The 6th edition of the international high-school astronomy and astrophysics competition just ended in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on the 14th of August. The IOAA is an IAU (International Astronomical Union) supervised International Science Olympiad. The United Arab Emirates participated for the first time this year.

The International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics comprises of three sets of competitions: Theoretical, Observational and Data Analysis. The questions are framed in a way that facilitates creativity, critical thinking and logical analysis. Students participating in the event are expected to be amongst the best in the field of astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology.

Astrophysics is the branch of astronomy that deals with the physics of the universe, including the physical properties of celestial objects, as well as their interactions and behaviour while cosmology is the academic discipline that seeks to understand the origin, evolution, structure, and ultimate fate of the Universe at large, as well as the natural laws that keep it in order.

Students from 28 countries around the world took part in the IOAA this year. In most cases, a five-member team, accompanied by a team leader, represents a country at the Olympiad.

Nishith Khandwala, a student of Grade XII, took the initiative of representing the UAE at the IOAA. Despite the lack of a team leader and being the only representative from UAE, he still bagged the Honorable Mention award at this prestigious event. Nishith prepared for this Olympiad all by himself, without guidance of any form.

In fact, this is the first time that the UAE has won an award at one of the 12 International Science Olympiads.

The next IOAA is scheduled to be held next year in August 2013 in Volos, Greece.

Hi Everybody!

I would like to inform everybody that SEDS UAE will be participating in the International Asteroid Search Campaign after the board exams are over, We will be dividing into 8 groups of 3 members each. Hence, we would require at least 8 laptops. The software, Astrometrica can be easily installed on the laptops. This software will provide image sets for each group. Each image set takes nearly 20 minutes to analyze. I hope we really do well in this campaign!!

I would also like to put forward an idea regarding our activities : We should conduct public seminars that involve people other than our members. This would be an activity of our Outreach program.

Lastly, I would like to bring to your notice that SEDS USA has officially recognized our chapter by putting a flag on its global map (see :

Thank you all for making this possible. Wish you luck for your forthcoming board examinations.

Hello once again!

We had our first meeting yesterday. It was quite unprecedented in a way.

We held the elections and the results are as follows:
President : Allister
Secretary : Aditya
Public Relations and Webmaster : Hari
The tenure for these posts : 2 seminars or 14 days
In the next meeting (after the winter holidays), Aditya will be presenting his seminar on an introductory course.

To know more about SEDS or see whats a meeting like, visit or

See you all in the next meeting.


Attention Members! The Inaugural Meeting will be held on Tuesday, the 21st of December during the stay-back time. However, this is not confirmed. Please check this blog for regular updates. During the meeting, election to the senior posts shall be conducted. The constitution will also be framed during the course of the meeting,
Hoping to see you all on Tuesday.
This is to inform you that the SEDS Abu Dhabi Website has been launched officially.