The Astronomical Society of Southern Africa will hold its 11th ASSA Symposium in Cape Town from Friday, March 09 to Sunday, March 11, 2018.

The provisional programme, and provisional registration fees, have been announced. Notice for Registration Fees and the first call for papers will be sent out on Monday, 16 October.

The theme – Amateur Astronomy in the Digital Data Age – has been chosen to promote the link between professional and amateur astronomers. The advance of astronomical technology with large surveys has largely robbed the amateur community of many of the niche areas where it used to uniquely contribute to science: variable and double star work, comet discovery, supernova discovery, etc.

Several ASSA members are collaborating with professionals and it is hoped that the ASSA Symposium 2018 will make for new links and understanding by bringing together prominent experts and amateurs.