Astronomy In The Land Of Avocados

Astronomy education around the world
2nd Shaw-IAU Workshop
Thursday Oct. 8, 2020
UTC: 8:50 p.m.-9 p.m.

Michoacan is a state in Mexico which faces important security problems, mostly due to
narcotraffic. That implies that many towns and small cities are practically isolated and do not
have easy access to the state's capital city, Morelia, where most of the educational and cultural
activities take place. The Institute of Radioastronomy and Astrophysics of UNAM implemented
two projects to try to bring astronomy to people who do not have easy access to it. The first
project was in a neighbourhood very close to the University, but still far apart in practical terms.
The second project was for communities outside the city. Astronomy workshops were put
together in a kit which included audiovisual and written support materials for teachers to be able
to implement them in their schools.

About Anahí Caldú Primo

Anahí Caldú did her PhD in Astrophysics at the Max Planck Institute of Astronomy studying molecular gas in other galaxies. For the last three years she has been fully dedicated to science communication. She returned to Mexico to be in charge of the communication office of the Institute for Radioastronomy and Astrophyisics of UNAM. She was then invited to be Director of Outreach of the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) where she worked for a year. Since January she is back at an office of communication, this time at the Institute of Astronomy of UNAM.

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