Sarah Abotsi-Masters

EcoSTEM Specialist

Sarah is a science and astronomy educator who loves inspiring others to explore the natural world around them, and indeed the wider universe!

After gaining a B.Sc in Physics from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, Sarah spent many years in IT in a variety of roles including Programmer, IT Training Professional, IT Support, and Customer Relationship Management.

Her passion for astronomy was ignited in 2009 when she first visited the Planetarium in Accra, Ghana and became involved in organising events there for children, families and the general public.  Since then she has gained a wealth of experience in a variety of projects where activities included: setting up astronomy clubs in schools, training teachers in astronomy, curriculum design, writing handbooks, selecting and developing activities and giving talks and interactive sessions on science and astronomy, with an emphasis on incorporating hands-on activities wherever possible.

Sarah is a National Astronomy Education Coordinator for Ghana for the International Astronomical Union’s Office of Astronomy Education.  She was formerly the General Secretary of the African Astronomical Society (AfAS) and is currently the Coordinator of the AfAS Membership Committee and a member of the AfAS Outreach Committee.  She is a team member and instructor for the Pan African School for Emerging Astronomers (PASEA), and a team member of PRAGSAC (Promoting Astronomy in Ghana through School Visits and Astronomy Clubs), a voluntary outreach group promoting STEM through astronomy.

In 2021, Sarah was a member of a team from the Ghana Planetarium who discovered an asteroid through a citizen science project!