Sudan joins the Universe Awareness community as the newest Member Country. Yasir Abbas, a satellite systems engineer from Khartoum in Sudan, will be National Coordinator. UNAWE Sudan will operate in Khartoum State and increase the impact of Universe Awareness by involving other urban and rural areas in Sudan.
Yasir first learned of Universe Awareness through the Telescope Competition of 2017. While exploring the website, he realised that the community shares his passion for spreading science awareness: “I believe that UNAWE is as eager as I am in sharing science in simple and effective ways, so that the kid-scientists never grow out of being scientists!”
“As UNAWE Sudan's National Coordinator, I will increase the impact of Universe Awareness by involving other urban and rural areas in Sudan.” - Yasir Abbas
On Saturday 14 October 2017, Yasir also represented Universe Awareness outside of Khartoum, by presenting two lectures at a Small Satellite Workshop in Amman, Jordan. One lecture was about Small Satellite Ground Stations, while the other was a comparison between Lunar CubeSat and Terrestrial CubeSat.
His fondness for science education goes beyond topics related to space. Besides a satellite systems engineer, Yasir is also an amateur radio operator: “With colleagues, I was able to build a radio station at our institute, University of Khartoum. From there, I can demonstrate what tremendous positive effects happen by engaging in science in fun ways.“
Radio station at Khartoum University, built by UNAWE Sudan's National Coordinator Yasir Abbas and his colleagues.
Currently, Sudan’s NC is establishing a ‘Space Club’, for which the location was secured several months ahead. This project will ensure the continuity and sustainability of the UNAWE activities in Sudan. “I’m thankful for UNAWE’s support in spreading science awareness in this part of the world,” Yasir says.
To celebrate World Space Week 2017, Yasir organised a seminar about life outside of Earth. This event will soon be reported on the UNAWE website.