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After receiving a Tasco refracting telescope for Christmas 1984, Pierre joined the French Centre of Montreal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada in 1987. There, he became Librarian (1990–1992), Councillor (1992), Secretary (1992), and eventually President (1993). He then left it to found the Polaris Amateur Astronomers Club (1993–2001). He joined the Laval Amateur Astronomers Club in 2008, of which he was Vice-President in 2010-11. In September 2012, he also joined the Montreal Planetarium Astronomical Society and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s Montreal Centre (English) for a few years.
Pierre was an animator in the E‑Toiles Astronomy Club (2004–12), National Coordinator for Canada of Astronomers Without Borders (2010–12), and member of IDA Quebec from 2010 to 2013 (he had also taken part in a “Dark Sky Committee” of the QAAF, basically an ancestor of IDA Quebec, in 1994).
Pierre launched an e‑newsletter called La Veillée de nuit (“Night Vigil”) for the LAAC in the spring of 2010, then opened it to other amateur astronomers in March 2011. It eventually became Astronomie-Québec in June 2012, the name of a former paper magazine published by the QAAF, then Les Éditions astronomiques, whose former owners were kind enough to let Pierre use the name to publish a free PDF every second month.
Very involved in the astronomical community of his home country, Iran, Pouria is a science journalist and science communicator. he was a member of the Amateur Committee of the Astronomical Society of Iran (link in Farsi) from 2004 to 2011.
He was Main Science Editor of the daily newspaper Jam-e-Jam (link in Farsi) from 2001 to 2011, and still collaborates to its online edition. He founded weekly science magazine SIB in 2007. A member of the Editorial Committee of Nojum magazine (link in Farsi) since 2000, he now brings his expertise to Astronomy-Quebec.
Pouria was Regional Coordinator for West Asia for Astronomers Without Borders until 2011, when he moved to Quebec.
Pouria also writes and translates various books about astronomy; his latest project is a “Middle-Earth Astronomy” inspired by Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings saga…