Astronomy: Why So Exclusive?

Making astronomy education equitable, diverse and inclusive
2nd Shaw-IAU Workshop
Wednesday Oct. 7, 2020
UTC: 2:50 p.m.-3 p.m.
Thursday Oct. 8, 2020
UTC: 7:50 a.m.-8 a.m.

It may seem that these days pupils in developed countries have equal access to education and
that modern technique and various media make astronomy as inclusive and accessible as never

The results of a survey carried out by me in 2019 among more than 1000 pupils from secondary
schools in Poland show that there are large groups of pupils who are undereducated and not
interested in science. That problem is very complex but also clearly linked to the pupils’ gender
and place of location. Those results show that a lot has to be done to make astronomy as
equitable, diverse and inclusive, as it should be in the XXI century.

About Joanna Molenda-Żakowicz

Dr Hab. Joanna Molenda-?akowicz is an astrophysicist at the University of Wroc?aw, Poland. She received her PhD in 2003 from the University of Wroc?aw where she has been working since then. The scientific interests of Dr Hab. Joanna Molenda-?akowicz

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