The 2017 summer school was held at the Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute in Accra, Ghana July 31 to August 5, 2017. It was well attended by many undergraduates and post-graduates from Ghana, Nigeria, and neighboring countries. Thanks to the extensive help of our host for making WAISSYA 2017 a huge success! Alumni from the school have continued to talk about what they learned as well as astronomy opportunities and news via the help of social media. To read some stories from the school, check out the WAISSYA 2017 blog and have a look at the WAISSYA 2017 Report!

The school was organized and taught by a collaboration of astronomers from the following institutions (in alphabetical order):

  • Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics
  • Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics
  • Ghana Atomic Energy Commission
  • Ghana Space Science & Technology Institute
  • European Southern Observatory
  • National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) Centre for Basic Space Science (CBSS) at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • University of British Columbia, Department of Physics & Astronomy
  • University of Ghana, School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences
  • University of Toronto, Department of Physics & Astronomy
  • University of Western Cape, South Africa

We additionally want to acknowledge generous support from the following organizations and groups:

  • American Association of Physics Teachers - Physics Education Research Topical Group
  • DARA: Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy
  • Office of Astronomy for Development / International Astronomical Union (OAD/IAU)
  • International Centre for Theoretical Physics
  • Royal Society - United Kingdom
  • Square Kilometre Array - South Africa
  • West African Regional Office of Astronomy for Development
  • Generous donations from individuals via our crowdfunding campaign