Monday, August 21, 2006

S. Haque: The Caribbean view from the ground up

Intitially, the drop-down list in the registration form for this meeting did not contain Trinidad (the speaker's home) - this was corrected. With a country of one million inhabitants and two astronomers, they are approached from all sides of society, also religious, for information about calenders and the sky. There is an effort on online-teaching and there are popular events like "star-parties", however classical seminars are widely ignored.

Astronomy is in the primary school curriculum, voluntary student work is very important and at university level they have succeeded in sending students to internatonal winter schools and universities. Research has mainly been theoretical, but now also contains others, like astrobiology.

They have a 46cm telecope, mainly used for monitoring quasar variability.


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