Council and Officers

The ASSA Council serves as the umbrella body for the autonomous Centres of the Society. Council members, officers and collaborators are:

ASSA Council

  • President: Chris Stewart
  • Vice President (incoming President): Dr. Daniel Cunnama
  • Vice President (Outgoing President): Case Rijsdijk
  • Treasurer: Adv. A J Nel
  • Secretary: Lerika Cross
  • Membership Secretary: Eddy Nijeboer
  • Council member: Dr. Ian Glass
  • Council member: Dr. Pierre de Villiers
  • Bloemfontein Centre Chair: Thinus van der Merwe (TBC)
  • Cape Centre Chair: Dr. Christian Hettlage (acting chair)
  • Durban Centre Chair: Amith Rajpal
  • Garden Route Centre Chair: Case Rijsdijk
  • Hermanus Centre Chair: Dr. Pierre de Villiers
  • Johannesburg Centre Chair: Alison Coulter
  • Pretoria Centre Chair: Bosman Olivier

ASSA Appointees

  • MNASSA Editor: Case Rijsdijk
  • MNASSA Assistant Editor: Dr. Ian Glass
  • MNASSA Book Review Editor: Maciej Soltynski
  • MNASSA Layout Editor: Willie Koorts
  • Sky Guide Editor: Auke Slotegraaf
  • Sky Guide Assistant Editor: Dr. Ian Glass
  • Professional Astronomer: Emeritus Prof. Brian Warner
  • Professional Astronomer: Dr. Ian Glass
  • Professional Astronomer: Dr. Vanessa McBride
  • Web Manager: John Gill
  • SAAO Liaison for Website: Dr. Christian Hettlage
  • Convener of Scholarships: Dr. Claire Flanagan
  • ASSA Observing Director: Angus Burns
  • ASSA Communications Coordinator: Dr. Sally MacFarlane
  • ASSA Archivist: Chris de Coning
  • ASSA Dark Sky Initiative: Dr. Daniel Cunnama
  • Social Media Liaisons:
    • Allen Versfeld (Twitter)
    • Martin Heigan (Youtube, Flickr)
  • ASSA FB Admins:
    • Chris Stewart
    • Auke Slotegraaf
    • Allen Versfeld
    • Kos Coronaios
  • io Mail groups: Chris Stewart

Section Directors

  • Shallow Sky: Angus Burns
  • Deep-Sky: Angus Burns
  • Double and Variable Stars: Dave Blane
  • Photometry, Spectroscopy: Percy Jacobs
  • Cosmology and Astrophysics: Bruce Dickson
  • Southern African Astronomy History: Chris de Coning
  • Dark Sky: Dr. Daniel Cunnama
  • Imaging Section: Martin Heigan
  • Instrumentation: Chris Stewart
  • Citizen Science: Allen Versfeld

Scholarship Committee

  • Scholarship Convenor: Dr. Claire Flanagan
  • Retired Professional Astronomer: Dr. Ian Glass
  • Representing HartRAO; Professional Astronomer & Outreach: Marion West
  • SAAO & EUNAWE Outreach: Sivuyile Manxoyi
  • Previous Scholarship Convenor: Maciej Soltynski
  • IAU Office of Astronomy for Development: Dr. Vanessa McBride OAD/UCT/SAAO

Professional Astronomer

  • Emeritus Prof. Brian Warner
  • Dr. Ian Glass
  • Dr. Vanessa McBride OAD/UCT/SAAO

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