A/Prof. Sally Macfarlane
My passion and life’s goal is to bring astronomy to the public; exploring how we can most effectively use all the exciting astronomy research currently being conducted in Africa for outreach, development and education purposes. With this goal in mind, I am the Associate Director for Development and Outreach at the Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA), holding an associate professor position in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of the Western Cape. I currently serve as the chair of the African Planetarium Society and co-chair of the Outreach and Education Committees of both the African Astronomical Society and the IAU GA2024.
As an energetic supporter of science engagement, I work as a part-time planetarium presenter and educator and have trained as a professional field guide in game reserves across Southern Africa. I’m very excited to be a member of the ARKYS Outreach Team and, as marketing director, I plan to promote and spread awareness of all ARKYS projects and the incredible communities driving them. One of my goals with ARKYS will be to encourage and train others in the community-driven production of 2D and 3D (planetarium and 360 degree) local digital content in order to promote Africa’s many artistic and scientific achievements.
When I visited Cape Town for 6 months, I fell in love with its incredibly beautiful nature and people.
I am from Switzerland and studied Media and Gender Studies and now work in Marketing. During my stay in South Africa I did a Social Media Marketing course at the University of Cape Town.
I love nature and do everything I can to protect it. The fact that ARKYS allows me to combine my two passions, social media marketing and conservation, makes me incredibly happy.
If everyone does what they can to protect the environment, we’ll make progress together. But it takes small steps from each and every one of us. The Earth needs action.
I am an Accountant and Tax Practitioner by profession, and am thrilled to be a part of the ARKYS Outreach team; being charged with the bookkeeping, secretarial and accounting duties as well as database development and ensuring the financial & business compliance for the organisation. I look forward to providing guidance to the participants in the Tembo Mentorship Programme and will support all efforts by ARKYS Outreach to succeed in uplifting, empowering and facilitating ongoing education in local communities through the youth.
I am a BSc graduate, with a double major in Zoology and Botany, from the Nelson Mandela University in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. I also spent a year in Scotland studying Marine Science at the Scottish Association for Marine Science and three years working through the Game Ranging and Wildlife Management course while volunteering at a local private nature reserve. My key focuses include science communication and education, conservation biology and animal behaviour while my other interests include exploring, photography and writing.
I provide the environmental education programmes through Guardians of the Deep and run the Tembo Mentorship Programme. My goal for ARKYS Outreach is for it to empower change by becoming a funding platform for community-based projects that are run by the community leaders themselves.