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IAU Office for Young Astronomers

IAU Office for Young Astronomers

August 2-8, 2022

Title of Program: The school model for the Office for Young Astronomers


Itziar Aretxaga (INAOE, Mexico, co-chair), David Mota (Univ. Oslo, Norway, co-chair), Jaime Forero (Univ. de los Andes, Colombia), Michele Gerbaldi (IAP, France), Edward Guinan (Univ. Villanova, USA), Habib Khosroshahi (IMP, Iran), Shirin Haque (Univ. West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago), Per Barth Lilje (Univ. Oslo, Norway), Mirjana Povic (ESSTI, Ethiopia/IAA, Spain), Shengbang Qian (YNOs, China)


The OYA has as its main program the International Schools for Young Astronomers (ISYA), started in 1967 by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), and nowadays also co-sponsored by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. It organizes three-week intensive graduate schools in parts of the world where students have less opportunity to be directly exposed to the full extent of up-to-date astrophysics. We will have a focus meeting that analyzes the past successes and challenges that current students face to contribute to Astronomy research, education, outreach and development.

Key Topics

  • Learnings from a 55-yr long history of International Schools for Young Astronomers
  • Challenges and lessons for graduate students in the developing world nowadays
  • Interaction between ISYAs and other regional and world-wide specialized schools
  • Initiatives to make a stronger ISYA program

Invited Speakers

Chris Woolston (Freelance Writer, author of reports on PhD surveys and mental health struggles of scientists), “PhDs: the tortuous truth”
Itziar Aretxaga (INAOE, Mexico; ISYA Director) & David Mota (Univ. Oslo, Norway; ISYA Deputy Director) “The 5-decade long ISYA program under observation”

Keynote Speakers include

Michele Gerbaldi (IAP, France) “Challenges perceived from within the IAU”
Xiaohui Fan (Univ. Arizona, USA): “A historical perspective”
Hira Fatima (Univ. Karachi, Pakistan): “The challenges of PhD students nowadays”
Etseganet Getachew (ESSTI, Ethiopia): “The challenges of PhD students nowadays”
Daudi Mazengo (Univ. Dodoma, Tanzania): “The challenges of PhD students nowadays”
Mariano Méndez (Univ. Groningen, The Netherlands; I-HOW/COSPAR): “School interaction”
José Miguel Rodríguez Espinosa (IAC, Spain; IAU General Secretary): “Challenges perceived from within the IAU”
Kingsley Opkala (Univ. Nigeria): “A historical perspective”
Mónica Rubio (Univ. Chile): “A historical perspective”
Basilio Ruiz (IAC, Spain; IAC Winter Schools): “School interaction”
Luis Salazar-Manzano (Univ. Texas at Rio Grande Valley, USA): “The challenges of PhD students nowadays”
Somaya Saad (NIARG, Egypt) “A historical perspective”

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