The Office of Astronomy for Education at the 2022 IAU General Assembly

Rationale: 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 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) - National Astronomy Education Coordinator - Australia; Space & Astronomy, CSIRO, Australia
  • Suresh Bhattarai, Manisha Dwa - OAE Node Nepal; National Astronomy Education Coordinators - Nepal; Executive Office, Nepal Astronomical Society, Nepal
  • Aniket Sule (invited) - OAE Center India; National Astronomy Education Coordinator - India; Astronomy Education Cell, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, India
  • Mayssa El Yazidi - OAE Center Italy; National Outreach Coordinator - Tunisia; CISAS, Center for Studies and Activities for Space "G. Colombo"- CISAS - University of Padova, Italy
  • Rosa Doran - National Astronomy Education Coordinator - Portugal; NUCLIO, Portugal
  • Asmita Redij - OAE Center India, India; Astronomy Education Cell, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE-TIFR)
  • 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 - OAE Center Egypt; Astronomy, NRIAG, Egypt

Our Online Presence

We are planning a series of Zoom chats during the IAU GA where you can ask us any questions you might have about the Office of Astronomy for Education and our work. Zoom link will be posted on the Slack channel for the IAU GA.

Tentative program below:.

Day Time (Korea) Topic
3-Aug 0900 - 1000 Our Resources
3-Aug 1600 - 1700 Our Resources
5-Aug 0900 - 1000 Astronomers engaging with Astronomy Education or Research
5-Aug 1600 - 1700 Astronomers engaging with Astronomy Education or Research
9-Aug 0900 - 1000 Our Resources
9-Aug 1600 - 1700 Our Resources
11-Aug 0900 - 1000 Connecting with NAECs
11-Aug 1600 - 1700 Connecting with NAECs

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