Spacefest Morocco

Your Journey To Space Starts Here

8th – 18th November, 2017 - Agadir, Morocco

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Festival Of Astronomy and Sciences

Do you want to take a trip to the depths of the universe? Our festival will be your spacecraft.
The first of its kind in South Morocco. The festival’s mission is to create an astronomical curiosity within the general public, to encourage young students to pursue scientific studies, and to allow astronomy enthusiasts and amateurs to meet up with professionals and enlarge their knowledge and vision about the universe and its mysteries, as well as cherishing their culture with a wider community.

DATE 8th – 18th November, 2017 - Agadir, Morocco

Let's Celebrate Science Competitions, hackathon, expositions and many more

Speakers

From France, South Korea, Belgium, Netherlands, Canada, United States and Morocco, the festival gathers speakers and guests from all over the world to fly you to the mysterious cosmos. Our guests will be your astronauts who will feed your curiosity throughout the space-time trip you’re about to take part of.

Spacefest Speaker

Najib El Mokhtari A Moroccan engineer, who had a successful career in France.Najib is also a famous Youtuber in Morocco, he makes videos of Science Popularization in Moroccan. His YouTube channel counts more than 1,5 million views.

Spacefest Speaker

Olivier Minazzoli An astrophysicist from France. He currently works in Centre Scientifique de Monaco (CSM). His works include : Conservation laws in theories with universal gravity/matter coupling, and the cosmic convergence mechanism of the massless dilaton.

Spacefest Speaker

Romaric Gravet A solar physics professor in LPC2E in Orleans university. His work include research about photospheric and chromospheric activity. Gravet chose to attend Denis Diderot university in Paris, where he got his master degree in astrophysics and spatial engineering.

Spacefest Speaker

Pierre Hans A mechanical engineer and an amateur astronomer. Having a passion for astronomy and astrography, he owned an observatory in Taroudant in southern Morocco.

Topics Covered

“The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.” -Carl Sagan. Our festival is embracing Carl Sagan’s spirit, and allowing the universe to know itself through our visitors, with the different scientific and technical topics discussed during our space trip.

Topics

  • History of science :

    Our festival will allow you to have a glimpse into both the history of the world and into just how we discovered everything we know about the world of astronomy. We will therefore learn how other people made new discoveries, we learn new ways of thinking that might allow us to make our own new discoveries.

  • Mechanics :

    We are well aware that astronomy would have never been developed as much if it wasn’t for mechanical engineering. This is why our festival will also focus on showing the importance and history of rockets and other mechanical machines used for astronomy purposes.

  • Cosmology :

    Are you wondering how was the universe created ? How did it all start ? No worries ! You’ll find scientific answers in our festival.

  • Astrophotography :

    Being defined as the photography of astronomical objects, celestial events, and large areas of the night sky, astronomy is widely developed with the advancements made in telescopes and cameras, which allowed researchers to explore the night sky in a wider scale. Our festival will allow its visitors to have a closer glimpse into astrophotography.

  • Astrobiology :

    Being the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe: extraterrestrial life and life on Earth, we will carry stands reserved for astrobiology in our festival.

  • Cinema :

    Are you a fan of The Martian ? Interstellar ? We will bring you even closer to the astronomical side of the Hollywood industry.

Festival Program

Our spacecraft will take you to different destinations throughout the space-time trip. Are you ready? Prepare your spacesuit, and discover the destinations programmed in the trip and get ready to navigate the greatness of the universe.

Festival Days

  • Day 1 - November, 8th
  • Day 2 - November, 9th
  • Day 3 - November, 10th
  • Day 4 - November, 11th
  • Day 5 - November, 12th
  • Day 6 - November, 15th
  • Day 7 - November, 16th
  • Day 8 - November, 17th
  • Day 9 - November, 18th
Accommodation
  • Day 1 Wednesday November, 8th
    4:00 PM Festival opening :

    The opening marks the start of the 1st edition of Spacefest, space for Earth. Held in the Meteorite Museum and open to the general public, it will reveal the festival’s guests and speakers, its partners, and all the scheduled activities.

    Location : Meteorite Museum
    4:30 PM Conference: Dr. Ibhi Abderahman

    "à la rencontre des asteroides"

    Location : Meteorite Museum
  • Day 2 Thursday November, 9th
    All day SpaceVan :

    Day 1 of the astronomical caravan held in Agadir region highschools. It features expositions to disseminate scientific notions to high school students. The caravan also features astronomy themed workshops.

    Location : Highschools in Taroudant, Tiznit, Massa
    10:00 AM Conference: Mr. Ahmed Soussi

         Topic: "La physique Nucléaire"

        Location : Lycée Ouled Teima (Hassan II)



    Conference: Mr. Abdelmajid rahal

        Topic:"Brève histoire de l'astronomie"

        Location : Lycée Tiznit (Rasmouki)
    04:00 PM Conference: Mr. Pierre Yves Livolant

         Topic: "Les télescopes et leurs utilisation"

        Location : Taroudant (Ben Souleiman Roudani)



    Conference: Mr. Abdelmajid rahal

        Topic:"Brève histoire de l'astronomie"

        Location : Massa (al Massira Al khadra)
  • Day 3 Friday November, 10th
    All day SpaceVan :

    Day 2 of the astronomical caravan held in Agadir region highschools. It features expositions to disseminate scientific notions to high school students. The caravan also features astronomy themed workshops.

    Location : Highschools in Agadir, Dcheira, and Inezgane
    10:00 AM Conference: Dr Mohamed Zine El Abidine al -Husseini

         Topic: "تاريخ علم الفلك في المنظومة المغربية"

        Location : la fac chariaa



    Conference: Prof Abderahmane Ibhi

         Topic: "Des étoiles filantes à la disparition des dinosaures "

        Location : Lycée Technique Al Idrissi -Agadir



    Conference: Mr. Abdelmajid rahal

        Topic:"Brève histoire de l'astronomie"

        Location : Groupe scolaire Al hanan
    11:00 AM عرض الآلات الفلكية مع عبد العزيز خربوش
    Location : la fac chariaa
    11:30 AM Solar observation with Mr. Hans et Mr. Jeroen
    Location : la fac chariaa
    04:00 PM Conference: Prof. Benhida

         Topic: "Spectroscopie stellaire à l'observatoire de l'ouakimeden"

        Location : Lycée Abdellah ben Yassin à Inzegan



    Conference: Prof. Sefyani

        Topic:"Histoire de la spectroscopie"

        Location : Lycée: Lycée Ibn MAja à Agadir



    Conference: Mohamed Nordin

        Topic:"Brève histoire de l'astronomie"

        Location : Lycée: Fayçal Ben Abdelaziz à Dcheira
  • Day 4 Saturday November, 11th
    10:00 AM Conference: Dr. Benkhaldoun Zouhair

    Les ondes gravitationnelles

    Location : Faculty of Science, Ibn Zahr - Agadir
    2:00 PM The launch of SpaceBot hackathon :

    Day 1 of the SpaceBot competition; a robotics and computing hackathon. A hackathon to design and prototype innovative robots, for an astronomical use. The hackathon is open for highschool students, and is free to enter for individuals and teams. It will feature trainings and workshops, in Robotics.

    Location : Universiapolis - Agadir
    08:00 PM Sky observation with Mr. Ali Astro, and Amateur Mr. Hans, Mr. Joran
  • Day 5 Saunday November, 12th
    04:00 PM Robotics stands and workshops
    5:00 PM SpaceBot competition

    Show down between the spacebot competitors, each team armed with the robot they made during the hackathon, but at the end only two will remain for the finale at the SpaceParty

    Location : Universiapolis - Agadir
    6:30 PM Talks: Mechanical engineer Mr. Pierre Yves Livolant

    "les télescopes"

    Location : Universiapolis - Agadir
    07:30 PM Amateur Mr.Hans, Mr.Joran and Mr Friez, Sky animations and observation with Telescopes
  • Day 6 Wednesday November, 15th
    4:00 PM SpacePublic :

    Day 1 of the SpacePublic event. Featuring astronomy expositions and stands for the general public, the Spacepublic even is held in collaboration with astronomical association from different regions in the country.

    Location : Agadir Corniche
    10:00 PM Sky observation
    Location : Agadir Corniche
  • Day 7 Thursday November, 16th
    4:00 PM SpacePublic :

    Day 2 of the SpacePublic event. Featuring astronomy expositions and stands for the general public, the Spacepublic even is held in collaboration with astronomical association from different regions in the country.

    Location : Agadir Corniche
    10:00 PM Sky observation
    Location : Agadir Corniche
  • Day 8 Friday November, 17th
    3:00 PM Astronomy seminars


    -Abdelkarim Bouskri: "Le ciel profond, les objectifs et les défis"
    - Mourad Gridach: "Astronomy and artificial intelligence"
    - Fouad Khairi: "Astronomie et curricula marocains"
    - Bani Abdelhafid:"وهم المادة"
    - Romaric Gravet: "Soleil"
    - Hicham Bouzkri: "construire un télescope"
    - Youssef El Jariri: "l'étude spectroscopique des étoiles variable"
    -Hassan Talibi : "قياس الزمن"

    Location : Universiapolis - Agadir
  • Day 9 Saturday November, 18th
    09:45 AM -Conference: Mr. Hassan Talibi -Solar observation
    Location : ISPM
    3:00 PM Closing ceremony + SpaceParty :

    A closing ceremony open for the general public, featuring the SpaceCamp participants. An award ceremony is also included for the winners of Spacebyte and Spacebot. Also:
    • Celebrating NASA’s SpaceCAMP participants.
    • Get to know the night sky: SkyMapping.
    • Award ceremony for the winners in the different contests.
    • Musical guests.
    • Contests for students, including different disciplines: Bring your skills to the spacecraft.
    • Astronomy themed expositions and stands: Feed your curiosity, and get a date with the universe throughout the space trip.
    • A caravan for highschool students: Allow the youth to take part of our space trip. And much more..

    Location : Universiapolis - Agadir

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Festival Tickets

Ready for the space trip? Then get your e-tickets and come and shine along stars, within the darkness of the cosmic universe!

+8 Days of Scientific
Enthusiasm for FREE!

  • “ Contests for students, including different disciplines: Bring your skills to the spacecraft ! “
  • “ Astronomy themed expositions and stands: Feed your curiosity, and get a date with the universe throughout the space trip ! “
  • “ A caravan for highschool students: Allow the youth to take part of our space trip ! “
  • “ We will celebrate NASA’s SpaceCAMP participants “
  • “ Get to know the night sky with us: SkyMapping ! “
    • FreeGeneral Admission + SpacePARTY
    • • Available for all festival days.
    • • Celebrating NASA’s SpaceCAMP participants.
    • • Contests for students, including different disciplines: Bring your skills to the spacecraft.
    • • Astronomy themed expositions and stands: Feed your curiosity, and get a date with the universe throughout the space trip.
    • • A caravan for highschool students: Allow the youth to take part of our space trip.
    • • Get to know the night sky: SkyMapping.
    • • Award ceremony for the winners in the different contests.
    • • Musical guests.
    • • Contests for students, including different disciplines: Bring your skills to the spacecraft.
    • • Astronomy themed expositions and stands: Feed your curiosity, and get a date with the universe throughout the space trip.
    • • A caravan for highschool students: Allow the youth to take part of our space trip.
    • And much more..
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Why Attending this event?

Our event is not just an astronomy festival. It is also an opportunity for engineering students, graphic designers, young artists and university students to gather from different regions across the country, and invest their knowledge and experience in a humble cause: education and science vulgarization. The festival’s committee has put their energy, time, and passion to make this 1st edition of SpaceFest Morocco a successful one. Here are some numbers to prove it :

+60
Members
Worked so hard for more than a year..
+20
Cities
From all around Morocco..



40000
Hours
Spent on planning, brainstorming and preparation..
+2500
Cups of Coffee
To start the day..

Sponsors & Partners

Sponsors & partners are the ones who supported the festival by providing the means that allow us to take you into a journey full of astronomical knowledge.









Our Team

The Moroccan Spacenauts is a Moroccan astronomical association created in 2016. Its main vision is to gather passionate people together, from different regions in Morocco, throughout events, trainings, competitions, and many more activities, all for the same goal: take Astronomy out universities and engage the general public, especially the youth, with astronomy and its applications in different fields and disciplines.

Location

The festival will take place in different places in Agadir, Morocco: Universiapolis, ENSA Agadir, Meteorite Museum, public high schools to make sure of including people from different disciplines and generations in our space trip.

Press

Want to write about us, access high resolution photos, or learn more? Please download our press kit belwoor contact us through press@spacenauts.org .

Accommodation

As any other spacetrip, our festival is not a local event. We welcome visitors from all around the country, by granting accomodation and local transportation costs for the last two days of the festival, November 17th and 18th (Seminary and SpaceParty).

You're interested ?

All you have to do is pay 60 MAD (60Dh /Night) to our bank account, and e-mail us the receipt, along with your name, phone number and a scanned copy of your identity card.


Bank Account: 2111606775100007
Association the Moroccan Spacenauts
Banque Populaire


Email us on: hello@spacenauts.org

Frequently asked questions

Some frequently asked questions for you.

What's this about ?

Moroccan Spacenauts Association organizes a science and astronomy festival. In its first edition, the festival is slated to hold from 8 to 18 November 2017 in Agadir city. this scientific event is considered to be the first of its kind in Agadir and in Souss Massa region in general.

Why astronomy ?

Astronomy has always been a subject of interest and wonder for Humankind. Although most of us find it hard to absorb the information and discoveries related to it, we are still attracted by the secrets and the mysteries the skies hold. in response to that, the main goal of this festival is to simplify the science and make it easier to understand by different age groups, as well as wakening the curiosity buried deep within everyone's mind.

Who are we ?

The Moroccan Spacenauts is a Moroccan astronomical association created in 2016. Its main vision is to gather passionate people together, from different regions in Morocco, throughout events, trainings, competitions, and many more activities. The Moroccan Spacenauts association includes more than 80 members from different cities, and educational backgrounds; however, we share the same goal which is to help advance Astronomy by simplifying and expanding it to different age groups, in order to achieve successful and effective participation in various festivals and events that are organized nationally.

Is Spacefest free ?

Our highly anticipated astronomy festival is totally free! Yes, including the closing ceremony SpaceParty.

Is Spacefest open for everyone?

Yes, it is open for everyone.

When and where Spacefest will be held ?

In its 1st edition, the festival will be held in Agadir, from the 8th to the 18th , November, 2017.

What about the program ?

Despite the fact that the festival is in its first edition, it will receive many prominent people in the field coming from Morocco as well as other countries, it will include presentations, meetings and lectures that will be under the supervision of professors and doctors in the field, in addition it will include workshops and competitions in other related scientific fields. All of this will be organized and displayed in public places at city.

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