EAG-GS Outreach Program

The EAG-GS Outreach Program is a partnership between the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry, with the directive of developing outreach activities in geochemistry in under-represented regions of the world.

2019 Outreach Program to Africa

Hasnaa_1502019 Outreach Lecturer: Hasnaa Chennaoui Aoudjehane (Hassan II University of Casablanca)

Hasnaa Chennaoui Aoudjehane is a Moroccan scientist in the fields of Meteoritics and Planetary Sciences and Geochemistry, and is Professor at the Hassan II University of Casablanca, Director of the GAIA Laboratory and Coordinator of the Centre of Research on Geo-ressources and Environment. Hasnaa was the first woman to graduate in Meteoritics in Morocco and Arabic countries. She obtained her first PhD, in Noble Gas Geochemistry, from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris 6, France, and defended her “Thèse d’état” on Meteoritics at the Hassan II University of Casablanca, Morocco. She has received several awards for her research, including the ‘Paul Doistau-Emile Blutet’ in Planetology, Academy of Sciences, Institut de France in 2009, and the Moroccan National TV SNRT Trophy for ‘Distinguished Women in Morocco’ in 2016. In 2005, she became an elected member of the Nomenclature committee of the Meteoritical Society, serving for two terms, and became a member of the Council of the Meteoritical Society in 2010. In 2013, she was selected for the US ‘International Visitors Leadership Program IVLP’, ‘Women Innovations in Science and Engineering’ WISE program in MENA region, and in 2014 was awarded the US Department of State’s Women in Science Hall of Fame award. In April 2016, she was selected as an Africa Science Leadership Program Fellow (Pretoria, SA).

Hasnaa introduced Meteoritics and Impact Cratering to Morocco and the Arabic countries and curricula on Cosmochemistry and Meteoritics to Moroccan universities. She is supervising several PhD theses on this topic in Morocco. She has studied and classified many meteorites from Morocco, including the most recent nine falls and, notably, the “Tissint” meteorite, the fifth eye-witnessed Martian meteorite fall. She has published a paper in Science magazine about Tissint, proving the origin of all Martian meteorites and the presence of fluids on Mars. She has organized several meetings in Casablanca, Morocco, including the 77th Meteoritical Society meeting in September 2014, organized for the first time in an Arabic and Muslim country.

Locations and Dates

Hasnaa will present a series of workshops and seminars on meteoritics and planetary sciences in universities and institutes across Africa in 2019. Dates will be announced below.

Date Event Institution Country
28 Jan 2019 Seminar: Morocco and Mauritania meteorites: A large contribution to meteoritics and planetary sciences University of Nouakchott
& l’Institut Français de Mauritania, Nouakchott
Mauritania

Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences

AFIPS_150As part of the 2018 Outreach Program to Africa, the European Association of Geochemistry (EAG) and the Geochemical Society (GS) co-sponsored the Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences (AFIPS), whose objectives are:

  • To connect African Planetary and Space Scientists with their international peers;
  • To build a road map for Planetary and Space Sciences in Africa, by identifying key research areas where African scientists can make significant contributions;
  • To solicit sponsors to support the development of this research domain in Africa;
  • To contribute to sustainable development in Africa through research, education, and public outreach in Planetary and Space sciences.

AFIPS call-for_Abstract_Final

AFIPS Workshops

As part of this initiative, two workshops have been organised with financial support from the EAG and GS.

The first Africa Initiative for Planetary and Space Science Workshop will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 4-7 February 2019, and will be hosted by the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI) and Bahir Dar University

More information (registration form, abstract submission) can be found at http://etssti.org/invitation-for-workshop/.

The second AFIPS workshop will be held at Pwani University in Kenya from 13-17 May 2019. Further details will follow.

Past Outreach Programs

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