Thursday, February 25, 2010

Astronomy Experts Graced 2nd SEAAN Conference

International astronomers met up with more than 250 local astronomers and students to share their knowledge and new findings in the field of astronomy during the 2010 Philippine Astronomy Congress 2nd South East Asian Astronomy Network (SEAAN) Conference held last February 17 – 18, 2010 at the Rizal Technological University (RTU) in Boni Avenue, Mandaluyong City.

The 2nd SEAAN Conference aims to promote cooperation in the field of education, research and popularization of astronomy among Southeast Asian member countries. The event was divided into scientific and business sessions. The scientific session included plenary and invited talks and oral and poster presentations. For the first time, a Southeast Asian Young Astronomy Collaboration (SEAYAC) was established in a separate meeting.

Notable local and foreign experts in astronomy graced the event. These include Dr. Norio Kaifu, President of International Astronomy Union (IAU); Dr. Jesus Rodrigo Torres, RTU Vice President; Dr. Prisco Nilo, Director of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA); Dr. Roger Ferlet from the Institute of Astrophysics in Paris, France, Dr. Andrea Richichi of European Southern Observatory (ESO - Germany), Dr. Osamu Hashimoto of Gunma Astronomical Observatory of Japan, and Professor Boonrucksar Soonthornthum from the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT), among others.

After the lectures and discussions, a delegate’s dinner was hosted by Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Estrella Alabastro at the Banahaw Ballroom of The Legend Villas in Mandaluyong City. RTU Choir Group and RTU Dancers entertained the participants with their stunning performances.

The 2010 Philippine Astronomy Congress and 2nd SEAAN Conference is supported by DOST, PAGASA, Philippine Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development (PCASTRD), RTU, University of the Philippines – National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (UP-NISMED), and UP – College of Science.

For more information about the event, contact Dr. Cynthia P. Celebre, Chief of Astronomy Research and Development Section - PAGASA at (632) 434-2715, 434-2675 or email


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