During the 1990s the UN and ESA organized a series of workshops to promote the development of small telescopes in countries such as Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Colombia and Jordan. Over 800 astronomers have attended these workshops. And although the workshops have not led to any new telescopes in Africa, they have resulted in a bilingual newsletter for the space community called African Skies. Next year the workshop will be held in Toulose, France and will look at the possibility of creating a network of robotic telescopes in Asia.

Haubold believes that the workshops have helped to bring scientists from developing countries together. He also believes that this is the only way that such nations will learn how to exploit satellite communications, remote sensing and satellite meteorology. "How can these countries benefit from such technologies without basic knowledge in astronomy?" asks Haubold.