Abstract Submission Open for the 5th Shaw-IAU Workshop

Published: 30th June 2023 19:00 (UTC)

The IAU Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE) is pleased to announce that registration, abstract submission and speaker suggestions are open for the 5th Shaw–IAU Workshop on Astronomy for Education which will take place on 29th November - 1st December 2023. The workshop will be fully virtual.

This year’s Shaw-IAU Workshop on Astronomy for Education focuses on two themes: one special practical astronomy education topic and one scientific topic. The special topic is astronomy education outside the classroom, looking at how astronomy can be taught in a diverse range of environments such as science centers, planetaria and youth clubs. The scientific topic is planetary atmospheres, both in the solar system and exoplanets as well as our own Earth.

  • Astronomy education research and evaluation
  • Teaching methods and tools
  • Astronomy education in schools in practice in primary schools
  • Astronomy education in schools in practice in secondary schools
  • Special topic: Astronomy Education beyond the classroom
  • Science topic: Planetary Climate

The target audience for this workshop includes anyone active in astronomy education including teachers, astronomy education researchers and those interested in building up the astronomy education content in the curriculum in their country or territory.

The call for abstracts and speaker suggestions for this workshop is now open along with registration. The deadline for talk & poster abstracts and speaker suggestions is 26 August 2023. Registration will remain open until the start of the workshop. This event is being organized by the IAU Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE), with generous funding from the Shaw Prize Foundation.

In related news, please save the date for the African Regional SHAW-IAU Workshop on Astronomy for Education scheduled to take place on 3 - 5 October 2023, held in person at the South African Astronomical Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa. The workshop is being organised by the South African Astronomical Observatory and African Astronomical Society (AfAS) in collaboration with the IAU Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE), with generous funding from the Shaw Prize Foundation.

More generally, if you want to stay up to date with the activities of the IAU Office of Astronomy for Education, and receive our announcements about projects, opportunities for collaboration, and events, please subscribe to the OAE mailing list.

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The IAU is the international astronomical organization that brings together almost 12 000 active professional astronomers from more than 100 countries worldwide. Its mission is to promote and safeguard astronomy in all its aspects, including research, communication, education and development, through international cooperation. The IAU also serves as the internationally recognised authority for assigning designations to celestial bodies and the surface features on them. Founded in 1919, the IAU is the world's largest professional body for astronomers.

The IAU Office of Astronomy for Education is hosted at Haus der Astronomie (HdA), managed by the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy. The OAE’s mission is to support and coordinate astronomy education by astronomy researchers and educators, aimed at primary or secondary schools worldwide. HdA’s hosting the OAE was made possible through the support of the German foundations Klaus Tschira Stiftung and Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung.

The OAE is supported by a growing network of OAE Centers and OAE Nodes, collaborating to lead global projects developed within the network. The OAE Centers and Nodes are: the OAE Center China–Nanjing, hosted by the Beijing Planetarium (BJP); the OAE Center Cyprus, hosted by Cyprus Space Exploration Organization (CSEO); the OAE Center Egypt, hosted by the National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG); the OAE Center India, hosted by the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA); the OAE Center Italy, hosted by the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF); the OAE Node Republic of Korea, hosted by the Korean Astronomical Society (KAS); OAE Node France at CY Cergy Paris University hosted by CY Cergy Paris University; and the OAE Node Nepal, hosted by the Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO).

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Gwen Sanderson
OAE Main Office
Organisational Assistant

Lars Lindberg Christensen
IAU Director of Communications