Astrophysics thrives at Hassan I University
Ahmed Najm al-Din, the rector of Hassan I University in Settat, Morocco, has claimed that his institution has become a hotbed of scientific research.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the National Science
Week 2013, the rector reaffirmed his commitment to propelling regional development by upholding “creativity and excellence” in all fields.
The seventh edition of Moroccan National Science Week was titled: The Universe Is An Open Laboratory. Diverse researchers collaborated on the week-long seminar series, which aimed to make physics and astronomy accessible to a wider audience and stimulate public engagement with science.
Discussion topics included the origin and evolution of the universe and its galaxies.
Members of the public interacted with scientists in workshops on planets, asteroids and comets, while student benefited from guided laboratory tours. Events were specifically geared towards young people, with a view to inspiring the next generation of researchers.
Vice-Rector Ahmad Fhali, who oversees the university’s scientific research programme, concluded the seminar series with a presentation on the life cycle of stars.
He explained how friction creates nuclear fusion by transforming hydrogen into helium, producing the radiation that gives stars their distinctive glow.