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The IAU Office of Astronomy for Education is the International Astronomical Union’s office dedicated to astronomy for primary and secondary education.

OAE Objectives


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Professionalize astronomy education

Help astronomers, astronomy educators and teachers world-wide to gain the skills they need in order to communicate about astronomy in primary and secondary schools in a professional and effective manner.

We have regular calls for grants for teacher training programs and are running a series of OAE Reviews which serve as best practice guides for important topics in astronomy education. We also host an annual virtual conference, the Shaw-IAU workshops on astronomy for education

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Provide access to good resources

Make available excellent and effective resources for teaching about astronomical topics, internationally, under open licenses, and easy-to-find.

You can search our resources, browse resources by category, view our image gallery or look at our multilingual glossary.

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Promote astronomy in curricula

Support efforts to include more astronomy in national or regional curricula.

View our survey on the status of astronomy in curricula worldwide.




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OAE Networking

Create, maintain and grow a network of associates in support of the OAE mission.

We have a network of 411 National Astronomy Education Coordinators (NAECs) from 119 countries and territories, including the NAEC team for The United States of America (USA).

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Spread the news

Inform all relevant stakeholders and communities about OAE activities, and about ways of collaborating with us.

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Interested in working with the OAE Office of Astronomy for Education? Then get in touch.

Latest OAE News

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IAU OAE Publishes Proceedings of the 5th Shaw-IAU Workshop on Astronomy for Education

This year’s Shaw-IAU Workshop on Astronomy for Education focuses on two themes: one special practical astronomy education topic and one scientific topic. The special topic is astronomy education outside the classroom, looking at how astronomy can be taught in a diverse range of environments such as

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Teacher training program to be held at IUCAA in Pune, India from Feb 16-17, 2024

A teacher training program supported by the OAE Center India will be held at IUCAA, Pune on February 16 and 17, 2024. The core idea of the teacher training workshop is to revisit the astronomy concepts taught in schools, explore the basics of astronomy and discuss pedagogical approaches.

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Save the Date: 6th Shaw-IAU Workshop

The 6th Shaw-IAU Workshop on Astronomy for Education has been set to take place from 12 - 14 November 2024.

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If you want to stay up to date with the activities of the IAU Office of Astronomy for Education, and receive our announcements about projects, opportunities for collaboration, and events, please subscribe to our mailing list.

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Find out more about the IAU OAE.

OAE Main Office

Find out more about the OAE's Main Office in Heidelberg.
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Centers and Nodes

Find out more about the OAE's network of locations at partner institutions.
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Open Positions

Find out how to join our team!
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NAEC teams

Find out more about our National Astronomy Education Coordinators (NAECs).
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Steering Committee

Meet our steering committee – the supervisory body of the OAE.
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