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IAU Office of Astronomy for Education Publishes Proceedings of 3rd Shaw–IAU Workshop on Astronomy for Education



Published: 17th December 2021 12:00 (UTC)

What should everyone who is active in astronomy education know, in order to be successful in the field? This was the theme of the 3rd Shaw–IAU Workshop on Astronomy for Education, which was held online from 12–15 October 2021. The proceedings of this event have now been published online.

The workshop was divided into 18 sessions, each covering an important topic in astronomy education, and more than 580 participants from 90 countries and territories attended. The 349-page proceedings document, available online as a PDF, features written summaries and links to videos for each talk and poster, all of which are available online. In total, videos for 91 talks and for 31 poster presentations have been published on the YouTube channel of the IAU’s Office of Astronomy for Education who organised the workshop. The workshop was made possible by generous funding from the Shaw Prize Foundation.

Asmita Bhandare, who created and compiled the comprehensive document, says: “It was a great pleasure to put forward different projects, ideas and resources by the education and outreach community across the globe, who are using astronomy as a tool for inspiration, development and inclusion. This was very much a team effort, so a shout-out to all my co-editors — Giuliana Giobbi, Colm Larkin, Rebecca Sanderson, Eduardo Penteado, Niall Deacon, Gwen Sanderson, and Anna Sippel — for their time and effort.”

IAU OAE Director Markus Pössel adds: “It is a key part of our mission to support those who are active in astronomy education, and who want to professionalise their involvement in the field. Thanks to the numerous experts who participated as speakers, the 3rd Shaw-IAU Workshop provided ample opportunity to do so. For those who couldn’t be there, the proceedings and associated talk and poster videos provide a way of getting up to speed.”

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The IAU is the international astronomical organisation that brings together more than 12 000 active professional astronomers from more than 100 countries worldwide. Its mission is to promote and safeguard astronomy in all its aspects, including research, communication, education and development, through international cooperation. The IAU also serves as the internationally recognised authority for assigning designations to celestial bodies and the surface features on them. Founded in 1919, the IAU is the world's largest professional body for astronomers.

The IAU Office of Astronomy for Education is hosted at Haus der Astronomie (HdA), managed by the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy. The OAE’s mission is to support and coordinate astronomy education by astronomy researchers and educators, aimed at primary or secondary schools worldwide. HdA’s hosting the OAE was made possible through the support of the German foundations the Klaus Tschira Foundation and the Carl Zeiss Foundation.


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Contacts

Dr Niall Deacon
Office of Astronomy for Education/Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
deacon​atastro4edu.org

Dr Asmita Bhandare
CRAL/ENS Lyon/Office of Astronomy for Education
bhandare​atmpia.de

Dr Lars Lindberg Christensen
IAU Press Officer
lars​ateso.org