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IAU Office of Astronomy for Education


Education is both one of the UN Sustainable Goals for Development and also one the five Goals of the IAU Strategic Plan 2020 - 2030. In the context of the IAU, the focus on education is being led by the newly established IAU Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE), which was officially launched in December 2019 at the IAU Headquarters in Paris. The IAU OAE focuses on education in pre-university (primary, middle and secondary school), and has developed its objectives in such a way as to enable and support teachers, and educators from around the world to take advantage of the potential offered by astronomy in engaging students. This involves curation of high quality resources, promoting the benefits of a more explicit presence of astronomy in curricula globally, establishing a global network of teachers, teacher educators, and astronomers interested in education. The OAE sessions at the IAU GA 2022 will be an opportunity for the IAU community to learn about the field of astronomy education, how to engage with the astronomy education community, the role of OAE in the education ecosystem, and more importantly the theme of ‘Astronomy for all’.

Organising Committee

Markus Pössel (OAE)
Anna Sippel (OAE)
Niall Deacon (OAE)
Saeed Salimpour (OAE)
Tshiamiso Makwela (OAE)
Jungjoo Sohn (OAE-Node Republic of Korea)
Hyunjin Shim (OAE-Node Republic of Korea)

Program Outline

OAE-1: 4th August, 10.30 - 12:00
The role of national bodies in astronomy education

OAE-2: 4th August, 13.30-15:00
Astronomy education projects placed in extracurricular activities

OAE-3: 4th August, 15.15-16.45
Astronomy education: Tools and resources

OAE-4: 8th August, 15.15-16.45
The OAE's network of Centers and Nodes

OAE-5: 8th August, 17:30 - 19:00
IAU Offices Joint Session - OAD, OAO, OYA & OAE


Rob Hollow (invited) - Space & Astronomy, CSIRO, Australia
Suresh Bhattarai, Manisha Dwa - Executive Office, Nepal Astronomical Society, Nepal
Aniket Sule (invited) - Astronomy Education Cell, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, India
Mayssa El Yazidi - CISAS, Center for Studies and Activities for Space "G. Colombo"- CISAS - University of Padova, Italy
Rosa Doran - NUCLIO, Portugal
Asmita Redij - Astronomy Education Cell, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE-TIFR); IAU-OAE Center India, India
Livia Giacomini - astroEdu; OAE Center Italy, INAF, Italy
Jungjoo Sohn & Hyunjin Shim - OAE Node Republic of Korea; Korea National University of Education; Kyungpook National University, Republic of Korea
Abd El Fady Morcos - Astronomy, NRIAG, Egypt

For more information and updates please with the OAE website: https://astro4edu.org/
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