Caldo