Dr Sally Macfarlane
Postdoctoral Fellow, South African Astronomical Observatory
Dr Sally Macfarlane is currently working as an astrophysics post-doctoral fellow at the South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town. Her work includes research into optical transient systems as well as multisensory data analysis of large scientific datasets. She is also a part-time lecturer at the University of Cape Town and the chair of the National Astronomy Education Coordinators for the IAU Office of Astronomy for Education. As an energetic supporter of science engagement in Africa, she also works as a part-time planetarium presenter and educator. Through her post-doctoral work and the production of locally produced planetarium films, she aims to promote the importance of local digital dome content in order to promote Africa’s numerous scientific achievements to the public. In her role as a co-coordinator of outreach activities for the IAU General Assembly 2024 (in Cape Town, South Africa) and the African Astronomical Society (AfAS), she hopes to meet with important stakeholders to form highly-beneficial collaborations at the South African World Science Forum in December 2022.