Ms Andiswa Mlisa joined SANSA as the Managing Director of Earth Observation directorate on the 1st October 2017. Before joining SANSA, she was a Department of Science and Technology's Senior Science and Technology representative to the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) based in Geneva, Switzerland, responsible for the coordination of the AfriGEOSS initiatives.
Every four years the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA) holds its Scientific Assembly in a member country.
In 2013 the event took place in Merida, Mexico, while Sopron in Hungary provided the venue in 2009.
This year, the Joint IAPSOIAMAS- IAGA Assembly was held on African shores at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 27 August – 1 September. The wide range of ocean environments south of Africa that influence both the biota and climate conditions of the region provided an ideal scientific backdrop for the 2017 Joint Assembly.
Billed as a ‘super-conference’ and endorsed by the University of Cape Town and the South African Department of Science and Technology, the local event covered a very wide range of topics about Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (study of the upper atmosphere).