IAU Office of Astronomy for Education

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.

Part of the mission of the IAU Office of Astronomy for Education is to take stock of astronomy education world-wide. With the help of our National Astronomy Education Coordinator Teams (NAEC Teams), we are in the process of creating an overview of the different countries' education systems, and of astronomy education within those education systems. [more]
Find out how to join our team! [more]
Keep up to date with what has happened so far [more]
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 this mailing list. [more]
Read up on the slides of the 2019 Shaw Prize-IAU Workshop and on other documents on the definition and plans of the OAE [more]

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