A session on ‘Why Decolonize Science? Perspectives from Astronomy’ will be held at the UN Science Summit at the 78th UN General Assembly.
Colonial practices are embedded in many aspects of scientific engagements, from research, policy, education, and outreach. How many of these practices are embedded in the astronomy community and science? Is there an urgent need to redesign the system to advance astronomy science inclusively? What can astronomers and decision-makers do for a positive change? In this session, experts from three regions will discuss perspectives from astronomy that reflects colonial practices.
Dr. Thilina Heenatigala, Specially Appointed Assistant Professor / Director of Communications, Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan (Organizer)
Dr. Tana Joseph, Equity and Inclusion Officer for Dutch Astronomy, Netherlands Astronomy Council,
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Dr. Pedro Russo, Assistant Professor, Leiden University (The Netherlands)
The session is held virtually. Registration required to attend.
Date/Time: Thursday, September 28, 2023, at 09:00–10:00 UTC / 18:00–19:00 JST
Registration and more info: https://sciencesummitunga78.sched.com/event/1SH3S
Other sessions from Japan: https://www.oist.jp/news-center/press-releases/oist-participates-unga-science-summit