IAU Office of Astronomy for Education
Haus der Astronomie hosts the Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE) of the International Astronomical Union (IAU). The International Astronomical Union’s Strategic Plan 2020–2030 provides for the establishment of an Office of Astronomy for Education, which will support the astronomy community and astronomy educators in bringing the fascination of astronomy into schools. Its activities will include establishing a worldwide network of National Astronomy Education Coordinators (NAECs), promoting astronomy in national curricula, supporting teachers with evidence-based education research and helping the community with its professional development. The OAE is also intended to facilitate discussion and knowledge sharing within the community, particularly between astronomy education researchers and astronomy education practitioners.
The selection of HdA to host the OAE was announced on 28 November 2019 by the IAU (see also our news item). As we get the OAE up and running, further information will appear on this page, and eventually on a dedicated OAE page.
Hosting the IAU Office of Astronomy for Education at Haus der Astronomie was made possible through the support of the German foundations Klaus Tschira Stiftung and Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung. The annual Shaw Prize-IAU Workshops on Astronomy education that OAE will organize are funded by the Shaw Prize Foundation.