Equity, Diversity And Inclusion In Astronomy  Education

Making astronomy education equitable, diverse and inclusive
2nd Shaw-IAU Workshop
Wednesday Oct. 7, 2020
UTC: 2:10 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Thursday Oct. 8, 2020
UTC: 7:10 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

Everybody benefits from an inclusive and accessible outreach and educational environment, not only people with disabilities. Inclusive resources and tools that include publics with functional diversity make astronomy more accessible and fun to everyone regardless of their physical condition. In this talk I will dwell a little on the benefits of inclusion and I will show some examples that have been successful in the field of astronomy outreach and education.

About Amelia Ortiz Gil

Amelia Ortiz-Gil has a PhD in Physics (University of Valencia, Spain) and has carried her research on the topics of the Carte du Ciel photographic catalogue, the intergalactic medium and the physical properties of galaxy clusters at different research centres around the world. Lately she has focused on the field of astronomy outreach, in particular the development of inclusive activities for all publics. She is the coordinator of the project “A Touch of the Universe” which has developed tactile models of planetary bodies specially designed for the blind. She is currently the Chair of the International Astronomical Union Working Group on Astronomy for Equity and Inclusion. She was awarded the 2019 Europlanet Prize for Public Engagement with Planetary Science.

Watch a recording of this talk (external link)