Astronomy Education Within The Iau

Plenary Session

2nd Shaw-IAU Workshop on Astronomy for Education

Session timeblocks
Wednesday Oct. 7, 2020
UTC: 10:25 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Thursday Oct. 8, 2020
UTC: 4:45 p.m.-6:35 p.m.

Schedule

  • The IAU’s global strategy for astronomy

    Wednesday Oct. 7, 2020

    UTC: 10:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

    Thursday Oct. 8, 2020

    UTC: 4:50 p.m.-5:05 p.m.

    The IAU Strategic Plan 2020-2030 offers a comprehensive overview of the IAU and its long-term objectives. IAU focuses on advancing knowledge and promoting research in astronomy through international cooperation. In partnership with organisations around the world, the IAU created four offices, with clear mandates: training, communication, education, and development. The Office of Astronomy for Education fulfils the IAU’s goal of using astronomy as a stimulus and tool for teaching and education, from elementary to high school, in all country.

    Teresa Lago

    Teresa Lago (General Secretary of the IAU)

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  • The IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach: building bridges through international cooperation

    Wednesday Oct. 7, 2020

    UTC: 10:45 a.m.-11 a.m.

    Thursday Oct. 8, 2020

    UTC: 5:05 p.m.-5:20 p.m.

    The IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) goal is to engage the public in astronomy through access to astronomical information and communication of the science of astronomy. Our work focuses on building bridges between the IAU and the global astronomy community of outreach practitioners, educators, and the general public, and through international cooperation, to make astronomy accessible to all. Here we present the collaborative framework of our programmes in alignment with the IAU Strategic Plan 2020-2030.

    Lina Canas

    Lina Canas (IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach, IAU/NAOJ)

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  • The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development

    Wednesday Oct. 7, 2020

    UTC: 11 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

    Thursday Oct. 8, 2020

    UTC: 5:20 p.m.-5:35 p.m.

    Since its establishment in 2011 the OAD has coordinated 160 projects targeting over 100 countries, with 11 regional offices and language centres forming part of global management structure. Flagship projects include (i) Stimulating economies with astronomy e.g. astro-tourism; (ii) Science diplomacy e.g. astronomy for peace; (iii) Knowledge and skills from astronomy e.g. data science training. This talk describes how we are working towards the OAD vision of “Astronomy for a better world".

    Kevin Govender

    Kevin Govender (IAU Office of Astronomy for Development)

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  • The IAU Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE)

    Wednesday Oct. 7, 2020

    UTC: 11:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

    Thursday Oct. 8, 2020

    UTC: 5:35 p.m.-5:50 p.m.

    What is the newly-founded IAU Ofice of Astronomy for Education (OAE), how does it fit within the structure of the International Astronomical Union, and what are its specific goals? The talk addresses these questions and also presents the resources the OAE has at its disposal to accomplish its mission of fostering astronomy education world-wide, through international cooperation, with the help of the network of National Astronomy Education Coordinators and the future OAE Centers and OAE Nodes.

    Markus Pössel

    Markus Pössel (Office of Astronomy for Education/Max Planck Institute for Astronomy)

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  • IAU Commission C1: Astronomy Education & Development

    Wednesday Oct. 7, 2020

    UTC: 11:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

    Thursday Oct. 8, 2020

    UTC: 5:50 p.m.-6:05 p.m.

    This presentation starts mentioning the history of Com. C1, formerly Com. 46 based on the published Newsletters. The results show meetings, courses, teaching materials, book reviews, papers, phenomena and projects such as: International Schools for Young Astronomers (ISYAs), the travelling telescope, WGs, travels, triennial reports, education sessions and business meetings during the Gas from many countries for all school levels. The current activities mention the efforts of WGs, meetings, the journal and other projects.

    Paulo Bretones

    Paulo Bretones (Universidade Federal de São Carlos, São Paulo)

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  • Discussion Panel: Astronomy Education within the IAU

    UTC: 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

    UTC: 6:05 p.m.-6:35 p.m.

    Chair:

    Markus Pössel

    Markus Pössel

    Panel: Paulo Bretones
    (Universidade Federal de São Carlos, São Paulo), Lina Canas
    (IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach, IAU/NAOJ), Kevin Govender
    (IAU Office of Astronomy for Development), Teresa Lago
    (General Secretary of the IAU)