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Chronology of the Office of Astronomy for Education


  • November 2021 New OAE Steering Committee formed consisting of Immo Appenzeller, Coryn Bailer-Jones, Richard de Grijs and Diana Worrall
  • 12-15 October 2021 3rd Shaw-IAU Workshop
  • 5 October 2021 Version 2 of Big Ideas in Astronomy released
  • 16-20 September 2021 OAE Astronomy Glossary sprint
  • 1 September 2021 Tshiamiso Makwela joins OAE as Astronomy Education Researcher
  • August 2021 OAE Center Cyprus and OAE Node Nepal Founded
  • August 2021 Winners of the IAU OAE Astrophotography Contest announced
  • 20-22 July 2021 IAU Offices Family Meeting
  • 1 June 2021 Asmita Bhandare joins OAE as OAE Intern
  • 1 June 2021 Anna Sippel joins OAE as OAE Project Scientist
  • 10 May 2021 The astroEDU portal becomes part of the OAE
  • 15 March 2021 Eduardo Penteado joins OAE as OAE Coordinator
  • March 2021 OAE Center Italy Founded
  • 13 January 2021 OAE launches an Astrophotography Contest with the deadline set to April 15 2021
  • 1 December 2020 Saeed Salimpour joins OAE as Astronomy Education Research Coordinator
  • 9 February 2020 Start of the Astronomy Glossary initiative
  • 6-9 October 2020   2nd Shaw-IAU Workshop
  • 1 June 2020 Niall Deacon joins OAE as Interim OAE Coordinator
  • 1 May 2020  Juan Carlos Muñoz joins OAE as Interim OAE Coordinator
  • 1 April 2020 Gwen Sanderson joins OAE as OAE Organisational Assistant
  • 29 February 2020 Call for Centers and Nodes - deadline 10 June 2020
  • 13 February 2020 Call for nominating the National Astronomy Education Coordinators goes out to the National Committees for Astronomy or National Member Organisations, with the deadline set to 28 February 2020. Self-nomination is also possible, cf. this page
  • 31 January 2020 Constituting meeting of the OAE Steering Committee, which consists of Teresa Lago, Susana Deustua, Coryn Bailer-Jones and Matthias Bartelmann
  • 9 January 2020 Open positions for OAE advertised: 5 year postdoc in astronomy education research, organisational assistant, 1 year interim coordinator
  • 17-19 December 2019 1st Shaw-IAU Workshop on Astronomy Education in Paris, dedicated to discussions for the future role and network of the OAE in the community
  • 17 December 2019 OAE hosting agreement signed by IAU and Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
  • 28 November 2019 Public announcement by IAU that Haus der Astronomie has been selected to host the OAE
  • 30 June 2019 Deadline for proposals. By this date, the IAU receives 6 completed proposals.
  • 28 February 2019 IAU invites 9 institutions to submit a full proposal to host the OAE
  • 31 December 2018 Deadline for Letters of Intent. By this date, the IAU receives a total of 23 Letters of Intent.
  • 31 October 2018 IAU calls for Letters of Intent to host the Office of Astronomy for Education.