Dr Sally Macfarlane
I work as a post-doctoral fellow and part-time lecturer in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. For my postdoc, I work with the IDIA Visualisation Lab to explore the immersive visualisation of scientific data within the planetarium environment, specifically using the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome in Cape Town. I am also the chair of the National Astronomy Education Coordinator team for South Africa (a division of the International Astronomy Union’s Office for Astronomy Education). 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.
As the Director of Fundraising, my role is to identify, plan and implement projects, raise donor funding, and provide feedback to various project stakeholders. Having been raised on the family farm outside of Harare in Zimbabwe, I came to appreciate the importance of preserving the land, that for everything, there is a season, and the value of putting in the hard work. I earned my Bachelor of Theology in Community Leadership degree, majoring in Psychology, from Cornerstone Institute. I also completed a Diploma in Executive Secretarial Studies, and a TEFL certificate for teaching English to foreign students. I enjoy spending time with family, taking long walks on the beach, visiting wine farms, cooking, reading, and tending to my vegetable garden.
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.