|Professor Wayne Orchiston presenting the participation certificate to Dr. Shahir Akram|
On 19 September 2015, ISDEV Senior Lecturer Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan attended the 1st SEAAN Malaysian Astronomical History and Heritage Working Group Meeting. The meeting was held at Sheikh Tahir Astronomy Centre, Pantai Acheh, Balik Pulau, Penang with the theme “Exploring Astronomical Knowledge and Traditions”. The meeting was organised by The Southeast Asia Astronomical Network (SEAAN) and National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) with co-operations of Penang State Mufti Department.
According to Dr. Shahir Akram Hassan, this meeting becomes the platform for 20 researchers and students from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) as well as Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) to explore and discuss about the future prospects and possibilities of astronomical knowledge in Malaysia and other Asia Countries.
|The participants during the 1st SEAAN Meeting|
|Group photo of The 1st SEAAN Malaysian Astronomical History and Heritage Working Group Meeting participants|
|Professor Wayne Orchiston (right) receiving a token of appreciation from Penang State Mufti, Dato’ Dr. Haji Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor (left)|
|Nurul Fatini Jaafar presenting her paper with full spirit|
Questions and answers session come right after the presentations. All participants are very eager to ask questions, giving their comments and views after the end of the presentations. It can be conclude from the meeting that they agreed the meeting will be conducted once a year and will be hosted by other SEAAN country members. They hope more researchers and others who are interested in astronomy and its related field will participate next time. This will enable the development of a collaborative research network in astronomy both regionally and globally.