The topic for this year’s Shaw-IAU Workshop on Astronomy for Education is ‘Leveraging the potential of astronomy in formal education’ and is scheduled to run 15 to 17 November 2022 as a fully virtual event on Hopin as in previous years.

This year’s Shaw-IAU Workshop focuses on the role of astronomy in the core regions of formal, primary and secondary, education: How do we teach astronomy as its own subject? What is the role of astronomy in teaching physics or chemistry – or in communicating such a central future topic as climate change? In sessions marked with a * we aim to hear specifically from teachers. We also address the question of how to approach those who set the framework for teaching: How can you get your administration, or at a much higher level: your education ministry, to listen to you? Last but not least we look at how to bridge the divide between the fundamentals that are commonly taught in school and results from cutting-edge research, which tend to be fascinating to students and the general public alike.

Astronomy & Curriculum

  • Astronomy in schools: how do you get your administration and your ministry to listen?
  • How to develop an astronomy curriculum

  • Insights from Astronomy Education Research

  • Astronomy education research on the role of astronomy in schools
  • Student interest in astronomy and other subjects: research and practical experience

  • Astronomy Education in Practice

  • Teaching astronomy in primary schools: How, why, and in what context*
  • Teaching astronomy as its own subject in secondary schools*
  • Teaching astronomy as part of physics, chemistry, geography (and others) in secondary schools – astronomy as a “gateway science”*
  • Teaching astronomy as part of non-STEM subjects in secondary schools: art, music, philosophy and beyond*

  • Students in a changing climate: how can astronomy help?*

    Gravitational waves, black hole shadows and exoplanets: Can we make a place for cutting-edge results in schools?

    Talks and posters may be presented in any language, however, we will need English abstracts for talks and posters, English subtitles for talks and English translations for posters.