Our Study Groups

Although the formal establishment of Study Groups only commenced as from 1959, some interested individuals had already been actively involved during the 1930s in forming the Astronomical Study Group within the Scientific Society, which is still active today. Furthermore, there are nowadays working groups for Herpetology, Hydrogeology and Ornithology.


Stargazing evenings at the Cuno Hoffmeister Memorial Observatory are organized. Lectures on astronomy are held at the Namibia Scientific Society. Members receive information relating celestial events on a regular base and meet for observation of eclipses e.a.


Contact person:
Michael Backes: [email protected]


Our experts offer information, published scientific papers in media, hold talks about Namibian herps and conduct reptile days.

Contact person:
Alfred Schleicher: [email protected]



The Namibian Hydrogeological Association (NHA) is a non-profit professional body that was established to further the interests and promote the study and science of hydrogeology and to serve and inform/advise the public in matters connected to relevant water-related information. It is also a forum to protect and promote professional conduct, rights, powers and privileges of hydrogeologists and to maintain a high standard for the conduct of its members. Persons interested in groundwater are encouraged to join the Association.


Contact person:
Esther Gustavo: [email protected]



The Namibia Bird Club (formerly the Ornithological working Group) is a membership-based society established in 1962 to fill a void in knowledge and interest surrounding birds of Namibia. Members are involved in numerous bird-related activities and projects and publish a journal, Lanioturdus. Birding outings are offered regularly.



Contact person:
Gudrun Middendorf: [email protected]