Office of Astronomy for Development

Astronomy for a better world!

The IAU has set up the Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) in partnership with the South African National Research Foundation (NRF). The office was officially opened on 16th April 2011 at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in Cape Town, South Africa.

Since then three Regional Nodes, one Language Expertise Centre and three Task Forces have been established: Universities and Research (TF1); Children and Schools (TF2); and Public Outreach (TF3). The funded projects for 2014 are currently under way and the call for proposals for projects to be implemented in 2015 will open on 1 July 2014.

To learn more about the history and activities of the OAD, please view the reports page and the OAD's quarterly newsletter, which you are welcome to subscribe to.

Read more about the office and its many projects in the OAD’s 2014 brochure here.

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